artist internship programs WITH CREATURE CONSERVE

Our goal is to tailor these programs to each artist's interest and ability, as well as to the needs and interests of the collaborating scientist and host institution. Potential host institutions include research labs, conservation organizations, and educational institutions. In most cases, our Artist-in-the-Field programs are structured like an artist-in-residence program, but are shorter term. They typically involve an intense period of exposure to animal experts whose work is based on scientific information, such as animal health, nutrition, reproduction, behavior, and conservation, followed by time in the studio.  

Summer 2017

1) Mystic Aquarium RISD Summer Intern program. Recent RISD graduate Samrath Kaur ( worked with the staff at the Mystic Aquarium to highlight their marine mammal rescue program.


2) Foster Parrots Visiting Artist program. RISD student Alex Suarez worked with the staff of Foster Parrots to promote their no bird should ever be in a cage program. Dr. Spelman is also on the board of Foster Parrots, Ltd


Summer 2016

Emily Schnall worked as a summer intern for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, last summer.  Her work focused on the problem of "tiger selfies."


Rae Whiteley spent the summer as an intern at the Mystic Aquarium for course credit exploring the many connections between keepers/ trainers and the animals in their care. The result was an exhibition of her work on public display at the museum, and some media coverage. Click here for the story: 

Derek Miranda also worked as a summer intern for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, or IFAW. His work focused on the problem of shark finning and its impact on all whale species, especially the whale shark.