Membership Renewal, Embodied Forest, Fundraiser Gallery

Thank you to those who've renewed your memberships. If you have not paid, you will receive a reminder invoice. Deadline for payment is January 1, 2022 (grace period through January 31, 2022).

The Embodied Forest books will arrive to New Mexico soon and pre-orders will ship by December 10. When the remaining 26 books in our store have sold, we will accept pre-orders for a second printing. To date, over 3,600 people have viewed the exhibition online with over 108,000 impressions (individual visits to the 264-pages). see below

Moving into the New Year members will have the opportunity to partake in professional development support. In January, we will hold a Member Tune-Up event matching artists with accomplished ecological artists to get one-on-one time (look for the email invite this month). We will also hold an Artist Statement Webinar like we did last year, and in February, a class on Sustain(ability) & the Art Studio, co-designed with the Sustainable Art School that includes member teachers. see classes below

This month we will continue with Tree Talk and our monthly members only Soil, Plastic and Water Dialogues. If you are interested in participate in any of these developing global collaborations, please attend the dialogues this month and sign up! see events below

Tentative plans for monthly Zoom events in 2022 include Art & Ecology Residencies, Art & Science Illustrators, Fashion and Sustainability, Speculative Architecture, Walking as Practice, and Climate Theater. If you have ideas you'd like to pitch, please email me.

Wishing everyone a warm and special winter solstice and holiday season!

Patricia Watts, founder

Header Image: Luciana Abait, 5 Iceberg and Red Sky, mixed media on paper, 10 x 18 inches

We have several new ecoconscious artworks available for purchase in the Fundraiser Gallery. Please share and help support our artists and ecoartspace.


Saturday, January 22

United States: 9am PT, 10am MT, 11pm CT, 12pm ET


For this new year, we invite you update your artist statements, for both your website and for your ecoartspace profile page. We want our artists to shine online when visitors search through the Member Directory. This is an excellent opportunity to powerfully articulate your vision.

Cara Jordan is an art historian, editor, and educator whose research has focused on contemporary political, activist, and socially engaged public art. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she examined Joseph Beuys's concept of social sculpture as a model for socially engaged art.

Feedback from last year's webinar: "definitely worth the money," "very insightful," "terrific workshop."

$20 per person, MEMBERS ONLY


Online Course for Member Artists

February 5 - May 29, 2022

DEADLINE to register January 15

This course will prepare artists to develop ways of thinking about sustainability in their practice, both conceptually and physically. Artists will reckon with their relationship to place, materiality and voice in a time of socio-ecological destabilization. Together participants will discuss the implications of a bioregional perspective alongside the function of art to inform what a grounded and meaningful art practice can entail today.

Course content includes: sustainability as a stand alone concept, the historical background and function of art, review of artists and concepts including practical strategies and resources, exposure to a range of natural art processes and mediums, circular systems, interbeing, establishing sustainable development needs and goals, developing alliances and an action plan.

All classes will be held on Sundays. The first four sessions will be held in February from 2-4pm ET, the fifth session in March with artists presentations, and the final session in May with roundtable discussions. Participants will create a project during the course.

Cost is $325 per person, scholarships are available.

Email to participate or for more information.


SOIL Dialogues

Tuesday, December 7

United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Wednesday

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


PLASTIC Dialogues

Wednesday, December 8

United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Thursday

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


WATER Dialogues

Thursday, December 9

United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

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


Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

Thursday, December 16

United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

Laziza Rakhimova, Johnny Plastini, Kellie Bornhoft, Skooby Laposky

For the December Tree Talk four artists included in Embodied Forest will present their work inspired by trees and forests. Moderated by Sant Khalsa. Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Images: Laziza Rakhimova, Red Ochre, 2020; Johnny Plastini, Licheni Incantanti di Villa Borghese [Volume 2], 2021; Kellie Bornhoft, Burnishings, 2018-2020; Scooby Laposky, Hidden Life Radio, 2021.


featured ecoartspace artist

tali weinberg

"I draw on a history of weaving as a subversive language for women and marginalized groups to create a feminist material archive in response to the worsening climate crisis. The works merge practices of record-keeping with grieving and expressions of scientific research with lived experiences. Through sculpture, drawing, and textiles, I trace relationships between climate change, water, extractive industry, illness, and displacement, between personal and communal loss, and between corporeal and ecological bodies."


