"Endangered Species: Flora and Fauna in Peril"
Wildling Art Museum
September 10, 2008

The Wildling Art Museum announces its summer 2008 exhibition, Endangered Species: Flora and Fauna in Peril. This exhibition represents the Museum's first international juried art competition, with 50 artworks selected from nearly 200 entries. The exhibition runs at the Wildling Art Museum from June 22-September 14, 2008. There's a variety of media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture) to depict flora and fauna listed as threatened or endangered in North America by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Over 47 species are represented, among them the California condor, northern spotted owl, grizzly bear, black-footed ferret, Oahu tree snail, Sonora tiger salamander, Mesa Verde cactus, and Texas wild-rice.

"It can be difficult to locate threatened or endangered species and 'capture' them artistically without harming them," points out Penny Knowles, Executive Director of the Wildling Art Museum. "I admire the artists who struggled with these issues to submit such visually stunning entries. The Museum is proud to present an exhibition that will inform and delight—varied not only in the flora and fauna represented, but also in style and media."

David J. Wagner, Ph.D, a nationally renowned scholar and author of American Wildlife Art (Marquand Books, 2008), served as consulting curator and tour director for the three-year project. A full-color, 64-page catalogue includes all of the featured artworks as well as an introduction by Dr. Wagner and an essay by Dr. Michael Tobias, noted author, filmmaker and president of the Dancing Star Foundation.

The Wildling Art Museum is an educational institution dedicated to presenting the art of America's wilderness and preserving our natural heritage. Exhibition catalogues may be purchased at the Museum, hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Contact: Wildling Art Museum 805-688-1082
Location: SLO and SB Counties