Austin is witnessing a surge in several species populations. Our city’s sprawl will continue to expand for migrating humans and loose wild space for native animals. However, a city provides abundant sources of food and shelter, drawing wildlife closer.  Allie Novess and Calder Kamin’s interdisciplinary project whimsically illustrates how animals adapt to a changing city.

In UrbanWild, the artist pair become Deer and Coyote and learn how to thrive in an urban ecosystem. Actions are often taken to cull their populations, but it is our lawns, pets and trash that bring these beast into our backyards. Can we coexist? If you look closely you will understand our basic needs are exactly the same.

UrbanWild is the collaborative project by teen artist, Allie Novess, and artist mentor, Calder Kamin, created for the 2015 The Teen Artist + Mentor Program at The Contemporary Austin. Ten professional artist-mentors are paired with ten exemplary high school students from the Austin area. Together, they meet for seven months in the artist’s studio space to create new work. Hours of conversation, exploration of artistic mediums, and field trips to creative venues around Austin weave together in the final exhibition of collaborative work from all twenty artists.