Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


Joseph H. Sulkowski | Artist Spotlight

SEWE is excited to announce painter Joseph H. Sulkowski as its Guest Artist for the 2018 event. Sulkowski knew from the age of five that he would be an artist. His early skills in drawing and painting enabled him to begin a path toward fulfilling his passion.

Following graduation from Canon-McMillan High School, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, founded in 1809 and the oldest art school in the U.S. Later he met his greatest influence and mentor, Frank Mason, the foremost authority on the principles and techniques of the Old Masters at the Art Students League of New York. Mason was the last protege of Frank Vincent DuMond whom he succeeded as teacher in Studio 7 at the League. DuMond was a close friend and disciple of James Abbott McNeil Whistler.

Sulkowski became an apprentice to Mason from 1974-1979 learning the traditional principles of painting in the 17th century Flemish, Dutch and Italian techniques. He also learned how to prepare his paints, mediums and oils using recipes developed in the studios of Rubens and Rembrandt.

Joseph Sulkowski refers to his style of painting as “poetic realism”, an interpretive form inspired by the natural world. He values his freedom to view the world as a poetic vision and then to express that vision in rich impastos and luminous transparent shadows on canvas.

The animals, figures and landscape of the sporting life are the subjects that continually draw Sulkowski’s attention. His love for sporting dogs, terriers and foxhounds inform many of his most illustrious canvases. At the same time, he is inspired by the intimacy of companionship of “man’s best friend”, the feeling of which is expressed in his privately commissioned pet portraits.

Sulkowski’s trips to places afield from the quail hunting plantations of south Georgia to the grouse moors of the Scottish Highlands continue to be sources for inspiration. The artist has also often returned to one of his favorite subjects, the horse, to capture this animal’s grace and beauty.

Joseph Sulkowski’s work is represented in public and private collections worldwide. His two murals of Saudi Arabian history reside in the King Abdul Aziz Museum in Saudi Arabia. Other collectors include Rolex, the Duke of Bedford, Marshall Field IV, GeorgeMichael and the Tennessee State Museum to name a few. He is represented by Halcyon Gallery in London, Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale,AZ and The Edgartown Art Gallery in Marthaʼs Vineyard.

He has received numerous awards including the AAPL Grand National Award, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award and the Best in Show award at the Art in the Mountains exhibition sponsored by Southwest Art magazine. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, the National Society of Mural Painters, the National Arts Club, the American Artists Professional League and he is a Life Member of the ArtStudents League of New York.

Sulkowski resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his artist wife, Elizabeth Brandon.





Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina

Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina
February 15 – May 7, 2017

“They frequent the lower parts of Rivers in Carolina” was about all Mark Catesby could say about “the little brown duck” that got away from him whilst compiling notes for his eighteenth century masterwork detailing the region’s wildlife. Of course, the bird’s speed and elusiveness came as no surprise to the countless duck hunters and birdwatchers that followed.

Numerous species of ducks and other local waterfowl are central to the Lowcountry’s historical culture, their meat and feathers filling specific desires from dining tables to fashion statements, and even indigenous sacred ceremonies. These birds today still carry a certain mystique all their own, influencing artisans and artists alike with their serene demeanor and brilliant plumage. Even hunting them has become somewhat of an art form. Handcrafted decoys and calls have themselves become prized possessions, as have the elegant shotguns used in conjunction with them.

The Charleston Museum, in cooperation with the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and with generous sponsorship from the Charleston Mercury, presents Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina, a collective look at the historic art and artifacts associated with local waterfowling. This exhibit will draw from a number of different categories from the Museum’s vast collections as well as a few private ones, and offer an important glimpse into the South Carolina Lowcountry’s longstanding water bird traditions.

Learn more about the Charleston Museum, the nation’s oldest museum.

PLEASE NOTE: Free admission for all Charleston Museum members. Special $10 entry fee for all SEWE ticket and badge holders during SEWE weekend only. $5 for ages 3-12, and children 2 and under are free. Regular museum rate of $12 for adults resumes after SEWE weekend.


Live Presentations at SEWE 2017

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!


