World of the Wild

One of the best wildlife art venues in the state!

Annual Art Show

We celebrated our 25th World of the Wild annual art exhibition January 26 – March 11, 2018 in the RendeZoo Room with all artwork by Utah artist. 

FOR ARTISTS:  We are excited to announce we have switched to an online submission process. This is 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 is 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 was 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 years 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 2018 Art Show Pieces >>

View pieces from previous shows: 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

An Opening Reception was held on January 26, 2018 where awards were presented to the following pieces:

Cash Awards

Best of Show ($300)

— Buffalo (wire) by Juule DeHaan

Juror’s Choice Award ($100 Each)

Chameleon (fiber) by Carole Alden

— Ok Guys… Everyone Look at the Camera (photo) by Rick Kramer

Green Bee-Eater (mixed media) Elizabeth Campbell

— Charlotte’s Owl (colored pencil) Jessica Hawe

— We Three Kings (watercolor) Katie Grussendorf

Young Artists Award (Family Zoo Membership Each)

The Mouse Family (acrylic) by Jerry Jiang

The Viper Strikes Back (acrylic) by Carson Kawabata

Zoo Awards

Zoo Director’s Choice AwardTwo Magpies in a Golden Wood (pen & watercolor) by Angel Alexandra
Zoo Employee’s Choice AwardContrast (mixed media) by Erik Jensen

Gift Certificate Award

Bullock Frame Company Award ($100)— The Small Things (pastel) by Jessika Clark

Special Recognition

In celebration of the World of the Wild Art Exhibit’s 25th year, we would like to acknowledge the following artists for their years of contribution to the success of the show:

20 + Years of Participation – Carol Alden, Carel Brest van Kempen, Laurel Casjens, Caryn Feeney, Jan Henderson, Marguerite Roberts

10+ Years of Participation – Gayle Allen, Summer Borla, Ginni Combs, Juule DeHaan, Jerry Durrant, Robyn Olsen, Jeff Pierson, Cindi Smith

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: Lucie Alder, Gayle Allen, Eliza Anderson, Summer Borla, Elizabeth Campbell, Doreen Cich, Jessika Clark, Katherine Dunford, Kathleen Gardner, Morgan Hairfield, Doreen Hanson, Patrick Holty, Jerry Jiang, Holly Juengling, Brekyn Kasteler, Akemi Kawabata, Mariko Kowalski, Trijsten Leach, Andrew Marx, Deni Morrison, Virginia Parris, Devon Phillips, Julie Robideau, Tamera Trotter, Rhonda Van der Merwe  (dates and locations for the 2018-19 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.