MASON CITY — “Art and the Animal,” an all-media exhibition featuring animal subjects, opens at noon Friday, July 12, in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery.

“Art and the Animal” is an annual competitive exhibition open exclusively to members of the Society of Animal Artists.

The artwork is selected in a highly-competitive jury process.

This 52nd annual “Art and the Animal” exhibition tour was arranged by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., curator and tour director.

The Society of Animal Artists is an association of painters and sculptors working in the genre of animal art.

During the 1950s, nine artists began meeting to exchange ideas as well as to enjoy the camaraderie of their peers. In 1958, they mounted an exhibition, “Animals in the Bronx Zoo,” sponsored by the New York Zoological Society.

The enthusiastic public response inspired Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi to form the Society of Animal Artists.

Today there are almost 500 members in the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Japan.

The society is dedicated to the portrayal of our living heritage and its preservation through demonstrations, seminars, lectures and exhibitions. For membership information, call 970-532-1489, visit or email

“Art and the Animal” will be on display until Saturday, Aug. 31. It is sponsored locally by the Alliant Energy Foundation and the David and Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation.

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