Friday, 2/17 at 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Gaillard Center

As a television personality, nature conservationist and author, Jeff Corwin will entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center with live presentations on Friday and Saturday. Best known as host and executive producer of Ocean Mysterieson ABC, Jeff is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. Seating is first-come,first-served.


Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3:30 PM  |  Sunday, 2/19 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.



Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.



Friday, 2/17 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.



SCWA Events

Check out these South Carolina Waterfowl Association events during SEWE weekend!

South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball    
6 pm, Friday, February 17
This SCWA wild game feast features dinner, cocktails, raffles and offers a silent and live auction. A 30th anniversary celebration with cocktail attire at the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant.
TICKETS: $60 per person | $90 per couple. Reserve a table for your group: $360 for 8-person table | $450 for 10-person table. Available HERE or call 803.452.6001.
Omar Shrine Center, Mt. Pleasant

Annual Duck Shuck Oyster Roast
6 pm, Saturday, February 18
With live music, raffles, live and silent auctions and hot oysters, this casual party is a fun evening at the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant.
TICKETS: $50 per person | $400 to reserve a table. Available HERE or call 803.452.6001.



2017 Live Auction Preview

From the 2017 Featured Painting to a private dinner with Jack Hanna to custom handcrafted knives, preview the line up of fabulous auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Preview Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 16, 2017 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!


SEWE 2017 Brochure

Flip through the SEWE Show Brochure to view the full lineup for SEWE 2017. Contact us if you would like one mailed to you.

Designed by Andrew Barton


SEWE Tribute Dinner

The Tribute Dinner, held Wednesday evening prior to SEWE weekend, brings together devoted event supporters and leaders from throughout the community and region to honor recipients of the Lifetime Stewardship Award. Hosted at the Charleston Gaillard Center, attendees are introduced to an array of animals, meet wildlife artists, and dine with friends as they enjoy entertainment and an inspirational award presentation unique to SEWE. Previous Lifetime Stewardship Award winners include Len Hutchison and George Bullwinkel, pillars of the community and individuals who embody the spirit of Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Each has given countless time and support to SEWE, and to the community and region to which it has a direct economic, cultural, and educational impact.

The 2017 Tribute Dinner will celebrate The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who served as Mayor of Charleston for over forty years. Riley is one of the most influential figures in the history of Charleston. He led the city through a revitalization resulting in it becoming one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world and one of the most desirable places to live. Riley, a winner of the National Medal of Arts, has had a direct and lasting impact on the civic design and public spaces that form much of the backdrop of Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

For more information or to purchase a table, CLICK HERE or please call or email Maggie Howell at 843.723.1748 or mhowell@sewe.com.



Special Guest: Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin is an animal and nature conservationist and best known as host and executive producer of the award winning Ocean Mysteries television series on ABC. Recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation, Jeff first appeared at SEWE in 2005 and is returning to delight attendees with live presentations on Friday and Saturday.

Jeff has had a passion for wildlife since his early childhood. His current television series, Ocean Mysteries is in production for its 5th season and is the highest rated TV series in its time-block reaching millions of viewers each week. In March of 2015, Ocean Mysteries went viral when a scientific research team along with Jeff, discovered the world’s largest freshwater fish. The record-breaking giant freshwater stingray, caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, was over 14 feet long and 8 feet wide. Ocean Mysteries has also been recognized with the top industry awards including three Emmy Awards (outstanding travel series, host, and director categories), numerous Telly Awards, the Cynopsis Social Good Award, the Cine Special Jury Award, and the Parents’ Choice Awards.

For nearly two decades, Jeff has hosted a variety of popular television series and specials, including Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin Experience, Giant Monsters, Realm of the Yeti, Corwin’s Quest, Spring Watch USA, Snake-Tacular, and King of the Jungle; Disney’s Going Wild with Jeff Corwin; Investigation Earth with the Discovery Networks; NBC’s Jeff Corwin Unleashed, which was nominated four times for an Emmy and for which Corwin won an Emmy for Outstanding Host; and the Travel Channel’s Into Alaska and Into the American West. For the Discovery Health Channel Jeff hosted Pets and People, the Power of the Health Connection. His popular television series have been broadcasted in over 130 countries worldwide.

