Animals A to Z
June 10 to October 9, 2017
One could travel through the alphabet when the Wildling showcased a diverse artistic representation of animal species from African saddlebills to zebras and everything in between. The artworks ranged from realistic to abstract and represented many different mediums. Curated from private collections, artists, and even from animals themselves, Executive Director Stacey Otte-Demangate designed the exhibition to engage viewers with familiar species and discover some that are more obscure. Artworks featuring endangered species had a special notation to help bring awareness to the crisis they face. Some of these species, like the California condor, are being actively assisted by the Santa Barbara Zoo. The Wildling partnered with the Santa Barbara Zoo to offer programming and a companion show featuring the animal-themed artwork of Solvang School students and Montessori Center School of Goleta in the Volentine Discovery Pavilion. Artwork created by Santa Barbara Zoo residents were also on display at the Wildling Museum.