Ohio residents and visitors will need their safari hats and Land Rovers for an exciting exhibition of wildlife subjects from some talented realists.
Opened on April 26, “Art and the Animal” at the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio is an exhibition for people of all ages. The show features a wide variety of wildlife subjects in countless environments, from domestic cats to bald eagles and iguanas. In addition to outstanding paintings, patrons will discover bronze sculptures of animals as well.

Grant Hacking, “Ancestral Bloodline,” 2014, oil on canvas, 47 x 57 in. (c) Grant Hacking 2016

Via the exhibition webpage: “Only the best animal art is selected for Art and the Animal. Consequently, it is extremely difficult, and therefore prestigious, for artists to have artwork accepted into the exhibition. Combining natural history and fine art in creative ways, SAA members compete to have their work included in annual exhibitions chosen by a selection jury comprised of SAA members who meet at the Salmagundi Club in New York each Spring. In addition, an awards jury, comprised of distinguished experts with the highest possible qualifications who are not members of the SAA are charged with the difficult task of reviewing annual exhibitions for the purpose of recognizing highest achievements and bestowing awards to respective artists. Artists who have won five or more awards are given the special status of ‘Master Signature Membership,’ which qualifies them to by-pass future annual exhibition selection juries and automatically have their work included in Annual Exhibitions.”

Rosetta, “Jasmine II,” 2014, bronze, 6 x 18 x 4 in. (c) Rosetta 2016

“Art and the Animal” will be on view through July 17. To learn more, visit the Canton Museum of Art.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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