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AFC's Annual Exhibit

Artists for Conservation's annual exhibit is the world's top conservation-themed art show and has become one of the most highly anticipated annual events among the nature-inspired art genres. The goal of the exhibit is: 1) To support conservation through art sales and education;  2) To showcase the extraordinary pool of artistic talent within AFC; and 3) To share the nature-inspired art genre with new audiences.

Unique to the exhibit, each artwork is dedicated to a conservation organization of the artists choice, with at least 40% of the proceeds from the sale of each painting support conservation initiatives around the world, including AFC's art and environmental education programs. AFC delivers this programming directly through partner venues and offers its youth-oriented art and environmental education programmin as a value-add component to its tour venues. Since 2011, AFC's annual exhibit has premiered every fall at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The exhibit is the centrepeice of AFC's annual marquee event - the Artists for Conservation Festival. Prior to 2011, the exhibit was hosted at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ, USA.

Each year since 2008, as a companion to the exhibit, AFC publishes a harcover book featuring the artworks from the year's exhibit. The annual exhibit features approximately 200 artworks selected from submissions by Signature Members of Artists for Conservation. These are featured in AFC's annual book and virtual exhibit online. Of these, approximately 1/2 are selected for display in AFC's live exhibit.

 Associated content (including AFC's documentary films, educational displays, merchandise) and youth-oriented art and environmental educational programming, is available for tour/display at cultural, scientific and educational institutions. Please festivalinfo@artistsforconservation.org for more details.

Latest Exhibit

The 2014 AFC Exhibit premiered at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC on Sept 26 and closed with the end of the Artists for Conservation Festival on October 5. The exhibit will tour to several more locations in North America, prior to being dispersed, then replaced by the 2015 exhibit in the Fall of 2015.  The 2014 exhibit premiere featured 85 original artworks for sale by 80 leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world. For details about this year's exhibit, including a list of exhibiting artists, please visit the AFC Festival website. To see all artwork featured in the book and virtual exhibit, visit the virtual exhibit.

Virtual Exhibit

In 2010, AFC launched its virtual exhibit online to maximize the reach of the exhibit and provide a greater opportunity for AFC members around the world to participate while opting out of the live exhibit component, which can be prohibitively expensive due to shipping and insuring costs, particularly with larger works.

Judging Process

We have attempted to establish the fairest and most inclusive jurying system possible to remove any bias among members of the jury toward each other’s work, or towards any particular artist or style. In addition, we wanted to ensure that the jury can include AFC artists without precluding them from participating. To this end, the jury process is accomplished through a grading and ranking system. Following are the key elements of the process we use to ensure maximum fairness and objectivity:

  • Signatures or other identity markings are removed from each image seen by the jury.
  • Jurying is based on a simple average scoring system (1-5) that produces an overall ranking of artworks.
  • Members of the jury remain anonymous to one another until after the scores are determined.
  • Any juror who enters work of their own, abstains from grading their own work. Their scoring can therefore not impact the average score. Due to the anonymity of the judging process co-jurors cannot be influenced in their grading of a fellow juror’s work.
  • The average of all scores determines the final score of each artwork, from which a ranked list of artworks is derived and artwork is selected for inclusion in the exhibit. Medals of Excellence and Best-in-Show are also determined from the ranked list.
  • The jury is composed of a balance of AFC artists, board members and industry/genre experts including museum curators, and industry publishers.

For more information about AFC's annual exhibit and tour please contact us at  778.340.0749 or festivalinfo@artistsforconservation.org.

Eligibility

The Artists for Conservation Exhibit is open to Signature Members of Artists for Conservation. For information about joining AFC as an artist member, please visit our membership application page.

Current Tour Dates & Times

AFC's annual exhibit and associated content (including AFC's documentary films, educational displays, merchandise) and youth-oriented art and environmental educational programming, is available for tour/display at cultural, scientific and educational institutions. Please email  festivalinfo@artistsforconservation.org for more details. Visit the Tour web page for tour updates and schedule of tour venues.

  • Artists for Conservation Christmas Show at OpenRoad Infiniti
    November  27 to November 30, 2014
    Open Road Infiniti
    , Langley, BC, Canada                          
  • Artists for Conservation Tour (South Florida)
    TBA (April-June 2015)
    Details TBA
  • Artists for Conservation Tour (Buckhorn, Ontario)
    August, 2015
    Details TBA

AFC's 2014 Exhibit Book

Published as a companion to Artists for Conservation's annual exhibit, this book features artworks by members of the AFC. In addition, the book includes a  feature on the 2014 Simon Combes Conservation Award recipient, and chapters on AFC's Flag Expeditions. A beautiful collectible book, with limited quantities available, the hardcover book is approximately 10" x 10", hardcover with over 200 pages printed on FSC-certified (sustainably forested) paper stock.

AFC's The Art of Conservation 2014 exhibit companion hardcover book is now available. Order your copy while quantities last.

Past Exhibits

For those interested, we have posted a descriptive essay along with photos, and video footage of previous exhibits opening weekends.

  • Artists For Conservation Festival 2014
    Artists For Conservation's Annual Exhibit was held during the Arists For Conservation Festival in Vancouver from September 27 to October 5, 2014. The AFC exhibit is the world's top conservation-themed art exhibit. The exhibit featured 85 orginal artworks for sale representing artists from 11 different countries with 40% of the proceeds directly benefiting conservation.
    Read AFC Blog article...
  • Artists For Conservation's Festival 2013
    Artists For Conservation's Annual Exhibit was held during the Artists For Conservation Festival in Vancouver from September 28 to October 6, 2013.  The exhibit featured 90 original artworks for sale by over 75 leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world.
    Read AFC Blog article...
  • The Art of Conservation 2012
    The Art of Conservation 2012 Exhibit was held during the Artists For Conservation Festival at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver from October 12 to 21 2012. The exhibit featured 90 original artworks for sale by over 60 leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world.
  • The Art of Conservation 2011
    The Art of Conservation 2011 Exhibit was held during the Artists For Conservation Festival  at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver from November 5 to 13, 2011.  The exhibit featured 75 original artworks for sale by over 50 leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world.
  • The Art of Conservation 2010
    This year marked the launch of AFC's first virtual exhibit.
  • The Art of Conservation 2009
    AFC's inaugural juried exhibit was hosted by the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ and benefited the Wildlife Conservation Society. Read summary article...  |  View Slideshow
  • The Art of Conservation 2008
    AFC's inaugural juried exhibit was hosted by the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ and benefited the Wildlife Conservation Society. Read summary article...  |  View Slideshow

 

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