June 01, 2006


 Artists draw inspiration from animals for exhibition

Posted May 15, 2006

Domestic creatures rarely keep company with wild ones—but dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and pigs recently shared space with lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, rhinoceroses, and many other species.

The 19th International Exhibition on Animals in Art, which ran from March 18-April 16 at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, featured 75 pieces of art depicting animals. A total of 296 artists from 42 states, Canada, Europe, and Asia submitted 749 entries.

Ann Connelly was the show's judge and juror. Connelly operates an art gallery in Baton Rouge, La., that focuses on contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculpture, along with antique European drawings. Connelly selected the works that appeared during the exhibition in the veterinary school's library, as well as the winners.

The $1,000 Best in Show Award went to Judi Betts of Baton Rouge for her watercolor painting of elephants, "Circus Circus."

Dr. Janis H. Audin, AVMA editor-in-chief, attended the art show and chose "Bighorn Rams," an acrylic painting by Joseph Vance of Brooklyn, N.Y., to appear on the cover of this issue.

"I was immediately impressed with this painting as it captured my attention when I first viewed it close up and then later when I viewed it from across a large room," Dr. Audin said. "The contrast of the yellowish-brown rams and the dry grasslands against the steely-blue skies is what calls a viewer to come closer to see how the artist used exquisite detail to portray the strong, stoic power of his subjects."

The $100 People's Choice Award went to Berry Fritz of McAllen, Texas, for the oil painting "The Loafer," depicting a sleeping cat.

Fourteen pieces from the exhibit sold for a total of $969. Proceeds from the show will go toward books and materials for the library and materials for the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana.

The show is still viewable by visiting www.vetmed.lsu.edu/library/artexh/, clicking on Nineteenth Exhibition-2006, scrolling to the right, and clicking on Exhibition.

More information on the exhibition is available by contacting Ginger Guttner, chair of the SVM Art Show Committee, at (225) 578-9922.