Saturday, July 31, 2021

Society of Animal Artists 2021 Special Exhibitions

The Society of Animal Artists is holding three upcoming exhibitions this year! The first exhibition, which will also tour to additional venues, has the very moving theme "Art That Matters to the Planet". SAA members entered works dealing with issues that our wildlife and environment face today, being climate change, pollution, and over-population and destruction of habitat to just name a few of the serious problems. Many of the works juried into this exhibition, cause the viewer to stop and ponder what's happening to the planet and its inhabitants, and hopefully inspire people to want to make a positive change whenever possible, and to do their part to help our wildlife and planet. 

Society of Animal Artists Art That Matters to the Planet Show

August 14 – October 25, 2021: The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY

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"Left Behind" by John Brennan

 "It’s For Your Own Good" by Aleta Rossi-Steward

Tour Venues for Art That Matters to the Planet:

November 20, 2021 – January 16, 2022: The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ

February 5 – May 5, 2022: The Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays, KS

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show

August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

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"Fair Warning" by Jennifer L. Cook

"Ghost Of A Chance" by Lori Dunn

Society of Animal Artists The Kingdom Show

November 26, 2021 – January 16, 2022: The Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI

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"Through the Night" by Jhenna Quinn Lewis

"Tree Swallows #1" by Jamie Cassaboon

Monday, May 31, 2021

Society of Animal Artists New Members Exhibition


Welcome to the Society of Animal Artists’ New Members Exhibition. Founded in 1960, SAA is devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through art exhibitions, informative seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations. The SAA’s membership, past and present, represents a veritable who’s who of artists from around the world. Twenty-one of our new members are highlighted in this exhibition. Enjoy! —Renee Bemis, (President, Board of Directors, Society of Animal Artists)

Congratulations to these recently elected members who were juried into this online exhibition. Click here to view the exhibition which will be online through November 17th. Previous online exhibitions are archived there too for your viewing. (

Don Alemany

Valentina Andrees

Kimberly Beck

Rose Collins

Jennifer L. Cook


Mikel D. Donahue

Gary J. Eigenberger

Isla Ferrer

John Guiseppi

Kathryn A. Hansen

Rachel Stavrowsky Hurst

Rebecca Korth

David S. LaMure, Jr.

Linda Lunnon

Kathleen M. Maling

Kelly Grace McNeil

Maryann Mullet

Maegan Oberhardt

Gamini Ratnivira

Claudia Roulier

Michael L Todoroff

Monday, February 1, 2021

Announcing New SAA Members for January 2021

The Society of Animal Artists is delighted to announce our newly elected members from the January 2021 jury! The SAA's next jury for new members, will be June 15th, 2021. Please click the artists' names to visit their websites to see more of their work. Artists are listed below in alphabetical order.

Valentina Andrees, Germany ~ Associate Member

Yun Gee Bradley, OR  ~ Associate Member

Rose Collins, AZ  ~ Associate Member

Isla Ferrer, New Zealand  ~ Associate Member

Marco Grasso, Italy  ~ Associate Member


Kathryn A. Hansen, CA ~ Signature Member


Linda Lunnon, Australia  ~ Associate Member

Maryann Mullett, NH  ~ Associate Member

Maegan Oberhardt, Australia  ~ Associate Member

DOL, Belgium  ~ Associate Member

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Joining The Society of Animal Artists

The SAA 58th at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

The Society of Animal Artists (SAA), founded in 1960, is devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through art exhibitions, informative seminars, lectures, and teaching demonstrations. The SAA's membership, past and present, represent a veritable who's who of artists from around the world. Membership is open to artists by jury, and the Society has several levels of Patron Memberships.

So Why Join the Society?

1. The camaraderie with fellow artists and like-minded individuals. SAA artists currently number over 525 and represent 23 different countries. Members have regular opportunities to interact with each other online, as well as in-person throughout the year. 

2. Exhibition opportunities in prestigious venues are available to members annually. The Society hosts their flagship Annual Exhibition with opening weekend activities and awards each Fall. The SAA also currently holds several special exhibitions annually. New members are accepted at either Associate or Signature level and are able to be promoted to Distinguished Signature Member, and even the coveted Master Signature Member through participation in SAA Exhibitions. 

The 59th SAA Annual Exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art Museum

3. Informative seminars, demonstrations, presentations are available during the SAA opening weekends. Monthly business panel sessions, artists' studio tours, and advice from experienced artists in the field are offered online to members. 

SAA artist Robert Bateman demonstrating in 2015

SAA artist Paul Ryhmer demonstrating bronze pouring techniques

SAA artist Sharon Fulingim demonstrating stone carving techniques

4. Field trips are planned during opening weekend celebrations, to visit zoos, national parks, and wildlife attractions in the local area. 

On a whale-watching expedition during the 50th Exhibition in San Diego, CA

Playing with lemurs during an opening weekend

5. Recognition and awards ~ Spaces in SAA Exhibitions are limited and chosen by the jury to ensure the highest quality artwork is featured. Awards in the Annual Exhibition are selected by a panel of three museum professionals. Thousands of dollars in award money, purchase awards, magazine editor's choice awards, and the coveted Awards of Excellence are bestowed at each Annual Exhibition. The Awards of Excellence are the sole path to Master Signature Membership within the Society. Participating artists are also featured in the catalog.

6. Building the future ~ SAA members, particularly the leadership, strive to build a foundation of opportunities and knowledge for the next generation of artists. 

Until next time ~ SAA Artist Rachelle Siegrist

Monday, November 30, 2020

Society of Animal Artists International Exhibition


The Gallery page featuring over 50 SAA artists

Since I've been sharing about the history of the SAA this past year, it's exciting to think we are making history with our 60+-year-old organization with our first online-only exhibition! This inaugural exhibition focuses on many of the SAA's international members (those residing outside of the United States). 

"The Society of Animal Artists, founded in 1960, is the most accomplished collection of artists who find inspiration in the birds and animals that share our planet. This worldwide membership of celebrated painters and sculptors represents the very highest level of excellence in virtually all artistic mediums. SAA’s membership includes 500 artists from around the world. This unique exhibition is the inaugural virtual presentation of artwork by many of our members who live and work outside the United States. Included are paintings and sculptures by 54 artists from 19 countries. Enjoy the exhibition!" ReneĆ© Bemis, SAA President, Society of Animal Artists

A close up showing how the map identifies artists by country

World map showing the participating artists from all over the world

Elwin's specific gallery page (above and below)

The exhibition embeds information from Wikipedia about the specific species featured in each artwork. To enjoy viewing the exhibition click on any of the above images or on this link:

Visit the SAA website via this link for information on submitting to the SAA jury for artist membership, or to become a Patron Member of the SAA

Until next time ~ SAA artist Rachelle