Out with the old and in with the new!

Goodbye 2020. Now just 20 more days until President Biden and Vice President Harris take office here in the USA. And, Debra Haaland, Congresswoman from New Mexico, will become the first woman and the first Native American to head the Department of Interior where she will oversee America's lands, water, wildlife and energy resources. This is BIG!

2020 Year in Review The following are events that were held online featuring ecoartspace members: 12 thematic Zoom Dialogues (46 artists), 6 Tree Talk Dialogues (25 artists), Earth Day Dialogues (28 artists), monthly newsletters (276 artists), blog posts (14 artists), two online exhibitions Performative Ecologies (11 artists) and ecoconsciousness (80 artists). There were also daily social media posts on Instagram and Facebook (250 artists). That's over 700 opportunities where members were featured! And, in the Members area of our website there were almost eighty calls for artists and residencies, as well as recommendations for books/magazines, and a video archive of interviews with pioneering ecological artists.

Member Poll Thank you to our members who responded to the recent survey. Please note this is anonymous. You will need to email me directly if you would like a response. If you haven't taken the poll yet, please do by January 8 HERE.

A huge thank you to our 2020 members who have renewed for 2021. And, a warm welcome to our new members who joined over the last two months. We finished 2020 with a total of 426 members and 314 subscribers

There will be two Zoom Dialogues in January including the Amy Lipton Memorial and our monthly TREE TALK, See below. February will be an Art and Agriculture Dialogue and in March, Nature Illustration. Future topics include: human/animal connection, climate theatre, cosmos, speculative architecture, fire ecology and beauty.

If you have not renewed your membership, you will receive a renewal email today, due January 31. Financial concerns? Please be in touch.

Patricia Watts, founder

Header image above: © Beverly Naidus, Deity Series, Floating Shivasana, 2001, digital painting

Memorial Event for Amy Lipton (1956-2020)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

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

Please join us for a Zoom Memorial event honoring Amy Lipton with guest speakers:

Mel Chin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Brandon Ballengee, Sue Spaid, Jennifer McGregor

ecoartspace members who have worked with Lipton on exhibitions will also share their stories including Chrysanne Stathacos, Roy Staab, Marion Wilson, Linda Weintraub, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Diane Burko, Stacy Levy, Fredericka Foster, Basia Irland, Patricia Miranda, David Rothenberg, Lenore Male n, Aviva Rahmani, Xavier Cortada, and E.J. McAdams

Amy's sister Jane R. Lipton will be joining us.

This event will be recorded. If you would like to contribute, please email info@ecoartspace.org.



tree talk: artists speak for trees

Thursday, January 28
10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

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

Dana Fritz, Laurie Lambrecht, Louise Russell, Stuart Rome

For our first Tree Talk of 2021, four photo-based artists will share their stunning and thought-provoking tree and forest imagery. Dana Fritz will present her work in progress, entitled Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape from the Nebraska National Forest, the largest hand-planted forest in the western hemisphere. Laurie Lambrecht will speak about her current work combining photography and textile arts that is a response to her observations of nature and her felt intimacy with trees. Stuart Rome will discuss his decade long project photographing from with-inside Redwoods and Sequoia Trees in the remnants of old growth forests. Louise Russell will show work from her series Oak Air and Ways of Knowing, combining writing and botanical specimens with her photographs made on her family property in the high desert backcountry of San Diego, California.

Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.

Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

Did you miss TREE TALK on December 17? Watch it now on VIMEO

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


featured ecoartspace artist

curtis anthony bozif 

"Though not a landscape painter in the traditional sense, erosion and sedimentation, growth and decay—geological and biological processes that help shape what we call landscape—greatly inform my work. The Dune series is informed by environments of the same name situated in and around the Great Lakes, prominent examples include Indiana Dunes National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A feature of these environments I’m particularly fascinated by are the foredune stretches of Marram Grass and Little Bluestem. As a painter, I’m drawn to the abstract qualities of these plants, especially in winter, when under cold, gray skies their waxy green turns a pale gold and copper. As they mature into dense rhizomatic clumps, they combine to create a rich mesmerizing texture, a thick intertwined mesh of growth and decomposition."



arts pedagogy book by Bill Gilbert

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene argues for the role of the arts as an engaged, professional practice in contemporary culture, charting the evolution of arts over the previous half century from a primarily solitary practice involved with its own internal dialogue to one actively seeking a larger discourse. Based on thirty years of experimentation in arts pedagogy, including the creation of the Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) program and Art and Ecology discipline at the University of New Mexico, this book is written for arts practitioners, aspiring artists, art educators, and those interested in how the arts can contribute to strengthening cultural resiliency in the face of rapid environmental change.

