Rachelle Siegrist

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Rachelle Siegrist

Wildlife artist Rachelle Siegrist uses her paintings to draw individuals intimately close to the beauty of wildlife in their world. Her passion for conservation stems from an inability to conceive of life without wildlife. She strives to convey the simple backyard beauty around each of us in such a way that no one would again take it for granted. Her efforts are realized each time an admirer walks off and notices the natural beauty rushing up around them. The permeating peace that results from walking down a trail through the woods quietly observing nature in its natural, untouched setting, is to the artist the primary message she desires her work to convey to the viewer.

The Artist and her husband, Wes, are both signature members of the Hilliard Society, the Miniature Artists of America, the Society of Animal Artists, the Cider Painters of America, the Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., and the Miniature Art Society of Florida. The Siegrists currently reside in Townsend, Tennessee beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the United States.
ARTIST CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION:
Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, FL – 1989
Primarily self-taught and learned from Wes

ASSOCIATIONS:
-Artists for Conservation (formerly The Worldwide Nature Artists Group)
-The Society of Animal Artists – signature member
-The Miniature Art Society of Florida
– The World Federation of Miniaturists
-The Cider Painters of America – signature member
-The Hilliard Society of England – signature member
-The Miniature Artists of America – signature member
-The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC – signature member

AWARDS AND HONOURS:
* Jan. 2010- 35th Annual International Miniature Art Show – Tarpon Springs, FL – 1st Place Birds and Animals
* 2009- 34th Annual International Miniature Art Show – Best Traditional Portrait Miniature
* 2008- 75th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures – 2nd Place Portraiture
* 2008- 4th World Federation of Miniaturists Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature –   Highly Commended, Landscape
* 2008- 33rd  Annual International Miniature Art Show – Best of Show
* Mar. 2007- 20th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art – Baton Rouge, LA – Honorable Mention Award
* Jan. 2007- 32nd Annual International Miniature Art Show – Tarpon Springs, FL – 2nd Place Historical Award
* Jan. 2007- Conservation Artist of the Month Award ~ Worldwide Nature Artists Group
* Dec. 2006 Finalist, Animal category, in the 23rd Annual Artist’s Magazine Art Competition
* Nov. 2006- 73rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures – Washington, DC – 3rd Place Watermedia & 3rd Place Ivorine
* Oct. 2006- 25th Southern Wildlife Festival – Decatur, AL – Award of Excellence
* Sept. 2006- Biennial Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibition – Memorial Award and purchase award
* Sept. 2006- 46th Annual Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal” Exhibition
* June. 2006- Susan Kathleen Black Foundation’s Art Exhibition – 2nd place watercolor
* May 2006- 15th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery – Nags Head, NC – 3rd Place Award
* May 2006- 14th Annual Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery – Kirkland, WA – Susan Lusa Award
* Jan. 2006- 31st Annual International Miniature Art Show – Dunedin, FL – work received Best Artist under age 36 Award
* Dec. 2005- 2nd Annual Miniature Art Exhibition of the Miniature Art Society of New Jersey – New York, NY – Certificate of Excellence
* Nov. 2005- Mondak Heritage Center’s Miniature Art Exhibit -Sidney, MT – “Honorable Mention”
* Nov. 2005- Cider Painters of America Miniature Exhibit, Shavertown, PA – Americana Award
* Oct. 2005- 24th Annual Southern Wildlife Art Festival – Decatur, AL – miniature received 2nd Place in the “Birds” category
* Sept. 2005- 45th Annual Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal” Exhibition & Tour
– miniature received an “Award of Excellence” and “The Leonard J. Meiselman Realistic Painting Executed in an Academic Manner Award”
* June. 2005- Susan Kathleen Black Foundation’s Art Exhibition – 3rd place watercolor
* Jan. 2005- 30th Annual International Miniature Show – Dunedin, FL – Best of Show and Excellence in All Entries

RECENT PUBLISHED WORK:
–  Endangered Species Exhibition Catalogue 2008
– Western Visions Miniatures & More Exhibition Catalogue  2007-2009
– Art for Conservation Exhibition Catalogue – 2008
– Exquisite Miniatures by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist – 2008
– The World of Nature in Miniature; Paintings by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist – 2009
-Art of the Animal Kingdom Exhibition Catalog – 2002, 2004, 2006-07
-InformArt Magazine – 2003-2005
-Featured in article about miniatures Spring 2005      issue
-US Art Magazine – Sept. 2001 – featured in an article on purchasing originals
-MASF Catalog of The Permanent Collection – 2000
-MASF Exhibit Catalog – 1998, 1999-2007 (Award winning images)
-Best of Portraits by North Light Books – 1998
-Wildlife Art Magazine – various issues from 1999 to 2005
-Featured in article on miniatures in July 2002 issue
-Society of Animal Artists Exhibition Catalog – 2001, 2003-06
-Birds In Art Exhibition Catalog – 1999, 2000, 2004

EXHIBITS:

-Masterpieces in Miniature Invitational Art Show 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
– Under The Magnifying Glass: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. – David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director. R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
Tuesday, May 4 through Sunday, July 25, 2010
– The World of Nature in Miniature; Paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist. Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. – David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director. West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, LA. Sunday, May 16 through Saturday, July 31, 2010. Sept. 1 – Nov. 15, 2010: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ. December 11, 2010 – March 13, 2011: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

PUBLICATIONS:
Currently working on a third book: Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America.  This book will be published in celebration of the Miniature Artists of America’s 25th anniversary and will highlight 53 of the Signature Members of the Society, including Wes & Rachelle Siegrist.  Wes Siegrist  is the author and publisher of this book which will be a comprehensive project covering all aspects of miniature art.

CAREER HISTORY:
-Freelance Illustrator 1990-2000
-Teacher in various mediums 1990-1999 (adult and children’s classes)
-Gallery Manager of the Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring, Florida – 1995 – 1997
-Judge and Juror for various art shows and exhibits 1990 to date
-1995 State Crawfish Stamp Artist, Florida
-Recipient of the WNAG Conservation Artist Award ~ January 2007

COLLECTIONS:
-The Miniature Art Society of Florida
-The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
-The Museum and Art Galleries of John Logan College
-The Hilliard Society of England
-Natural World Museum of Art
-State of Florida Avon Park Community College