LSU Vet Med issues Call for Entries for its International Exhibition on Animals in Art

January 11, 2024

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is asking artists from around the world to enter its 30th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art, which will run from May 11 through June 2, 2024. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Animals in Art pieces must depict an animal (fish and insects are considered animals for the purposes of this exhibition). Any work that is

Anything Helps, a watercolor

"Anything Helps," a watercolor by John Keeling won Best of Show in the 2022 Animals in Art exhibition.

determined not to meet the spirit of the exhibit will not be accepted. Open to all artists 18 years of age or older. All media with the exception of video, installation, and audio works are eligible. Works must be original. All artwork must be priced and available for sale. Maximum size of entry is 60”x60”x48”. Any accepted artwork that differs from the digital image will be disqualified. Each applicant may submit a maximum of three works.

A 20% commission on each piece sold goes to benefit LSU Vet Med programs. You can also support the art show by making a donation. Make checks payable to LSU Foundation with “Animals in Art” on the memo line. Awards will be given for Best of Show, Judge’s Awards, Honorable Mentions, People’s Choice, the JAVMA Award, and the Art Show Promotion Award. The JAVMA Award is chosen by the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and will be shown on a JAVMA cover. The Art Show Promotion Award is the piece chosen by LSU Vet Med to promote the next art exhibition.

In 2022, one hundred and eight-nine (189) artists from 40 states, Canada, France, and Puerto Rico submitted 369 entries for the show. Of those 369 entries, 50 were selected for the exhibition.

This year we will have two judges/jurors: Chelsea Norris and Molly Hauck, both with Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chelsea Norris is the Co-Director and Program Director of Ann Connelly Fine Art. She has over 15 years in creative direction with a focus on national enterprise, hospitality and healthcare artwork programs. Chelsea has served on the Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art Executive Board and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Advisory Board since 2022. Chelsea also guest hosts Louisiana Public Broadcasting "Art Rocks." Molly Hauck has been a Gallerist at Ann Connelly Fine Art since 2018. She has advised on local, regional and national artwork programs with a concentration in residential and healthcare placement. She has specialized in creative consulting for 12 years. Molly serves on the Executive Board of Cat Haven of Greater Baton Rouge, and she was the gala chair of Cat Tales & Cocktails 2023.


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