LSU Vet Med opens International Exhibition on Animals in Art on May 11 with reception

May 06, 2024

Anything Helps

"Anything Helps," a watercolor by John Keeling of Kansas City, Mo., received the Best of Show Award at the 2022 Animals in Art Exhibition

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine opens the 30th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art with an opening reception on May 11, 2024, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LSU Vet Med Library. The show runs through June 2. The exhibition is free and open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two hundred and eight (208) artists representing 20 states and Canada submitted 416 entries for the show. Of those 416 entries, 60 entries representing 55 artists have been selected for the exhibition (though one was sold and will not be featured). 

The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. All media are welcomed and accepted; the work must be original. A Best of Show award will be given and one entry will be chosen to appear on the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Other awards include the Judge’s Award, Honorable Mention, the People’s Choice Award, and the School of Veterinary Medicine Awards. All items in the International Exhibition on Animals in Art are for sale.

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. 

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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