Priscilla Baldwin

Priscilla Baldwin

“The mission statement of the Art Institute I founded 20 years ago at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and that of Artists for Conservation, are virtually identical. “Conservation through Art Education” and “Conservation: the Gift of Life” are equally applicable to both organizations."

Born in South Africa and having lived for an extended time in Texas, Hawaii, Colorado and Arizona, Priscilla has experienced a variety of botanical and natural science environments. She holds a BA from Sweetbriar College. Her varied interests have included scuba diving, competitive trapshooting, gardening, architectural design and botanical and natural sciences art. Pursuit of excellence has been a common goal through each endeavor. A six-time AllAmerican Trapshooter and Master Gardener, Priscilla's work has been the subject of a number of publications, including feature articles in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and House and Garden magazines. Priscilla has served on the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and was the founder of the Garage Class Series in Evergreen, Colorado. Priscilla is the founder of the highly successful Art Institute at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, whose mottos are "Conservation through Art Education" and "Conservation - the Gift of Life." Students are encouraged to see and appreciate the natural world and create works of art and, by this process, to become conservationists. The student body now numbers more than 1,200 and is still growing by 20% annually. Priscilla's art work is in many private and corporate collections as well as the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Currently, she creates artwork for the benefit of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Saguaro National Park and other conservation organizations.

Patrons

Clone of Joyce Trygg

Cher Anderson

BOD, Signature Member

Cher Anderson was born in 1962, in Kingston, New York, raised in Mexico City and greatly influenced by the culture and the country's vast number of pioneering artists such as Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Guillermo Zuñiga and so many more, both present and past. During her teenage years, she was relocated to Texas where she began showing an interest in fine arts, mostly painting. Through self-instruction, she achieved having several one-woman shows including an invitation to the City of Chihuahua, Mexico by the governor, where she had a one woman exhibit in 1989. 

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Joyce Trygg

Joyce Trygg

Advisor, Signature Member

Joyce Trygg was born in Antigonish and as a child she lived close to nature at Cross Roads, Country Harbour in Nova Scotia. She surrounded herself with every animal she could adopt and find a place for in her family's small home . These pets were her first "models". Joyce drew constantly throughout her childhood and art was one of her majors in high school. She later attended Douglas College where she drew, painted, sculpted and studied Art History. While she raised her family she continued to draw and paint animals as a hobby, especially studies of horses, dogs and cats. 

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Priscilla Baldwin

Priscilla Baldwin

Ambassador, AFC Circle of Patrons

“The mission statement of the Art Institute I founded 20 years ago at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and that of Artists for Conservation, are virtually identical. “Conservation through Art Education” and “Conservation: the Gift of Life” are equally applicable to both organizations."

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Brent Cooke

Brent Cooke

Director; Signature Member

Brent is an award-winning bronze artist and world-authority on museum exhibits. A marine biologist by education, Brent's background includes underwater photography, TV and film production and large-scale cultural and natural history projects for museums and cultural institutions,

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