World of the Wild

One of the best wildlife art venues in the state!

Annual Art Show

We will be holding our 27th World of the Wild annual art exhibition at the Zoo January 25 – March 8, 2020 in the Rendezoo Room. 

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 2020 poster along with past posters can be purchased online. All the money raised from this year’s poster will go to support sloth conservation and habitat preservation in Brazil. The poster for the 2020 show features the Zoo’s newest two-toed sloth, Pedro, and was created by Jennifer Seeley.

We would like to thank Sarah Hobin, the Visual Arts and Community Outreach Manager for the Salt Lake City Arts Council, for jurying the 2020 show. In her role, Sarah manages the Finch Lane Gallery exhibitions in the historic Art Barn building as well as community outreach for the SLC Arts Council. Before her time with the Arts Council, Sarah lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked at various institutions such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the CCA Wattis Institute, and the Oakland Museum of California in curatorial, preparatory, and visitor services capacities. She is a practicing creative writer, a proud auntie of two, and spends much of her free time exploring the urban and natural landscapes around her.

For questions or comments about the World of the Wild art show, you can email Whitney Brown.

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View the 2020 Art Show Pieces >>

View pieces from last years show here: 2019 Art Show

An Opening Reception was held on January 23, 2020 where awards were presented to the following pieces:

Cash Awards

Best of Show ($300)

— Stalks (acrylic) by Carel Brest van Kempen

Juror’s Choice Awards ($200 Each)

Botswana Sunset (photo) by Thomas Horton

— Quail Family (dyed ostrich egg) by Paulette Platt

— Mr. Sly (acrylic) by Kristeen Lindorff

Honorable Mention Award ($100 Each)

Baby Screech Owl (scratchboard) Natalia Wilkins-Tyler

Young Artists Awards

The Walrus (acrylic) by Amanda Babcock

— Turn the Frown Upside-down (acrylic) by Alison Mayetani

Zoo Awards

Zoo Director’s Choice AwardFly Catcher 2.0 (mixed media) by Elizabeth Campbell
Zoo Employee’s Choice Award1,864 (oil) by Brandon Bouck

Gift Certificate Award

Bullock Frame Company Award ($85)

A Keckle of Koalas (pastel) by Aaron Keck

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 Exhibitions Program:  Gayle Allen, Maya Asparouhova, Eva Averin, Amanda Babcock, Jordan Brun, Laurel Casjens, Brady Donely, Paula Elliott, Caryn Feeney, Allie Finlinson, Mazor Fowler, Jeffrey Hansen, Doreen Hanson, Jerry Jiang, Valkyrie Johnson, Carson Kawabata, Allison Mayetani, Denise Miller, Olivia Nguyen, Noah Nickisch, Heather Olsen, Virginia Parris, Sreelakshmi Preejith, Marguerite Roberts, Alex Rose, Ron Russon, Rebecca Smith, Laura Sommer, John Tavolan, Joe Watkins

Congratulations to all our artists who were selected for this year’s show. Check back for dates and locations of the 2020/2021 shows.

Here are the dates and locations for the 2019/20Traveling Show.

World of the Wild Traveling Show Dates and Locations >>

    • Manti Elementary, Aug 27 – Sep 24, 2019
    • Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, St. George, Oct 10  – Nov 4, 2019
    • Delta South Elementary,  Nov 6 – Dec 4, 2019
    • Red Mountain Elementary, St. George, Jan 7 – Feb 4, 2020
    • Hanksville Elementary, Feb 5 – Mar 4, 2020
    • Sunset View Elementary, Provo, Mar 4 – Apr 3, 2020
    • Grand County Library, Moab, Apr 7 – May 18, 2020

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.