DSC 2020 Artist of the Year: Silversmith and Sculptor Patrick Mavros

(Oct.7, 2019 – DALLAS) – DSC has selected master sculptor and silversmith Patrick Mavros as the Artist of the Year for the 2020 Convention, Heritage.

Mavros, a renowned self-taught sculptor and jewelry designer, is considered by many to be one of the most important and influential silversmiths of his time. A valued and loyal supporter of DSC, Mavros has designed and donated the table centerpiece (valued at $25,000-$55,000) for the DSC Convention’s Saturday night auction for over 10 years.

Mavros’ story began more than 30 years ago as a member of the Selous Scouts fighting in the Rhodesian army. While recovering from an injury, he carved a pair of earrings for his wife Catja, which others took notice of. His work was so admired that he started taking orders and his business grew. He began using silver and adopted the age-old method of lost-wax casting to produce stunning individual sculptures depicting native wildlife.

His beautiful creations capture each individual creature’s unique characteristics with a collection that ranges from exquisitely carved tiny silver teaspoons to enormous bespoke centerpieces.

A bull elephant sculpted by Patrick Mavros.

Mavros was born into one of the oldest European families in Zimbabwe and was raised in the wilds of provincial Matabeleland. In addition to being a famed artist, he’s also an accomplished bushman. His family farm sits atop the hills outside Harare where it operates not only as a home, but as a workshop, gallery space and wildlife sanctuary that employs local Zimbabweans.

A loyal supporter of DSC, Mavros has exhibited at the annual DSC Convention for 18 years, and DSC is honored to have him address the audience at this year’s Saturday night banquet. As in years past, Mavros is donating his hand-created table favors for the 2020 DSC Ladies’ Luncheon and insists on placing a single red rose at each place setting. 

This DSC Convention and Expo will be held in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel in Dallas, Jan. 9-12, 2020. Sportsmen and women are invited to be a part of another record-breaking event to help support conservation, education and hunter advocacy initiatives around the world. 

Patrick Mavros creates favors and scuptures to adorn tables at the DSC Ladies’ Luncheon and Auction each year.

The four-day celebration of the outdoor lifestyle is open to the public and is one of America’s premier fundraisers for conservation. The DSC 2019 Convention raised more than $3 million for wildlife programs, public education and hunter advocacy worldwide. While membership is not a requirement for attendance, DSC will welcome more than 30,000 guests and around 400 new members at the convention to help promote the mission and programs of the organization.

For more information about Patrick Mavros, visit https://www.patrickmavros.com/.

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About DSC

A member of IUCN and FACE, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. With an administrative staff of less than 15 and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts the Greatest Hunters Convention on the Planetâ„¢ that raises funds for grants in conservation, outdoor education and hunter advocacy. In the past five years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission. Get involved with DSC at www.biggame.org.

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DSC Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. DSC Foundation serves the mission of DSC to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands, to educate youth and the general public and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Learn more about DSC Foundation at www.dscf.org.