The Endangered Species Print Project was conceived in 2009 by two artists; Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer. The two met during their graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they bonded over nature-geekery, including a studious interest in animals, wild places and natural pre-history.
The Endangered Species Print Project was born in 2009. After years of showing their art about the Natural World in the Gallery World, Kendler and Schafer decided to operate outside this white-wall system and use their artistic talents to directly support conservation efforts and biodiversity on Planet Earth. The two manage all aspects of the project. In addition to Kendler and Schafer 16 other artists have been invited to create artwork for ESPP. All contributing artists donate their time and finished work to bring attention to the extinction crisis.
Since 2011, the ESPP prints have been exhibited in multiple exhibitions around the country. In 2013 ESPP reached a fundraising goal of $10,000. In 2014 ESPP's first museum exhibition "Rare Nature" was displayed at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.
Molly & Jenny also created the first series of art for The Endangered Species Condom Project, winner of 2 Addy Awards & featured in the New York Times. Over 450,000 endangered species condoms featuring their artwork have been given out nationwide.
If you'd like to write an article about ESPP, please contact us. We'd love to tell you more, and we appreciate you helping us spread the word about the extinction crisis. MOLLY SCHAFER
is an illustrator
. She is currently drinking tea, being a mom, and drawing a picture all at the same time. Skills!JENNY KENDLER
is an interdisciplinary artist
and environmental activist. She is currently the first artist-in-residence with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the nation's largest & most effective nonprofit environmental organizations. OUR MATERIALS
ESPP is committed to preserving their values in their processes. All materials used by ESPP are are high-quality archival materials, in the highest post-consumer recycled percentage available. Prints are printed on bamboo paper.ABOUT ESPP ARTISTS
Read more about ESPP artists via links to their individual websites under each print
. ABOUT CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT
See a list of organizations ESPP prints support and visit their websites here
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