International Animals in Art Exhibition Returns After Six Years

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The International Animals in Art Exhibition ran for 28 years before being halted in 2017 due to building renovations and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine is inviting artists to submit entries for the show, which returns this fall.

The juror and judge for this year’s exhibition is Leslie Koptcho, a professor at LSU College of Art & Design. His prints and books are part of 35 permanent collections around the world. She has served on the board of the Southern Graphics Council and the American Print Alliance.

“Angel Light”, an acrylic painting by Akiko Watanabe, was part of the 2016 International Animals in Art Exhibition. (Photos courtesy of LSU)

The show is open to all performers 18 years of age or older. The pieces must represent an animal. All media is eligible except for video, installation and audio works.

The maximum entry size is 60 inches by 60 inches by 48 inches. Each candidate can submit a maximum of three works. A non-refundable fee of $20 for the first artwork entered plus $15 for each additional entry must be paid online.

All work must have a sale price. A 20% commission will be charged on all sales. Proceeds go to veterinary school programs and projects. Past exhibits have provided funds for the Veterinary Library and Wildlife Hospital.

June 30 is the application deadline for entries and fees. Letters of acceptance will be emailed to artists the week of August 1st. September 16 is the deadline for receipt of accepted registrations. The exhibition runs from October 1 to November 1 in the veterinary library.

Artists can apply here.

Many works from previous exhibitions have been featured on the covers of JAVMAa tradition begun in 1996 by Dr. Janis Audin, then editor-in-chief, and which should continue with Dr. Lisa Fortier, the current editor-in-chief.

“Road Trip”, a ceramic sculpture by Bab Scaturro, was part of the 2016 International Animals in Art Exhibition.
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