PREMIERED at the RHODE ISland school of design summer 2016
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. Organized by Creature Conserve, the exhibition features work by artists studying the impact of global trade on endangered species. Participating artists interviewed experts, including biologists, ecologists, veterinarians, park rangers, zookeepers, sanctuary managers, and policy-makers with the international Fund for Animal Welfare, in creating highly personal, emotionally-charged, artwork that is informed by the facts.
Each artist was given the opportunity select from a list of the most heavily traded wildlife species and start with their own self-directed research. The animal list included chimpanzees, elephants, grey parrots, lions, pangolins, red and green macaws, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks, and tigers. Next, they collaborated with show organizer Dr. Lucy Spelman to explore the topic in depth.
The artists discovered what scientists and wildlife law experts know all too well: the trade in wildlife is driving dozens of species toward rapid extinction. 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.
SLIDE SHOW of 2D and 3D WORKS from WILDLIFE TRADE ART AND SCIENCE
(Hover on the image for the artist statement.)
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
WILDLIFE TRADE ART AND SCIENCE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART IN WYOMING
Below are a few photos from the exhibit installed at the NNWA. Included as you will see is a photo of our exhibition mascot, Percival Pangolin, checking out some very famous artwork by Andy Warhol. Here is a link to the exhibit on the museum website, https://www.wildlifeart.org/art/exhibits/current-exhibits/