Indiana Wildlife Artists, Inc. (IWA) was established in northern Indiana in 1982.
In 1992, IWA was granted its Non-Profit status.
Not long after its creation, it was determined that the northern location of the annual exhibit was extremly limiting to artists in the southern parts of the State. It was decided to create three chapters, one each for the Northern, Central and Southern regions. The annual exhibit then would rotate between the chapters, allowing artists more opportunities to exhibit their work.
In more recent years, it has been harder and harder to find venues that will accomodate our annual exhibit, so in 2017 the general membership agreed to a central location in a venue that can accomodate us.
Indiana Wildlife Artists, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which promotes the advancement of wildlife art as a fine art, providing wildlife artists an opportunity to meet, to learn and to exhibit. With our artwork we encourage the appreciation and understanding of wildlife among the general public, and assist conservation groups with education for the benefit of wildlife.
By the production and displaying of quality wildlife fine art, IWA can bring attention to the many wonders that exist in nature. The protection and preservation of wildlife, be it animal or botanical, is very important for future generations. There are many conservation organizations in our country, and though we do not recommend the support of a specific group, we do encourage people to get involved in an effort to preserve, educate and appreciate the world of nature that surrounds us.
The major focus of IWA is to promote the advancement of wildlife art within Indiana, and to provide wildlife artists an opportunity to meet, learn, share, teach and exhibit their artwork.
IWA encourages the recognition and understanding of wildlife among its members by offering special events sponsored by one of the Chapters at various wildlife facilities, parks and preserves around the State.
IWA also sponsors seminars and workshops on wildlife art and related topics for members and other groups upon request.
IWA underwrites one special major event every year: the Annual Exhibit.
Each year one of the Chapters is responsible for the Art Exhibit which has, in the past been presented within the boundaries of that Chapter. The North exhibited in Wabash at the Honeywell Center. The Central Chapter exhibited at Minnetrista in Muncie, and the South used Angel Mounds in Evansville, Indiana.
2008 IWA celebrated its 25th Annual Exhibit at the Honeywell Center, featuring 25 artists exhibiting 71 pieces of art.
2013 IWA celebrated its 30th Annual Exhibit exhibiting 99 pieces of art and 35 artists, including some from out of state with the same desire and interest for wildlife as IWA exhibits.
2015 The Northern Chapter requested that thier Exhibit be in Indianapolis with the help of members of the Central Chapter.
2017 The Central Chapter once again held the Exhibit at Second Presbyterian Church. At that time it was the general consensus to keep the Annual Exhibit in the more centralized venue, and
to create an Exhibit Committee to organize the exhibit rather than a chapter taking the responsibility.
The centralized venue is:
Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis,
7700 N Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46260.