Tomorrow afternoon will see the opening of wildlife art's premiere annual event. Art and the Animal
is the main touring exhibition of the NYC-based Society of Animal Artists
, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of animal art. This year, the juried show will open at the Neville Public Museum
in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Doors open at 1:30pm, and David Wagner, PhD
will give a lecture at 2pm, and will be available to hawk his fine new book
. I was actually scheduled to speak (an activity I find terrifying) at a Lawrence University symposium in conjunction with the show, but got a last-minute reprieve. The opening night dinner will be held at the KI Convention Center (wherever that is) beginning at 5pm, where the awards, including the society's highest honor, the Award of Excellence
, will be announced.
The show runs at the Neville through November 2nd. The tour itinerary goes something like this:
- November 22, 2008 - February 15, 2009: The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
- March 15 to April or May 15, 2009: Dunnegan Gallery Of Art, Bolivar, MO
- May 30 - July 5, 2009: Cultural Arts Council Of Estes Park Fine Art Gallery, Estes Park, CO
- July 18 - August 30, 2009: San Angelo Museum Of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
_____________________illustration: CRASH-BARRIER WALTZER (2005) acrylic 30" x 22"