Pat Latas wins Artists for Conservation fellowship

On April 18, 2013, Artists for Conservation (AFC) announced its 14th fellowship, a grant in the amount of $5,000 US, awarded to American wildlife artist Patricia Latas of Tucson, Arizona. The fellowship is part of the AFC Flag Expeditions Program, which supports up to two artists per year in their fieldwork, studying and rendering endangered species or habitats that deserve greater public attention, particularly in remote parts of the world.

The primary goal of the expedition is to illustrate and support the efforts of the Kakapo Recovery Team - a conservation organization whose mission it is to save the Kakapo- a flightless species of parrot that lives in burrows in New Zealand.

In early 2014, Latas will travel to Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), and other locations in New Zealand to observe the unique and highly endangered kakapo. There, she will spend approximately two weeks in the field studying, sketching and photographing, and observing conservation efforts, care, husbandry and management of the nesting season. Only 125 Kakapo exist today and support and awareness is urgently needed to save the species from extinction. There are none in captivity.

"We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference through this expedition," says Latas. AFC President, Jeff Whiting adds "This is an important expedition that can make a real difference in saving a species from extinction. We're proud to be involved and to enable it."

Upon return, an art exhibit is planned as well as several publications that will include a combination of Latas' paintings, drawings, sketches, and reports and photos from the field. Latas is also planning a series of special presentations, both live, online and through social media, as well as educational activities and speaking engagements.

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. For more information, visit the Artists For Conservation website.

About the AFC Flag Expedition
The AFC Flag Expeditions program fosters collaborative art and science field work to study and promote the preservation of endangered species and their vanishing habitats. The program uniquely supports artists seeking to explore the world's remaining true wildernesses and to observe the rare or endangered species that live in those places. It fosters a broader representation of the world's biodiversity in art by some of today's most talented artists and empowers them as effective ambassadors for the environment. To learn more, visit the AFCs Flag Expeditions website.

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