at the 2001 ART AND THE ANIMAL exhibit.
The Society of Animal Artists recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of animal art through the Master Artist status. This Status is granted to artists who have won 5 or more Awards of Excellence at the annual member's juried show - the ART AND THE ANIMAL.
Judging each year is done by a panel of six jurors that are completely independent from SAA. The host venue selects a panel from their area that are artistic professionals such as professional working artists; Museum personnel/directors; wildlife experts; gallery owners; magazine editors etc. SAA then approves the list provided.
The six judges are split into teams of three. One team selects the monetary awards, the other team the Award of Excellence. For the Award of Excellence the jurors are instructed to select work that exemplifies "the highest standards of artistic achievement".
Master artists can then have one piece of work of their choice included in each exhibition after receiving the designation "Master Artist" without being juried.
Current Master Artists are:
Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen
Bob Kuhn (in memoriam)
Sherry Salari Sander