COMPANY TIMELINE

1980

Company founder Michael Boyce starts Animal Artistry as a one-man operation in his garage, with a vision of creating true works of art that tell the story of living, moving animals in all their grace and dignity.

1986

Mike enters a Safari Club International competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcasing two airborne mule deer leaping over a fallen tree. The mount wins the People’s Choice Award, immediately putting Animal Artistry on the map and going on to serve as the centerpiece for the governor’s inaugural ball.

1989

Fumes and a growing workload force the business out of the garage and into a rundown commercial building. The small team of artists navigates the dual struggle of developing this new approach to taxidermy while also managing the business side of a growing company.

1994

The success of a series of large-scale projects, including the flagship Cabela’s store in Nebraska, is evidence that the concept of animals in motion has changed the taxidermy industry forever. The company continues its steady growth to meet demand.

2000

Mike’s artistic vision expands to include bronze sculptures, an offering that’s met with great enthusiasm. He also begins painting, rounding out the concept of taxidermy, sculpting and painting for a fuller, richer depiction of wildlife.

Now

With years of successful projects behind it, Animal Artistry is proud to be considered one of the most respected taxidermy studios in the world. Today’s team of over 40 artists remains dedicated to individually designing, sculpting, and creating animal trophies to exacting standards – a story, every time. And with its 90-day completion time, the company continues to challenge the status quo.

Recent Featured Project

FEATURED PROJECTS

PROJECT DETAILS

Client: Tom and McKay Whiting
Trophy Room: Buffalo Hunt

Artistry has long been what separates Animal Artistry from other taxidermists, and it was what drew Tom and McKay Whiting. New to town, the couple stopped on a whim, captivated by the bronze statuary gracing the property. They were not prepared for what they found inside. “It was unlike anything we had ever seen before,” McKay explains. “It was almost more like a museum.”

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Recent Featured Projects

ABOUT US

Every trophy we mount is individually designed and sculpted to exacting standards.

This approach to animal art makes every piece we create a true original, designed with care and skill to enhance the animal’s best features. The mount itself is built with an emphasis on symmetry, detail, and overall durability for a stunning ly accurate representation of the animal’s natural habitat. Animal Artistry has never been a production taxidermy studio, beginning each project with a vision and investing both time and creative talent. To do this work any other way is disrespectful to both the animal and the experience of the hunt itself.

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Animal Artistry in Reno

OUR BLOG

Hiker on trail in the forest
MY APOLOGIES - A SECOND TAKE ON THE REAL HUNTER
In a previous post, it occurs to me that I came down pretty hard on the modern hunter who uses all the modern technologies at our disposal. In retrospect, I realize that I grossly overstated my position. The world, in fact, has changed so much and hunting has not been left out of that change. Today, I’m sharing my apologies and a second take on the idea of the real hunter.
Mounted bison
IN WILDLIFE ART, THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ACTUALLY BEING THERE
At a very early age, I began to travel the world to hunt big game. In spite of the criticism from family and adults in my life who felt that my behavior was irresponsible and would cost me as I got older in terms of education and buying a home, I persisted. I traveled the world, hunting from the Artic to Africa to Asia. And what I didn’t realize at the time was how this personal experience would shape my future career as a taxidermist. In wildlife art, you see, there is no substitute for actually being there.