Only one week left – enter the National 2016 Animal Art Competition by July 31 at midnight


Enter the 2016 15th Annual IAA
National Animal Art Juried Competition

AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving TX
$3,000 in Awards
Juror: Walt Davis SWS AWS

In addition to the Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Competition,
Irving Art Association also sponsors a national show on animal art. 

2016 marks the 15th year Irving Art Association has held a special competition on animal art. Entry is open to all legal residents of the U.S. in the contiguous 48 states, 18 and older. Any animal species is considered as acceptable subject matter for works, including both wildlife and domestic.

Media: Oil Painting, Water Media, Dry Media (drawing), Mixed media/misc. (including printmaking), and Photography. Supports: canvas, paper, panel or yupo.

ENTRY DEADLINE Sunday, July 31, 2015 until midnight. Our juror will then select 70 pieces for the show — then on Aug. 13 email notifications of acceptance will be sent out.

2015 Best of Show:
Heather Lara “Serenity”

For complete entry rules see the 2016 PROSPECTUS

2016 Online Registration and Paymentclick here

note: Chrome is the best browser to use with the online form.$35 entry fee for up to 3 pieces; discount – $25 for IAA members (You can join nowFor questions, contact us at or call Sharon at 972-570-7565.


  • Sunday, July 31st Entry Deadline  all day
  • Saturday, August 13 Notification of acceptance
  • Mon. – Fri., Aug 22 – 26 Shipped entries due – instruction sent with notification
  • Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Hand delivered entries, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX 75062
  • Sunday, August 28, 2016 Exhibit opens to public
  • Sunday, September 4 Exhibit Reception &  Awards 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 24 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Strike show & art pickup
  • Oct. 1 – Nov. 27. 2016 Traveling Exhibit  at the Irving Arts Center.  Local artists are invited to participate.

Our Juror:


Walt Davis, signature member and past president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, began painting in watercolor over thirty years ago.  He has studied with such notable artists as Faith Helen Foust, Bud Biggs, Doug Walton, Louise Cadillac, Carole Barnes, Frank Webb, Mark Mehaffey, Richard Stephens, and bird artist John P. O’Neil.

Davis has taught watercolor, figure drawing, and plein air sketching at Eastfield Community College, Amarillo College, Panhandle Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Art, and in his studio in Commerce.  He has conducted demonstrations and workshops in Amarillo, Brownsville, Dallas, San Angelo and nine other Texas cities.

His work is carried by the Davis and Blevins Gallery in St. Jo, Texas, and his paintings hang in private collections in Washington State, Montana, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and cities throughout Texas.

His painting, Katy-did, Katy-didn’t, won the Margery Soroka Memorial Award in the 2013 American Watercolor Society competition in New York and was included in the Society’s traveling show.  Two other insect portraits won awards in 2014; one in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies in Phoenix, Arizona, and the other in the Southwestern Watercolor Society show in Dallas.  With the acceptance of the painting Make My Day (see above) in the 2015 annual exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Davis became a signature member of that prestigious organization.

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