AFC Appoints Murray Phillips to Board of Directors

Murray Phillips

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - December 2, 2013 - Artists for Conservation is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned artist and environmental advocate, Murray Phillips, as member of AFC's Board of Directors.

In reaction to his appointment, Murray shares "I am deeply grateful and honoured to be given this opportunity to serve and participate on the Board of Directors. I believe strongly that art has a strong advocacy role to play with regards to the environment and conservation. I have been deeply impressed with the commitment by both the artists and those involved in leadership to this worthy cause and am eager to serve in whatever capacities further that cause. With the passing of my wife earlier this year I have become increasingly conscious of the significance of a legacy and of impacting people towards worthy goals and aspiration - I trust my work as an artist and conservationist within the context of AFC will become part of that legacy."

Although he has been painting for over 40 years, much of Murray's life has been lived in the halls of academia where he holds graduate degrees in Theology and Cultural Anthropology. For over 20 years, he taught in a variety of colleges and universities, was an art gallery owner for many years and has extensive experience in connecting the business community with major art and cultural events. He still is in much demand as a speaker and articulate advocate for reconnecting with the wilderness.

Murray feels most at home in the wilderness and is passionate in his commitment to capture on canvas the elusive beauty that frequently lies hidden in isolated areas. "We are losing the wilderness not primarily through pollution or over population but, first of all, because of disinterest and neglect. We simply are unaware of what a treasure this is and we have little interest or knowledge of the wilderness and its inhabitants". It is Murray's deep desire to awaken a yearning to reconnect with the wilderness. "The wilderness has profound lessons for us if we will make the effort to slow our pace and be silent and listen; just go into the wilderness and start to listen."

Jeff Whiting, President & Founder of AFC asserts, "Murray is a lifelong ambassador for the wilderness and brings a unique and powerful combination of communications skills, artistic talent, knowledge, business acumen, passion and commitment to AFC and its mission to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art. We are extremely pleased and fortunate to have him join the board."

Phillips is Signature Member of AFC and active participant of AFC's most recent event held annually in Vancouver, BC - The Artists for Conservation 2013 Festival. He was recently recognized as "AFC's Conservation Artist of the 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 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. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC's annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs.

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