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2016 AFC Award Winners and Exhibiting Artists

2016 AFC Award Winners and Exhibiting Artists

Vancouver, BC., CANADA – July 11, 2016 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is proud to announce the list of 2016 exhibiting artists accepted into the Artists for Conservation Exhibit - the world's top conservation-themed exhibit and sale, benefitting the conservation cause. This is AFC's 9th annual exhibit of members' artworks and fifth annual exhibit to open in Vancouver, BC. The exhibit officially opens on September 29, 2016, at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver, BC.

Artists for Conservation comprises a membership of 500 of the world's most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. Dedicated to nurture, promote and leverage its world-class community of artists in support of our natural world, of these artists 145 have been juried into the exhibit, representing 200 artworks and 15 countries, including: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Israel,  Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, South Africa, The Netherlands,  UK, USA.. Of these, 80 artists with 85 artworks will be exhibiting at the live exhibit opening in Vancouver. Many of the artists will be present for the opening weekend for special events, and to provide programming – special lectures, live painting demonstrations and much more.

Artwork in the exhibit is for sale and ranges in price from $500 to $60,000. Approximately 40% of proceeds from artwork sales benefits conservation and environmental education, and each artwork is dedicated to supporting a conservation organization of the artist's choice.

Artists whose work is included in the live exhibit in Vancouver are indicated in bold. To offer a greater opportunity for inclusiveness, particularly for artists who live in locations where the costs of shipping to Canada are prohibitive, artists were given the option to participate in the virtual exhibit only.

Thank you to our jury for their generous contribution of time and expertise toward making the 9th annual AFC exhibit a very strong one. Jurors in this year's exhibit included:

  • Brent Cooke - Artist and AFC Board Member;
  • Michael Dumas - Artist and AFC Member;
  • Pollyanna Pickering - Artist and AFC Board Member;
  • Holly Swangstu - Art Institute Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum;  
  • Debra Usher - Publisher & Editor in Chief, Arabella Magazine.

2016 AFC Exhibit Award Winners

Best in Show:

  • David Kitler for his painting "Piece Keepers" , and;
  • Rosetta for her sculpture, “Awakening Pride”. 

Environmental Statement Award:

  • David Kitler for "Piece Keepers"
Medals of Excellence:
  • Douglas Aja for his sculpture, “Football Buddies”;
  • Stephane Alsac for his painting, “Bad Lieutenant”; 
  • Julia Hargreaves for her painting, “Bird Bath“;
  • Hans Kappel for his painting, “Sleeping Fennec”;
  • David Kitler for his painting, “Piece Keepers”;
  • Bruce Lawes for his painting, “Savannah Siesta”;
  • Bruce Lawes for his painting, “All Tucked In”;
  • Leo Osborne for his painting, “Return to Turtle Island”, and
  • Rosetta for her sculpture, “Awakening Pride”.

Arabella Magazine Editor's Choice Award:

  • David Kitler for "Piece Keepers"

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Award:

  • TBA 

AFC congratulates all artists who have been selected for the 2016 Artists for Conservation Exhibit. 

