Industry News 5/20/2010

EVENT: Art Institute of California - Orange County Hosts Launch of Wyland's United Nations Stamps

Art Institute of California - Orange County Hosts Launch of Wyland's United Nations Commemorative Stamps

The Art Institute of California – Orange County presents the “Wyland Art Retrospective,” on display May 27 through June 21, 2010. Internationally renowned marine life artist Wyland was recently selected by the United Nations to design a commemorative stamp collection celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission titled “One Ocean, One Planet”. To open the exhibition and launch the special stamp collection, the school will host an artist reception, open to the public, on Thursday, May 27, from 6 to 9 pm.

Wyland has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on our blue planet. His Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Ocean Institute of Dana Point, California, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about our bodies of water. His latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate — and US) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, the Wyland Foundation, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about our forests and ocean – and how these two irreplaceable resources hold the key to the future of our water supplies, climate, and global health

“One Ocean, One Planet” stamps will be issued in three languages including English, German, and French and distributed worldwide. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) was established by UNESCO n 1961 to promote international cooperation in researching and protecting the ocean.

“Nations now realize the importance of international cooperation to address many of the environmental issues facing our oceans,” says Wyland. “So it was important to create images for this stamp issue that represented a variety of marine habitats. The idea behind the series is that we can no longer think of our ocean as the responsibility of this or that country. We all have a responsibility to ensure the health of our future generations.”