Signature Members are considered to have achieved the highest level of artistic achievement. They are eligible to serve on the Executive Board or as officers of the organization, may vote in elections, serve on juries, and may use the SAA initials after their signatures. Signature Members may receive further recognition as Master and/or Distinguished
The Distinguished Signature designation is for those who have had the honor of having their work included in a minimum of fifteen (15) Annual Exhibitions. The SAA is privileged to have had these outstanding artists as longtime supporting members. They have contributed significantly to the promotion of excellence in the genre of animal art.
The Master Signature designation is the highest mark of respect for Signature members for their exceptional artistic achievements in the world of animal art. In order to achieve the Society’s highest level of distinction as a "Master," an SAA Signature member must have received at least five (5) Awards of Excellence in our annual exhibitions over the years. Their artwork for each year’s Annual Exhibition no longer has to be submitted to the selection jury. It is automatically accepted. We are honored to have these artists as participating members of the Society of Animal Artists, and it is always a privilege to have their work represented in our exhibitions.
Associate Members are valued members of the organization and may participate in all exhibitions, and are eligible to win awards. However, they are not yet eligible to vote, serve on juries or in the operation of the organization, or use the SAA initials after their signatures.
Honorary Members: Individuals upon whom the Society has conferred Honorary Status
Members in Memoriam: Death has claimed many members of the Society of Animal Artists since it's founding in 1960. These artists supported the Society during their lifetimes and each made his or her special contribution to art. Although separated from us by death they are fondly remembered by their fellows. (Please notify the Society if you know of a member not listed here)
Photos on this page courtesy of Jay Johnson, Bob Mason, Wes Siegrist, David J. Wagner, and the respective Board Members. Photo of Board in session courtesy of James Gary Hines II