Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 13, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time

    The Art of Shamanic Plants

    Thursday, April 13

    United States: 10am PDT, 11am MDT, 12pm CDT, 1pm EDT

    Europe: 17:00 GMT/WET

    For this event we will hear from members Steven F. White and Jill Pflugheber who will present their confocal botanical art project Microcosms: A Homage to Sacred Plants of the Americas and works included in the exhibition Shamanism: Visions outside of time curated by guest speaker Constantino Manuel Torres. In the exhibition Shamanism, Torres presents 140 archaeological and ethnographic pieces and audiovisual documents, representative of shamanism in Europe and North America up to Tierra del Fuego, at the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, Santiago, Chile, through June 2023. We will also hear from guest speaker Donna Torres, a Miami artist and illustrator who will present her paintings and drawings of medicinal botanicals. Together these artists and academics will discuss a shared passion for plants and their habitats as well as plans for future art exhibitions.

    Above, Microcosms: Anadenanthera colubrina

    Guest Presenters

    Constantino Manuel Torres has conducted research on ancient cultures of the South Central Andes since 1982. His work has concentrated on the San Pedro de Atacama oasis, where hundreds of well-preserved archaeological burial sites facilitate a comprehensive understanding of this desert people. Torres is also involved in the study of the art of Tiwanaku, the most important pre-Inca Central Andean civilization. On two occasions, he has been an invited presenter to the Dumbarton Oaks Round Table, in Washington, DC. Torres organized several symposia on the art and archaeology of the Andes for the International Congress of Americanists and for the Society for American Archaeology. He has been the recipient of four Fulbright awards. His books include Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of Ancient South America (2006), a wide-ranging and detailed study of this important visionary plant. Dr. Torres is Professor Emeritus of art history at Florida International University, Miami. He curated the exhibition Shamanism: Visions Outside of Time at the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, currently on view through June 2023.

    Donna Torres is a Miami-based artist, illustrator, and adjunct professor of painting at Florida International University.  She recently retired from teaching botanical art at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden after nearly 20 years. Torres's drawings, paintings and multimedia projects reflect her interest in the natural world. Her artworks have been exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Her solo exhibition Caminos y Enlaces (Pathways and Connections) opened in December 2022 at the Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago, Chile. She has illustrated numerous books and is currently working on her next solo exhibition, The Radiance of Proximity, scheduled for September 2023 at Miami International Airport. toseeclearly.com

    Member Presenters

    Steven F. White is co-editor (with Luis Eduardo Luna) of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine. The expanded second edition of this work, which won an Independent Publishers Book Award, contains many color plates of Ayahuasca in Visual Creative Expression, presenting “art” as a tool of thought, a reflection of cognitive activity by indigenous and non-indigenous creators. White published an essay on Ceiba pentandra in The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence (2021). His many translations include Lorca’s Poet in New York in addition to the bilingual ecocritical collections Seven Trees Against the Dying Light by Pablo Antonio Cuadra and Los huesos de mi abuelo/The Bones of My Grandfather and Colmena de papel/Paper Beehive by Esthela Calderón. He is the author of Arando el aire: la ecología en la poesía y la música de Nicaragua and edited the anthology El consumo de lo que somos: muestra de poesía ecológica hispánica contemporánea. He was also guest editor of a special issue on ecology and Latin American literature of Review: Latin American Literature and the Arts. Educated at Williams College and the University of Oregon, White is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency and two Fulbright grants for a literary project in Chile and curricular development as a Senior Specialist in Nicaragua.

    His research with Microscopy Specialist Jill Pflugheber Microcosms: A Homage to Sacred Plants of the Americas was presented as an exhibit at the Brush Art Gallery in 2020 at St. Lawrence University, where White was a founder of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies program and, for 34 years, taught Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese language classes as well as Latin American literature and film.

    Jill Pflugheber has worked for almost twenty years in biomedical research at Harvard, University of Kentucky, and University of Texas SW Medical Center. She returned to her alma mater at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in 2004, to take a position as the Microscopy Specialist, teaching courses in electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and research methods in cell biology. Each semester, the students in her confocal microscopy course participate in an “Image of the Semester” contest. Each student chooses a favorite image from their own portfolio of images, and anyone from the university community can vote for the “best” image. The university now prints each of the images used in the contest and mounts them for display on the walls of the Launders Science Library.

    Pflugheber and White began their collaboration after White had seen and admired contest images, wondering what the leaf of Banisteriopsis caapi would look like under the confocal microscope. One image led to many, and after more than three years of sample collection and imaging, the Microcosms collection was born. 

