Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


Can’t Miss!


Talk a walk on the wild side…. SEWE has invaded downtown Charleston! Celebrate the best of wildlife and nature all weekend long by visiting our five official venues: Charleston Place Hotel, Brittlebank Park, Gaillard Center, Charleston Marriott and Marion Square. Whether you’re looking for fine art galleries, sporting demos or hands-on fun for the kids, SEWE has a little something for everyone! Below are a few of this weekend’s can’t-miss events. Still needing to purchase tickets?  Click here for more information.






New: Jack Hanna Returns to the Gaillard, presented by Boeing 

Stop by the Fine Art Gallery at SEWE to meet Jason Tako, our 2020 Featured Artist and see this year’s featured painting, The Road Less Traveled. Jason is joined by nearly 100 others painters and sculptures. It’s rare to see this many wildlife artists of such a high caliber in one setting. Read more about Jason. 

New: Jack Hanna Returns to the Gaillard, presented by Boeing 

Television personality, author and conservationist, Jack Hanna, returns for the first time since 2018 to entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center. Seating is first-come, first-served. See schedule for times. Show Times: Friday, February 14 at 2pm and Saturday, February 15 at 12:30 and 2:30pm.

New: Fly Fishing with Orvis

Orvis will be offering complimentary fly fishing casting lessons all weekend on the Gaillard Center Orvis Lawn. Try your hand at angling or improve upon your skills with the fly fishing professionals on-site. On Sunday, legendary angler Tom Rosenbauer will be demonstrating fly casting all day.

New: Jumbotron Viewing at DockDogs®
For the first time, SEWE will showcase its popular DockDogs® competition on the big screen. Now, attendees in Brittlebank Park can watch the action from the new jumbotron, which will show live jumps and instant replays. An emcee will also voice over the competition and explain scoring, canine abilities and discuss the rules and disciplines of speed retrieve, big air and extreme vertical.

New: Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience
In partnership with Baker Motor Company, SEWE will create a Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience at Brittlebank Park. SEWE attendees can demo the latest Land Rover models and test the vehicle’s off-road skills around a track made for the event. Learn from instructors on how to navigate various terrain and obstacles.

New: Expanded Retriever Demos
The retriever demos in Brittlebank Park have always been a popular event at SEWE. Able handlers and dogs of various breeds and ages put on demonstrations of retrieving skills for large crowds. In 2020, SEWE will expand upon these demos. The Boykin Spaniel Society will showcase the agility of a retriever and the pathway to a fully-trained gundog. Mossy Pond Retrievers with Orvis will feature how to train your retriever.

New: Sporting and Marine Village
The Sporting Village has expanded to become a Sporting and Marine Village to include exhibitors that focus on fishing, water sports and marine-based activities. Meet hunting, fishing and safari guides, outdoor outfitters and land professionals. Check out boats, ATVs and a host of John Deere tractors.

New: Expanded Footprint at Brittlebank Park + Kid Zone
Bring the kids! Children’s activities and games are now located in the Kid Zone at Brittlebank Park. Here you will find pony and camel rides, an exotic petting zoo, inflatables, fun games, educational programs and more.This year’s programming will also include a kid zone stage that will put a spotlight on various local authors and librarians. They will share stories inspired by nature and wildlife. Educational puppet shows will be hosted here, too.




SEWE Favorite: Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt & Auction

Witness the imagination, talent and process behind SEWE artwork. Watch participating artists paint or sculpt an original piece from start to finish in just one hour. A live auction will be held immediately after where attendees can bid on the one-of-a-kind pieces. Details: 13 artists participating, Charleston Place Ballroom, Friday, February 14, 3 pm – Auction to follow

SEWE Favorite: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will explore the wonders of natural ecosystems. From bobcats, foxes and birds of prey to alligators and snakes, SEWE attendees will get an up-close look at the animals that call these places home. Seating is first-come, first-served. See schedule for times.

Fresh on the Menu with South Carolina Department of Agriculture, hosted by the Lee Bros.
Watch more than a dozen of South Carolina’s greatest chefs, farmers and home cooks demonstrate how to prepare some of their favorite recipes with locally grown and produced ingredients. Sample products from the producers, processors and vendors that make up the Certified South Carolina program. See schedule for times.

SEWE Favorite: Center for Birds of Prey Flight Demonstrations
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. Witness incredible flight demos from a range of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks and learn about the important role they play in our ecosystem. Presented by BP America at Marion Square. See schedule for times.

