Animal Art Show


2016 15th Annual National Animal Art Juried Competition

AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving TX

2016 marks the 15th year Irving Art Association has held a special competition on animal art.

Entry is open to all legal residents of the U.S. in the contiguous 48 states, 18 and older. Any animal species is considered as acceptable subject matter for works, including both wildlife and domestic.

History: In 2013 Irving Art Association’s two venerable animal-art exhibits were combined into a single show: the 12th Annual Wildlife & Domestic Animal Juried Art Competition. In 2012 the Wildlife Juried Art Competition was in its eleventh year, and the Unconditional Love: Pet Fine Art Juried in its fourth. Now in its 15th year, we have shortened the title to IAA Annual National Animal Art Juried Competition, reflecting the show’s national status also.


Artwork must be done from personal photographs or observation. Concept, design and execution should be solely that of the artist. Work from another’s copyrighted or published materials is not permitted.

Submitted works must have been completed within the last 2 years, and not accepted into a previous IAA Animal Art Exhibit. Limit of three entries.

For complete entry rule see the

2016 Online Registration and Payment


For questions, contact the Show Chair Mark Thompson at


  • Saturday, July 16 Help with digital Images and entry $10 by appt,
    Mark Thompson 214-608-7100 or email
  • Sunday, July 31st Entry Deadline  all day
  • Saturday, August 13 Notification of acceptance 
  • Mon. – Fri., Aug 22 – 26 Shipped entries due – instruction sent with notification
  • Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Hand delivered entries, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX 75062
  • Sunday, August 28, 2016 Exhibit opens to public 
  • Sunday, September 4 Exhibit Reception &  Awards 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 24 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Strike show & art pickup
  • Oct. 1 – Nov. 27. 2016 Traveling Exhibit  at the Irving Arts Center.  Local artists are invited to participate.
2015 Best of Show
2015 Best of Show: Heather Lara “Serenity”
2015 President's Award
2015 President’s Award: Gary Ward “Easy Riders”
 JUROR: Walt Davis SWS AWS


Walt Davis, signature member and past president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, began painting in watercolor over thirty years ago.  He studied first with Faith Helen Foust at Eastfield Community College then with Bud Biggs.  He later attended workshops with Doug Walton, Louise Cadillac, Carole Barnes, Frank Webb, Mark Mehaffey, Richard Stephens, and noted bird artist John P. O’Neil.

Davis has taught watercolor, figure drawing, and plein air sketching at Eastfield Community College, Amarillo College, Panhandle Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Art, and in his studio in Commerce.  He has conducted demonstrations and workshops in Amarillo, Brownsville, Dallas, San Angelo and nine other Texas cities.

His work is carried by the Davis and Blevins Gallery in St. Jo, Texas, and his paintings hang in private collections in Washington State, Montana, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and cities throughout Texas.

His work has been accepted into exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Richardson Civic Art Society, Greenville Art League, and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

His painting, Katy-did, Katy-didn’t, won the Margery Soroka Memorial Award in the 2013 American Watercolor Society competition in New York and was included in the Society’s traveling show.  Two other insect portraits won awards in 2014; one in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies in Phoenix, Arizona, and the other in the Southwestern Watercolor Society show in Dallas.  With the acceptance of the painting Make My Day in the 2015 annual exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Davis became a signature member of that prestigious organization.

For more about the juror, see his website

Walt Davis "Make My Day"
Walt Davis “Make My Day”

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2008 (Wildlife)
2009 (Wildlife & Pet Art)
2010 (Wildlife & Pet Art)
2011 (Wildlife & Pet Art)
2012 (Wildlife & Pet Art)


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