Animal art on display at LSU

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More than 700 pieces of art depicting animals recently competed in the 18th International Exhibition on Animals in Art at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Some 334 artists from 43 states, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa submitted 777 entries to the exhibition.

Judith Goldsmith was the show's judge and juror. Goldsmith is a Baton Rouge, La., artist with a master's in fine arts in painting. Her work has garnered several awards and has been exhibited throughout the United States. Goldsmith selected the 75 pieces for the exhibition, held March 19-April 17 at the school's library.

The $1,000 Best in Show award went to Tim Waldrop of Macomb, Ill., for his oil painting "Drift."

Dr. Janis H. Audin, AVMA editor-in-chief, attended the art show and chose "Mary", a pastel work by Rebecca J. Becker of Portland, Ore., which appears on the cover of this issue.

Explaining her reasons for choosing the piece, Dr. Audin said, "At first, the scene of a girl feeding one of the sheep attracted me, but I kept returning to view the piece because of the artist's masterful use of pastels to capture the wind catching the girl's hair and the sheep's wool, as well as the play of the light and texture of the girl's outfit and the background foliage."

The $100 People's Choice Award went to Margaret Rice of Baton Rouge, La., for her oil painting "Mardi Gras."

Twenty-five pieces from the exhibit were sold for a total of $15,810. Proceeds from the show go to the LSU Veterinary Medicine Library endowment and the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana. All 75 works can be seen by visiting

For more information on the exhibition, contact Sue Loubiere, director of the LSU Veterinary Medicine Library, at (225) 578-9793, or visit the library's Web site at