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4.17.24
Hunt Slonem’s “Huntopia” Art Exhibition Premieres May 4, 2024
San Antonio Botanical Garden Announces Public Programming + Media Invited for Sneak Peek on May 1

2.26.24
World-Renowned Artist Hunt Slonem Announces National Debut of His First-Ever Garden Exhibition

“Huntopia: Bunnies, Birds, & Butterflies” will be unveiled at the San Antonio Botanical Garden from
May through early November 2024.

ABOUT HUNTOPIA

Huntopia: Bunnies, Birds, and Butterflies launched at the San Antonio Botanical Garden in May 2024.  

This highly anticipated world-premiere features the work of renowned artist, Hunt Slonem, showcased as an outdoor exhibition, featuring multiple large-scale sculptural installations arranged in beautiful garden settings. Years in the making, the exhibition’s debut celebrates Slonem’s lifelong dream to create an immersive and grand outdoor art experience celebrating his love of nature, color, and signature whimsical animals. Its mission is to continue to celebrate nature and art at beautiful outdoor venues and gardens across the world.

The Artist
Ever-inspired by nature, and his beloved animal and spiritual muses, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. A fixture in the influential 1970s NYC art scene and a contemporary of Andy Warhol’s, Slonem is best known for his modern depictions of bunnies, butterflies, and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of historic southern homes. After 50+ years of success, the famed artist’s impressive career enters yet another phase in 2024 with the world-premiere of Huntopia: Bunnies, Birds, and Butterflies, an exuberant synthesis of the artist’s vivid, playful sculptures and the natural realm.
*For more information about the artist, visit huntslonem.com

The Exhibition
Huntopia: Bunnies, Birds, and Butterflies
presents Slonem's famous muses, carefully curated among the landscapes of botanical gardens. San Antonio Botanical Garden is the perfect backdrop for this first monumental exhibition. The Huntopia exhibition features 19 installations across 38 acres of Garden. This expansive body of work showcases stunning sculptural installations, comprised of mosaic glass, steel, acrylic lightboxes, and other unexpected media in thoughtful compositions that respond and interact to the diverse flora and fauna of San Antonio’s lush Botanic Garden.

The Creation Process
The genesis for Huntopia began with the artist’s exploration of blown glass sculpture at his Seattle studio in 2020. Inspired by the sculptural glass manifestations of his beloved bunny muses, Slonem’s vision for an entirely new body of work grew into a four-year journey of rigorous creation, requiring studio teams working together in New York and Seattle, and an international collaboration of artisans and craftspeople.

Facts & Figures

Huntopia

  • World Premiere: May 2024 at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, which welcomes nearly 400,000 annual guests.
  • The Huntopia exhibition features 19 installations across 38 acres of Garden
  • Slonem’s expansive body of work features stunning sculptural installations comprised of mosaic glass, steel, acrylic light boxes and other unexpected media in thoughtful compositions that respond and interact to the diverse flora and fauna of San Antonio’s lush Botanic Garden.
  • The exhibition runs in San Antonio from May 4 - November 3, 2024

Hunt Slonem

  • Since 1977, Slonem has had more than 350 exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums internationally.
  • Slonem’s work is in over eighty museum collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Academy of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
  • Slonem will celebrate his 73rd birthday in 2024 and has been painting for more than 50 years.

San Antonio Botanical Garden 

  • Established in 1980
  • 38 Acres
  • 35 endangered and rare species in care
  • 368,000 annual guests
  • 12,575 supportive members
  • 28,331 served through educational programming

Gallery

Currently on view at San Antonio Botanical Garden