• RISD ISB Gallery (map)
  • 55 Canal Walk
  • Providence, RI, 02903
  • United States

About the Exhibit

The goal of this exhibit is to encourage the viewing public to take an active role in healthy co-existence with urban animals. We invited artists to collaborate with scientists to create art that explores the lives of wild animals in urban areas and the human responses to this shared territory.

For those who cannot make it to the gallery in person, we will be posting a virtual gallery online at www.creatureconserve.com as soon as the exhibit opens on 7/25.

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.

Gallery Hours

Wed-Sat, 12-5 pm with extended hours for WATERFIRE and special programming

Gallery Events

-Thursday, July 26, 6-8pm

Exhibit Opening and Presentation: “Providence Raptors” by artist Peter Green. Peter's talk begins at 6:30 pm.

-Friday, July 27, 5-8pm

Exhibit Open House: “Bioblitz 2018” by David Gregg and the RI Natural History Survey

-Saturday, July 28, 6-10pm

Exhibit Open Late for WATERFIRE

-Thursday, Aug 2, 5-8pm

Event: “Cities Gone Wild: Human-wildlife Relationships Across a Fragmented Landscape” by Mary Grande, RI Department of Environmental Management. Mary's talk begins at 6:30 pm.

-Saturday, Aug 4, 2-4pm

Demonstration: “DIY Making Homes and Planting Food for Urban Pollinators—Bats, Birds, Bees, and Butterflies” 

-Thursday, Aug 9, 5-8pm

Event: Public Reading from “Writing to Co-Exist with Wildlife” Frequency Writers Workshop. The readings begin at 6:30 pm.

-Saturday, Aug 11, 2-4pm

Demonstration: “DIY Help for Urban Raptors: Kestrel Boxes and More” 

-Thursday, Aug 16, 5-8 pm

Presentation: “Rehabilitating Wildlife in Rhode Island” by Arianna Mouradjian, Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island. Arianna's talk begins at 6:30 pm.

-Saturday, Aug 18, 2-4pm

Demonstration: “Designing to Co-Exist with Urban Carnivores: Coyotes, Foxes, Opossums, and Raccoons"