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Art and the Animal

Saturday, January 27, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018

Rainey Sculpture Pavilion

The Society of Animal Artists is an organization comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world.  To mark the occasion of its 57th Anniversary, the Society’s Annual Exhibition, Art and the Animal, was hosted by the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in the New York City Metropolitan Area.  Following its premiere there, a selection of 45 flatworks and 15 sculptures is traveling to five other prestigious venues including Brookgreen Gardens.  It is on view here January 27 through March 25, 2018.  Among the well known artists are painters Robert Bateman (Canada), Greg Beecham (Wyoming), Carel Brest van Kempen (Utah), and Morten Solberg (South Carolina); and sculptors Walter Matia (Maryland), Sandy Scott (Wyoming), Rosetta (Colorado), and Pete Zaluzec (Illinois).

The Society of Animal Artists is based in the historic Salmagundi Art Club on Fifth Avenue in New York, with administrative offices currently in Colorado.  Society members come from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.  Art and the Animal, a juried competition open only to members of the Society of Animal Artists, is the flagship of that organization. 

The mission of the Society of Animal Artists, funded in 1960, is to promote excellence in the portrayal of animals, domestic and/or wild, in art.  Over the past 50 years, works created by its members have established new standards of artistic excellence in fine art.  Art and the Animal Annual Exhibitions and Touring Exhibitions have been featured at more than 50 venues including museums and zoos, and art, cultural, and science centers throughout North America.   David J. Wagner, Ph.D. is tour director of the exhibit.

Art and the Animal will be on display in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Included with Garden Admission and free for members.

This is exhibit is sponsored in part by Russell Holliday and Hal Cottingham.


Open Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen.

Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome.


Daily General Admission Tickets
Children 3 and under
Children 4-12
Adults 13-64
Seniors 65 & Over


1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island