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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 Achievements:
  • 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
  • Listings
    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.

  • Various 
     - 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
Organization Membership:

  • 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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