AFC is on the lookout for new members whose talent would represent us well and support our mission. If you are a highly skilled artist who depicts nature AND are dedicated to the conservation cause, we encourage you to apply to join us. AFC is a non-profit invitational group of elite nature artists from around the world. As a Group, we work collectively to promote our work, participate in members-only initiatives, publications and art shows, and at the same time, promote the conservation of our natural heritage. You will join up to 500 other artists from around the world as a Signature Member.
While we operate as a non-profit society, operated by considerable volunteer effort, we do have real expenses that are shared among the members.
To apply for AFC Signature Membership as an artist, please enter your email and a user name of your choice below. You will then be prompted to provide additional information for review by the AFC Selection Committee, including:
- One or two paragraphs explaining why you wish to become a member of the AFC
- Your biography/CV
- A summary of your past and ongoing support for conservation - this might include donation of artwork to conservation causes, volunteer work, or affiliations with conservation organizations (please indicate your willingness to pledge a portion of selected artwork to conservation-oriented organizations).
- A minimum of 3 (preferably 5-7) clear sample images of your work.
- If possible, references from current AFC member artists. You may wish to approach them for an e-mail supporting your membership application. While all applications are still subject to a review process it is helpful to get the support of an existing member who has direct knowledge of your work.
Alternate application method is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the above information.
Following are key benefits of Signature Membership in the Artists for Conservation Foundation:
Contribute to furthering the AFC's mission and leadership role in supporting conservation through art.
Prestige of membership in the world's leading nature art organization.
- Elegibility to participate in AFC juried art exhibitions and associated international tour;
- Elegibility to participate in all AFC Initiatives and programs including the groundbreaking AFC Flag Expeditions Fellowship Program, Annual AFC Festival, and Youth and Adult Educational Programs;
Full representation on the AFC Web site (see below for details);
Major incremental Web presence, with readership substantially larger than major industry magazines;
- Opportunity to post news and events on the AFC website;
- Receive recognition on AFC's social media sites;
- Receive information on 3rd party Call-to-Artists opportunities;
- Signature Membership title status, allowing you to use AFC suffix after your name.
Membership dues are nominal and have been decided upon in order to cover basic costs of operation and marketing. To-date, the AFC has been supported almost exclusively by volunteer labour.
One-time Initiation Fee: US $50.00
Annual Membership Dues: US $225.00
- Lifetime Membership: US $4,500 (one-time)
Getting Your Site Up and Running
One of the important benefits of membership is your personal website and Internet address. Once invited, you will be asked to submit all required material and a check (or online credit card payment) for the appropriate amount (see Dues and Fees). Included in the invitation will be a user name and a password which give you access to the easy-to-use, sophisticated Artist Web Site Management Tools.
These tools allow you to quickly and easily input the initial information and images for your new Web site, which you can later edit to keep the site up-to-date. This is the easiest and fastest way to have your Web site up and visible to the world. Simply log in from the site’s home page using your username and password and follow the step-by-step instructions. This involves little more than filling out forms. You can add as much material and as many images as you like and make changes to your site at any time. You also are given a feature that allows you to accept credit card payments online through the secure services of PayPal.