2018 AFC Exhibiting Artists Announced

Vancouver, BC CANADA - April 23, 2018 - Artists for Conservation is thrilled to announce 200 spectacular artworks by 154 exceptional artists from 16 countries have been accepted into the 2018 AFC exhibit. 

The AFC exhibit is the world's top conservation-themed art exhibit and sale supporting conservation. Artwork in the exhibit is for sale and ranges in price from $500 to $60,000. Approximately 40% of proceeds from artwork sales benefits conservation and environmental education, and each artwork is dedicated to supporting a conservation organization of the artist's choice.

To offer a greater opportunity for inclusiveness, particularly for artists who live in locations where the costs of shipping to Canada are prohibitive, artists were given the option to participate in the virtual exhibit only.

Over 90 artists' works supporting conservation will premiere #AFCFestival2018 in Vancouver, BC this August 22 - 25th at the Vancouver Convention Centre in partnership with the IOCongress2018 and the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival Vancouver Bird Week

Many of the exhibiting artists will be present for the opening weekend for special events, and to provide programming – special lectures, live painting demonstrations and much more.

Artists whose work is included in the live exhibit in Vancouver are indicated with an asterisk (*).

*Anderson, Cher (United States)

*Lear, Sandi (Australia)

Arnett, Stuart (Canada)

*Levitsky, Laura (Canada)

Bach, Del-Bourree (United States)

Lindamood, Patsy (United States)

Bamber, Sharon (Canada)

*Lozeron, Emily (Canada)

*Banks, Patricia (Canada)

Maass, Harro (Germany)

*Barrett Justis, Suzanne (United States)

Mansell, Patricia (United Kingdom)

Bartels, Ute (Germany)

Marshall, Pete (Australia)

Bates, Serena (United States)

*Maynard, Chris (United States)

Beck, Kimberly (United States)

*Mayo, Tony (Canada)

*Bertolo, Alejandro (Canada)

McClelland, Chris (Australia)

*Billingsley, Cindy (United States)

*McCune, Michelle (United States)

Birchill, Jeff (United States)

*McManiman, Candy (Canada)

*Blackwell, Peter (Kenya)

McMillan-Hayes, Vickie (United States)

Bowring, Emma (United Kingdom)

*McNeil, Kelly (Canada)

Breger, Varda (Israel)

*Mgona, George (Zimbabwe)

Brest van Kempen, Carel (United States)

*Middleton, Kim (United States)

*Brockman, Wendy (United States)

*Miller, Jennifer (United States)

*Brooks, Caroline (Canada)

*Murray, Robin (United States)

*Budge, Linda (United States)

*Nash, Ken (Canada)

*Butler, Rob (Canada)

*Navarro, Chris (United States)

Carretta, Roy (Canada)

*Nicholls, Calvin (Canada)

*Chunat, Wayne (United States)

Nishino, Kentaro (Japan)

Coheleach, Guy (United States)

*Norwich-Young, Dorset (Canada)

*Combes, Guy (United States)

O'Sullivan, Mary Louise (United States)

*Crouter, Anni (United States)

Parsons, Victoria (United States)

*de Villiers, Ilse (South Africa)

Patterson, Matt (United States)

Decker, Michelle (South Africa)

*Pepin, Patricia (Canada)

*Desjardins, Sara (United States)

*Peyton, Anne (United States)

*Dodge, Kelly (Canada)

*Popp, Betsy (United States)

*Dreyer, Rob (United States)

*Qiu, Ji (Australia)

Dumas, Michael (Canada)

Raffin, Luke (Canada)

*Dunn, Kathleen (United States)

*Ragg, Jerry (United States)

*Earle, Vicky (Canada)

*Rentsch, Werner (United States)

*Erickson, Mary (United States)

*Rich, Andrea (United States)

*Erikson, Lynn (Canada)

*Rosetta, - (United States)

*Feltner, Linda (United States)

*Rusin, Len (United States)

*Ferguson, Vicki (United States)

Saenz, Eleazar (Mexico)

*Fiorentino, James (United States)

*Schafer, Sharon K. (United States)

Fisher, Cynthie (United States)

*Schlenker, Robert (United States)

Fleming, Garry (Australia)

