Morgan Ian Wilbur
Morgan Wilbur works in the Art Collection Branch as a combat artist at the Naval History and Heritage Command. His artwork documents the operations and people of the United States Navy. Mr. Wilbur has traveled overseas to observe Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, with trips to Iraq in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He visited USS John C. Stennis in 2002 to observe their combat operations in support of OEF. Wilbur went to Afghanistan in 2010 to observe the Naval Mobile Construction Battalions, the Seabees. His paintings are represented in several collections including the U.S. Navy Art Collection, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Naval Aviation and has completed three paintings for the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration. His art has been represented in publications such as Naval Aviation News Magazine, the National Museum of Naval Aviation’s Foundation magazine, the Naval Institute Proceedings magazine and several dust jacket cover art pieces for the Naval Institute Press. While serving previously as the Art Director for Naval Aviation News Magazine he won numerous Navy CHINFO merit awards and the Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Award. Mr. Wilbur has also received the National Museum of Naval Aviation Foundation’s R.G. Smith award for excellence in Naval Aviation Art. Mr. Wilbur flew as an enlisted P-3A/B/C aircrewman in the Naval Air Reserve.