ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
The goal of “Wildlife Trade Art & Science” is to consider the role of global wildlife trade in species extinction and to empower the viewing public to take part in conservation. Please see the slideshow below from the exhibit at RISD.
WILDLIFE TRADE exhibit premiered in 2016 at the Rhode Island School of Design and moved on to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. Please see the slideshow of our exhibit at RISD below. Various works from this exhibition have been displayed in a variety of locations, including as a pop-up exhibit at the 2016 CITES Cop17 meeting in collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.
INTERESTED IN HOSTING OUR EXHIBIT ON THE WILDLIFE TRADE? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of the works have been gifted to Creature Conserve and are available for display.
EXHIBIT SLIDESHOW: WILDLIFE TRADE ART AND SCIENCE
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The exhibition premiered in July 2016 at the RISD Illustration Studies Building Gallery in Providence RI. It then moved on to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson WY where was on display for three months during the summer of 2017 (June 24-Sep 24.)
VIDEOS from Wildlife Trade Art and Science
Organized by Creature Conserve, the exhibit features work by artists who studied the impact of global trade on 10 of the species/animal groups that have been - and, continue to be - heavily impacted by the wildlife trade. These include: chimpanzees, elephants, grey parrots, lions, pangolins, red and green macaws, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks, and tigers. The trade in these animals and their parts is regulated by CITES, but the rules are poorly enforced and the illegal trade threatens all of them. The problem is largely one of supply and demand.
Scientific data shows the current trend is not sustainable, but conservation is more than a science. Cultural attitudes toward wildlife and economic pressures are equally important. This exhibit explores the fact that while science (conservation biology) can provide guidelines for saving species, we need motivation to follow them. We 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.
Each artist chose one of the 10 species and explored the problem of wildlife trade in depth, including via self-directed research, site visits, and interviews with wildlife experts, including biologists, ecologists, veterinarians, park rangers, zookeepers, sanctuary managers, and policy-makers with the international Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.
Extinction is the central theme of this exhibit. This is a heartbreaking topic for many of us; it is also far more complex than we realize. Human lives and livelihoods are at stake, as well as animal lives. It is also a problem we know how to solve: we need to decrease demand for the animals being traded, stop corruption and illegal trade, and increase the amount of money we spend protecting endangered species.
PHOTOS FROM OUR OPENING RECEPTION at the rhode island school of design, JULY 15, 2016
WILDLIFE TRADE ART AND SCIENCE SPENT 3 MONTHS ON EXHIBIT AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART IN WYOMING DURING SUMMER 2017 Here is a link to the exhibit on the museum website, https://www.wildlifeart.org/art/exhibits/current-exhibits/