World of the Wild

One of the best wildlife art venues in the state!

Annual Art Show

We will be holding our 24th annual art exhibition January 28 – March 12, 2017 in the RendeZoo Room daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Free entrance with Zoo entry. 

For Artists:  Information for the 24th annual World of the Wild can be found in the prospectus that gives rules and conditions for entering the show. You can also download an entry form, or view the 2017 calendar.

posterThis 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 art.

The artwork for the 2017 poster was provided by Cindi Smith and is available for purchase $15 (signed), $10 (unsigned),  online, where you can also purchase posters from previous shows.  The proceeds from all art show poster sales will go to support Hartmann’s zebra conservation.

The juror for the 2017 show is Utah Artist, Douglas Fryer.  Fryer studied at Brigham Young University, receiving a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting and Drawing. He has taught fine art and illustration at Brigham Young, the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He lives and paints in the countryside of Spring City, Utah.

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View the 2016 Art Show Pieces >>

View pieces from previous shows: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

An Opening Reception was held on January 29, 2016 where awards were presented to the following pieces:

Cash Awards

Juror’s Choice Award ($200 Each)

Bison Interrupted (photo) by Julie Robideau

Christie (colored pencil) by Liesel Bendio-Potter

Blue Black Grizzly (acrylic) by Ron Russon

Award of Merit ($100 Each)

A Wrinkle in Time (watercolor) by Pam Robinson

Peacock (pinecones) by Holly Juengling

Wahoo! 50% Off (ceramic) by Cliff Gekko

Honorable Mention – Young Artists Award ($50 Each)

Cute Owl (acrylic) by Jerry Jiang

Sand Cat Shenanigan (watercolor) by Daphne Green

Zoo Awards

Zoo Director’s Choice AwardIn The Bush (colored pencil) by P. Craig Ellertson
Zoo Employee’s Choice AwardWild Alaska (photo) by Brokk Mowrey

Gift Certificate Awards

Pixels Foto and Frame AwardImmature Red-tailed Hawk (photo) by John Speros
Bullock Frame Company Award Watching Through the Bamboo (colored pencil) by Sherry Florin

Utah Arts & Museums Traveling Pieces

In addition to the awards presented, the following artists had pieces selected by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums for their Traveling Exhibits Program: Leah Anderson, Eliza Anderson, Laurel Casjens, Aleta Cobabe, Claire Dowey, Caryn Feeney, Jenny Fowler, Jean Glaser, Jeffry Hansen, Cynthia Heath, Kendra Hitchcock, Jerry Jiang, David Lupash, Andrew Marx, Brokk Mowrey, Devlyn Reaves, Dennis Robertson, Frigga Ruscetta, Ron Russon, Chelsey Shuder, Teddy Stevens, Nigel Style, Maxwell Sueoka, Brianna Thaxton, Zachary Todd, Hailey Wilson

Congratulations to all our artists who were selected for this year’s show.

Here are the dates and locations for the 2016/17 Traveling Show.

World of the Wild Traveling Show Dates and Locations

  • Manti Elementary, Manti 8/17 – 9/13 (2016)
  • Fillmore Elementary, Fillmore 9/13 – 10/11 (2016)
  • Delta Public Library, Delta 10/12 – 11/19 (2016)
  • Hanksville Elementary, Hanksville  1/4 –2/1 (2017)
  • Delta South Elementary, Delta 2/2 – 3/2 (2017)
  • Calvin Smith Elementary, Taylorsville 3/3 – 3/24 (2017)
  • Vernal Public Library, Vernal 3/27 – 4/28 (2017)


Utah’s Hogle Zoo would like to thank the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Salt Lake City Mayor and City Council and the citizens of Salt Lake County for their generous support of the World of the Wild Art Show.