SEWE Favorite: The Orianne Society
Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species like quail, turkey and deer. This informative presentation features the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more. See schedule for times.

SEWE Favorite: DockDogs® Competition
Story: Watch dogs of all breeds and skill levels compete in various water jumping competitions in side-by-side tanks. “Waves” of competition held throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with finals Sunday afternoon. For more information or to pre-register your dog, visit dockdogs.com.  Details: “Waves” of competition held throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with finals Sunday afternoon. See schedule for times.

Sheep and Duck Herding Demonstrations
Join Windy Knolls Farm owner and master trainer, Bill Coburn, as he showcases the fascinating world of the Border Collie breed’s herding instinct. Watch his collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands. See schedule for times located at Brittlebank Park.


Live Auction Preview

From original art to hunting excursions to handcrafted furniture, preview the line up of unique auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Signature Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 13 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!   See the full VIP schedule for SEWE 2020 here.>>


Ultimate Guide to 2020

The ultimate guide to SEWE 2020. Browse this comprehensive book on the 2020 SEWE weekend, with extended information on all the new and favorite events . SEWE you soon!


Where to Buy Tickets

February 1st is the last day to buy tickets online for the 2020 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

3-DAY General Admission Ticket – $50

FRIDAY General Admission Ticket – $25

SATURDAY General Admission Ticket – $25

SUNDAY General Admission Ticket – $20

Tickets are available at the following locations now through the event:

The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting Street (Daily, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Town of Mount Pleasant Visitors Center, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd in the New Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park (Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Kiawah Visitors Center, Town Hall, 200 Beachwalker Drive (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

North Charleston Visitors Center/American LaFrance Fire Museum, 4975-B Centre Point Drive (Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

You may also purchase tickets on-site, during SEWE 2020, at the following locations:
– Brittlebank Park
– Charleston Place Hotel
– Gaillard Center
– Marion Square

For more information . . .



Plan your 2020 weekend

Get the full details on all things SEWE 2020 with the show brochure. We have 90+ listings on our schedule – from new events and special exhibits to live presentations and demonstrations. Make the most of your SEWE 2020 weekend…start planning your experience now!


Win a Camper

Win a 2020 19’BH Starcraft camper during the 2020 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition presented by Quality Deer Management Association. Tickets are $100, only 400 tickets sold.

2020 Starcraft 19BH Mossy Oak Camper

  • 2020 19BH Mossy Oak TT
  • Standard interior and exterior construction equipment and features (see full list here)
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 4,450 lbs. / Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 3,515 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 22′ 2″ / Exterior Width: 8′ 0″
  • Only 400 tickets sold
  • Taxes, title and fees are the responsibility of the winner
  • Drawing on Sunday, Feb 16 during SEWE 2020
  • You do not need to be present to win
  • Ticket stubs will no longer be mailed, please stop by the QDMA booth at Brittlebank Park SEWE weekend should you wish to pick up your ticket. The stub with your information has automatically been entered into the drawing.

Purchase your raffle ticket(s) here.



A Big Night for Small Works

Our newest event that is sure to delight and surprise…A Big Night for Small Works.

Join us for an evening of art, entertainment and unexpected experiences at our newest event, A Big Night for Small Works. This exclusive celebration will exhibit the small details that make a big impact, from pocket-sized pieces of art and mini bites to grand displays and illusions. The night promises to surprise and delight guests with music, live performers, top-shelf libations, a menu that will inspire and more exciting twists and turns. A first for SEWE—this party will showcase a unique viewpoint for enjoying wildlife art and the finer things in life.

When: WEDNESDAY | 02/12/2020 | 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.


Tickets: $150 per ticket. Limited tickets available.

Dress: Cocktail




2020 Art Book

It is a great honor to release the fourth edition of the SEWE Art Book. This publication has gained momentum since first released in 2017 and each edition is a beautiful collaboration between the artist and what has become the premier wildlife art show in the Southeast. Browse the pages for a glimpse of what SEWE 2020 will offer.

All artwork included in this catalog is available for purchase through the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. All information is accurate at the time of printing. An additional body of original art from these artists will be available during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, February 13-16, 2020. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.


Meet Jason Tako


SEWE announces its Featured Artist and painting for the 2020 event, marking 38 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life. Jason Tako (pronounced TAKE-O) has been named the 2020 event’s Featured Artist. His painting, The Road Less Traveled, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2020 poster.

