Award Winners for 2017 AFC Exhibit

Vancouver, BC CANADA - August 26, 2017 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the award winners of the tenth annual AFC Exhibit to be held this fall in Vancouver, BC. The awards include five AFC Medals of Excellence, which recognizes at least five outstanding artworks in the exhibit, and an Environmental Statement Award. AFC has also created a new Best in Show Award this year, in recognition of the highest scoring artwork by the jury panel in the annual exhibit.

Artists receiving the awards are as follows:


Best in Show (Painting/Sculpture)

  • Best in Show - Painting: Michael Dumas for his painting, “Sparrow’s Rest”,
  • Best in Show - Sculpture: Rosetta for her sculpture, “Ancient Truce"

Medals of Excellence

  • Michael Dumas for his painting, “Sparrow’s Rest”;
  • James Fiorentino for his painting, “Portait of a Bighorn Sheep”;
  • Peter Gray for his painting, “Right Of Way”;
  • Martin Hayward-Harris for his sculpture, “Otter diving”;
  • Stephen Jesic for his painting, “Cockatoo Canapes”;
  • David Kitler for his painting, “The Web of Life”;
  • Karen Laurence-Rowe for her painting, “The Last Three”;
  • Bruce Lawes for his painting, “Restful Repose”;
  • Mary Louise O’Sullivan for her painting, “Four White Pelicans — Sebastian”;
  • Rosetta for her sculpture, “Ancient Truce”

Environmental Statement Award (Painting/Sculpture)

  • Harro Maass for his painting, “A Package from Africa”;
  • Kathleen Sheard for her sculpture, “You’re Killing Me: Oceanic Assassins — Propellers and Plastic”

Mark Hobson will receive the Simon Combes Conservation Award, announced early this month. 


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.


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