Award Winners of the 2018 Irving Art Association Animal Art Awards Exhibit

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For the 17th year, IAA has hosted  a competition featuring animal art. Formerly a national show, this year we returned to a regional scope, putting the emphasis on DFW area artists.

Any animal species was accepted as subject matter for works, both wildlife and domestic, including pets. This year creatures from fantasy, mythology and Cryptozoology were also eligible. Also new for 2018, we have a special challenge category of FROGS & TOADS. 45 artists of all ages entered over 100 pieces of artwork.

The show opened Sunday, August 26th and runs until Sept. 28th at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Sun., Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 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 9. A panel of judges selected the award winners: Brett Dyer, Michael Whiteside and Terry Cockerham. For a copy of the show catalog click here: 2018 IAA Animal Art Awards Show brochure.

For Reception & Awards photos, check the IAA Photo Album on the 2018 Animal Art Show. – For pictures of the award-winning art, see the Winners Gallery  at

Credit goes to those who worked hard on this exhibit: Exhibit Chair was John Hunter with catalog also by John Hunter. Intake was done by the Exhibits committee volunteers. Food for the reception was handled by Alicia Duncan, and reception photographers were Steve Miller and Patsy Davila.

During October 6 – December 31, selected pieces from this exhibit will be on display at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur, Irving) for the 7th Annual IAA Animal Art Traveling Exhibit until November 26.


Best of Show “Harnessed” Steve Miller 16 X 12 – Oil $625


$150 Award CATEGORY AWARDS: 1st – $100 2nd – $75 3rd – $50 Honorable Mention – $25 Painting

1st – “Rosie Amongst Iris” -Lynda Kingsley NFS
2nd – “Master and Commander” -Carol Flori $500
3rd – “King Rooster” -Frankie Couch NFS
HM – “Buddy” -Robin Ingle $2,850
HM – “Animal Kingdom” -Kushal Bastakoti $300
HM – “Hitching the Mule” -Connie Logan Levsen $700
1st – “The Gathering” -Susan Kindley $250
2nd – “Eye of the Beholder” -Donna Miller $225
3rd – “Osprey Nest” -David Blow $700
1st – “Dawn in the Willows” -Cameron Alaniz $500
2nd – “Spud in the Heat Tube” -Heidi Tournoux $450
3rd – “The Cormorants of Pebble Beach” -Ann Rowley $550
Digital Art:
1st – “Transcendence” -David Blow $450
Mixed Media:
1st – “Hayden’s Keeper” -Tanya Lowrance $750
1st – “Toad on a Wet Sprocket” -Steve Danner $500
2nd – “This Side of the Pond -Krista Hulsman $300
3rd – “Wish I could Fly” -Pradeep Vayalali $550