International Exhibit of Nature in Art
Artists for Conservation's annual exhibit is the world's top conservation-themed art show and has become one of the most highly anticipated annual events among the nature-inspired art genres. The goal of the exhibit is:
- To support conservation through art sales and education;
- To showcase the extraordinary pool of artistic talent within AFC; and
- To share the nature-inspired art genre with new audiences.
Unique to the exhibit, each artwork is dedicated to a conservation organization of the artists choice, with at least 40% of the proceeds from the sale of each painting support conservation initiatives around the world, including AFC's art and environmental education programs. AFC delivers this programming directly through partner venues and offers its youth-oriented art and environmental education programming as a value-add component to its tour venues.
Since 2011, AFC's annual exhibit has premiered every fall in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The exhibit is the centrepeice of AFC's annual marquee event - the Artists for Conservation Festival. Prior to 2011, the exhibit was hosted at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ, USA.
AFC's 2021 Exhibit will premiere at the AFC Festival at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, BC, September 23-26. Visit the Festival website for information.
Each year since 2008, as a companion to the exhibit, AFC publishes a harcover book featuring the artworks from the year's exhibit. The annual exhibit features approximately 200 artworks selected from submissions by Signature Members of Artists for Conservation. These are featured in AFC's annual book and virtual exhibit online. Of these, approximately 1/2 are selected for display in AFC's live exhibit.
Touring Exhibit Inquiries
AFC's annual exhibit and associated content (including AFC's documentary films, Silent Skies mural, guest lectures, educational displays, merchandise and workshops) and youth-oriented art and environmental educational programming, is available for tour/display at cultural, scientific and educational institutions. Please email email@example.com for more details or call Jeff Whiting 778-340-0749.
AFC's annual exhibit is accessible globally through a Virtual Exhibit format. All artwork juried into the exhibit is featured in a gallery style format. See the latest Virtual Exhibit.
Eligibility to Participate
The Artists for Conservation Exhibit is open to Signature Members and Associate Members of Artists for Conservation. For information about joining AFC as an artist member, please visit our membership application page.
For those interested, we have posted a descriptive essay along with photos, and video footage of previous exhibits opening weekends.