Sedona Sculptor Ken Rowe Chosen for Society of Animal Artists 50th Anniversary and Exhibition
Sedona, AZ (August 16, 2010) – “Secret Canyon Dweller,” a bronze sculpture by world-renowned wildlife artist Ken Rowe, co-owner of Rowe Fine Art Gallery, was juried into the 50th Anniversary and Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists. The prestigious show begins Sept. 4 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, Calif. After leaving San Diego in October, the exhibit will travel to eight museums across the country.
This is the fifth year in a row that Ken has been chosen for the society’s exhibition and annual tour. Each year, artists must submit a current piece of original art for consideration. This year’s exhibit will feature 150 works of animal art including 45 sculptures. “Secret Canyon Dweller” portrays a mountain lion hunting along a vertical cliff face. Ken says he was inspired to create the bronze after watching a mountain lion on Skull Mesa, just north of Cave Creek, Ariz.
“Being a part of this exhibit is such an honor,” says Ken. “The Society of Animal Artists is a wonderful organization, and I’m in great company. It’s also an incredible opportunity for exposure around the country when the exhibit travels to some very well respected museums.”
The Society of Animal Artists was founded in 1960. The nonprofit is devoted to promoting excellence in the portrayal of animals and educating the public through seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations. Sculptors and painters from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan and Australia are members of the society.
Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents traditional and contemporary southwestern painters and sculptors. The gallery, located under the Bell Tower in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 928-282-8877 or visit www.rowegallery.com.
Ken is honored to be a member of the WAA (Western Artists of America), and SAA (Society of Animal Artists).
Highly recognized for its outstanding artists, the WAA is an association of western painters and sculptors. The organization was formed for the purpose of promoting the talents of professional fine artists specializing in the genre of cowboy, Indian, Pioneer, cattle and horse subjects.
The SAA, founded in 1960, is a worldwide association of animal and wildlife painters and sculptors "devoted to promoting excellence in the portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through its informative art seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations". Some of the finest animal artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia are represented in the SAA membership.
"According to Western Artists of America founder Ed Holmes, I was the first wildlife artist to be unanimously inducted into the WAA show!
"This has been a life long dream for me. To be juried into nationally acclaimed shows and share the experience with my peers is truly an honor. My heartfelt thanks goes to each of you for your continued support of my work throughout the years. I am very grateful."
WESTERN ARTISTS OF AMERICA: http://www.westernartistsofamerica.com
Western Artists of America is an organization formed for the purpose of promoting the talents of professional fine artists specializing in the genre of cowboy, Indian, Pioneer, cattle and horse subjects.
Ken was honored in 2006 by winning the coveted WAA Gold Medal Award for his bronze life size sculpture "Blue Heron" and was awarded recognition for the Best Body of Work at the 2006 Annual Show.
SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS: http://www.societyofanimalartists.com
The Society of Animal Artists is an association of animal and wildlife painters and sculptors. Some of the finest animal artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan and Australia are represented in the Society's membership.
Ken's bronze sculpture "River of Plenty", as well as "Blue Heron" was selected for the 46th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists for the 2006-2007 'Art and the Animal' tour. The show will travel to five museums across the country – the Wildlife Experience in Colorado, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Bergstrom-Maher Museum in Wisconsin, and The Hickory Museum of Art in North Carolina.
"I am truly humbled and honored to have been recently accepted into the prestigious Society of Animal Artists Association."
Art and the Animal' 2007-2008 Traveling Tour / Society of Animal Artists 2007
Western Art Collector Magazine / Feature Article - December 2007 Issue
The Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Realistic Sculpture Executed in an Academic Manner/Society of Animal Artists 2007 - Scholar of the Moon
Bronze Sculpture, "The Defender", exhibited on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine's annual July Sculpture Edition, along with Feature Article inside – 2007
Silver Medal for Sculpture/Western Artists of America 2007 – "Secret Canyon Dweller"
Gold Medal for Sculpture/Western Artists of America 2006 - "Blue Heron"
Best Body of Work/Western Artists of America 2006
Award of Excellence/Society of Animal Artists 2006 - "River of Plenty" and "Blue Heron"
'Art and the Animal' 2006-2007 Traveling Tour/Society of Animal Artists 2006
The Evelyn and Peter Haller Memorial Award for Sculpture/Society of Animal Artists 2006 – "Blue Heron"
Art of the West Magazine / Feature Article - January/February 2001 Issue