Artwork by Andrew Myers (banner) and Ali Bartlett (postcard)
Creature Conserve and the Gallery at Sprout CoWorking invite visual artists from the greater Rhode Island area (CT, MA, RI) to collaborate with scientists to create art for an exhibit that explores the lives of wild animals in urban areas and the human responses to this shared territory.
Our goal is to encourage the viewing public to take an active role in healthy co-existence with urban animals.
This is a juried exhibit with a $10 entry fee open to artists of all skill levels and all forms of visual art.
The exhibit will be on display for the month of April, 2020.
To encourage art/science collaboration, Creature Conserve and Sprout Co-Working are also hosting a series of three workshops during fall 2019, two for visual artists and one for writers. Click here to register for a workshop.
During the month-long run of the exhibit in April 2020, Creature Conserve and The Gallery at Sprout CoWorking will host a variety of free public events in CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY, including lectures by scientists, artist presentations, and readings by writers on the same topic.
Exhibit Dates: April 1-30, 2020,
Opening Night: April 16, 2020 in conjunction with Gallery Night Providence
Earth Day Celebration: April 22, 2020
Location: The Gallery at Sprout Co-Working, 166 Valley St building 6m suite 103, Providence, RI 02909
For this exhibit, we define “urban wildlife” as any species of animal that is native or introduced, but not domesticated or feral, living freely in close proximity to people (villages, towns, cities) anywhere in the world. The animals could include invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Expansion of villages, towns, and cities creates new homes for some animals, even as it displaces others. The results are often problematic. Our scientific understanding of the actions we need to take in order to live in balance with urban wildlife is an important part of the solution. Science (urban ecology) can provide the guidelines, but we need motivation to follow them. There is an equally important need to help more people understand that humans and animals are interdependent, and that our continued success depends on a diverse and healthy animal kingdom.
The artwork selected for this exhibition will reflect the artist’s effort to explore, through a combination of independent research and collaboration with scientific experts, the basic biology of their selected animal or animals, its urban ecology, and the many ways it interacts with humans. Check out our Urban Wildlife Google Drive folder for scientific references made available to participating artists. Scientific advisors will be available to facilitate collaboration.
A partial list of urban wildlife species in North America includes bats, bees, coyotes, deer, elk, foxes, moose, peregrine falcons, raccoons, and red-tailed hawks. In other parts of the world, the choices will differ. Elephants are considered urban in many parts of Africa and Asia, for example. The term “urban wildlife” is a paradoxical one in many ways; exploring it may yield more questions than answers.
Consider taking one of our three workshops on the topic for practice combining art and science, as well as for inspiration, and fun! Click here to register for a workshop.
Consider the following themes: Time—how the urban environment changes as species leave an area, or return to it and reconstruct their environments; Space—how to define an urban ecosystem which can be as tiny as a puddle or as large as Los Angeles; Displacement—how people and urban wild animals displace each other depending on the circumstance; Visibility/Invisibility—how many urban animals are rarely seen or heard and how those we do see are moving or feeding; Rhythms—when and where urban animals breed, give birth, sleep, or die in the city; Health—how pollution (noise, light, soil, water, air) negatively affects humans and wild animals living in urban areas.
Submissions: Feb 1, 2020
Notifications: Feb 15, 2020
Artwork Delivery: Mar 27, 2020