Hoping everyone has found a healthy routine to ground themselves in this new reality.

This past month I anxiously awaited how the Covid-19 lockdown would affect membership. April proved that an online platform for artists is a welcome solution for these times. We now have 195 members and 110 subscribers. That's 65 new members in the last month!

There were some incredible speakers that contributed to the EARTH DAY Dialogues, three of which are now available to watch online in the members area of our website including Lyla June, David Abram and Andrew Revkin (more info below). The nine hour, 30 speaker extravaganza will be edited down and available for public viewing soon. 

On a more serious note, while we were sitting home on Earth Day thinking it must be the most green of all the celebrations with 30% less vehicular traffic and 40% less airline flights worldwide, scientists are now saying that even with clearer skies and waterways we are still releasing 95% of the carbon dioxide emitted in a typical year. And, more mind bending is without the various polluting particles in the atmosphere that reflect the sun's rays, the planet is continuing to heat up while we're stuck at home! Read more HERE.

We are not out of the woods yet, so we'll continue The GREAT PAUSE ZOOM Dialogues and plan to discuss CLIMATE as it relates to COVID-19 on May 20, Wednesday at 11am MDT. This is an ideal time to consider the issues that will inform your work for months to come (more information below).

As we head into the final stretch of our fall online show + billboards CALL FOR ARTISTS, DEADLINE MAY 31, we will be looking for productive ways to promote this unique opportunity and invite you all to help us spread the word.

Our goal is 300 members/applicants by the end of May!

Patricia Watts, founder

eco consciousness


One more month to apply on CaFE ! The call is open to international artists in all media. Approximately 100 artists will be selected for the exhibition which will be presented online in a digital catalogue. Three finalists will also be selected to show their work on billboards in the Midwest, September through November, during the run up to the General Election. The exhibition juror is Eleanor Heartney, New York art critic and writer who has written on ecological artists such as Mel Chin, Agnes Denes, and Alan Sonfist. You can read an interview with Heartney by Barbara Rose in the Brooklyn Rail discussing her new book Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art HERE.

Portrait of Eleanor Heartney, pencil on paper by Phong H. Bui. 

Recordings of three key speakers from the Earth Day Dialogues are now available to view on our website in the members area, including on the right from the top down: Indigenous Environmental Scientist Lyla June; Cultural Ecologist and Philosopher David Abram; and Environmental Journalist Andrew Revkin. Sign in and click members in the menu bar, select from the drop down menu, Earth Day Dialogues. 

Image: Marion Wilson, Silk Worms and Mulberry Tree, 2020 (oil paint on mylar, 30x40 inches)

members ZOOM dialogues


Wednesday, May 20 at 11AM MDT

The next ZOOM Dialogue will be focused on Covid-19 and Climate. Please do some research, reach out to climate scientists, and consider how as an art and ecology community we can take action to address our warming planet. This will be an open platform discussion and participants will be able to share their screen. An invitation will be sent next week to our members with links to articles and sign in information.

Email if you plan to participate. Presentations shall not be longer than 5 mins each.


featured ecoartspace artist

Ellen Jantzen was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She lived in Los Angeles for several years where she worked as a corporate designer, then trained herself in Photoshop and transitioned to a visual artist. As digital technology advanced her interest in photography expanded using both a camera to capture natural landscapes and a computer to alter and manipulate her images. Jantzen's work can best be described as photo montage, bridging the world of print, photography and collage. She lives in Santa Fe where she combines memories of the lands in the Midwest with her current vantage in New Mexico. Visit her website HERE

Above: Mid + West series, Adapting Pigment, 2019

first americans and covid-19

Please consider donating to any of the following fundraising campaigns to support First American populations where the coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll.

Seeding Sovereignty's Indigenous Impact Rapid Response Initiative

Rural Utah Project Education Fund Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund

First Nations Development Institute COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Mask above by Addie Roanhorse (Osage), "Nation New World," included in the virtual exhibition Masked Heroes: Facial Coverings by Native Artists in First American Art magazine online HERE.

upcoming events

Performative Ecologies

CURRENTS 826 Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

NEW DATE: Virtual Opening + Tour, Friday June 5, 2020 5-6pm

Includes members: Alicia Escott, Basia Irland, Cherie Sampson, Claudia Bucher, Dominique Mazeaud, Fern Shaffer, Jenny Kendler, Mary Mattingly, Shana Robbins, and Minoosh Zomorodinia.

My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts

SITE Santa Fe, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium

NEW DATE: June 28, 2020, 1-3pm

about ecoartspace: Conceived in 1997 by Patricia Watts, in 1999, Watts partnered with Amy Lipton to create a nonprofit platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Together they have curated over 60 art and nature exhibitions, have organized and participated on dozens of panel discussions, and have given over 50 lectures, nationally and internationally. Since 2010, Watts has created Action Guides of replicable social practice artworks and has conducted video interviews with over twenty-five pioneering ecological artists. In 2020, Watts decided to transform ecoartspace into an LLC membership platform.

PO Box 5211, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502