Asher Jay
The Wild Creative
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Artist and activist Asher Jay uses creative concepts and striking designs to underscore the dire consequences of wildlife trafficking in her fight against the illegal trade. Upcoming Events at National Geographic Live! See More of Asher's Art The National Geographic Live series brings thought-provoking presentations by today's leading explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists right to you.
From blood ivory to big cats, creative conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asher Jay is on a mission to protect the world's wildlife the best way she knows how-through her art. Upcoming Events at National Geographic Live!
We've lost over half the world's wildlife in the past 40 years. Now is the time to rethink our ways! Using art and creativity, Asher Jay inspires, offers hope and encourages a young audience to change the current paradigm by taking responsibility for the world around them.
By Design I am a creative conservationist. Our inability to perceive what has been lost to us prevents us from valuing and conserving what remains. Through both visuals and a personal narrative I cast a light on what I've learned from love and loss. "Art empowers me to act in this world."

past Speaking Engagements

World Wildlife Fund

“Wild by Art “

Oct 26-27 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland


Living With Wildlife Conference

“Creative, Compassionate, Conservation”

Oct 16 2015

Vancouver, B.C.


The Feast

“Art For Earth’s Sake”

Oct 4th 2015

Brooklyn, NYC, USA



“Worldwide and Wild Wise”

GD & GMM student talk

“Art As You Act”

Oct 29 2015

Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


International Congress For Conservation Biology (ICCB-ECCB)

“Conservation 3.0, Innovators, Solutions & Solvers”

Aug 3 2015

Montpellier, France



“Creativity & Conservation”

July 31st 2015

Trinco, Sri Lanka


National Geographic Explorer Symposium

“Beyond the Frame in Focus”

June 10 2015


Telluride Mountain Film Festival

“Artist Talk – iWild iArt”

May 24 2015

Telluride, Colorado, USA


Keynote at Michigan State University

“Weapons of Mass Construction”

Apr 11 2015

Lansing, Michigan, USA




Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment

“Art of the Wild”

Apr 8 2015

North Carolina, USA


Plastic Gyres Symposium, Georgia State University

Master of Ceremonies

Rapid Fire Speaker “Trash & I: An Art Affair”

Mar 27 2015

Georgia, Atlanta, USA


Ross School

“Workshop – iEgg Art for Earth Project”

Mar 25 2015

Sag Harbor, NY, USA


Ross School

“The Wild Creative”

Mar 20 2015

Sag Harbor, NY, USA


Blue Beyond Borders, UN-SCENE Art Show

“Art For Wild”

Mar 07 2015



Center For the Arts

“Tracks, Trails and Traps”

Mar 05 2015

Jacksonhole, Wyoming, USA


Capitol Hill

“Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Crimes”

Senator Coons & Staff

Feb 20 2015

Washington DC, USA


World Parks Congress 2014

“Innovation in Communication & Design”

Nov 14 2014

Sydney, Australia


National Geographic Live!

“Art of the Matter”

Nov 4 2014

Washington D.C. USA


Shift Festival, National Museum of Wildlife Art

“ReWild, Reset, Restore”

Oct 09 2014

Jacksonhole, Wyoming, USA


Four Seasons Hotel & Resort

“A Numbers Game”

Oct 7 2014

Jacksonhole, Wyoming, USA


White House Public Grounds

DSWT International Elephant March 2014

Public Presentation with Senator Lesniack & President of HSUS

Oct 4 2014


Media Rise Festival

“Art to Aid Conservation”

Sept 27 2014

Washington D.C., USA


Bright Young Things National Geographic Event

“Trunks Up”

Jun 14 2014

Washington D.C., USA


National Geographic Explorer Symposium

“Art As a Weapon”

Jun 12 2014

Washington D.C., USA


Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

“A Numbers Game”

May 3 2014

Serengeti, Tanzania


TEDx Vail Women

“By Design”

Dec 5 2013

Vail, Colorado, USA


National Geographic

“Thinking Outside the Yellow Box” (Internal Presentation)

Oct 22 2013

Washington D.C., USA


WILD10 Global Symposium

Plenary Speaker “Art And Conservation Activism”

Oct 5 2013

Salamanca, Spain



Elephant in Times Square

“Don’t Let Me Vanish”

Sept 30 2013




Ross School

“Trash & I: An Art Affair”

May 24 2013

Sag Harbor, USA


Integral Salon

“Wild & I: An Art Affair”

May 23 2014

Sag Harbor, USA


Blue Vision Summit 4

Creative Approaches to Conservation Panel

May 13 2013

Washington D.C., USA


World Penguin Day, Ocean Doctor Event

“Why Wild Matters”

Apr 25 2013

Washington D.C., USA


Green Festival

“Re-Purposing Trash for Art”

Apr 14 2013

Washington D.C. USA


I Heart Blue

Master of Ceremonies

Jan 28 2013



Hurricane Sandy NY Aquarium Benefit

“Art for a Movement”

Dec 7 2012



Plastic Pollution Solutions, 5 Gyres event

“Trash & I: An Art Affair”

Oct 11 2012



Domenican Republic Envrionmental Film Festival

“Marine Debris or Plastic Pollution” GFDD

Sept 4-9 2012

Funglode, Domenican Republic