Stamford Museum & Nature Center presents “Art and the Animal” through September 7

Sean Murtha, “Golden Grace” 2019, Great Blue Heron, Oil (contributed photo)

Stamford, CT – Stamford Museum & Nature Center is pleased to present “Art and the Animal,” the flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, which is regarded worldwide as the most prestigious artist membership organization dedicated to the theme of animals in art. On view in the SM&NC’s Bendel Galleries this summer through September 7th, the collection features paintings, drawings and sculptures of animals from around the globe, including exotic birds, majestic cats, mammals, and endangered species.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Museum requires adults and children over the age of four to wear facemasks at all times when arriving, while in the gallery, and at any time when social distancing is not possible.

Mark Sussino, “Ambush Point” 2017, Common Snook, Ladyfish, Oil on linen on panel (contributed photo)

“‘Art and the Animal’ has been the perfect exhibition to have on view while we’ve reopened our campus and galleries to the public with an abundance of care,” said Melissa H. Mulrooney, Executive Director & CEO of the SM&NC. “It represents the intersection of our efforts as both a museum and a nature center, and reflects the interests of so many visitors of all ages.”

“An extraordinary display of more than 50 pieces of artwork, ‘Art and the Animal’ is certain to delight art enthusiasts and animal lovers alike,” said Jillian Casey, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the SM&NC. “This juried exhibit combines natural history and fine art in various styles ranging in medium from oil and watercolors, to exquisite pencil and ink works, paper cutouts, and sculptures.”

The mission of The Society of Animal Artists is to promote excellence in the portrayal of animals, domestic and/or wild, in art. The Society was founded in 1960 and over the past 60 years, works created by members of The Society of Animal Artists have established new standards of artistic preeminence in fine art. Art and the Animal Annual Exhibits and Touring Exhibitions have been featured at more than 60 venues including museums and zoos, and art, cultural and science centers throughout North America. This exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Jody Rigsby, “Hopnotized” 2019, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Oil on wood cradled board (contributed photo)

Getting there
The North Entrance for the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.977.6521 or visit

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