I AM WATER billboards

Update December 15, 2022

One final billboard, #19 for 2022, goes up in Manhattan, on 46th Street at the Westside Highway, across from the pedestrian bridge, featuring the painting Molten Sea by Fredericka Foster.

Update September 1, 2022

Six billboards going up in Massachusetts!

E.J. McAdams (New York), Lyn Horton (Massachusetts), Perri Howard (Washington), Renata Padovan (Brazil), Jane Szabo (California), Rebecca Riley (New York)

This month we are launching another six I AM WATER billboards in Western Mass and Eastern New York! This makes a total of 18 billboards for 2022. Together with the application fees for the call and individual artists fundraising efforts we raised close to $10,000! ecoartspace and Our Humanity Matters is appreciative of the artists who rallied to raise the additional money to make this happen. It takes a village.

Google Map of MASS billboard locations HERE


I AM WATER Billboard Exhibition Speaks To Environmental Issues, iBerkshires.com (9/10/22)

I AM WATER' billboard art campaign aims to get people talking about the decline of drinkable water, Berkshireeagle.com (9/17/22)

Update August 8, 2022

Eleven billboards going up in Manhattan and Brooklyn!

We're excited to announce that eleven I AM WATER billboards are going up this week in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We actually managed to raise the funds to place our top six boards announced last month, along with additional boards from our forty finalists who were also top rated and some that raised money independently. 

Karen Hackenberg (Washington), Carolyn Monastra (New York), Alexander Heilner (Maryland), Sant Khalsa (California), Tammy West (Texas), Brad Tempkin (Illinois), Patti Trimble (California), E.J. McAdams (New York), Marietta Patricia Leis (New Mexico), Robin Lasser and Marguerite Perret (California and Kansas), and David Cass (Greece)

We will be placing another six boards in Massachusetts in September, where they're currently experiencing drought conditions. All combined there will be 18 billboards, adding another board that went up in Slovenia! Check back often for more images and information.

Google Map of NYC billboard locations HERE

Update July 1, 2022

And, the top six boards as selected by our members voting are (from top to bottom, left to right): Sant Khalsa (California), Carolyn Monastra (New York), Renata Padovan (Brazil), Alexander Heilner (Maryland), Tammy West (Texas), and Karen Hackenberg (Washington).

Please note: we are currently identifying locations for each board and are considering sites across the USA.


Last year ecoartspace collaborated with Our Humanity Matters and SaveArtSpace to place eleven billboards in East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York with works by ecoartspace members focused on our connections with water. For 2022, ecoartspace and Our Humanity Matters will continue with a series of billboards focused on water as a source of Life that mediates our planet's ecosystems for humans and nonhumans alike, including all watershed beings such as trees, forests, fish, animals, insects, soil and mycorrhizal networks. We are also interested in work that questions the thought processes involved with human interventions, the built environment that affects water quality, especially agriculture, as well as drought due to human-caused climate change.

All applicants including members and non-members were invited to submit from one to ten images at $10 each. The deadline was May 15, 2022. Over 150 artists applied, submitting over 450 images. We currently have enough funding to do 5-6 billboards and are seeking to raise matching funds to do a total of 10 billboards, as we did in 2021. Locations for boards to be determined after selection.

Jurors Patricia Watts, founder of ecoartspace, and Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler, founder of Our Humanity Matters have selected forty finalists (below) and are asking ecoartspace members (currently over 600) to vote for their top ten artists/boards. This page was created for visual reference and to help raise matching funds. Although, in theory, we would love to place all 40 billboards!

Finalist below include (in order of appearance): Jane Szabo, Andrea Pinheiro, Linda Gass, Lisa Tubach, Taina Litwak, Casey Brown, Dawn Lee, Brad Tempkin, Nerys Levy, Patti Trimble, Alexander Heilner, Rebecca Riley, Claudia Travares, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Carol Paquet, E.J. McAdams, Marietta Patricia Leis, Anne Yoncha, Sara Ekholm Eriksson, Perri Howard, Lyn Horton, Krista DeNio, Karen Hackenberg, Heidi Quante, Fariba Bogzaran, Carolyn Monastra, Bart Woodstrup, Lea Pemezas, Toby Zallman, Tammy West, Sant Khalsa, Robin Lasser & Marguerite Perret, Renata Padovan, Monique Martin, Meredith Nemirov, Margaret LeJeune, Krista Steinke, Fredericka Foster, David Cass, Dana Fritz.

