Biography of
Rachelle Siegrist

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Rachelle Siegrist and her artist husband, Wes, paintings typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. Siegrist’s paintings are easy to spot in a show.  They’re tiny!  You have to get really close to see their compositions.  And viewers do just that with magnifying glasses provided by the artists in hand.  The Siegrists’ paintings beg closer inspection and reward those who do with refinement that finds viewers saying “Wow” and “You’ve got to see this!” to those beside them.  The Siegrists have been hailed as some of the finest living practitioners of miniature art.  They currently have an unprecedented, history–making touring exhibition of their miniature paintings traveling to museums around the United States.

The Siegrists are Signature Members of the Miniature Artists of America Society (MAA) and are Distinguished Signature Members of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA).  Rachelle has received the SAA’s highest honor, The Award of Excellence, three times from the Society.  They reside in Townsend, Tennessee beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION: Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, FL (Primarily self-taught and learned from Wes)

AWARDS AND HONOURS:

  • Nov. 2020 – 87th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 2nd Place Watermedia
  • Jan. 2020 – 45th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – 2nd Place Animals
  • Nov. 2019 – 86th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 3rd Place Watermedia
  • Sept. 2019 – 59th Society of Animal Artists “Art & the Animal” Exhibition: Award of Excellence
  • May 2019 – 28th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery, Nags Head, NC – Best Transparent Watercolor
  • Jan. 2019- 44th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Tarpon Springs, FL – 1st Place Opaque Watercolor
  • Nov. 2018- Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibit, Henderson, KY – Elvis Campbell Memorial Award
  • Oct. 2018- 58th Society of Animal Artists “Art & the Animal” Exhibition: Award of Excellence
  • May 2018- 27th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery, Nags Head, NC – 1st Place Opaque Watercolor
  • Jan. 2018- 43rd Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – 1st Place Opaque Watercolor
  • April 2017- Ridge Art Association Miniature Art Exhibition, Winter Haven, FL – Award of Excellence
  • Jan. 2017- 41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, Tarpon Springs, FL – Honorable Mention Landscapes
  • July 2015- 9th Annual Artistic Designs Miniature Show, Brownsburg, IN – Patron’s Choice Award
  • Nov. 2014- 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Watermedia
  • Oct. 2014- Cider Painters of America 30th Annual International Exhibit of Miniature Art, Kingston, PA – Best Watercolor
  • July 2013- Annual Heartland Art Guild Miniatures Art Show, Paola, KS – Best of Show Overall
  • Mar. 2013- International Miniature Show, Mariposa, CA – 1st Place in Landscape, 2nd Place in Portrait
  • Mar. 2013- NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show, Tulsa, OK – Best Miniature Award
  • Nov. 2012- 79th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Still Life
  • July 2012- Annual Heartland Art Guild Miniatures Art Show, Paola, KS – Best of Show Overall
  • May 2012- 21st International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery, Nags Head, NC – 2nd Place Overall
  • Nov. 2011- 78th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Watermedia
  • Oct. 2011- 5th Annual Artistic Designs Miniature Show, Brownsburg, IN – Best of Show Overall

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • Making Their Mark: American Women Artists at the Booth Western Art Museum
  • 59th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists
  • American Women Artists Exhibition (Various Venues)
    • 2020 – 2019, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007
  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, SC, USA
  • 2020 – 2001
  • International Miniature Art Show (MASF), FL, USA
    • 2020 – 1998
  • Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, (MPSGS), MD, USA
    • 2019 – 2000
  • Society of Animal Artists’ Art and the Animal Exhibition (National Museum Venues)
    • 2019–2017 (Tour), 2014–2013 (Tour), 2012–2003 (Tour Annually), 2001 (Tour)
  • Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, GA, USA
    • 2019-2018, 2016–2013, 2011–2001 (Featured Artist in 2008)
  • In The Audubon Tradition, Cincinnati Museum Center, OH, USA
    • 2019
  • The Waterfowl Festival, MD, USA
    • 2018 –2002
  • Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibit, KY, USA
    • 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2000, 1998 (Biennial)
  • NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show & Sale, OK, USA
    • 2018 – 2003
  • Birds in Art, WI, USA
    • 2017 (Tour), 2007, 2004 (Tour), 2000 (Tour), 1999
  • Society of Animal Artists’ Wildlife Treasures Show, The Nature In Art Museum, UK
    • 2017
  • World Federation of Miniaturists Exhibition (WFM)
    • 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa
    • 2012 Moscow, Russia
    • 2008 Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
    • 2004 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
    • 2000 Tasmania, Australia
  • AMERICAN STILL LIFES (National Museum Venues)
    • 2014
  • AMERICA’S PARKS II (National Museum Venues)
    • 2014
  • FELINE FINE II; THE ART OF CATS (National Museum Venues)
    • 2014
  • THE SEA OF CORTEZ (National Museum Venues)
    • 2013
  • AMERICAN WILDLIFE ART at the Allentown Art Museum
    • 2013
  • Western Visions Miniatures and More, WY, USA
    • 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Hilliard Society of Miniaturists Annual Exhibition, England
    • 2012 – 2000
  • Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Annual Exhibition, England
    • 2012, 2009
  • ART OF THE DIVE: PORTRAITS OF THE DEEP (National Museum Venues)
    • 2011
  • Art of the Animal Kingdom, VT, USA
    • 2010–2006, 2004, 2002
  • American Art in Miniature, OK, USA
    • 2009, 2008, 2007
  • ENDANGERED SPECIES: FLORA AND FAUNA IN PERIL (National Museum Venues)
    • 2008
  • PAWS AND REFLECT: ART OF CANINES (National Museum Venues)
    • 2007
  • ART OF THE RAINFOREST (National Museum Venues)
    • 2005