This holiday season, consider buying a book or item from our online store!

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member exhibitions

Biennial of the Biocene: Change the Green to Blue includes Basia Irland and Mary Mattingly, The 15th International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador. December 10, 2021–February 28, 2022. see above

EXTR-ACTIVISM: Decolonising Space Mining including Ellen Levy, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria. Through December 3, 2021.

Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors 1987-2020 at Begovich Gallery, CSU Fullerton, California. Through December 18, 2021.

Vigil: New Paintings is a solo show of paintings by Ellen Kozak at David Richard Gallery, New York City. Artist Reception on December 1, 2021, 5-8pm. Through December 23, 2021.

Marietta Patricia Leis: Sense Memories is a solo exhibition in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts Tank Garage, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Opening reception December 3, 2021, 5-7pm. Through February 27, 2022.

Forest-Fire is an interdisciplinary, multi-sensory installation that tells the story of forest ecology and its relationship with fire, including Michael and Heather Llewellyn, and Jorie Emorie. Truckee Community Recreation Center, California. Opens December 10, 2021. Through June 2022.

Really Now is a group exhibition including paintings on seaweed and ink prints of algae by Christina Conklin, at Round Weather, Oakland, California. Through December 24, 2021.

Temporary in Nature is a group exhibition including Mayme Kratz, at Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona. Through December 31, 2021. 

Wet Networks features artifacts and commissioned projects from Geek Camp 2021: Neversink Never Ever including Christopher Lin, at The Queens Museum, New York. Through January 30, 2022.

Leaf Litter is an installation of large format graphics and sculpture by Christy Rupp at Fordham University Ildiko Butler Gallery, New York City. Through February 13, 2022

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member announcements

Noisy Autumn: Sculpture and Works on Paper is a new monograph cataloguing the career of Christy Rupp, ​​includes essays by Carlo McCormick, Amy Lipton, Nina Felshin, Bob Holman, and Lucy R. Lippard. Book launch at Printed Matter, New York City. December 4, 2021, 2-4pm. Above

Exploring the Sustainability Challenge: Art and Sustainability is an interview with Patricia Watts, founder and curator of ecoartspace, The Sustainability Laboratory, organized by Elizabeth Thompson. December 14, 2021, 6 pm ET (Zoom).

Paleozoic is a digital album of poems about the Paleozoic Era recorded by Katy Gurin with pianist and composer James Zeller.

Dark Mountain: Issue 20 – ABYSS delves deep into civilization’s plunder of Earth with Extraction: art on the Edge of the Abyss including Basia Irland.

Message and Method Hannah Chalew interviewed by Louis Bury for BOMB magazine. November 29, 2021. 

Art + Activism Episode No. 8 celebrates 25 Years of WEAD: Honoring Co-Founder Susan Leibovitz Steinman. November 22, 2021. Recording

Forest Regeneration and the Arts Eternal Forest conversation with Yasmine Ostendorf, Ming-Jium Tsai (Taiwan) and Ricardo Ángeles (Oxaca, MX) curated by Evgenia Emets. November 17, 2021. Recording

Seeing Climate Change Symposium opening panel discussion including Diane Burko, Eleanor Heartney and Jennifer McGregor. College of Arts and Sciences, American University, Washington, D.C. November 5, 2021. Recording

Spatial Justice as Research Practice: Public Scholarship and the Politics of Mapping Global IN/Justice was a panel discussion including Sarah Kanouse, at the Mortara Center, Washington, D.C. September 23, 2021. Recording

Change is a permanent installation of artworks including Diane Burko and John Sabraw for the recently completed Lindblad expedition ship, the National Geographic Endurance.

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ecoartspace has served as a platform for artists addressing environmental issues since 1999. In 2020, we transitioned to a membership model. Members include artists, scientists, professionals, students, and advocates sharing resources and supporting each other's work. This is an inclusive, non-competitive collaborative environment where we can imagine and make real a healthy, equitable, resilient future.

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