Academy Alumna Kerri Aitken Awarded Best in Show in NAVS Art for Animals Competition.

Best in Show Liberation by Keri Aitken
© Kerri Aitken
Three other Alumnae receive third place and honorable mentions.
NAVS Awards Artists’ Best Expressions of Compassion for Animals.


The National Anti-Vivisection Society extends a heartfelt “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in Art for Animals 2014.

We received nearly 300 compelling pieces of artwork illustrating this year’s theme “Compassion for Animals”. Entries represented a wide range of subjects and the use of diverse mediums including painting, poetry, photography, sculpture, collage and even a quilt.

This year’s Best in Show winner (Liberation by Kerri Aitken) beautifully illustrates the end goal of NAVS’ mission: empty cages. Her depiction of animals most commonly used in research standing before an unlocked and empty cage and beneath the wings of a symbol for hope articulates NAVS’ vision for the future of all animals.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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View a photo gallery of all Art for Animals 2014 winners



3rd Place Adult: Don’t Speak, Samantha DeCarlo


Best in Show:
Liberation, Kerri Aitken

Best Photograph:
In Mother’s Arms/End Biomedical Research, Diane Murphy

1st Place Adult: Avarice, Jeri Allison
2nd Place Adult: Friend, Alec Studier
3rd Place Adult: Don’t Speak, Samantha DeCarlo

1st Place Youth (age 12 to 17): Bird Convention, Abigail Koenig
2nd Place Youth: Helping Hand, Jeff Kim
3rd Place Youth: Snails Aren’t Slow, They Just Enjoy Life, Samuel Zverev

1st Place Child (age 5 to 11): Super Hamster, Carlos Marino
2nd Place Child: Puppy Love, Kat Mrozek
3rd Place Child: Captive and Free, Noel Chi


Honorable Mention

Pensive Monkey, Jennifer Sturch
Cat Nap V, Candy Witcher
Mojo in the Snow, Jenna Wilke
Good Old Mac V2.7, Dale Mertes
Hawksbill Sea, Antone Jenkins
Zeke Angel, Diane Murphy
Entrusting People Yet Again, Aleksandra Cegielska-Johnson
Majestic Memories, Frank Reza
Jack, Kristen Matthews
Unjust Acts for Entertainment, Anna Beverwijk
A Boy and His Chick, Elsa Shaw
Monkey, Margot Bettman
Not Invisible, Margaret Eigenfeld
Somoked, Luis Ortega
Love Bouquet, Jody Lasky-Henning
Have a Heart, Jody Lasky-Henning
Shaped Eating Gorilla, Michelle Almanza
Holding, Robert Almanza
Tawnie, Kat Mrozek
Have a Heart, No More Testing (Jane Goodall), Jackie Lambert
Piglet Delights, Christina Koebernik
I Can Haz Knowledge? Virtual Dissection Saves Lives, Megan Zapiain
Make Me, Elena Kim
Hunger’s Hope, Laura Cline
Owl, Illenay Baez
Jumping Monkey, Lisandro Sanchez
Isabella Bear, Adeyanice Torres
Class Project, Englewood Elementary School
Class Project, 93rd Street Elementary School


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