September 2002
 

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the Ohio Valley Art League held their jurying process for the Fifth Biannual Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit and Awards. 179 artists from thirty states entered works in the competition. Juror and wildlife art entrepreneur, Russell Fink of Lorton, VA chose 73 works to be displayed. There were twenty awards given.

This year's 2002-2003 Kentucky National Wildlife Artist top award was presented to Wildlife and Sporting Artist Ron Kleiber of Spencer, NY. As per Mr. Fink's quote, "A northern goshawk in pursuit of a ruffed grouse is one of the most dramatic predator-prey dramas nature has to offer. The wingtips of both goshawk and grouse are slightly blurred to help portray the swift motion of the chase. To emphasize the drama of the moment, the artist has chosen to depict the two immediate adversaries at, or nearly at, life size. The composition is well balanced, and the portrayals of both the species are anatomically correct. The immediate impact on the viewer is considerable." The artist was also honored with a second piece, titled "Feeding Frenzy", being accepted into the exhibit.

Upon leaving Kentucky, Ron went on to the Southern Wildlife Art Festival in Decatur, Alabama and was honored with First Place in the Oil Feather Painting category.

August 2003

Central/Southern New York artist, Ron Kleiber of Spencer has been selected as the "Featured Artist" for the 1st Annual 2003 Michigan Wildlife Art Expo being held in August in Big Rapids, Michigan on the sprawling campus of Ferris State University.

The Expo promises to strive to become one of the nations premier Wildlife Art Exhibits. Mr. Kleiber was also selected to produce the show image "Watchful Eyes", featuring the black bear sow with her cubs and an inquisitive red fox. The image will also be available in artist signed, limited edition prints.

Further updates will be added as the show nears. Or visit the show's website at www.ferris.edu/wildlife.

Gallery/Dealer inquiries welcome!