Wildlife Art Exhibition
This exhibition closed January 1, 2006.
The San Diego Natural History Museum will host the first annual Wildlife Art Exhibition from August 12, 2005 through January 1, 2006. Hundreds of nationally and internationally recognized local artists are participating in the exhibition, the first of its size west of the Mississippi. All artwork will be wildlife themed, and the media and style is incredibly diverse: everything from abstract sculpture to vivid wildlife portraiture is represented.
Gamini Ratnavira, a world-renowned wildlife artist from Fallbrook, California, is the guest curator for this exhibition. “Gamini Ratnavira is one of the most talented wildlife artists I have known. He is a passionate conservationist who shares his love of life and nature through his painting,” says Dr. Michael Hager, executive director of the Museum.
Selected local artists have been invited to submit work for the first phase of the exhibition. The works of these artists will be on display in the second-floor gallery from August 12, 2005 through January 1, 2006. The second phase of the exhibition extends from October 1, 2005, through January 1, 2006, when the fourth-floor balcony of the Museum will be open to the public to view a curated, regional show. All art on the fourth floor is for sale.
Two “Wild Weekends of Art” will punctuate the exhibition.
The Wildlife Art Exhibition is a benefit for the Museum and for the Museum Artists Foundation, a fundraising arm for the arts community. Dennis Paul Batt, an artist featured in the exhibition and the Executive Director of the Museum Artist Foundation, exclaims, “This is an incredible, pivotal opportunity for San Diego artists. As an artist myself, I believe that the Museum is the best venue for wildlife art in the world because of its mission, the location, and the physical building.”