Aja, Douglas (USA) Heaton, Janet (USA) Pickering, Pollyanna (UK)
Alleman, Carol (USA) Hobson, Mark (Canada) Plaizier, Ron (Canada)
Alsac, Stephane (France) Hough, James (Australia) Pratt, Heidi (USA)
Armstrong, Rosemarie (Canada) Hughbanks, Debbie (USA) Prescott, David (USA)
Arnett, Stuart (Canada) Isaac, Terry (Canada) Qiu, Ji (Australia)
Bach, Del-Bourree (USA) Ivanyi, Rachel (USA) Raffield, Natalie (USA)
Ballantyne, Sheila (Canada) Jackman, Pat (USA) Rankin, David (USA)
Banks, Patricia (Canada) Jenvey, Kate (Australia) Rich, Andrea (USA)
Banovich, John (USA) Jesic, Stephen (Australia) Richman, Rebecca (USA)
Bateman, Robert (Canada) Jessen, Mary Jane (Canada) Roberts, Craig (UK)
Besse, Linda (USA) Kappel, Hans (Germany) Rogers, Valerie (Canada)
Billingsley, Cindy (USA) Karryl  (USA) Rosetta  (USA)
Bork, Beatrice (USA) Katrandzhiev, Valentin (Bulgaria) Rossin, Linda (USA)
Branson, Lynn (Canada) Kiesow, James (USA) Rusin, Len (USA)
Breger, Varda (Israel) Kissinger, Megan (USA) Saenz, Eleazar (Mexico)
Brest van Kempen, Carel (USA) Kitler, David (Canada) Schafer, Sharon K. (USA)
Bruynzeel, Renata (Australia) Koensgen, Joseph (Canada) Schlenker, Robert (USA)
Cadène, Florence (France) Koller, Rebecca (Australia) Scott, Nathan (Canada)
Cogley, Elizabeth (Australia) Kopeschny, Barbara (Canada) Seerey-Lester, John (USA)
Coheleach, Guy (USA) Krishnan, Krish (USA) Seerey-Lester, Suzie (USA)
Cook, Carrie (USA) LaFogg-Docherty, Deborah (USA) Simmons, Geraldine (Australia)
Cooke, Brent (Canada) Laurence-Rowe, Karen (Kenya) Snoots, Karin (USA)
Crouter, Anni (USA) Lawes, Bruce (Canada) Solberg, Morten (USA)
Crowe, Becci (USA) Lindamood, Patsy (USA) Sorley-Keichinger, Cindy (Canada)
Curry, Dennis (USA) Lingham, Steven (Australia) Sowden, Peggy (Canada)
deKramer, Karyn (USA) Lutz, Jan (USA) Spera, Edward (Canada)
Dodge, Kelly (Canada) Mansell, Patricia (Canada) Stewart, James (Canada)
Dreelinck, Tania (Belgium) Marshall, Pete (Australia) Strelive, Uta (Canada)
Dreyer, Rob (USA) Maynard, Chris (USA) Studwell, Judy (USA)
Duffek, Kim (USA) McClelland, Chris (Australia) Susinno, Mark (USA)
Dumas, Michael (Canada) McCune, Michelle (USA) Sutton, Linda (USA)
Dunn, Kathleen (USA) McManiman, Candy (Canada) Taylor, Mary (USA)
Dunphy, Kathleen (USA) McMillan, Vickie (USA) Theriault, Colette (Canada)
DuPuis-Rosen, Linda (USA) Megahan, John (USA) Thompson, Martha (USA)
Erikson, Lynn (Canada) Milligan, Billy-Jack (Canada) Tiessen, Josh (Canada)
Feltner, Linda (USA) Millington, Marti (USA) Toft, Kim (Australia)
Fiorentino, James (USA) Morvell, Steve (Australia) Truss, Jonathan (UK)
Fisher, Cynthie (USA) Munkittrick, Dianne (USA) Trygg, Joyce (Canada)
Gallup, David (USA) Murray, Robin (USA) Van Rijn, Eva (USA)
Gates, Martin (USA) Nicholls, Calvin (Canada) Venditti, Jerry (USA)
Goulding, Fiona (New Zealand) Nordwall, Solveig (USA) Vik, Lyn (Canada)
Gray, Peter (South Africa) Norwich-Young, Dorset (Canada) Walsh, Frank (USA)
Griffin, Patricia (USA) Orlando, Ron (USA) Watanabe, Yasuo (Japan)
Hallett, Mark (USA) Osborne, Leo (USA) Wheeler, Rick (USA)
Hamanaka, Setsuo (Japan) O'Sullivan, Mary Louise (USA) Whiting, Jeffrey (Canada)
Hargreaves, Julia (Canada) Parsons, Victoria (USA) Wiegmink, Paula (Australia)
Harvey, Guy (Cayman Islands) Peyton, Anne (USA) Winters, Ria (The Netherlands)
Haycock, Kathy (Canada) Phillips, Murray (Canada) Woodall, Terry (USA)
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