Vancouver, BC CANADA - July 10, 2016 - This September, internationally acclaimed artist Guy Coheleach will be recognized for his lifetime of conservation support, with Artists for Conservation’s (AFC) top honor: the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award. AFC bestows this tribute annually to recognize artist members for their dedication to the conservation cause and outstanding artistic achievement.
AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting explains: “Guy is a true master of the nature and wildlife art genres, and a lifelong patron of wildlife conservation causes. For nearly 50 years, Guy has channelled his talent to generating funds to support wildlife conservation around the world.” Guy join a who’s-who roster of international recipients chosen for their artistic excellence and lifetime of extraordinary support of conservation, including David Shepherd, Robert Bateman, John Banovich, Robert Glen, Sue Stolberger, Pollyanna Pickering, Dr. Guy Harvey, Richard Ellis, John and Suzie Seerey-Lester and Karen Laurence-Rowe.
Guy Coheleach has donated his art for over 40 years to help many conservation causes. Beginning in the early days of the popular environmental movement, His Snowy Egret and Purple Gallinule print helped raise 13,000 new members for the Florida Audubon Society in the late 1960s. His “Endangered Species” and his ‘Soaring American Eagle” original lithograph helped raise huge sums of money and memberships for the National Audubon Society in the early 1970s. In that time he has raised through auctions, hundreds of thousands of dollars for Game Conservation International, International Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia and Safari Club International for over 35 years. In Tennesee his prints raised money for their zoo to buy a pair of Indian Lions and his endowment at the University of Tennessee provides numerous scholarships to the School of Wildlife Management each year. In his many print and book signings a portion of the proceeds go to local conservation organizations.
Guy Coheleach's paintings have received the Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence an unprecedented eight times. He has also received the Artists for Conservation Foundation Medal of Excellence.
Coheleach has had one man exhibitions at major museums in 23 cities from New York to Los Angeles since 1991. The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh hosted his retrospective exhibition in 1995 and the Newark Museum hosted it in 1996. Along with over a hundred one-man commericial shows in various cities, his work has also be exhibitied in the National Collection of Fine Art, The White House, The Corcoran Gallery, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Visiting Heads of State have received his American Eagle print, and he was the first Western artist to exhibit it Peking after World War II.
Coheleach graduated from Cooper Union and received an Honorary Doctorate from William and Mary. The subject of two films "Guy Coheleach and the Bald Eagle" and "Quest: An Artist and His Prey," he has also been the focus of articles in Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, as well as numerous regional art and wildlife magazines. "The Big Cats:The Painting Of Guy Coheleach" by Abrams was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1982." Both it and his "Coheleach: Master Of The Wild" are out of print. "Guy Coheleach's Animal Art" by DDR Publishing is still available. Coheleach also wrote and published a book, "The African Lion As Maneater" in 2004 which has garnered rave reviews.
He received his first trip to Africa by winning a trip to London in the 1966 Winchester National Trap and Skeet Championships. Not content with skydiving and hunting Cape Buffalo, he takes his need for field experience to extreme. In 1972, he was run down by an elephant in Zambia. This hair-raising film has been on all three major networks. "This is exactly the kind of knowledge that has made him one of the best wild animal painters in the world admired by both scientest and art critics," says Pat Roberson in Sporting Classics. His endowment at the University of Tennessee provides numerous scholarships to the School of Wildlife Management each year.
AFC’s Simon Combes Conservation Award is the most prestigious award and highest honour AFC presents to an artist member who has shown artistic excellence and extraordinary contributions to the conservation cause, exemplifying the same qualities as the award’s namesake. A prominent member of AFC, Simon Combes was Project Director of the Kenya chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust, an organization founded in 1985 to protect endangered species from being poached, and to help the communities surrounding Lake Nakuru National Park affected by wildlife conflicts. On December 12th, 2004, Simon was tragically killed by a charging Cape buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya.
Guy Coheleach will be recognized during the Artists for Conservation Festival Grand Opening Reception in front of a VIP crowd on September 29th, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Tickets for the event are available online on the AFC Festival site.
Guy has also generously donated a special single-print-edition giclee in support of AFC.
Learn more about Guy through his AFC website at www.artistsforconservation.org.
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. For more information, visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org.