Wes Siegrist

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Wes Siegrist

Watercolorist Wes Siegrist describes his wildlife paintings as a reflective attempt to capture nature’s awesome majesty and intricate details…an effort never to be realized as each observation only reveals more hidden beauty. He strives to record the actual setting and atmosphere of the field inspiration by working from observation and personal photographs. The Artist prefers watercolor for a medium due to its elusive and often surprising character reflective of nature itself.

The Artist and his wife, Rachelle, 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.


BA – Fine Arts – Evangel University, Springfield, MO 1988
BA – Graphic Arts – Evangel University, Springfield,MO -1988

-Artists for Conservation (formerly The Worldwide Nature Artists Group)
-The Society of Animal Artists (Wes serves as their webmaster) – signature member
-The Miniature Art Society of Florida (Wes serves as their webmaster)
– The World Federation of Miniaturists
-The Cider Painters of America – signature member
-The Hilliard Society of England – signature member, assistant webmaster
– The Miniature Artists of America – signature member (Wes serves as their webmaster & Exhibition Coordinator
-The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC – signature member
-The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, Instructor (2006) (Wes serves as their webmaster)
-The Southern Wildlife Festival, Decatur, Alabama  (Wes serves as their webmaster)

* Jan. 2010- 35th Annual International Miniature Art Show – Tarpon Springs, FL – 1st Place Opaque Watercolor
* Nov. 2009- Cider Painters of America 25th Anniversary Miniature Exhibit, Kingston, PA – Best of Show
* Nov. 2009- 76th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures – Washington, DC – 1st Place Landscape
* 2009- 34th Annual International Miniature Art Show – 3rd Place Birds & Animals
* 2008- Mondak Heritage Center’s Miniature Art Exhibition * 1st Place
* 2008- Annual Heartland Miniature Show – Best of Show
* Jan. 2007- 32nd Annual International Miniature Art Show – Tarpon Springs, FL – 1st Place Opaque Watercolor Award
* Dec. 2006- Conservation Artist of the Month Award ~ Worldwide Nature Artists Group
* Oct. 2006- 1st Annual Blossom Art Competition & Exhibition
* Oct. 2006- 25th Southern Wildlife Festival – Decatur, AL – Award of Excellence and 2nd Place in Feathers Award
* Oct. 2006- Paint America Top Mini 50 Competition & Exhibition
* Oct. 2006- CFTA Miniature Exhibition – Merit Award
* Sept. 2006- “Birds in Art” miniature featured in the exhibition.
* Sept. 2006- Biennial Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibition – Honorable Mention
* Sept. 2006- 46th Annual Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal” Exhibition
* Aug. 2006- Annual Small in Nature Exhibition – People’s Choice Award
* May 2006- 15th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Gallery – Nags Head, NC – 2nd Place Award
* May 2006- 14th Annual Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery – Kirkland, WA – Best of Show Award
* Dec. 2005- 7th Annual Black Mountain Center for the Arts Miniature Arts Exhibit – Black Mountain, NC – Honorable Mention
* 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 – Best of Show
* Nov. 2005- Cider Painters of America Miniature Exhibit, Shavertown, PA – Aviary Award & conferred signature status
* Sept. 2005- 45th Annual Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal” Exhibition & Tour
* June. 2005- Susan Kathleen Black Foundation’s Art Exhibition – 1st place watercolor
* Mar. 2005- International Miniature Show – Mariposa, CA – 1st Place in Landscape, 2nd Place in Animal
* Jan. 2005- 30th Annual International Miniature Show – Dunedin, FL – 1st Place in Opaque Watercolor

– 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.
– 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
– Blossom ~ Art of Flowers Exhibition Catalog – 2007
-Art of the Animal Kingdom Exhibition Catalog – 2002, 2004-07, 2008
– InformArt Magazine – 2003-2005 – featured in article about miniatures Spring 2005 issue
-US Art Magazine – Sept. 2001 – featured in an article on purchasing originals
-The Realm of the Panther (book illustrated by Wes)    2000
-MASF Catalog of The Permanent Collection – 2000
-MASF Exhibit Catalog – 2000-2005, 2007 (Award winning images)
-Wildlife Art Magazine – various issues from 1999 to 2005
– Featured in article on miniatures in July 2002 issue
-Society of Animal Artists Exhibition Catalog – 2001-06
-Birds In Art Exhibition Catalog – 2000, 2004, 2006
-Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibit Catalog – 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002

-Intern for Gospel Publishing House 1988
-Taught college level beginning ceramics 1988
-Designer at Ad agency 1988-1989
-Freelance Illustrator 1987-2000
-Illustrated “The Realm of the Panther” – a Nature Conservancy Habitat Book 1999
-Teacher in various mediums 1988-1999 (adult and children’s classes)
-Lecturer 1990 to date (1999-2001 career day speaker at Okeechobee, FL high school)
-Instructor/ Demonstrator for the SKB Foundation 2006 Workshop
-Vice President of the Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring, Florida – 1995
-President of the Highlands Museum of the Arts and Highlands Art League, Sebring, Florida – 1996-1997
-Judge and Juror for various art shows and exhibits 1990 to date
-Webmaster for the Society of Animal Artists, The Susan K. Black Foundation, The Miniature Artists of America, The Miniature Art Society of Florida and the Southern Wildlife Festival
-Recipient of the WNAG Conservation Artist Award ~ December 2006

– 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

-The Miniature Art Society of Florida
-The City of Orlando, Florida
-The Daytona Beach Museum of Arts & Sciences
-Natural World Museum of Art
-Cox Media, Tulsa OK
-South Florida Community College
-The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum