Joe Hautman wins the Federal Duck Stamp Contest’s top prize for a sixth time, tying brother Jim for the most wins in competition history.
Licensed artist Joe Hautman took 1st place at the most recent Federal Duck Stamp Contest. This is Joe’s sixth win in what is known as the "Olympics of Wildlife Art." Joe’s brother Bob Hautman placed third. Another brother, Jim Hautman, also with six wins over the years brings the collective 1st place finishes to a total of 15 for this duck dynasty family.
You can read more about Joe Hautman’s latest achievement in the Minneapolis StarTribune. The self-taught artists and the sibling’s rivalry were also recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning and their talents were noted in a subplot of the Oscar-winning movie "Fargo."
With over 65 licensees and thousands of products ranging from home décor to puzzles, the Hautmans enjoy a highly successful licensing program.
"Even with all the past victories, the Hautmans continue to impress by dominating this prestigious contest featuring some of the world’s most talented artists and affirm themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists," says Marty Segelbaum, President of MHS Licensing & Consulting, "Their licensees are benefiting from the national awareness of the Hautman Brothers art brand."
Licensee partners like Buffalo Games, Bradford Exchange, Legacy Publishing, Leanin Tree and many others have long recognized the popularity of the Hautman Brothers brand and have seen sales of product with licensed Hautman artwork continue to grow even during a pandemic.
Joe’s painting of three tundra swans will be featured on the 2023-2024 Federal Duck Stamp, the cornerstone of a program that raises over $40 million a year to protect wetland habitats.
Established in 1934, sales of the Duck Stamp to hunters, bird watchers, outdoor enthusiasts and collectors have raised more than $1 billion and preserved over six million acres of land. Learn how to contribute.
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