“At its core, SEWE desires to present the finest wildlife art available. With that in mind, Jason Tako was an obvious choice for the 2020 Featured Artist. Jason’s western paintings are unmatched, and it is a privilege to showcase his work” says SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson.

Jason Tako is in the unique category of being one of the few plein air artists who paints animals from life, and one of the few wildlife artists who paints en plein air. “I have only understood that drawing and painting from life was the best way to learn,” Jason says. The soul of Jason’s artwork has its origins in the wetlands and prairie areas of Minnesota. “Heading outdoors long before sunrise, I would spend hours in a duck blind just watching and listening. Those moments are with me to this day,” he adds.

“I was stunned for a while and couldn’t really do anything for several hours until it sunk in,” he replied when asked his feelings on what it was like to be selected as the 2020 Featured Artist. “Then there was the feeling of paranoia when I realized the quality of work I would need to create to live up to the honor.” Jason, who lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Rebecca and their five children, also added, “My wife and children were really excited for me and encouraged me to accept it.”

“With the artists present and engaging with collectors during SEWE week people often refer to the connections and relationships made here in Charleston,” Powell adds. “For those of us fortunate to view Jason Tako’s collection at SEWE 2020, I believe his work will connect all of us and tell a story about the love we share for the outdoors and our traditions.”


The Road Less Traveled depicts two big horned sheep in western North Dakota.

We asked Jason about the inspiration and process behind the concept and creation of the 2020 featured painting:

“Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is a beautiful place teaming with wildlife, but the fact that it’s been rarely painted makes it a hidden treasure that I wanted to show the world. Having been raised in rural Minnesota, I have always felt a connection with more isolated and unknown places. And for me, this area represents that. The Road Less Traveled was inspired by several trips my family and I made to this relatively unknown and restful place. The landscape depicts the north unit, which has some of the most dramatic landscape in all the park. Bighorn Sheep can also be spotted here if one is fortunate enough.”

“Since you cannot have wildlife without habitat, I wanted a piece that told as much about the landscape as the animals in the landscape. I also wanted this to be a scene that any person would enjoy viewing. From a compositional perspective, the darks of the buttes bring out the strong back lighting on the sheep, which are making their way down into the canyon. The diagonal shapes are meant to give a downward movement to emphasize the height of the sheep’s location. The upper left, which acts as a type of window, also shows the height of the sheep and the vastness of the western landscape. The foreground rocks and grass were painted with thick impasto paint to help give them a three-dimensional feel and push the rest of the scene into the distance.”

A vast amount of land is shown without any sign of human development. The sheep feel almost isolated and we are privileged to be able to witness their untouched refuge. These are the types of emotions I’m given in a place like this. My hope is that the viewer will be able to make a similar connection and perhaps be inspired by The Road Less Traveled.

Tako’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Signature Gala and Sale, February 13, 2020. Purchase the Official 2020 Poster is here.>>

More about Jason:

The soul of Jason Tako’s highly sought after artwork has its origins in the wetlands and prairie areas of Minnesota. He spent the summers of his youth fishing at the family cabin and winters wandering through the nearby wooded areas and playing on frozen lakes.  During his senior year in high school, Jason put aside his sketchbooks and delved into music. Attending what later became McNally Smith College of Music, he studied bass guitar and jazz music theory and graduated top of his class with honors. He spent the next ten years playing in numerous rock, jazz, and country bands and recorded several albums.

Realizing how much he missed the serenity of nature, Jason picked up his sketchbooks again and headed back out into the wetlands of southern Minnesota. After spending several years in solitude sketching from life, Jason plunged himself into studio oil painting all while keeping up his discipline of plein air painting. “I was plein air painting before I ever heard the term or knew of the movement. I only understood that drawing and painting from life was the best way to learn. Heading outdoors long before sunrise, I would spend hours in a duck blind just watching and listening. Those moments are with me to this day,” Jason says.

Jason is in the unique category of being one of the few plein air artists who paints animals from life, and one of the few wildlife artists who paints en plein air. “I have always had an interest in history, and during my years of wandering through rural Minnesota I frequently thought about the American Indians; how close they were with nature and the unique privilege they had to live in an unspoiled land. And I’ve always enjoyed drawing the human figure. It finally dawned on me, almost by accident, that this would be a subject I would thoroughly enjoy painting as it combines so many aspects of my interest,” Jason says.