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • “UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist”
    • The R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA: May 4 – July 25, 2010
  • “THE WORLD OF NATURE IN MINIATURE: Paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist”
    • The West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, LA: May 16 – July 31, 2010
    • The Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS: September 4 – November 28, 2011
    • The Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ: December 11, 2010 – March 13, 2011
  • “EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST”
    • The Dunnegan Gallery, Bolivar, MO: April 16 – May 15, 2011
    • The Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX: June 10 – August 28, 2011
    • The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville, NC: September 17 – October 16, 2011
    • The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI: November 5, 2011 – January 1, 2012
    • The San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA: January 21 – March 21, 2012
    • The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV: May 15 – October 15, 2012
    • The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville, NC: November 16 – December 23, 2012 (Returning to Venue)
    • The ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL: January 10 – March 10, 2013
    • Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX: April 7 – June 2, 2013
    • Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI: August 10, 2013 – January 5, 2014
    • The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO: February 1 – April 6, 2014
    • The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY: July 12 – October 31, 2014
    • The Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO: December 1, 2014 – April 15, 2015
    • The Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA: May 14 – August 15, 2015
    • The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville, NC: September 4 – October 30, 2015 (Returning to Venue)
    • The Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays, KS: November 25, 2015 – May 31, 2016
    • The Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville, OK: July 1 – September 30, 2016
    • The Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, KS: November 4, 2016 – December 4, 2016
    • The George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO: January 14, 2017 – February 19, 2017
    • The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, FL: March 1 – April 29, 2017
    • The Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma, KS: June 11 – September 3, 2017
    • Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron, NE: September 21– December 21, 2017
    • The Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI: January 10 – March 25, 2018
    • The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN: April 15 – June 30, 2018
    • The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT: August 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019
    • The Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC: January 20 – March 17, 2019
    • The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ: April 1 – August 15, 2019
    • The Kennedy-Douglass Center For The Arts, Florence, AL: September 15 – December 3, 2019
    • Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC: January 25 – April 26, 2020
    • Shafer Art Gallery, Barton Community College, Great Bend, KS: May 15 – August 15, 2020
    • The Art Center, Quincy, IL: September 4 – November 4, 2020
    • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Academy of Science, Chicago, IL: November 21, 2020 – March 7, 2021
    • The Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: April 1 – August 15, 2021
    • The Elliott Museum, Stuart, FL: September 16 – December 15, 2021
    • The Evelyn Burrow Museum, Hanceville, AL: January 15 – April 15, 2022
    • The Art & Heritage Center, Windsor (Fort Collins), CO: May 15 – August 15, 2022
    • The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, Quincy, FL: September 15 – December 15, 2022
    • The Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora, ON, CANADA: January 15 – March 21, 2023
    • The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch, IA: April 15 – September 24, 2023
    • The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tucson, AZ: October 17, 2023 – January 21, 2024

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • American Women Artists Exhibition Catalog – 2020
  • Birds In Art Exhibition Catalogue – 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2017
  • Society of Animal Artists Exhibition Catalogue – 2001, 2003–2014, 2017-2019
  • Wildlife Art Magazine – Various issues from 1999 to 2008
  • Best of Portraits by North Light Books – 1998
  • Miniature Art Society of Florida Catalogue of The Permanent Collection – 2000
  • Art of the Animal Kingdom Exhibition Catalogue – 2002, 2004, 2006–2010
  • Endangered Species Exhibition Catalogue – 2008
  • Western Visions Miniatures & More Exhibition Catalogue – 2007–2013
  • Exquisite Miniatures by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist – 2008
  • The World of Nature in Miniature; Paintings by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist – 2009
  • Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America – 2010
  • Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep – 2011

CURRENT ASSOCIATIONS:

  • The Miniature Artists of America – Signature Member
  • The Miniature Art Society of Florida
  • The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC – Signature Member
  • The Society of Animal Artists – Distinguished Signature Member, Board Member

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The American Egg Board
  • The Avon Park Community College
  • Cox Media, Tulsa, OK
  • The Hilliard Society of England
  • The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
  • The Miniature Artists of America
  • The Miniature Art Society of Florida
  • The Museum and Art Galleries of John Logan College
  • The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
  • The State of Florida
  • The Woolaroc Museum

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
Exquisite Miniatures – Ongoing Solo Touring Museum Exhibition of Wes & Rachelle Siegrists’ miniature paintings that now encompasses 38 venues!

Basking Behemoths - Rachelle Siegrist
A Magical Encounter - Rachelle Siegrist
Somebody's Prince - Rachelle Siegrist
B. J. - Rachelle Siegrist