Park West Gallery artist and conservationist Guy Harvey has been named the 2016 recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award for his dedication to the sea.
The prestigious award is granted annually to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, and those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. Harvey will be honored during the annual Golden Compass Gala award dinner on May 21 in Fort Lauderdale.
“I am honored to be receiving this award from Seafarers’ House,” Harvey said. “The organization has done so much to make a difference in the lives of nearly 150,000 mariners each year.”
Harvey has spent his life admiring, studying and exploring the sea. He earned a doctorate in fisheries management in 1982 and has brought attention to the beauty and wonders of the sea through his artwork. His Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation promotes research into marine biology as well as the message of conserving ocean habitats.
Harvey’s artwork is seen in murals at airports and universities, around the world in his clothing line and aboard cruise ships as part of Park West Gallery’s art auctions at sea. In 2014, Harvey teamed up with Norwegian Cruise Line to have his artwork adorn the hull of the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the work and accomplishments of this noted marine wildlife artist and conservationist,” said Lesley Warrick, Seafarers’ House Executive Director. “Guy Harvey has dedicated his life to the sea and his many philanthropic efforts have thrown into high relief the need to protect the world’s oceans.”
The Seafarers’ House, located in Port Everglades, is a non-profit organization supported by the faith community as well as labor, business and civic leaders, with the mission of offering “refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community through multi-faith service.”
“These seafaring men and women play an important role in our society and the Seafarers’ House offers so many services of value to the working mariner,” Harvey says. “I am pleased to be a part of recognizing their work as well.”
Previous recipients of the International Golden Compass include seafaring hero Captain Richard Phillips; Joseph Farrell, Resolve Marine Group; Roberto Giorgi, V.Ships; Dan Sten Olsson, Stena Sphere; Adam Goldstein, Royal Caribbean International; Stein Kruse, Holland America Line; Captain Nicola Arena, MSC Cruises; and Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corp., among others.
The Park West Foundation, formed in 2006 by Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, recently contributed $50,000 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.