Molly Schafer (Endangered Species Print Project)

The Endangered Species Print Project (ESPP) offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species.  The number of prints available corresponds with the remaining animal or plant populations. For example, only 30 Amur Leopards remain in the wild, so for this edition, only 30 prints will be made. All proceeds from ESPP are donated to conservation organizations; a different organization, whose mission is to the ensure the survival of the specie depicted, is chosen for each print.

ESPP is the brainchild of Chicago-based artists Molly Schafer and Jenny Kendler. The project was born from the desire to operate outside the white-wall gallery system and use their artistic talents to support conservation efforts and biodiversity on Planet Earth.  ESPP is a labor of love for Schafer and Kendler, who manage all aspects of the project and the creation of the original artwork, along with their day-jobs and individual artistic practices.  As the project progresses, ESPP will be releasing additional prints on a monthly basis, including works by guest artists.

Since information on these rare species can be hard to come by, the ESPP site also features short articles on each species.  Schafer and Kendler are in close touch with researchers working in the field to confirm the accuracy of their information and to stay up to date on news and population counts.  The net proceeds from the sale of all prints goes directly to these researchers & organizations assisting in the conservation of these highly endangered creatures.

ESPP has recently been featured on the home pages of Juxtapoz Magazine, Cool Hunting, Design Milk, Pikaland, OMG Posters!, and was written up in the Sierra Club’s blog: The Green Life. ESPP continues to work with other conservation organizations and has upcoming plans to collaborate on prints and promotions with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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