Going Green!

The July newsletter celebrates the announcement of the selected artists for our fall show with the color green (no pink here). Juried by Lilian Fraiji, curator based in Manaus, Brazil, EMBODIED FOREST includes painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, performance, and videos by 90 of our members. We would like to acknowledge each of the 191 members who submitted work and that the quality was impressive. See the list of selected artists below

The I AM WATER billboards were installed last week in East Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn and Queens. They will be up through July 18. See below. This month we will hold two water events, including an Assembly with three keynote guest speakers and the ten artists from the billboard exhibition who will discuss their selected works. There will also be a separate informal roundtable Water Dialogues for members and their guests. See below

Last month we gathered a group of fiber/textile artists in a roundtable including breakout rooms where members gave brief introductions of their work. We also brainstormed the idea of doing a global collaborative work addressing soil regeneration and will plan to continue this discussion in July. See below

July is the one year anniversary of our monthly Tree Talk and we will take a hiatus this month in order to prepare for the next year of talks with selected artists from the Embodied Forest exhibition. Tree Talk will resume in August.

IMPORTANT: As of July 1, all membership fees are reduced by half for the next six months of the year. We currently have 542 members from 20 countries. Please tell your colleagues about us and let's see if we can reach 700 members by the end of the year.

If you recommend a new member in the next month and they join, I will offer a free edit of your artist statement!

Patricia Watts, founder

Header image: Laura Gorski, Sprout in the Encounter, 2021, earth and leaves, on paper, 50 x 70 inches.


selected artists

Thank you to all the members who applied. The selected artists above will be contacted in July for additional information. The online exhibition will be designed this summer and will launch September 1, 2021. The book will be printed by October. 


billboards up through July 18


I AM WATER Assembly

Thursday, July 22, 2021

United States: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

Keynote Speakers: Veronica Strang, Sara Ahmed, Myra Jackson

Billboard artists: Maria Whiteman, Basia Irland, Helen Glazer, Holly Fay, Lisette Morales, Joan Perlman, Ellen Jantzen, Margaret LeJeune, Ellen Kozak, Hillary Johnson

Curators: Patricia Lea Watts and Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler

This event will be presented in two parts, three hours in length. For the first hour we will hear from three women who are leaders, educators, and visionaries of clean and healthy waters. Following we will hold an audience Q&A. There will be a short bio-break and film, then we will invite the ten artists selected for the I AM WATER billboard exhibition to discuss the selected works and share about their arts practice focused on water. Curators will discuss the selection process and plans for future billboards.

Members are free. General Public can attend for a $10. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Image: Lisette Morales, Miccosukee Grandmother Betty Osceola, Everglades, Florida, taken January 7, 2021 (billboard at Green Central Knoll park at Evergreen and Flushing Avenues, Brooklyn, NY). 


FIBER Dialogues

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

United States: 3pm PT, 4pm MT, 5pm CT, 6pm ET

Australia: 8am AEST, Friday

In this second roundtable discussion we will explore the many ways artists are engaged with fiber and textiles to address climate. There are currently over fifty members who have identified textiles as one of their mediums. We will begin with invited members discussing their work for the first 30 minutes (no screen sharing), then 10-15 minutes in breakout rooms so everyone has the chance to share. The last 15 minutes will be dialogue and exploration of a possible collaboration focused on regenerating soils. (1 hour, no recording)

MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Image: Laurie Lambrecht, Bark Cloth, Bridgehampton 2017.  


WATER Dialogues

Thursday, July 15, 2021

United States: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00 GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00 UTC

In this first water roundtable discussion we will explore the ways artists are engaged with water issues. There are currently over 70 members who have identified water as one of their topics addressed in their arts practice. We will begin with invited members discussing their work for the first 30 minutes (no screen share), then 10-15 minutes in breakout rooms so everyone has the chance to share. The last 15 minutes will be dialogue and exploration of possible collaborations. (1 hour, no recording)

MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Image: Pam Longobardi, Eye of the Ocean (detail), 2008, defunct and devalued currency micro-collage, ink, glass balls and pinpricks on paper, 24” x 20”. Collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta


featured ecoartspace artist

rachel frank

In “Mycelium Tree Offering Vessels,” I visualize the offering vessel as a tool of movement and exchange and similar to the role mycelia play within an ecosystem. Trees use underground networks of fungal mycelia to communicate with one another and share nutrients and information about insect invaders. Mycelia are also important in an ecosystem for breaking down vegetative matter and removing chemicals and microorganisms from the soil and water but are susceptible to pollution within an environment. rachelfrank.com


new in store

The Stuff of Everyday Magic is an adventure through the terrain of Madelaine Corbin's research, practice, and notes supporting over two years of portfolio pieces. This non-linear path traverses an incomplete history of blue to the imminent loss of this color in our greening seas and graying skies in order to offer the idea that the climate crisis is also a crisis of color.

recent eas blog posts

member exhibitions

PUBLIC WATER: Watershed Core is an active temporary sculpture and self-guided audio walk created by Mary Mattingly, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. Through September 7, 2021. Above

ICE MEMORY is a solo exhibition including a large room-size installation by Jaanika Peerna, Gallery 222, Hurleville, New York. July 2 - August 29, 2021. Reception July 2, 5:30-7:30pm ET. 

