The Hautman Brothers have established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have been a dominating presence in many state and national duck stamp competitions. At last count, the three brothers have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal conservation stamps. Jim, Bob and Joe are the only brothers ever to win the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The talents of the Hautman Brothers as well as their unique family gift were mentioned in the motion picture “FARGO.” They have received national accolades on television and National Public Radio, and from newspapers such as USA TODAY, THE WASHINGTON POST, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE and THE ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, as well as TIME, US NEWS & WORLD REPORT, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, U.S. ART, FUR-FISH-GAME and NORTH AMERICAN HUNTER magazines. The Hautmans’ creations have been displayed in the OVAL OFFICE and the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTES in Washington D.C.
James Hautman In 1989, at the age of 25, Jim became the youngest artist in history to win the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest. His second, in 1994, not only took first prize but he set a new record by receiving a perfect judges score as well as the distiguished People’s Choice Award. In 1998, Jim captured top honors in the Federal contest, again receiving a perfect judges score. After winning the 2010 Federal contest Jim became only the second artist in competition history to win four times.
Robert Hautman’s achievements are numerous, including winning the 2001 and the 1997 Federal Duck Stamp contests. In 1995, and again in 2010 he finished second only to his younger brother Jim. His designs were selected for the 1995 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp, the 1997, 1992 and 1988 Minnesota Duck Stamps, the 1989 Nevada Duck Stamp, the 2011 Texas Duck Stamp and many other state stamps.
Joe Hautman brought home the Federal Duck Stamp honors in 1991, 2001, 2007 and for the fourth time in 2011. He has also designed state conservation stamps for New Jersey, South Carolina, Connecticut, Texas, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Besides ducks, Joe paints a wide variety of wildlife from songbirds and chipmunks to tigers and grizzly bears. Painting is a second career for Joe who holds a PhD in Physics.
Wood Duck information to come later
Information to Come. First day of issue July 9, 2012