WESTERN WILDLIFE ART SHOW 2022 is LIVE on July 2nd through July 4th, at Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska. The Western Wildlife Art Show is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation under the name, Fort Robinson Centennial, Inc. The Art Show has been an annual show since 1973 and the Board is looking forward to the 50th anniversary in 2023. The Board of Directors award special artists throughout the weekend. “Chairman’s Choice” artist, who will then become the “Featured Artist” for next year. “Best of Show” will be chosen by a judge from outside the show and “People’s Choice” will be a selection of art voted on by patrons of the show. Awards will be displayed on the 4th for viewing by public. All artists will receive a specially designed name plate personally made by the Board of Director’s. The Children’s Wall of Art Contest will be held on July 3rd for age groups up to 18 years old. Registration with small fee and materials provided for creating a piece of art on site with no supervision only support from the parents. Awards will be presented after judges pick 3 winners in each age group. This Art Show proudly presents juried art from twenty or more artists from Arizona to Michigan. Where else can you attend a Show of this quality held in an Historic Veterinary Hospital in which the artists display their talents in horse stalls? The gallery will be opened at no charge for guests to walk through the building.
Fort Robinson State Park permit will be required,
Russ grew up in eastern South Dakota. He spent a lot of time on his grandparents farm and exploring the outdoors. Exploring the outdoors inspired Russ to sketch the wildlife that he saw. This led him to a commercial art career and then to his dream of becomining a full time professional artist. Russ enjoys entering art contests in which he has recived: 2008 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, 2003 Nominated for the Sioux Falls Mayor's Award for Excellence in Visual Arts, 2000 & 1999 SD Migratory Bird Stamp, 1999 Delaware Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, 1997 SD Habitat Stamp, 1996, 95, & 91 SD Waterfowl Stamps. plus numerus conservation art contests for Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited and Isaac Walton League.
Russ is a painter of nature and wildlife in their natural habitat. He begins by photographing wildlife and their habitat. He uses these photos to sketch and create the original acrylic painting. The photo trips are a great way for Russ to see and understand his subject. The majority of his subjects have been prairie wildlife but he has also added subjects from the mountains and the northwoods. Russ enjoys the callenge of new subjects he hasn't painted before.