Art and the Animal, an annual exhibition by the Society of Animal Artists, will be on display at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium from November 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018. The exhibits opens to members only on November 18.

In the midst of it’s 57th annual tour, Art in the Animal features the best in animal-inspired art from around the world. The exhibit has been featured at more than 50 venues including museums, zoos, and art, cultural and science centers throughout North America.

Only the best animal art is selected for Art and the Animal. Consequently, it extremely difficult, and therefore prestigious, for artists to have artwork accepted into the exhibition. Combining natural history and fine art in creative ways, SAA members compete to have their work included in annual exhibitions chosen by a selection jury comprised of SAA members who meet at the Salmagundi Club in New York each Spring. In addition, an awards jury, comprised of distinguished experts with the highest possible qualifications who are not members of the SAA are charged with the difficult task of reviewing annual exhibitions for the purpose of recognizing highest achievements and bestowing awards to respective artists.

Artists who have won five or more awards are given the special status of “Master Signature Artist,” which allows them to automatically have their work included in Annual Exhibitions. Current, active “Master Signature Artists” include: Charles Allmond, Chris Bacon, Gerald Balciar, Robert Bateman, Burt Brent, Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, Guy Coheleach, Walter Matia, Leo Osborne, Sherry Salari Sander, Morten Solberg, and Kent Ullberg.

The mission of The Society of Animal Artists is to promote excellence in the portrayal of animals, domestic and/or wild, in art.  The Society was founded in 1960.  Over the past 50 years, works created by members of The Society of Animal Artists have established new standards of artistic excellence in fine art. Society members come from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. 

David J. Wagner, Ph.D. is the Tour Director for Art and the Animal.

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