Among many other projects, Jeff is also the Executive Producer and host of the future IMAX-format film, Expedition Chesapeake, in partnership with Whittaker Center, presently in production. In 2010, Jeff served as Special Correspondent for Science and the Environment for MSNBC and NBC news, where he covered the impact and recovery efforts of the Gulf oil spill. In 2009, Jeff executive produced and presented 100 Heartbeats for MSNBC. This groundbreaking documentary investigated the plight of our planet’s most endangered wildlife species along with the conservation heroes trying to save them. Along with the documentary, Jeff authored the critically acclaimed book 100 Heartbeats, which connected readers to our planet’s most endangered species. 100 Heartbeats received great reviews from both critics and the conservation community and is now on it paperback.

Beyond wildlife and conservation, Jeff is a passionate explorer of human culture especially as it connects to regional cuisine that is produced in a sustainable manner. His interests in renewable and sustainable living were the genesis for Food Network series Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. In 2008, Animal Planet premiered The Vanishing Frog. This powerful documentary highlights Jeff’s year long, global odyssey exploring the mass extinction of our planet’s important amphibian species. Jeff also created and co-presented CNN’s Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta in 2007.

Jeff’s wildlife expertise has been regularly featured on a variety of television series including CNN, FOX, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Maddows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Jeff was cast as himself on CSI Miami, named one of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” and Entertainment Weekly‘s “It List”. Men’s Journal recognized Jeff as the world’s greatest host of a natural history series.

When not in the field, Jeff and his wife Natasha, along with daughters Maya and Marina, inhabit a tiny farm upon a small island, where they cohabitate with bees and chickens, and grow potatoes, kale, rhubarb, and all the beets your heart’s desire!


2017 Featured Artist and Painting Unveiled

SEWE is proud to announce its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2017 event, marking 35 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.

Ezra Tucker has been named Featured Artist. His painting, Maternal Manner, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2017 poster.

Ezra Tucker, a resident of Colorado, began his award-winning career more than four decades ago in the field of illustration producing many familiar advertisements and enduring images. Noted works include his paintings of ʻSmokey the Bearʼ for the National Park Service and the Budweiser Clydesdales among others. Tucker has spent many years pursuing his intense interest in nature, zoology and wildlife art. Ezra’s bold and distinctive style of painting reflects acute observation and knowledge of his subject and displays an intimate and emotional portrait quality and adept storytelling. Choosing to paint almost exclusively wildlife, he paints his animals as having apparent intelligence and individual distinctive personalities.

“To be chosen as the featured artist for the 35th annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is an unexpected honor,” remarks Tucker. “It means to me that I have achieved a quality to my art that is worthy of highlight and inclusion in the legacy of SEWE and the exceptional world of Wildlife Art.”

The 2017 Featured Painting, Maternal Manner, portrays an elk cow and calf. “It was inspired by my observation of the beauty and warmth of the nurturing and protective relationship of mother to offspring,” says Tucker. “I wanted to capture the subtle interaction and physical contact of the mother elk with its offspring teaching the calf survival skills. My objective was to depict up-close, their reaction to the moment they become aware of a non-threatening admiring audience.”

“The featured painting for 2017 is a beautiful piece which sets an exciting tone for the complete body of work yet to come,” adds SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “The generational aspect of the painting is especially fitting in this 35th year of SEWE. Several generations of collectors and wildlife art enthusiasts will be on hand in February to celebrate Ezra and another extraordinary group of artists.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE welcomes Guest Artists Richard Loffler and Van Marshall. Loffler is a sculptor from Saskatchewan and Van Marshall a carver from Summerville, SC.

The original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 16, 2017. The Official 2017 Poster is available for purchase here. See more of Ezra’s work here.



SEWE 2016 Raffle Winners Announced

Congrats to the Scout Boat winner and winners of the Caesar Guerini and Bernelli guns. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the raffles. And thank you to Ducks Unlimited, Scout Boats and Palmetto State Armory.