Conservation Through Art

Conservation Through Artpresented by Regions Bank

Honoring John Dobbs Jr.

Honoree Dinner and Auction
November 3, 2018
Crosstown Concourse

Trow Gillespie and Chuck Smith, Co-Chairs

Additional details will be announced soon.
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Since 2005, ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited have partnered to produce Conservation Through Art (CTA), a biennial celebration to raise awareness and funds for the arts and wildlife conservation. Over the past twelve years, this partnership has raised $5 million and proven a wonderful way for arts enthusiasts and hunting and wildlife aficionados to support these meaningful causes, creating a philanthropic legacy together.

Seemingly unlikely allies, both organizations are committed to connecting passion and philanthropy, preserving treasures that enrich lives from generation to generation. Be it an awe-inspiring performance or a spectacular sunrise on the marsh, experiencing the arts and outdoors alike inspires and shapes families and communities. Contributions to CTA secure a legacy of support for the arts and wildlife conservation – protecting and promoting some of our region’s greatest assets. 

Regions Bank

We are thankful to Regions Bank for their continued sponsorship of Conservation Through Art.

Past Conservation Through Art Honorees

2005: Harry Phillips
2006: Billy Dunavant
2008: Allen Morgan & Henry Morgan
2010: George Dunklin & Steve Reynolds
2012: Trow Gillespie & Chuck Smith
2014: Spence, Bob & Kem Wilson
2016: Johnny Morris & Bill Rhodes


Founders & Advisory Council

Tommie & Billy Dunavant
Elizabeth & Trow Gillespie
Snow & Henry Morgan                                          
Susan & Chuck Smith
Anne & John Stokes



Founded in 1963, ArtsMemphis works to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the Arts. ArtsMemphis achieves this mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and forging connections for artists and organizations. In 2017, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to 72 different organizations and eight individual artists. For more information, visit The arts enhance quality of life for Memphians, transform lives and are an economic driver – generating nearly than $200 million in annually and employing more than 6,000 people. ArtsMemphis strengthens our city’s arts assets.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest, private, non-profit, waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. Established in 1937, with the mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and led by more than 50,000 dedicated volunteers, DU works toward the vision of wetlands and grasslands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

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