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recent blog posts

Water Atrocities by Susan Hoffman Fishman (originally published for Artists and Climate Change, an initative of The Arctic Cycle)

Member Spotlight: Interview with Sarah Hearn: Lessons from Other Life Around Us by Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein

member exhibitions

Wildfires in Utah Art, Homes and Lands group exhibition of Utah artists exploring the impacts of fire ecology, including Jean Arnold. Bountiful Davis Art Center, Utah. Through February 20, 2021

Be-coming Tree global LIVE art event via Zoom including Miranda Whall (Wales, UK), Saturday, January 9, 2021, 11-13:30 GMT.

The State We're In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere an interdisciplinary project including Robin Lasser. Oklahoma State University, Museum of Art in Stillwater. Through May 29, 2021

Objects & Environs solo exhibition of nature paintings by Curtis Anthony Bozif at Oliva Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. December 11 - January 2, 2021

Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and The Ecology of Water, including Emily Brown, Diane Burko, Stacy Levy. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. Through January 10, 2021

Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty is a group exhibition of international artists including Susan Hoffman Fishman. KuBe, Beacon, NY. Through January 30, 2021

She is Here, Studio Artist Program, Retrospective Group Show includes a video installation titled Onar (repair the dream) by Pam Longobardi. Atlanta Contemporary, GA. Through January 31, 2021

Broken Poems of Butterflies, solo exhibition by Etsuko Ichikawa using radioactive materials to shape artworks and video footage of haunting beauty. Jordan Schntizer Museum of Art, Pullman, WA. Through March 20, 2021

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

Above: © Jean Arnold, Malden 1: After the Inferno, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 26 inches. Included in Wildfires in Utah Art, Homes and Lands at Bountiful Davis Art Gallery opening January 9, 2021. 

member announcements

Using Art for Climate Change a presentation with Bibo Keeley for Aberdeen Climate Action, Scotland. December 1, 2020

Mary Mattingly confronts Climate Change with Utopic Resourcefulness review of Mattingly's exhibition Pipelines and Permafrost at Robert Mann Gallery in New York. October 26 through December 31, 2020

Birdmen: David Rothenberg performance with Stephen Nachmanovitch both writers and improvising musicians who share their love of making music with sounds of birds. December 23, 2020

White Oak + American Chestnut Leaf Sculpures short video featuring the work of Susan Hoenig + Friends of the Princeton Open Space. December 22, 2020

Earth Institute, Arts and Hearts show honoring Amy Lipton hosted by Andrew Revkin with guests Patricia Watts, Roy Staab, Marion Wilson, Fredericka Foster, Stacy Levy and performance by Jaanika Peerna. December 20, 2020

Colors of the Earth and Beyond: Artist Interview with Ulrike Arnold. Daily Art Magazine online. December 17, 2020

Make the World You Want to See: An Artist's Perspective on Sustainable Practices and Community, Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lectures with Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein, Tufts University Environmental Studies. December 10, 2020

Affinity: Between Art and Science, in this panel Margaret LeJeune discusses the untapped area that lies between art and science. Broto: Art, Climate, Science conference. December 5, 2020

Eleven Questions with Fern Shaffer, online interview with the artist by Sebastian May. December 5, 2020

Symbiosis: Art's Affinity with Nature, in this panel Chantal Bilodeau discusses her climate theatre work with The Arctic Cycle. Broto: Art, Climate, Science conference. December 5, 2020

Choose Your Own Adventure: Forces of Nature with Stacy Levy, part lecture, part interview, part interactive choice game on Zoom in conjunction with the exhibition Rising Tides at the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. December 3, 2020 at 6PM EST

Embodying Daily Flux, an interview with Michele Brody on Art Spiel online. November 23, 2021

Fredericka Foster, interview on The Tuning Fork online. October 20, 2020

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

Above: Bibo Keeley, Aberdeen Climate Action presentation on Zoom, December 1, 2020.  

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 on dozens of panel discussions, and have given 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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