Biography of
Wes Siegrist

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Wes Siegrist and his artist wife, Rachelle, 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).  They reside in Townsend, Tennessee beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION:
BA – Graphic Arts – Evangel University, MO
BA – Fine Arts – Evangel University, MO

AWARDS AND HONOURS:

  • 87th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Watermedia
  • 45th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – 2nd Place Opaque Watercolor
  • Nov. 2020 – 87th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Watermedia
  • Jan. 2020 – 45th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – 2nd Place Opaque Watercolor
  • Nov. 2019 – 86th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 2nd Place Birds and Animals
  • Jan. 2019- 44th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Tarpon Springs, FL – 2nd Place Opaque Watercolor
  • Jan. 2018- 43rd Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – Best Cat Award
  • Nov. 2017- 84th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 2nd Place Watermedia
  • May 2017- 26th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery, Nags Head, NC – 1st Place Overall
  • Feb. 2017- NatureWorks Art Show, Tulsa, OK – Best of Show 2D
  • Jan. 2017- 41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, Tarpon Springs, FL – 2nd Place Opaque Watercolor
  • May 2015 – 24th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery, Nags Head, NC – Best Opaque Watercolor
  • Nov. 2014 – 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Birds and Animals
  • Oct. 2014 – Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibition, Henderson, KY – Henderson Society of Art Award
  • Oct. 2014 – Cider Painters of America 30th Annual International Exhibit of Miniature Art, Kingston, PA – Best Portrait
  • June 2014 – 8th Annual Artistic Designs Miniature Show, Brownsburg, IN – Best of Show Overall
  • Oct. 2013 – 30th Annual North American Miniature Art Exhibition – Baltimore, MD – 1st Place Watercolors
  • May 2013- 21st Annual Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery – Kirkland, WA – Presidents Award; Jack Richeson and Co., Inc. Award
  • April 2013- Ridge Art Association Miniature Art Exhibition, Winter Haven, FL – Best of Show
  • Mar. 2013- Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show (Alabama Miniature Art Society), Mobile, AL – Founder’s Award
  • Jan. 2013- 38th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – 1st Place Opaque Watercolor
  • Nov. 2012- 28th Almost Miniatures Show, Lexington, MA – Director’s Choice, Best Miniature, 2nd Place; Peoples’ Choice Awards
  • Nov. 2012- 79th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – Best in Realism
  • April 2012- 31st Annual Miniatures Show, Colorado Springs, CO – 1stPlace Watercolor
  • Mar. 2012- Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show (Alabama Miniature Art Society), Mobile, AL – 2nd Best of Show; Founder’s Award; Coldwell Banker United Realtors- AMAS award
  • Jan. 2012- 36th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin, FL – 1st Place Marine
  • Nov. 2011- 78th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures, Washington, DC – 1st Place Birds and Animals
  • Oct. 2011- 5th Annual Artistic Designs Miniature Show, Brownsburg, IN – Best of Show Watermedia
  • April 2011- Ridge Art Association Miniature Art Exhibition, Winter Haven, FL – Best of Show
  • Mar. 2011- Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show (Alabama Miniature Art Society), Mobile, AL – Best of Show

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 59th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists
  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, SC, USA
    • 2020–2001
  • International Miniature Art Show (MASF), FL, USA
    • 2020 – 1998
  • Society of Animal Artists’ Art and the Animal Exhibition (National Museum Venues)
    • 2019–2017 (Tour), 2014–2013 (Tour), 2012–2003 (Tour Annually), 2001 (Tour)
  • Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, (MPSGS), MD, USA
    • 2019 – 2000
  • 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, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996 (Biennial)
  • NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show & Sale, OK, USA
    • 2018 – 2003
  • Birds in Art, WI, USA
    • 2017 (Tour), 2010, 2006, 2004, 2000
  • 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
  • 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 – 2004, 2002
  • BLOSSOM II ~ ART OF FLOWERS (National Museum Venues)
    • 2010
  • 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
  • Arts for the Parks Mini 100, WY, USA
    • 2006, 2005
  • BLOSSOM ~ ART OF FLOWERS (National Museum Venues)
    • 2006
  • ART OF THE RAINFOREST (National Museum Venues)
    • 2005
  • Arts for the Parks Top 200, WY, USA
    • 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

  • Rhino Images – Art of the Rhinoceros – 2017
  • Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibit Catalogue – 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Birds In Art Exhibition Catalogue – 2000, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2017
  • Society of Animal Artists Exhibition Catalogue – 2001–2014, 2017-2019
  • Wildlife Art Magazine – Various issues from 1999 to 2008
  • The Miniature Art Society of Florida’s Catalogue of The Permanent Collection – 2000
  • The Realm of the Panther (illustrated by Wes) – 2000
  • Art of the Animal Kingdom Exhibition Catalogue – 2002, 2004–2010
  • Arts for the Parks Exhibition Catalogue – 2005–2006
  • Blossom ~ Art of Flowers Exhibition Catalogue – 2007
  • Blossom II ~ Art of Flowers Exhibition Catalogue – 2011
  • Paint America and Paint the Parks Exhibition Catalogues – 2006–2008
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Cover Art) – August 15, 2010
  • Endangered Species Exhibition Catalogue – 2008
  • 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
  • Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, 2010
  • Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep, 2011
  • Animal Paintings Vol. I–IV, 2015

CURRENT ASSOCIATIONS:

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

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The City of Orlando, Florida
  • The Daytona Beach Museum of Arts & Sciences
  • Cox Media, Tulsa OK
  • The Miniature Art Society of Florida
  • The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
  • South Florida Community College
  • The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
  • The Woolaroc Museum

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

The Happy Hogs - Wes Siegrist
Enjoying the Warm Sun - Wes Siegrist
A Palo Verde Palace - Wes Siegrist
The Glory of Autumn - Wes Siegrist