"Tess" by Margaret Rice
Animals depicted in an array of mediums were on parade at a recent art exhibition celebrating the beauty of the animal kingdom.
The 21st International Exhibition on Animals in Art, which ran from March 29-April 27 at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, featured 75 pieces of art depicting animals. A total of 202 artists from 40 states and Canada and Sweden submitted 446 entries for the show.
The show's judge and juror was Thomas Livesay, executive director of the LSU Museum of Art. Livesay selected the works that appeared during the exhibition in the veterinary school's library, as well as the award winners.
The $1,000 Best in Show award went to Monica Freeman of Baton Rouge, La., for her stone and steothite sculpture titled "Feline."
Dr. Janis H. Audin, AVMA editor-in-chief, chose "Woman with Hounds" by Jane Cozart to appear on the cover of this issue. The pastel features a woman walking with two dogs.
"The artist's work wonderfully captures the beauty of the human-animal bond," Dr. Audin said.
For the third time in four years, the People's Choice Award went to Margaret Rice of Baton Rouge, La., this time for "Tess," an oil painting on a board depicting a Whippet owned by AVMA member, Dr. Beth Partington.
Sue Loubiere, librarian emeritus, was recognized for her 19 years of service to the International Animals in Art Exhibition. She was presented with an engraved silver tray by the former and current deans of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
During her more than three decades as librarian, Loubiere worked for four of the School of Veterinary Medicine's five deans.
The show is viewable by visiting www.vetmed.lsu.edu/art_show_2008.htm. All of the art pieces are for sale, and a 20 percent commission on each sale goes to the School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, contact Gretchen Morgan, coordinator of alumni & public programs, at (225) 578-9826 or gmorganlsu [dot] edu.