The Endangered Species Print Project, a project of SAIC alums Molly
Schafer (MFA 2006) and Jenny Kendler (MFA 2006), has raised over $10,
000. for critically endangered species. Schafer and Kendler started the
project in 2009 by selling prints of their animal art and donating the
proceeds to conservation organizations. The duo has since partnered with
18 conservation organizations and scientists as well as 15 artists to
raise over $10,000. for conservation efforts including habitat
protection, breeding programs, and education.
Here's how the
project works: An artist creates a painting or drawing of a specific
critically endangered species. The artwork is printed as limited edition
prints, with the edition number reflecting the remaining animal or
plant populations. For example, only 14 populations of the Dwarf Trout
lilly remain in the wild, so only 14 prints of SAIC alum Matthew
Hilshorst's (MFA 2006) Dwarf Trout lilly painting will ever be made.
The Endangered Species Print project prints are printed on bamboo paper
by the SAIC Service Bureau.