'Art and the Animal' Captures UK Art Museum Spotlight
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2013) — "Art and the Animal," a diverse collection of imaginative artwork that creatively explores the majesty of animals from around the world, will be showcased at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky from Feb. 3 to April 28.
As the flagship exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), "Art and the Animal" strives to promote excellence in the portrayal of both domestic and wild animals through art. Whether depicting massive, powerful creatures like polar bears and silverback gorillas, or diminutive and delicate ones like a wood frog and a moth, SAA artists seek to combine nature and fine art in a myriad of ways.
This exhibition includes 70 paintings, sculptures, watercolors and drawings that celebrate through creativity the diversity of the animal kingdom. The pieces depict a wide variety of animals shown in countless environments, capturing both the camaraderie of a pair of dogs in the artist's own backyard, as well as the rare beauty of the world's only surviving species of genetically wild horses found in Mongolia. Additionally, visitors will find a bronze sculpture of a weary lioness, a pastel of a blue jay and an oil painting portraying a wet kiss between two otters.
Furthermore, 10 works of art featuring horses have been added exclusively for the Lexington stop. Renowned equine specialist Fay Moore contributes a stirring race scene, while Jan Woods and Marilyn Newmark show powerful bronzes.
David J. Wagner, noted wildlife art scholar and author of "American Wildlife Art," organized the exhibition drawing from the SAA's larger annual juried exhibition, located in the historic Salmagundi Art Club on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Society members represent Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. Admission to "Art and the Animal" is $8 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and free for all students, UK faculty, staff and alumni. The exhibition is also free on Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.
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