Embark on a New Adventure and Discover the Wild World of “Art and the Animal” at Canton Museum of Art

New Traveling Exhibition Features Animal Art for All Ages


Contact: Rob Lehr — Director, Marketing & Communications
(330) 453.7666, ext. 102 • rob@cantonart.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 12, 2016, Canton, Ohio —
Put on your safari hat and bring the kids down to the galleries at the Canton Museum of Art for a larger-than-life traveling exhibition,
Art and the Animal, on view April 26 – July 17, 2016. This fun
exhibition features over 60 works by the world’s foremost wildlife artists and sculptors in the country. A special free public reception will be held on Thursday April 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with live animals from the Akron Zoo, free carnival food, and a cash bar. Also, on Saturday May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. a free family day, ArtGoneWild, will feature animal related art activities for kids, more live animals from the Akron Zoo, and special performances throughout the Cultural Center for the Arts and the Canton Museum of Art.

Art and the Animal depicts a wide variety of animals shown in countless environments, capturing the camaraderie of domestic house cats, as well as the majestic bald eagle swooping over a breathtaking landscape. Additionally, visitors will find a bronze sculpture of a German warmblood stallion, oil painting of adorable emperor penguin chicks, and an expressive watercolor of trumpeter swans.
Art and the Animal refers to both the annual exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, and the traveling exhibition and tour that is generated from it. Noted wildlife art scholar and author of American Wildlife Art, Dr. David J. Wagner, serves as tour director for Art and the Animal. As such, he is responsible for arranging annual exhibition and tour venues and managing the traveling exhibition. Art and the Animal has been featured at more than 50 venues including museums, zoos, art, cultural, and science centers throughout North America over the past 55 years.
Only the best animal art is selected for Art and the Animal. Consequently, it extremely difficult, and therefore prestigious, for artists to have artwork accepted into the exhibition. Combining natural history and fine art in creative ways, SAA members compete to have their work included in annual exhibitions chosen by a selection jury comprised of SAA members who meet at the Salmagundi Club in New York each Spring. In addition, an awards jury, comprised of distinguished experts with the highest possible qualifications who are not members of the SAA are charged with the difficult task of reviewing annual exhibitions for the purpose of recognizing highest achievements and bestowing awards to respective artists. Artists who have won five or more awards are given the special status of “Master Signature Membership,” which qualifies them to by-pass future annual exhibition selection juries and automatically have their work included in Annual Exhibitions.
The Society of Animal Artists is a world-renowned organization that has become the standard bearer of excellence in the field of animal art and within the greater fine art community. The Society of Animal Artists was founded in 1960 by the late Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi, two visionaries who sought to reposition animal art as an important contemporary art form by creating a community of like-minded artists. Since its inception, the Society has grown by leaps and bounds and has generated tremendous response through its museum and gallery exhibitions. The annual Art and the Animal exhibition and tour are eagerly awaited events in the art world and provide artists with the opportunity for greater recognition.
This is the second time that the Canton Museum of Art has had the honor of showcasing works from the Society of Animal Artists, the first being in 2003. When CMA hosted Art and the Animal for the first time, an impression was left on our community, and people have been talking about the exhibition ever since.

The traveling exhibition has been featured at Jamestown, New York, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ (November 14, 2015 – January 3, 2016), the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ (January 20 – April 3, 2016), and the final stop here at the Canton Museum of Art.

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio's premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, including hours, exhibits, classes, and special events, call 330.453.7666, visitwww.cantonart.org, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour. 
Media Images: High-resolution images can be downloaded via the provided link below. Additional images for publication are available by contacting Rob Lehr, 330.453.7666, ext. 102, or email rob@cantonart.org with a request.
Image Captions:
  1. Ed Takacs (American). Gelapagos Marine Iguana, 2014. Acrylic, 23 x 29  in. Image Courtesy of the artist © Ed Takacs.
  2. Cynthie Fisher (American). Ambush!, 2015. Oil, 48 x 65  in. Image Courtesy of the artist © Cynthie Fisher.
  3. Brett Jarret (Australian). Childhood, 2015.  Oil, 27 x 35  in. Image Courtesy of the artist. © Brett Jarret.
  4. Morgen Kilbourn (American). Quartermeister, 2015. Bronze, 12.5 x 16.5 x 5 in. Image Courtesy of the artist. © Morgen Kilbourn.
  5. John Baumlin (American). Out on a Limb, 2015. Oil on Linen, 26 x 36 in. Image Courtesy of the artist. © John Baumlin.
  6. Grant Hacking (American). Ancestral Bloodline, 2014. Oil on Canvas, 47 x 57 in. Image Courtesy of the artist. © Grant Hacking.
  7. Patsy Lindamood (American). Upward Bound, 2011. Pastel on Ampersand Pasteboard, 24 x 30 in. Image Courtesy of the artist. © Grant Hacking.
  8. Rosetta (American). Jasmine II, 2014. Bronze, 6 x 18 x 4 in. Image Courtesy of the artist. © Rosetta.

Canton Museum of Art Hours:
Hours – Monday: Closed; Tues - Thurs: 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 1 - 5pm
Location: The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. Free onsite parking is available around the Museum. Call 330.453.7666 for information and directions or visit our website at www.cantonart.org.