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time


    REPOSITORIES Book Signing

    Thursday, April 20

    United States: 10am PDT, 11am MDT, 12pm CDT, 1pm EDT

    Europe: 17:00 GMT/WET

    Going With the Flow: Art, Actions and Western Waters is an exhibition of works by artists and collectives based in the Southwestern United States, including members Basia Irland and Paula Castillo who have and continue to explore the role of water along the mighty Río Grande. During the exhibition, artists will engage the region with temporary artworks, interventions, community collaborations, talks, and performances that raise consciousness around pressing issues of water. April 14 through July 31, 2023 at SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. Curated by Brandee Caoba and Lucy Lippard.

    Over the last 150 years, the Río Grande, a colonized migrant traveling between three US states and two nations, has suffered tremendously from climate change and its causes: the fallout of centuries of human chauvinism. In the 20th-century, the impact of unsustainable practices continued with forced mechanistic applications on the river to purge it of its supposed natural wastefulness and excessive movements. By the 21st century, the river surrendered every drop of her water to a procession of governing bodies even before it fell as rain or snow from the sky. Castillo asks "Shouldn't she be entitled to some of the water she carries?"

    For this event Irland and Castillo will discuss their works included in Going With the Flow. Following will be a book signing for Basia Irland: Repositories.

    Image credits: ©Paula Castillo, from Reverse the Curse Community Events, "Amanda and Joe Tithing to the Rio Grande," (Alameda Bridge, Albuquerque, New Mexico), photo by Don Usner; and ©Basia Irland, wearing Río Grande, Source to Sea Repository on the banks of the river, photo by Tiffin Zellers.

    Member Speakers

    Paula Castillo creates intimate and large-scale sculptural and performative installations that overlap with time across natural and human-driven historiography and ecological processes to reveal the critical interrelationship between humans, place, and environment and to expose the ideological forces that influence our conceptions of nature and relationships. She utilizes the literal and symbolic aspects of home places to experiment with ideas related to the broader American Southwest region to create allegorical narratives that imagine the immense complexity involved for any entity. The all-encompassing goal of her work is to expose our real, dense, and buried attachments to all 'others.' Castillo holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 3D Studio, focusing on Contemporary Theory, Human Geography in relation to water, and Relational Aesthetics. She is also working on three monumental permanent public sculptures, Glyph, Equis, and Trestle, for the Golden Triangle's Denver Art Museum Campus, revealing Denver's deep Mestizaje narrative. paulacastilloart.com

    Using hybrid filmmaking and grassroots transformative performance, Reverse the Curse, included in Going With The Flow, considers how the human discovery of water legitimized the Río Grande's marginalization. This speculative performance and cinemagraphic reperformances imagine the river beyond a human resource as a subject with personhood deserving of protection. Reverse the Curse captures a democratic rendering of a local curandera-derived remedio to undo amal de ojo
    curse on the RG.

    Basia Irland has been working with scientists, students, activists and Tribal members for over twenty years along waterways across the US and Canada. With her ongoing art practice to create a deep and meaningful engagement with living bodies of water, the construction of Repositories emerged as a methodology for archiving documentation of research and physical engagements during Irland's riparian journeys. Repositories included in Going With The Flow are her Río Grande, Source to Sea and Traveling Kit In Search of a Tinaja. Irland will also perform an on-site launch of Ice Books along the Santa Fe River. Her new book Repositories: Portable Sculptures for Waterway Journeys, written by Patricia Watts and published in collaboration with ecoartspace, documents the construction of the artist's portable sculptures and the objects within which reveal rich stories of rivers through water data, watershed maps, artworks, plants, and seeds. basiairland.com

    Irland is Professor Emerita, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico, where she founded the Arts and Ecology Program over twenty years ago. She writes for National Geographic, contributed a chapter in the recent UNESCO Water Culture publication, and is a Knowledge Network Expert for the United Nations. Irland had a museum retrospective with catalog in the Netherlands (2015-16), and was included in the Biennale de Cuenca, Ecuador (2021-22).

    BOOK SIGNING  Repositories is available for purchase in the ecoartspace online store and at Curated, The Store at SITE Santa Fe starting on April 14. The book consists of a total of 152 pages with 80 full color images, and 11 unique maps locating the rivers and communities that Irland has engaged. The design is by artist Graeme Walker, who regularly contributes his work to the Dark Mountain Project in the UK; printed by Point B Solutions in Minneapolis using Forest Stewardship Council, FSC certified papers; hard laminated cover with Smyth sewn signatures and case binding, all features designed for durability so you can take this book with you to the river.