40 photo(s) Updated on: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
  • Jane Szabo, March 2, Coal Creek, March, 2019, digital pigment print, 20 x 30 inches
  • Andrea Pinheiro, Clay Offering to the Sky and Water, 2020, photograph, dimensions variable
  • Linda Gass, After The Gold Rush, 1998, Textile, 6 x 12 inches (cropped)
  • Lisa Tubach, Memory Of A Landscape That Never Was For Merle, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches (to be cropped top and bottom for billboard format)
  • Taina Litwak, News Stream VI, 2022, Newspaper collage and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (cropped for billboard format)
  • Casey Brown, Infra-Stalactite I, 2022, Digital infrared photograph on Fujiflex (HD Silver Halide), 30 x 45 inches
  • Dawn Lee, Crossing, 2016, Acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
  • Brad Temkin, Penstock - Jawbone Canyon, CA 2022, photograph (cropped for billboard)
  • Nerys Levy, Iceberg #1, Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic, 2009, watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on paper, original diptych 40 x 120 (altered to meet the horizontal format of the billboard)
  • Patti Trimble, Woman in Sea, 2022, Oil on linen , 37 x 48 inches (cropped top and bottom for billboard format)
  • Alexander Heilner, Coachella Canal, 2019, Archival digital print, size variable (cropped top and bottom to fit billboard format)
  • Rebecca Riley, Flood Atlas, Page 10, 2019, ink,watercolor and acrylic on paper map, 8 x 11 inches (cropped top and bottom to fit billboard format)
  • Claudia Tavares, Horizon, 2018, digital photography, 100 x 70 cm (cropped top and bottom to fit billboard format)
  • Charlotta Hauksdottir, Topography Study XV, 2018, archival inkjet prints, hand cut and layered with mixed media, 16.5 x 41 inches
  • Carol Paquet, Swept Up And Stitched Into The Sea, 2022, Mixed media composite, 40 x 56 inches (sized to fit the billboard format)
  • EJ McAdams , DROUGHT, 2022, Digital, 22 x 11 feet
  • Marietta Patricia Leis, Eventide, 2022, Photo on Lucite, dimensions variable
  • Anne Yoncha, Re:Peat Burn, 2022, Video still, 7 x 22 inches (will include QR Code with link to sound file)
  • Sara Ekholm Eriksson, Brave New World, 2020, Water Plants From Svalbards Seed Vault Orbeez, 70 X 70 cm
  • Perri Howard, Lights Flight, 2022, mixed-media on panel, 30 x 48 inches (will include QR Code with link to sound file)
  • Lyn Horton, Water Journal 14, 2022, Digital photograph, 10 x 13 inches
  • Krista DeNio, the NETWORK project, aerial drone camera, performance work in Costa Rica, dimensions variable
  • Karen Hackenberg, Amphorae ca. 2010-2011, oil on canvas, 24 x 48 inches
  • Heidi Quante, All that Glitters. . . California, 2022, film still, dimensions variable
  • Fariba Bogzaran, Homage to Blue, 2016, Mixed media, 36 x 96 inches
  • Carolyn Monastra, Woman Clearing Plastic Bags, Nairobi River, Kenya, 2012, archival pigment print, 22 x 17 inches
  • Bart Woodstrup, Thirsty 5, 2022, digital image, dimensions variable
  • Lea Petmezas, Center Pivot-SLV, Oil on panel, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 80 inches
  • Toby Zallman, Reefs collapse (detail), 2022, Ink jet print on muslin, plastic bags and pastel, 53 x 106 inches
  • Tammy West, Wishful Flow, 2021, Blue fabric, 50 x 20 meters
  • Sant Khalsa, Western Waters, 2022, Photographs, variable grid
  • Robin Lasser & Marguerite Perret, Horseshoe Lake Bird Tent, 2022, digital image, dimensions variable
  • Renata Padovan, The Dam That Killed the Forest, 2022, photograph, variable dimensions
  • Monique Martin, The Worlds on Fire (detail), 2022, fire hose thread, ink, pebbles, beads silkscreen
  • Meredith Nemirov, Rivers Feed the Trees #478, 2021, Acrylic, gouache, 22 x 30 inches
  • Margaret LeJeune, Two Trees, Marigram, 2022, collage, 24 x 20 inches
  • Krista Steinke, 40 Days After the Storm, 2018, Photo installation, variable grid
  • Fredericka Foster, The Molten Sea, 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches (cropped to fit billboard format)
  • David Cass, Where Once the Waters, Rhea, 2020–2022, Typed Letter on Found Paper, Crop of a tall A4 format page
  • Dana Fritz, Blowout and Middle Loup River, 2022, archival pigment print, 16 x 40 inches

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