The Kimball Art Center will soon display artwork by 39 artists who are members of the Society of Animal Artists, the oldest and most prestigious international association of animal painters and sculptors.

Participating in this exhibit are Utahns Farrell Collett and Jim Morgan. Collett, a former professor of art at Weber State College, now lives in St. George. Morgan lives in Mendon, a rural area of northern Utah, where he is surrounded by inspiration from the mountains, marshes and abundant wildlife.Both artists are members of the Society of Animal Artists. To be a member of this select group is indeed an honor. The admissions jury is made up of members of the society. Only one in every 30 applicants is accepted.

Animal and wildlife art is gaining in popularity. This is a natural reflection of today's ecological and environmental concerns. Through their works, artists are able to communicate the intensity and immediacy of their experience, as well as reflect the philosophies and concerns of today.

The Kimball Art Center is pleased to host this prestigious exhibit, which will continue through Feb. 13. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 6 from 3-5 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

- Sundance is currently featuring an exhibit by photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum, winner of the Sierra Club's 1989 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

Ketchum will be in town on Saturday, Jan 12 from 1-3 p.m. to hold a symposium. It will be held in the Sundance Institute Screening Room. He will also be available for book signing in the Sundance Institute Rehearsal Hall at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets to the symposium are $15 for the general public and $10 for students with identification. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 225-4107, ext. 212 during business hours Monday through Friday. Tickets can be picked up on Jan. 12 from 11:30 a.m. at the Screening Room door.

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Art-lunch tour of "A Moving Point of Balance" exhibit conducted by Robin Lee Roberts.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Art-lunch tour of drawing exhibit by Elizabeth Layton conducted by Lucretia Petersen.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Monson Theater, Browning Center, Weber State College - Lecture by Whitney Chadwick, professor of art at San Francisco State University.

Monday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Jan. 18, New Images Gallery/Studios, 61 S. Main, Brigham City - Watercolor workshop by Richard Nelson.

Wednesday, Jan 16, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Art-lunch tour of "Through the Looking Glass: Drawings by Elizabeth Layton" conducted by Cathy A. Malchiodi.

- By Richard P. Christenson