    Purchase now (click image)

    This event is open to the General Public for Free. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
    Registration is closed

    SOUND Dialogues

    Tuesday, April 25

    United States: 12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 2pm CDT, 3pm EDT

    EUROPE: 19:00 GMT  Australia: 6am Wednesday AEDT

    There are currently several members who have identified sound as one of their mediums in their art practice. Canadian eco sound artist Claude Schryer has proposed a series of 4 meetings (January to April) to exchange about issues raised in the 4th season of his conscient podcast :  'Sounding Modernity - weekly 5 minute sound meditations’ which will take place in 2023. Together we will explore what modernity sounds like and how we can respond to it. Each Sound Dialogues session will begin by listening to one 5 minute conscient podcast episode followed by a discussion about the issues raised in the episode and an opportunity for participants to contribute sound works to the dialogue. To learn more about Sounding Modernity go to YouTube or simplecast, or read the Sounding Modernity blog.

    Claude Schryer (1959, Ottawa, he/him) believes the arts, in the context of decolonization, can play a much more impactful role in shaping our collective future and has dedicated the rest of his life to this vocation. He is a franco-ontarian sound and media artist and arts administrator of european ancestry. He holds a MM in composition from McGill University and was actively in involved in the acoustic ecology and electroacoustic music communities in the 80’s & 90’s in Montréal, Banff and across Europe. From 00 to 20 he held management positions at Canada Council for the Arts in Inter-Arts, partnerships and as a senior strategic advisor. He currents produces the conscient podcast on art and the ecological crisis (season 4, ‘Sounding Modernity’, begins 1 January 2023). He describes his artistic aesthetic as ‘an exploration of the liminal space between reality, fantasy and spirit’. He is also an environmental activist who volunteers with the Sectoral Climate Art Leadership for the Emergency (SCALE)(currently chair of the board and member of the Mission Circle) and regularly gives workshops, facilitates meetings, and participates in panels and presentations on art and sound and the ecological crisis. He is grateful to the Gesturing Towards Decolonized Futures collective and the Facing Human Wrongs course for guidance in his learning and unlearnings. He is a daily qi gong practionner, swimmer, e-biker, son of artist Jeannine and pathologist Maurice Schryer, husband of artist Sabrina Mathews, father of earth science student Clara Schryer and history student Riel Schryer.  claudeschryer.ca

    MEMBERS Only plus guest. All participants MUST REGISTER.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023 John Sabraw: Turning Mining Pollution into Pigments
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Sunday, March 12, 2023 Sustain(ability) & the Art Studio: Course Participant Presentations
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Thursday, February 16, 2023 Philip Ross: from artist to entrepreneur
Thursday, February 09, 2023 Ekos: The Path to Resilience
Thursday, January 19, 2023 NYFA AWA Environmental Art Grant Recipients
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Thursday, December 15, 2022 New Polar Aesthetics with Lisa Bloom
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Spirit of the Land with Kim Garrison Means
Thursday, October 20, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, September 22, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, July 21, 2022 Venice Biennale Eco-Art Review 2022
Thursday, June 23, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Art ON Fire
Thursday, May 26, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Sunday, May 22, 2022 Sustain(Ability) & the Art Studio: Presentations of Class Projects
Thursday, May 19, 2022 What’s Next for Earth + Think Resilience
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, May 05, 2022 Fragile Rainbow at The WAH Center: Members Reception
Thursday, April 21, 2022 Earth Day for Trees: Fungi
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, March 24, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Conversations on Ecological Abstraction
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, February 24, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Saturday, February 19, 2022 DIY Website Platform Webinar
Thursday, February 17, 2022 Changing the Paradigm: Ecoart in Action
Wednesday, February 09, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, January 27, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Saturday, January 22, 2022 How to Write An Artist's Statement
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, December 16, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 18, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 04, 2021 EXTRACTION
Thursday, October 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Some Kind of Nature - Plastics
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 30, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 09, 2021 EARTH SIGNS: September Birthday Celebration
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Forest Guardians Debrief
Thursday, August 26, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Art and Climate Publications
Thursday, July 22, 2021 I AM WATER Assembly
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, June 24, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Climate and Fiber/Textiles
Thursday, May 20, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Getting Off the Planet
Thursday, April 22, 2021 EARTH DAY for Trees
Thursday, March 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Human Animal Connection
Thursday, February 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Art and Agriculture
Thursday, January 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Memorial for Amy Lipton (1956-2020)
Thursday, December 17, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Art and Earth Justice
Thursday, November 19, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 12, 2020 ecoart TECH
Thursday, October 29, 2020 TREE TALK : Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, October 15, 2020 ecofeminism
Thursday, September 24, 2020 TREE TALK l Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part Two
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part One
Monday, August 31, 2020 Artists Supporting Indigenous Communities
Thursday, August 27, 2020 TREE TALK l Joshua Trees
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Atomic Dialogues
Thursday, July 30, 2020 TREE TALK
Sunday, June 28, 2020 My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
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