2019 Exhibit Award Winners

Vancouver, BC CANADA - July 12, 2019 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the award winners of the twelfth annual AFC International Exhibit of Nature in Art to be held this September 26-29 in Vancouver, BC. The awards include five AFC Medals of Excellence, which recognizes at least five outstanding artworks in the exhibit, an Environmental Statement Award, and Interpretive/Abstract Award. AFC also presents two Best in Show awards, in recognition of the highest scoring painting and sculpture by the jury panel in the annual exhibit.

Artists receiving the awards are as follows:

Best in Show, Painting

  • Stephen Jesic for his painting, “Morning Reflections”

Best in Show, Sculpture

  • Rosetta for her sculpture, “Balancing Act”

Medals of Excellence

  • Michael Dumas for his painting, “Mid Day Sun”
  • Stephen Jesic for his painting, “Morning Reflections”
  • Bruce Lawes for his painting, “Your Highness”
  • Bruce Lawes for his painting, “In the Shadow of Greatness”
  • Rosetta for her sculpture, “Balancing Act”
  • Cathy Weiss for her painting, “Orphans at Play”

Environmental Statement Award

  • “Survivor” by Serena Bates

Interpretive/Abstract Award (NEW)

  • “Coming Home” by Chris Maynard

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Award, Arabella Magazine Editor's Choice and Western Art Collector Magazine Editor's Choice awards will be announced at a later date.

Artists attending the 2019 Festival will receive their awards at the Exhibit opening on September 26 in Vancouver, BC.

Thank you to our jury for their generous contribution of time and expertise. Jurors in this year's exhibit included:

  • Brent Cooke - AFC Sculptor, Past Director of Royal BC Museum and AFC Board Member (Canada)
  • James Hough - AFC Artist and 2018 Best-in-Show winner (Australia)
  • Emily Kapes - Curator of the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art (USA)
  • Joshua Rose - Editor, Western Art Collector Magazine (USA)
  • Debra Usher - Editor/Publisher of Arabella Magazine (Canada)

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 30 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. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC's annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs. http://www.artistsforconservation.org/


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