World of the Wild

One of the best wildlife art venues in the state!

Annual Art Show

We will be celebrating our 25th World of the Wild annual art exhibition January 26 – March 11, 2018 in the RendeZoo Room with artwork on display by Utah artist. 

FOR ARTISTS:  We are excited to announce for our 25th show, we are moving to an online submission process. We feel this will be a much easier process and convenient method of submitting your art work. Add yourself to the mailing list below if you are not already getting our emails.

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 art.

The artwork for the 2018 poster was provided by 6 different artists, each of whom created an image of one of the Zoo’s Big Six species. Scott Stanley (African Lion), Chesley Shuder (Boreal Toad), Liesel Potter (Polar Bear), Lance Snider (African Elephant), Amber Alvarez (Radiated Tortoise) and Andrew Marx (Bornean Orangutan). These signature species correspond to the six major conservation efforts the Zoo focuses on. The poster will be available to purchase online. All the money raised from the posters will go to support our Big Six conservation efforts.

The juror for the 2018 show will be the Zoo’s own, Jameson Weston, Director of the Creative Services Department.  Jameson started the World of the Wild art show at the Zoo 25 year’s ago and has seen it grow from very humble beginnings to now considered one of the premier wildlife art venues in the state.

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View the 2017 Art Show Pieces >>

View pieces from previous shows: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

An Opening Reception was held on January 26, 2017 where awards were presented to the following pieces:

Cash Awards

Best of Show ($300)

— Sally-Gleaning (acrylic) by Carel Brest van Kempen

Juror’s Choice Award ($200 Each)

Horned Lizard (fiber) by Carole Alden

— Pelicans Flying over Palm Trees (photo) by Laurel Casjens

Honorable Mention ($100 Each)

Lake Powell Reflections (photo) by Cynthia Heath

Dot Your Eyes (pen & ink) by Kristen Otero

— Protective Herd (photo) by Brokk Mowrey

— Velociraptor (steel) by Kenn Anderson

Young Artists Award (Family Zoo Membership Each)

Fox in the Woods (acrylic) by Jerry Jiang

Brown Bear (acrylic) by Patrick Holty

Zoo Awards

Zoo Director’s Choice AwardMisha (pen & watercolor) by Lance Snider
Zoo Employee’s Choice AwardRemember Me (acylic) by Jessika Clark

Gift Certificate Awards

Pixels Foto and Frame AwardCross Trekker (photo) by Kate Rice
Bullock Frame Company AwardReflections in Amber (pastel) by Beverly Hansen

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, Emily Bagley Hayford, Ralph Bartholomew, Elise Boucher, Laurel Casjens, Dallas Giles, Jeffry Hansen, Gabrielle Hatton, Tip Hewitt-Pongsuwan, Patrick Holty, Laura Johns, Carson Kawabata, Charlotte Kooreman,  Rich Kramer, Andrew Marx, Shannon McCosh, Olivia Nguyen, Tyson Nguyen, Pam Robinson, Lance Snider, Jerry Sticky, Heather Tuttle, Adrianna Vawdrey, Caleb Walker, Haily Wilson  (dates and locations for the 2017-18 show will be posted later)

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

Here are the dates and locations for the 2017/18Traveling Show.

World of the Wild Traveling Show Dates and Locations >>

    • Manti Elementary, Manti, Aug 21 – Sep 18 (2017)
    • Cedar Public Library, Cedar City, Oct 4 – Nov 11 (2017)
    • Boulder Community Gallery, Boulder, Nov 1 – Jan 3, 2018
    • Red Mountain Elementary, Ivins, Jan 4 – Feb 1 (2018)
    • Valley High School, South Jordan, Feb 5 – Mar 5 (2018)
    • Orem Public Library, Orem, Mar 5 – Apr 9 (2018)
    • Lomond View Elementary, Pleasant View, Apr 9 – May 4 (2018)
    • Jeremy Ranch Elementary, May4 – June 1 (2018)
    • Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Logan, Jun 4 – July 9 (2018)


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.