AFC Launches Marine Conservation Program with Guy Harvey

AFC Launches Marine Conservation Program with Guy Harvey

Vancouver, B.C. CANADA - May 2, 2013 - Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC), is excited to announce a partnership with Dr. Guy Harvey to establish a new marine conservation program. AFC's new "Explorer's" program will foster artistic and scientific collaboration in the field to drive awareness and education around marine conservation and marine life. It will also provide opportunities for AFC artist members to study marine species and their ecology in the field under the guidance and expertise of leading scientists.

Under the program, top painters and sculptors will visit the Cayman Islands for underwater marine and coastal studies, led by legendary artist, scientist, marine conservation activist and AFC member, Dr. Guy Harvey. With the support of Guy Harvey, and through collaboration with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, artist teams will visit the Caribbean Islands with a goal to study underwater marine and coastal wildlife and habitat. Each artist will be responsible for producing artwork for a future educational art exhibit.

This first expedition departs on May 4, 2013 and will also involve the production of a documentary film, with a focus on sea turtles. The pilot expedition team includes seven AFC artist members: Brent Cooke, Lorna Hamilton, Dr. Guy Harvey, Dianne Munkittrick, Betsy Popp, Frank Walsh and Jeffrey Whiting. Two filmmakers will also be joining the group, including Ken Whiting and George Schellenger.

"Three-quarters of the planet is ocean habitat and we know that it is undergoing catastrophic change. Despite this, it remains so under-studied and under-appreciated; the vast majority of art depicting nature today is of land-based subjects. We're excited to launch a marine conservation focused project with one of the world's strongest advocates and supporters in the field, who also happens to be a world-renowned artist - Dr. Guy Harvey." explains AFC President, Jeffrey Whiting.

Annual Expeditions to study marine life are planned, with a base in the Cayman Islands. The islands are known as a major offshore financial centre and are renowned for having some of the world's best preserved and ecologically rich coral reefs. Originally named Las Tortugas after the large sea turtle population in the area, the islands have a rich cultural demographic history of pirates, shipwrecked sailors and refugees from the Spanish Inquisition. The low elevation of the islands make them very susceptible to sea-level rise as a result of climate change, and devastating effects of hurricanes.

Additional locations and expeditions under AFC's "Explorer's" program are expected to be announced later in 2013.


About Artists for Conservation
Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world's leading group of artists supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, the non-profit organization 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, AFC drives its mission through three key programs: Art & Environmental Education; Field Work & Research; and Artist Development. For more information, visit

About Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will help ensure that future generation can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balance marine ecosystem where fish and other wildlife flourish. For more information, visit

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