ENDANGERED SPECIES PRINT PROJECT
Raising awareness about the extinction crisis through art
The Endangered Species Print Project created, commissioned and sold art prints depicting critically endangered species. Over the course of the project we raised $15,000 for wildlife conservation.
Our prints were editioned to reflect the number of individuals remaining in the wild, for example only 45 Amur Leopards remain in the wild so we only ever printed and sold 45 of our Amur Leopard print. Prints were made on paper made from bamboo, a renewable resource. At least 50% of the sale of each print was donated to conservation efforts.
ESPP was conceived in 2009 by artists Molly Schafer and Jenny Kendler. Together we toiled away drawing lemurs when we were supposed to be focusing on our real jobs. We started ESPP so we could lend our artistic talents to the wildlife conservation cause. Along the way many artists joined in and produced amazing artwork for the project.
The ESPP prints have been exhibited in multiple exhibitions around the country including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and Root Division in San Francisco.
Scroll through the gallery below to see all of the awesome ESPP prints.
Animal Umwelt Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art
Rare Nature; The Endangered Species Print Project Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Facing Extinction Part of Project Passenger Pigeon, Brushwood Center, IL
Kristi Engle Gallery, LA
Root Division, San Francisco
Texas State University
In a Landscape Where Nothing Officially Exists / College Art Association , LA
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago
Endangered Species Print Project Barbara & Barbara Gallery, Chicago
Endangered Species Print Project would not be possible without the following artists who contributed their talents to the project
Matt Adian AKA Mincing Mockinbird
Katy Tanis AKA Daughter Earth
Molly Schafer AKA Feral Pony
The ESPP blogs are still available online. Just click here.
Bloggers included: Molly Schafer, Jenny Kendler, Christopher Reiger and Amy Gornall
Although the multi-year project has come to a close I continue to make art about conservation. You can shop several of my designs which support wildlife conservation on the Feral Pony Threadless shop here.
I am happy to chat with you about potential endangered art projects. Feel free to reach out or use #endangeredartactivism to share your projects with the ESPP community!