May 31, 2023

“Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR” at Michener Art Museum

“CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR”: This gouache, pen, and ink work by Sarah Kaizar is featured in “Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR,” on view through November 5 at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa.

The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., now presents “Sarah Kaizar: RARE AIR,” an exhibition featuring original gouache and ink artwork from the book RARE AIR: Endangered Birds, Bats, Butterflies, & Bees. An illustrated work about diminishing flighted species and citizen science, it is authored by Sarah Kaizar with writing by A. Scott Meiser, to be published by Mountaineer Books in September.

The exhibition expands on the book’s stories and research with playful interactive installations. RARE AIR connects audiences of all ages to the diversity of our ecosystems and the extraordinary creatures that populate them. Kaizar’s work enables audiences to recognize and appreciate the winged creatures that share our world. It offers strategies — big and small — to slow or reverse the threats that face them. Visitors will discover, explore, play, and create while learning about urgent issues in wildlife conservation.

“I hope that my work with endangered species will slow people down and deepen their empathy for the world that we live in, even by just a shade or two,” said Kaizar. “I think these individual portraits create small spaces for a personal connection around them. Showing them collectively starts to make it feel more powerful and forces you to stop and look at them.”

Chief Curator Laura Turner Igoe said, “There is a lot to discover in Kaizar’s meticulous, yet playful, drawings of the creatures that inhabit the air around us. Visitors will enjoy learning more about these endangered species and their fight for survival.”

Kaizar’s work has been seen in regional galleries and museums including the Woodmere Art Museum, Delaware Contemporary, and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She was a recipient of the 2021 Wind Fellowship by InLiquid and the Dina Wind Foundation and completed a residency at the Cedar Point Biological Station at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the summer of 2021. Kaizar is also the author of HIKER TRASH: Notes, Sketches + Other Detritus from the Appalachian Trail, an illustrated work based on her experience hiking 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine.

The exhibition in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery is presented by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa. It is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (215) 340-9800 or visit