Imperceptible: machine, animal, plant, stone, skull an MFA thesis exhibition of the work of Hings Lim, Roski Mateo Gallery, USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles. July 2-10, 2021.

Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature a group exhibition including Sant Khalsa, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, UK. July 3 - September 5, 2021.

Arboretum is a group exhibition including Marietta Patricia Leis and Meredith Nemirov, Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, Colorado. Through July 3, 2021.

RECLAMATION: Recovering our Relationship with Place a group exhibition including Mary Mattingly and John Sabraw, curated by Erika Osborne, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. July 7 - September 19, 2021.

Earth Artists As Activists is a group exhibition including Pam Longobardi, Southhampton Arts Center, New York. Through July 11, 2021.

Landscape: Exploring the Built and Grown an online group exhibition including Caitlin Parker, curated by Jennifer McGregor, SITE: Brooklyn Gallery, New York. Through July 17, 2021.

Atmospheres Deep is a multi-media group exhibition including Maru Garcia, presented by SUPERCOLLIDER, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, California. Through August 1, 2021.

One Earth/One Chance II a group exhibition including Sarah Schneiderman, 378 Gallery, Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia, Atlanta. Through August 1, 2021.

Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss a group exhibition including Tony Bellaver, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, California. Through August 1, 2021.

Making Wave: Ocean Ecology and Craft group exhibition includes Linda Gass and Blue McRight. Craft in America, Los Angeles. Through August 21, 2021.

Climate Conversations: All We Can Save a group exhibition including Leslie Sobel, Susan Fishman, and Nancy Cohen. 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti, Michigan. July 2- August 22, 2021.

Pinecrest Gardens Eco-Art Colonnade an interactive exhibition focused critical environmental issues in South Florida by Xavier Cortada, Village of Pinecrest, Florida.

Park to Playa: Citizen Seeds includes six outdoor public art sculptures designed by Kim Abeles along a 13-mile regional trail from Culver City to Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles County. In progress.

The Fragile Bee is a solo exhibition of Nancy Macko's work focused on pollinator conservation, Hilliard Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Through August 25, 2021. Kunstmatrix online.

Breath Taking is a group exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art including Sant Khalsa, Patricia Marietta Leis, Linda Alterwitz and Meridel Rubenstein, Santa Fe. Through September 5, 2021.

Phantom Bodies including Brigitta Varadi and Seren Morey, The Yard, Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn, New York. Through September 8, 2021.

The Secret World of Plants is a large-scale outdoor installations, Plantscapes by Vaughn Bell, Kew Gardens, London, UK. Through September 19, 2021.

Currents 826 New Media Festival 2021 including film installation titled Thaw by Joan Perlman, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Through Summer 2021

A Letter to the Future is a solo exhibition of large-scale photography by Luciana Abait at Terminal 7 Gallery, Los Angeles International Airport, California. Through Summer 2021.

Earthscapes: Emerging to a Brighter World a solo exhibition of paintings by Pamela Casper, Wisner House Galleries, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, New Jersey, through October 31, 2021.

Sanctuary: New Work by Linda Alterwitz a solo exhibition of photographs, Hilliard Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Through February 11, 2022.

Do you have an upcoming exhibition? Please email the information to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in future newsletters.

member announcements

Be-Coming Tree is a hybrid online/offline global live art event via zoom, the 5th event of its kind organized by Jatun Risba, Saturday, July 31, 2021. Above

Studio PRARIE a playlist of land-based lyrics curated by Abigail Doan, Sounds in the Studios, posted June 30, 2021.

Tool Exchange is a lending library providing Hudson-area residents access to a variety of tools, along with opportunities for training. A collaboration with Edward Morris and Basilica Hudson, New York. Opened June 26, 2021.

Exploring the Sustainability Challenge conversation with Tom Lovejoy, series produced by Elizabeth Thompson. Session 3: Why is biodiversity so important?, July 6, 2021 at 5pm ET.

Eternal Forest Conversation curated by Evgenia Emets featuring a film titled FLUX made in Brazil during a residency at Labverde, July 8, 2021 at 1pm ET.

Mycelia: Fungi Frequencies a live streaming mixed reality bio-sonification and non-human communication interpretative dance performance and installation by Tosca Teran, A MAZE. / Berlin 2021, July 21, 22, & 24, 2021.

Artists for a World Water Law a collaborative meeting as part of World Unity Week led by Betsy Damon, June 24, 2021. Recording

Artcast Nebraska Podcast interview with Dana Fritz, June 1, 2021. Recording

Textile Talk: Artists Interpret Climate Data including Linda Gass and Tali Weinberg, March 8, 2021. Recording

Aesthetica magazine Isolated Landscape feature with Luciana Abait who is longlisted for the Aesthetic Art Prize. May 14, 2021.

Do you have an announcement you would like to share? Please email links to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in future newsletters.

about ecoartspace: Conceived in 1997 by Patricia Watts in Los Angeles. In 1999, Watts partnered with Amy Lipton in New York to create a bicoastal nonprofit platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Together they curated over sixty art and nature exhibitions, participated in dozens of panel discussions, and gave over eighty lectures, nationally and internationally. Since 2010, Watts has created Action Guides of replicable social practice artworks and has conducted video interviews with thirty pioneering ecological artists. In 2020, Watts transformed ecoartspace into a membership platform.

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