WORLD CLASS JUDGES
Great Taxidermy Starts With Great Instruction.
Judges for the 2022 Show
Rick Krane- Fish & Reptiles
World renowned fish taxidermist, judge, Instructor and sculpture Rick Krane will be this years Fish and Reptile Judge. Rick owns and operates Angler's Artistry in Hinsdale, NH. He teaches students from all over the world the art of fish taxidermy. He has spent more than half his life in the art and has judged hundreds of Taxidermy Competitions including State, Regional, National and the World Taxidermy Championships.
Shane Smith- Birds
Artistic Compositions LLC was created over 30 years ago when Shane Smith mounted his first bird, a Greenwing Teal. Shane's talents have been accented by the winning of National Championships, North American, Grand National, Regional and State Competitions. He has achieved these top honors not just with waterfowl, but with upland birds and Turkeys.
Steve Rolan- Gameheads & Mammals
My name is Steve Rolan. I am the Owner and wildlife artist at Artistic Wildlife Expressions. I grew up hunting, fishing and trapping as a youth. I still remember my first trip to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and my subsequent fascination with the art of taxidermy. I attempted to learn this fascinating art on my own, but then, in 1987, I attended Piedmont Community College for their nationally acclaimed Taxidermy program. I have competed in State, National and World Taxidermy Competitions. I have been fortunate enough to win an assortment of awards. These are highlighted by 13 time Multi-State Champion for Life-Size Mammals, 4 Judges Choice Best of Shows Awards, 3 Breakthrough Awards, 1 Wasco Award, 6 People’s choice Best of Show Awards, 10 McKenzie Taxidermist Choice Awards and 2 Artisan Awards along with many others.
My name is Wes Mote. I'm from Gene Autry, Oklahoma. As a small kid I was always fascinated with the beauty of wildlife, especially whitetail deer. I would draw pictures of the wildlife I would see while sitting in my tree stand. From a small age I wanted to be a taxidermist and combine my drive for art and the outdoors into a career. After an eight year stint in the military I decided it was time to follow my passion. Through my career I have been able to showcase my talent and win several awards including: North American Champion, Oklahoma State Champion, Second in World, Breakthrough Best of Show, and various other awards. Getting the chance to combine my artistry with my passion for the outdoors is a life dream for me. I look forward to meeting everyone and seeing some amazing pieces.
WHITETAILS: VINCENT FLEMING
A name that goes hand in hand with whitetails, Vincent brings a wealth of knowledge with whitetail taxidermy. Not only is he an outstanding instructor but a World Champion. We are honored to have this legend at our show.
BIRDS: GEORGE DANTE
A distinguished taxidermist from the great state of New Jersey, George runs a mega facility with great pride & success within the taxidermy community. He & his team not only provide outstand highend taxidermy and scuplting, but have also work on some the highest levels of curating at it core for the American Museum of Natural History, as well as other great museum works of taxidermy and repoduction art.
Thank you, George we are honored.
MAMMALS & LIFESIZE: RICHARD CHRISTOFORO
A distinguished taxidermist from New England area Richard is a legend in the industry of taxidermy, with extreamly successful business known dynamic deer mounts and wild game. He is a founding father when it comes to understanding the antomy of deer. We are honor to have him at our show.