Best in show: Art exhibitions explore our love affair with dogs

  • The Beloved Simone from Laura Cerwinske's portrait series My Life in Dogs is part of the Miami-Dade Public Library's Dog Tales show. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Silvia Lizama's Chimbo, an archival ink jet print, is part of the Miami-Dade Public Library's Dog Tales show. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Silvia Lizama's Sandy, an archival ink jet print, is part of the Miami-Dade Public Library's Dog Tales show. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Jill Cannady's Big Dog, oil pastel on fabric, is at the Dog Tales show at the Miami-Dade Public Library System's Main Library in downtown Miami. COURTESY OF BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY

  • A scene from Lou Anne Colodny's video Wiggle, Waggle and Wave, which is part of Dog Tales at the Miami-Dade Library. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • A scene from Lou Anne Colodny's video Wiggle, Waggle and Wave, which is part of Dog Tales at the Miami-Dade Library. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Ralph Provisero's Runaround, cedar/steel, is part of the Miami-Dade Public Library's show Dog Tales. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Brian Reedy's Dog Days of Summer, woodcut, is part of the Dog Tales show at the Miami-Dade Public Library System. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Tom Virgin's Boy and His Dog, 2009, mixed media, is part of the Dog Tales show. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST / MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Michael Katz's Device and Dog, digital pigment monoprint, is part of the Miami-Dade Library System's Dog Tales show. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Karen Rifas' Constitution, Supreme Court, Letter of the Law, Journey into Darkness, 2008, mixed media, is on view at the Dog Tales exhibition. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Kristin Thiele's Pope Innocent X, 2003, oil on windowpane, is on view at the Dog Tales exhibition. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • An image from It's A Dog's Life at Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood. COURTESY OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER OF HOLLYWOOD

  • Dog artist Tillamook Cheddar's The 18 Saints of Tillamook Cheddar (Detail), 2008, Oil on paper (18 panels), on view at the Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood. COURTESY OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER OF HOLLYWOOD

  • Tillamook Cheddar is considered one of the world's preeminent canine artists. Her work will be displayed at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.

  • Bert Rodriguez's My Dead Dog's Ear Almost Touching COURTESY THE ARTIST AND FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY

  • Kristen Thiele's Le Dejeuner sur l' herbe, oil on windowpane. MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM