The Brush of Excellence

Extraordinary Stewardship

“Christopher ‘Kip’ Koss was my best friend and mentor. One summer afternoon Kip graciously presented me with several of Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling’s brushes. Gifting of these brushes – ‘The Brush of Excellence’ signifies extraordinary stewardship of the land and the wise use of our natural resources. It is with great honor to be able to present this brush in remembrance of both Darling’s and Koss’s legacies.”
                                                         –Samuel Koltinsky

Press Release – October 22, 2017

Press Release – February 23, 2015

 Brush of Excellence

The Brush of Excellence Recipients

Friends of Lake Darling State Park:  Presented to Jerry B. Robinson:
Presented to Washington County Riverboat Foundation, Iowa

Friends of Lake Darling State Park:  Presented to Federation Bank, Iowa

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society:  On display at the Education Center,
J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – Jim Sprankle

The SCCF “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Program: The SCCF “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Artist of the Year – Jaye Boswell

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation:  On display at The Fish House,
Captiva Island, Florida

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation: Presented to Jim and Patricia Dinsmore

The Wildlife Society

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art

Friends of Mahr Park