*Seerey-Lester, Suzie (United States)

*Fox, Susan (United States)

Seerey-Lester, John (United States)

Gosevitz, OSA, SCA, AFC, Susan (Canada)

Sharkey Thomas, Jan (Canada)

Goulding, Fiona (New Zealand)

Sorensen, Linda (Canada)

Gray, Peter (South Africa)

Sorley-Keichinger, Cindy (Canada)

Griffin, Patricia (United States)

*Sowden, Peggy (Canada)

*Gylling, Gemma (United States)

Spera, Edward (Canada)

*Hamanaka, Setsuo (Japan)

*Starkevich, Colin (Canada)

Hamelin, Neil (Canada)

*Stevens, Debbie (United States)

Hammersley, Oenone (United States)

Strelive, Uta (Canada)

Hargreaves, Julia (Canada)

Studwell, Judy (United States)

*Harvey, Guy (United States)

*Susinno, Mark (United States)

Harvill, Kitty (Brazil)

*Sutton, Linda (United States)

*Hobson, Mark (Canada)

Szatkowski, Frederick (United States)

Hodges, Gary (United Kingdom)

*Taylor, Tammy (Canada)

*Holt, Mary (United States)

*Taylor, Mary (United States)

Hough, James (Australia)

Temple, Sandra (Australia)

*Hughbanks, Debbie (United States)

*Theriault, Colette (Canada)

Ingham, Barry (Australia)

*Thumbar, Chirag (India)

*Ivanyi, Rachel (United States)

Tiessen, Josh (Canada)

*Jackman, Pat (United States)

Toft, Kim (Australia)

*Janosik, Jon (United States)

Truss, Jonathan (United Kingdom)

Jesic, Stephen (Australia)

*Trygg, Joyce (Canada)

*Jessen, Mary Jane (Canada)

*van der Kelen, Géry (Canada)

*Johnson, Kevin (Canada)

*Walden, Christopher (United States)

*Kamin, Jason (Canada)

*Waltke, Lynn (United States)

Kappel, Hans (Germany)

Warner, Val (United States)

*Katrandzhiev, Valentin (Bulgaria)

*Watanabe, Yasuo (Japan)

*Kellner, Justin (United States)

Watkins, Lisa (United Kingdom)

*Kiesow, James (United States)

Weber, Katherine (United States)

Kissinger, Megan (United States)

*Weiler, Dale (United States)

*Kitler, David (Canada)

*Weiss, Cathy (United States)

*Kleinsteiber, Kathy (United States)

Wheeler, Rick (United States)

*Koensgen, Joseph (Canada)

Wicks, Derek (Canada)

*LaFogg Docherty, Deborah (United States)

Wiegmink, Paula (Australia)

*Latham, Rebecca (United States)

*Woodall, Terry (United States)

Latham, Bonnie (United States)

Woodbury, Ellen (United States)

Lawes, Bruce (Canada)

*Zhang, Dongguang (China)

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

  • Dr. Rob Butler (AFC Artist, Ornithologist, Director of Vancouver International Bird Festival and Co-Convenor of the International Ornithological Congress 2018);
  • Brent Cooke (AFC Sculptor, Past Director of Royal BC Museum and AFC Board Member);
  • Pete Marshall (AFC Artist and Veterinary Surgeon from Australia);
  • Holly Swangstu (Executive Director of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute);
  • Debra Usher (Editor/Publisher of Arabella Magazine).

AFC congratulates all artists who have been selected for the 2018 Artists for Conservation Exhibit. 

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. http://www.artistsforconservation.org/


Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5151 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1

Admission to AFC Festival (indoor programs) is free of charge.  Admission is required for outdoor programs in the Botanical Garden.

  • Art Exhibit
  • Live Artist Demos
  • Live Wildlife Encounters
  • Music and Performances
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Stilt Walkers
  • Craft Table

  • Art Exhibit 
  • Live Art Demos
  • Music and Performances
  • Films
  • Live Birds of Prey
  • Guided Nature Walks

  • Fill the register form

  • Come to the Festival
  • Spread the Word
  • Purchase a Bird Mural
  • Buy Orginal Art
  • Make a Donation
  • Buy an AFC Book & Calendar
  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor the Event



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Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. 

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