The Zoo held its 20th annual art exhibit February 2 - March 17, 2013. This is a free show for all Zoo visitors with a paid Zoo admission. Most of the art work was for sale with 30% of sales going back to support the Zoo's art programs. You can view a prospectus for the show, download an entry form, or the 2014 Calendar
This show was started to provide Utah artists an opportunity to display their works of wildlife and "wildnature" in a setting complementary to their work. This show has grown to be one of the best venues in Utah for viewing wildlife and nature art.
The artwork for this year's poster was provide by Darrell Driver and will be available for purchase during the show for $20 (signed), $10 (unsigned). You can also purchase posters from previous shows online.
The juror for the 2013 World of the Wild Art Show was Lila Abersold. Lila held the position of State Fine Art Collection Curator and Visual Arts Program Manager for 22 years. She has also taught Art History courses at Westminster College, L.D.S. Business College, and the University of Utah Continuing Education. Lila has a B.F.A.degree inMusicology and a M.F.A. in Art History from the University of Utah. As Visual Arts Program Manager for the Utah Arts Council, Lila directed the statewide annual visual arts competition and exhibition and the annual fellowship competition. As curator of the State Fine Art Collection,she managed the acquisition and placement of artwork in the State Capitol building, Governor's Mansion, and other state buildings. She also created and managed traveling exhibitions within the state and internationallly. She is now enjoying retirement and looking forward to new adventures.
An Opening Reception was held on February 1, 2013 where awards were presented to the following pieces:
Juror's Choice Awards ($200 Each)
— Dragonfly (woven wire) by Juule DeHaan
— Sugarhouse Sunrise (photo) by Julie Dickerson
— Timbavadi Messenger (oil) by Jan Henderson
Juror's Honorable Mention Awards ($100 Each)
— Alerted (oil) by Michael Calles
— Pica picas (watercolor) by Tera Hunter
— Flamingos (fiber) by Nannette Holmberg
— Preening for the Ladies (photo) by Sterling Sanders
Award of Excellence (Have had pieces in over 15 different World of the Wild art shows)
Gift Certificate Awards
In addition the following artists had pieces selected by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums for their Traveling Exhibits Program: Olivia Albrecht, Shauna Alcorn, Gayle Allen, Roy Breslawski, Laurel Casjens, Mike Collins, Kevin Figueira, Sara Gourley, Cynthia Heath, Isabella Martinez, Rebecca Miller, Sarah Morley, Barbara Oxborrow, Paige Perkins, Dustin Pike, Patty Reay, Darla Roberts, Pam Robinson, Scott Stanley, Jerry Stickney, Maxwell Sueoka, Benny VanderWal, Hailey Wilson, Ben Wilson, Anthony Wolf.
Congratulations to all our artists who were selected for this year's show.