ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Guy Harvey, widely recognized as one of the world's finest marine wildlife artists, was presented the Florida House on Capitol Hill's 2013 Distinguished Artist Award at a ceremony at Flagler College yesterday for his prolific works reflecting Florida's culture and environment.
With his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler, Harvey has an extensive portfolio of marine wildlife art and is recognized as one of the world's top marine wildlife artists as well as a conservationist. In collaboration with Nova Southeastern University in Dania Beach, Fla., he formed the Guy Harvey Research Institute, which helps manage and protect fishery resources around the world. The mission of the institute is to provide scientific information to understand, conserve and effectively manage the world's marine fishes and their ecosystems.
"I am honored to be chosen for this award and to be included among other artists for whom Florida has been an inspiration," said Harvey. "Florida has a rich history of abundant and diverse wildlife. However, some of the animals I love to paint are under pressure and need our support."
Presented annually, The Distinguished Artist Award recognizes an artist who has achieved significant recognition from their peers and has created work reflecting Florida's culture, environment, history, or people. Previous winners of the Distinguished Artist Award include The Highwaymen, Jackson Walker, Christopher M. Still, Clyde Butcher and A.E. "Beanie" Backus.
"Every award given marks progress toward our goal of preserving Florida's culture," said Bart Hudson, CEO and president of Florida House on Capitol Hill. "Florida House on Capitol Hill is proud to recognize Guy for the work he has done for Florida, from his floor-to-ceiling murals at the Ft. Lauderdale airport to his conservation efforts of Florida's marine ecosystems."
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SOURCE Florida House on Capitol Hill