Art Wolfe Honored with University of Washington’s Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award

Wolfe follows in the footsteps UW grads Dale Chihuly, Imogen Cunningham, and Chuck Close

Photographer Art WolfeSEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, MAY 30, 2024 — Art Wolfe is a long-time leader in the conservation photography movement and a prolific, restlessly creative nature and fine art photographer. In 1975 Wolfe graduated from University of Washington (UW) with degrees in Fine Arts and Arts Education.

Seattle born and based, Art Wolfe grew up in a family of commercial artists who encouraged his creativity and a connection to nature.  For nearly fifty years he has stunned and thrilled readers with the dazzling beauty of the planet’s wildlife, landscapes, and diverse cultures. His goal is to win support for conservation issues by “focusing on what is beautiful on the Earth.”

Wolfe has published over 100 books in eight languages.  Though Wolfe, 72, has often been described as a wildlife photographer—his most recent book being the astonishing Wild Lives—he tackles themes that take him beyond the subject of nature. In his book Human Canvas, he placed painted human figures against elaborate painted backdrops to transform bodies into abstract landscapes and he is working on a book of world faiths. He has hosted several television series, including the award-winning Art’s Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge which was syndicated worldwide, has had traveling exhibitions, and regularly donates his photos to environmental organizations.

The Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a UW graduate and is presented annually by the UW and UW Alumni Association. It recognizes a legacy of achievement and service built over a lifetime.

The UW Awards of Excellence ceremony honoring Art Wolfe and other outstanding alumni, faculty, staff, students, and retirees will be held on campus at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts at 3:30 pm on Thursday, June 6th, 2024.

It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.”

—Art Wolfe


5 Responses to “Art Wolfe Honored with University of Washington’s Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award”

  1. Marge Cooney says:

    Well deserved! Art’s talents & perspectives on life around the world are a constant source of inspiration & admiration!

    Congratulations Art Wolfe!

  2. Jon Wolfe says:

    Congratulations Art your award is well deserved and “fellow” past awardee Imogen Cunningham….How cool is that?!🥇📷

  3. Richard Cochrane says:

    Really chuffed for you, well deserved, keep up the good work.

  4. Lu Ross says:

    Congratulations Art! I couldn’t think of a better recipient of this award.

  5. John Aylward says:

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to so many!

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