AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for September, 2016
Priscilla Baldwin is the founder of the highly successful Art Institute at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, whose motto is "Conservation through Art Education." Students are encouraged to see and appreciate the natural world and create works of art and by the process to become conservationists. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and was the founder of the Garage Class Series in Evergreen, Colorado.
The first classes of the Art Institute were held in 1998 and enrollments in art classes are expected to reach 1,000 signups this year. Students come to appreciate the natural world through the close contact with live subjects in the classroom, and the detailed study inherent in natural history art.
Pursuit of excellence has been a common goal through each endeavor. A six-time All-American Trapshooter and Master Gardener, Priscilla's work has been the subject of a number of publications, including feature articles in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and House and Garden magazines.
Currently, she creates commissioned pieces and also pieces for the collections of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Priscilla's artwork is in many private collections and also in corporate collections, and the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
Her artwork will be a part of the AFC annual juried exhibition which opens in Vancouver BC, Canada on Sept. 29th, 2016 and tours to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in December. The Museum has supported the AFC and its mission by hosting the AFC exhibition on its tour in two previous years.
Born in South Africa and having lived for an extended time in Texas, Hawaii, Colorado and Arizona, Priscilla has experienced a variety of botanical and natural science environments. She holds a BA from Sweetbriar College. Her varied interests have included scuba diving and competitive trapshooting, gardening, architectural design and botanical and natural sciences art.