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Winners of the 2016 IAA National Animal Art Exhibition


For the 15th year, Irving Art Association has hosted  a competition featuring animal art. Juror Walt Davis selected art and photography from 61 artists from all over the country. Drawings,  watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography,  and mixed media are represented in this exciting collection. (see Preview Gallery)

The show opened Sunday, August 28th and runs until Sept. 23rd at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Sun., Mon., Wed. & Thurs., from 1 to 4 p.m. and Tues.  from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Awards Reception was held on Sunday afternoon, September 4 from 2-4pm. For a copy of the show catalog click here: 2016 Animal Art Brochure PDF

For Reception & Awards photos, check the IAA Photo Album . – For pictures of the award-winning art, see the Winners Gallery (bottom of page).

Credit goes to those who worked hard on this exhibit: Host was show chair Mark Thompson, and he and juror Walt Davis handed out awards. Entry intake was done by Sharon Giles; catalog, by Deepa Koshaley and Sharon Giles; hanging and intake volunteers were Linda Shotwell, Susan Murray,  Patsy Davila, Jean Knauber and Sharon Giles.  Food for the reception was handled by Susan Murray, and reception photographer was Patsy Davila.

Many thanks to our juror Walt Davis, who selected a beautiful show and delighted artists by explaining the design points and merits of the artwork and photography.

On October 1st, twenty pieces from this exhibit will be on display at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur, Irving) for the5th Annual IAA Animal Art Traveling Exhibit until November 27. Traveling exhibit chairs are Sharon Giles and Susan Murray.

Juror Walt Davis presents Best of Show to Steve Danner
Juror Walt Davis presents Best of Show to Steve Danner


BEST OF SHOW Steve Danner “Cats Eye” Acrylic

BEST OF SHOW Steve Danner “Cats Eye” Acrylic

IAA Award of Excellence Sheryl Hughes “I Can Still See You” Acrylic


WATER MEDIA 1st Jan Riggins “Pookie” Watercolor
2nd Linda Warren Anderson “Burro Blanco” Acrylic
3rd Ramona Freeman “Migration” Acrylic
HM Jeanne “Gay” Anderson “Duck Hunter” watercolor
OIL 1st Cory McLaughlin “Through the Waters” Oil
2nd Sabine Higgins-Mendoza “Swimming Lesson” Oil
3rd James Anderson “Mighty Hunter” Oil
HM Amy Keng “Yoda” Oil
DRY MEDIA 1st Gail Shelton “A Wrinkle in Time” Colored Pencil
2nd Helen Bailey “Papillon Sparkle” Colored pencil
3rd Karleigh Greco “Dunkin” charcoal, ink
HM Marlon Honores “Extinction” Graphite pencil
PHOTOGRAPHY 1st Donna Miller “Fish’n for Supper” Photograph
2nd Andrew Bugh “Peace” Digital Photography
3rd Sue Banfield “Dragonfly” Ultra Chrome Digital Print
HM David Blow “Gathering” Photograph
MIXED MEDIA 1st Anannya Chowdhury “Feathery Dreams” Mixed Media – acrylic & spices


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