Milestones & History

  • Jan, 2012

    AFC launches second annual “Artists for Conservation” festival in Vancouver, BC

    AFC launches 5th exhibit. The world's top conservation-themed art exhibit in Vancouver, BC from Oct 12th – 21st.

    AFC launches third virtual art exhibit

    Robert Bateman becomes AFC's first AFC Festival Patron

    AFC premiers second documentary film "The Soysambu Legacy: Art & Conservation in Africa's Rift Valley" - Story of Simon Combes and his family part of series focused on the role of art and conservation.

  • Jan, 2011

    AFC launches first annual “Artists for Conservation” festival in Vancouver, BC

    AFC launches 4th exhibit. The world's top conservation-themed art exhibit in Vancouver, BC from Nov 5th – 13th.

    AFC launches second virtual art exhibit

    AFC partners with Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson for exhibit tour until March 2012.

    AFC premiers  first documentary film "How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla" -the pilot in a documentary series focused on the role of art and conservation.

  • Jan, 2010

    AFC launches first virtual art exhibit

    AFC launches 4th generation website

    AFC partners with Houston Zoo, Mountain Gorilla Veterinarian Project and UC Davis       

    AFC partners with American Museum of Natural History to produce first documentary film

    AFC establishes first Environmental Statement Award

    AFC’s first fundraising campaign launched

    AFC releases first annual Environmental Calendar, in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society

    AFC releases first annual greeting cards series

  • Jan, 2009

    AFC’s 2nd juried exhibit launched at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum

    AFC publishes first hardcover book as companion to annual exhibit

    10th Flag Expedition completed – Kelly Dodge…

    John Banovich becomes 3rd recipient of Simon Combes Conservation Award

    AFC partners with Houston Zoo

    AFC becomes presentation partner at ZACC conference (Houston)

    AFC invited to participate in WCN Expo

    AFC partners with Houston Zoo, Mountain Gorilla Veterinarian Project and UC Davis 

    AFC partners with Science Art-Nature at Stanford University

  • Jan, 2008

    AFC’s first juried art exhibit launched at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum

    AFC’s first meeting of members and presentations by Flag Expeditioners 

    Robert Bateman becomes 2nd recipient of Simon Combes Conservation Award

    AFC publishes first hardcover book as companion to annual exhibit

    AFC’s Art for Conservation program lists 100th conservation NGO

    AFC membership reaches 500 members worldwide (from 27 countries)

    Wildscape Magazine becomes the official UK Art Media Sponsor of the AFC's  Exhibition

  • Jan, 2007

    AFC announces Annual Art Exhibit program

    AFC announces new annual juried exhibit at tour

    Medal of Excellence established

    AFC website traffic achieves 1 million page views in a single month

    AFC partners with Wildlife Conservation Society for 1st annual art exhibit

    AFC invited to present at ZACC conference (Houston)

    AFCweb site  surpassed one million pages viewed during November

  • Jan, 2006

    David Shepherd becomes first to receive Simon Combes Conservation Award during ceremony held at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum

    AFC website traffic reaches 400,000 visits in single month

    Membership reaches 400 members worldwide

    AFC Events Listing becomes most complete source of nature art related events

  • Jan, 2005

    AFC establishes Simon Combes Conservation Award

    David Kitler becomes first artist selected for Flag Expeditions program

    AFC establishes Monthly Conservation Artist Award

    Membership reaches 350 members worldwide (19 countries)

    Coop Advertising Launched with Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art Magazines

  • Feb, 2004

    AFC establishes Flag Expeditions program

    Membership reaches 300 members

    AFC establishes scammer alert for members

    AFC establishes Flag Expeditions program 

  • Jan, 2003

    3rd generation website goes live

    Membership reaches 250 members worldwide

    AFC establishes Art for Conservation program

    AFC website launches eCommerce service for members to facilitate artwork sales. 

  • Jan, 2002

    AFC releases new butterfly logo design

    Membership reaches 200 members

    AFC launches cooperative advertising program for members. 

  • Jan, 2001

    Membership reaches 150 members

  • Feb, 2000

    2nd generation website goes live

  • Jan, 1999

    AFC Membership doubles to 80 members

  • Mar, 1998

    First AFC website goes live (March 31) with 40 founding members

  • Nov, 1997

    Jeffrey Whiting establishes AFC (under original name “Worldwide Nature Artists Group”)