Bringing artists, designers, and scientists together is a common thread among all our programs and exhibits. The process is just as important, if not more, than the end result. We find art+science collaboration to be challenging, exciting, eye-opening, informative, interesting, and surprising. Please explore our website and let us know what you think. You can reach us via our contact page or email

Creature conserve PROGRAMS

We currently support four programs: artist internships, one-health researchtravel courses, and saving species workshops

Our travel courses bring artists and scientists together to focus on hot topics in conservation and explore new ways to make saving species more relevant and meaningful. 

Our internships give artists and designers the opportunity to connect with scientists and gain work experience as collaborators. In many cases, our interns are blazing new trails, the first artist or designer to shadow a scientist or work as part of a scientific team. 

Our saving species workshops are designed for audiences interested in exploring the benefits and possibilities of art+science collaboration to help save species. We currently offer three topics: Art and Science of Saving Species, Wildlife Trade Art and Science, Exploring the Art and Science of Urban Wildlife Conflict.

Our one-health research programs are just beginning. The goal is to include artists and designers in community based conservation initiatives. We currently have two programs underway, giant otter conservation in Guyana, South America and elephant conservation in Kenya. 

In addition, our travel courses and workshops offer teaching experience to artists/designers who work with scientific information and science content. We hire an artist or designer to provide art instruction for each program taught by Dr. Spelman. Our ultimate goal is to build a community of Creature Conserve artists and designers who have the skills needed to teach art/science collaboration and share their enthusiasm for reconnecting the arts and sciences with other artists. 


Our online Gallery features work by artists and scientists studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, RISD. We have a traveling exhibit, Wildlife Trade Art and Science, and we are accepting artwork for our new exhibit, Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co-Exist that premieres in July 2018 at RISD.  


Artwork above by Annie Bai - sketching bees