Noted Auburn artist to be recognized in Jordan-Hare Stadium during Sept. 26 football game

Published: September 23, 2015
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Nationally known pencil artist Stephen Malkoff has created a limited edition print of Nova, War Eagle VII, called 'Game Face,' once again sharing his talents with Auburn University.

The famed artist will be recognized in Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, Sept. 26, during the Auburn-Mississippi State football game for his support of the Southeastern Raptor Center.

Only 3,000 lithograph prints are being produced and a percentage of the sales will support the Southeastern Raptor Center, which cares for, trains and houses Nova and others birds of prey through an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

'The perspective of this work of art is amazing,' said Dr. Jamie Bellah, director of the Southeastern Raptor Center, a division of the College of Veterinary Medicine. 'We are grateful to Stephen for capturing the image of Nova’s game day expression and attitude in flight and that his work is supporting the missions of the Southeastern Raptor Center.'

The prints can be purchased online at www.Tiger30.com or by calling Malkoff’s Gallery at (888) 410-3559. Handcrafted in the greatest detail, each print is signed and numbered by Malkoff and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Malkoff draws from photographs but meets with his subjects on several occasions to ensure he captures the subject’s personality. 'I spend a lot of time to make sure that, when I am drawing, I’m capturing the spirit of the subject,' he said. 'I think I accomplished that with Nova.

'It is rare to witness a golden eagle flying straight at you. With great determination and focus, Nova, War Eagle VII, is headed for the prize.'

In 2010, Malkoff created a pencil drawing of Tiger, War Eagle VI, in honor of her 30th birthday. 'Tiger and Nova are totally different personality wise,' he said. 'Tiger was a little spirited, while Nova is a little more laid back, but determined.'

Two years ago, he created a rendering of the famous Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner.

Malkoff studied architecture at Auburn and played football under legendary coach Pat Dye. He was a member of the 1988 SEC Championship team.

Today he is known for his detailed artwork, which has been featured in Southern Living, Country Living and Guidepost magazines. In 2006, Malkoff’s work was showcased in the Public Television documentary titled Tree Lines: The Art of Stephen Malkoff.

The Southeastern Raptor Center has a three-fold mission of conservation, education and rehabilitation. Center staff and volunteers rehabilitate and release hundreds of injured birds of prey annually and conduct educational programs throughout the Southeast using non-releasable raptors as part of educational programs.

While the game day flights of the eagle is uniquely Auburn, its role is to promote wildlife conservation, education and rehabilitation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center.