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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 ENDANGERED ART CONTEST - EXHIBIT DURING ART BASEL WEEK IN MIAMI

November 6, 2014 - Miami, Florida - The winners of the 2014 ENDANGERED: Art4Apes contest have been announced. The online, juried art contest challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. Winners will be displayed during Art Basel Miami Beach week at Miami Club Rum distillery and gallery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibit will be open to the public December 4-6th, 2-9pm.

“The creativity and talent of the participating artists is simply outstanding,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, the founder and director of ENDANGERED: ART4Apes, “We had more than 300 entries from all over the world this year. It is inspiring that so many care about issues facing the environment and convey such strong messages through their art.”

The 2014 judges included Thomas Collins, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, co-editor and publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries.

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. All entry fees, donations and a portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. As a part of the program, winners of the annual competition, along with selected entries and art by ape residents from the Center for Great Apes, will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week at Miami Club Rum distillery and gallery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.

The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest is held each year and is open to artists of all ages and skill levels. More than 300 artists submitted works this year, and winners were chosen from two age groups (youth and adult) in three categories: fine art, photography, and wearable art. The 2014 winners of ENDANGERED are

FINE ART
1st – Janet Culbertson (Choices 2) 
2nd – Kimberly Heise (Summary of Endangerment)
3rd – Ann Dalton (Caged Beauty)

PHOTOGRAPHY
1st – Andre Halauska (No Exit)
2nd – Shelley Lake (Caress)
3rd – Philip Field (Sound the Horn)

WEARABLE ART
1st – Tatiana Fitzpatrick (Ounce of Hope)
2nd- Rohan Chhabra (Hunter Jacket: Rhino)
3rd – Rohan Chhabra (Hunter Jacket: Asian Elephant)

YOUNG ARTISTS WINNERS
1st – Scout Dingman (Wood You Help) 
2nd- Alison Irving (Fish are Friends, not Food)
3rd – Mia Gifford (Sea Turtle in the Sunlight)


About ENDANGERED: Art for Apes
The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest, was launched in 2012 raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. The contest receives entries from all over the world. Winners of the contest are displayed at the Miami Club Rum gallery and distillery during Art Basel Miami Beach week. Approximately 2,000 guests toured the 2013 exhibition. Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit http://www.Art4Apes.com

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About The Center for Great ApesThe Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzees sanctuaries in the world. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit www.Centerforgreatapes.org

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