Wildlife Art in Pastels
Leslie Delgyer was born into an artistic family. Both her Dutch grandfather and his brother were accomplished artists. She was born in Plainfield New Jersey. A graduate of the duCret School of the Arts located in Plainfield, Leslie studied under Marjorie Van Emburgh and Dudley V duCret. Upon graduation she discovered that she had a preference when it came to subject matter. For the last 30 years she has focused much of her attention on endangered animals. As a wildlife artist she has tried to shed light on the plight of endangered species and their disappearing habitats. " We are leaving our children a woefully different world than the one we inherited. Trying to change that has become my life's passion."
Commissioned by Prince Philip, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund, to work on their conservation stamp collection, Leslie became the first American artist to work on a stamp project for Russia after their emergence from Communism. The subject was the Siberian tiger.
In 1987 Delgyer painted portraits of then president Ronald Reagan's two dogs, Lucky and Rex. From the White House the paintings now hang in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.
Delgyer is a past president of the Society of Animal Artists, an international organization of painters and sculptors specializing in the genre of animal art.
Today she is represented in public, corporate and private collections. She has received regional as well as national honors.
Exhibitions (partial list) *Awards
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, 2007
Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum --- SAA Tucson, AZ. 2006
University of Nebraska State Museum --- SAA Lincoln, NE. 2005
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History --- SAA Norman, OK 2005
West Valley Art Museum --- SAA Surprise, AZ 2005
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Science --- SAA Peoria, IL 2005
Cleveland Museum of Natural History --- SAA Cleveland, OH. 2005
Leslie Delgyer Paintings/ Dorcas MacClintock Sculpture :Wild Heritage, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum Oradell, NJ. 2003
National Geographic Society --- Washington D.C. 2002
North Museum of Natural History and Science -- Lancaster,PA. 2000
Norton Art Museum --- SAA Shreveport, LA 2000
Utah Museum of Natural History --- SAA Salt Lake City, UT. 2000
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum --- SAA Wausau, WI. 1999
Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Center --- Front Royal, VA. 1998-1999
Disney's Animal Kingdom Opening Exhibition --- SAA Orlando, FL. 1998
The Witte Museum --- SAA San Antonio, TX. 1996
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's 100 th. Annual --- NYC 1996 * Patricia Bott Memorial Award
The National Zoo --- Washington D.C. 1996
The Pastel Society of America 24h Annual --- NYC 1996
* The Artists' Magazine Award
Salmagundi Club --- NYC 1996
*William Alfred White Memorial Award 1996
* A Henry Nordhausen SCNY Award 1995
*The Ogden Pleissner Memorial Award 1995
Virginia Museum of Natural History--- SAA Martinsville, VA. 1995
Old Algonquin Museum -- SAA Ontario, Canada. 1995
High Desert Museum --- SAA Bend, OR 1994
Carnegie Museum of Natural History --- SAA Pittsburgh, PA. 1994
Salmagundi Club - NYC 1994
* Forbes Magazine Award
Washington State Historical Society --- SAA Tacoma, WA. 1993
The Pen and Brush Club --- NYC 1991
* Margaret Sussman Award 1990
* Phillip Isenberg Award 1991
New York Zoological Society --- SAA NYC 1990
Salmagundi Club --- NYC 1990
* George Inness Jr. Memorial Award
Support for Conservation:
- Special Recognition
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2000
Certificate of Recognition by United States House of Representatives 2000
State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation 2000
Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women and the Board of Chosen Freeholders Citation in the Field of Art 2000
Who's Who in American Art
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in Executives and Professionals
Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers
Dictionary of Bird and Wildlife Painters
- Many National Including
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum Oradell NJ.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Simi Valley CA.
World Wildlife Fund International Stamp Collection:
Siberian Tiger 1993
Arabian Goitered Gazelle 1992 Egyptian Caracal 1991
Hartmann's Mountain Zebra 1990 New Zealand Tuatara
(This series is now in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson's Art Museum's permanent collection located in Wausau WI. )
Hunterdon Medical Center Flemington, NJ.
- Wildlife Art 1999
Rockport Publishers /contributor
The Best of Pastels 2 Collected by the Pastel Society of America 1998 Rockport Publishers/ contributor
Artwork showcased on New Jersey Network's State of the Arts 16 broadcasts airing May / June 1990
Viewed on the following networks: "WNJN,WNYC and WHMM
• Society of Animal Artists, President
• duCret School of the Arts, President Board of Trustees
• Salmagundi Club
• National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Charter member
• Pastel Society of America
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