And the Good News is....

Congratulations to ecoartspace member Brandon Ballengée, current recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award in the category of Fine Art. Brandon holds a Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Art and Biology from the University of Plymouth, England. He's a Research Associate at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science studying the impact of the 2010 oil spill on Gulf of Mexico fish species. In 2019, he delivered a TEDxLSU talk on his trans-species public art series Love Motel for Insects. As we learned at Amy Lipton's memorial service back in January, they worked together on several projects through the years. Amy is smiling down on you Brandon. Bravo.

Staying with the theme of good news, we now have 582 members, 456 that are active. 47 members are from 16 countries outside the US including Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, France, Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Netherlands, and Slovenia. Welcome to our new members the past couple months, almost 100 of you!

Our Earth Day for Trees was well attended with thoughtful presenters. All three events and poetry reading were recorded separately. Members can watch the recordings in the members area of our website or for the general public on our Vimeo page here.

DEADLINES have arrived for Embodied Forest and I AM WATER this month. We await your applications. There will be two Zoom events in May, the first focused on our relationship with the cosmos titled Getting Off the Planet, and the monthly Tree Talk. see below

Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars!

Patricia Watts, founder

Header image: Brandon Ballengée, Love Motels for Insects, ongoing series.


Getting Off the Planet

Thursday, May 13

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

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

Erika Blumenfeld, Adam Belt, Lanny DeVuono, Sandra Taggart, Candace Jensen

In this Zoom Dialogue, we consider our human relationship with space while exploring the implications of mining off the earth for resources, as well as the cosmological considerations of seeking out other forms of life in the universe. Presentations by our members include: Erika Blumenfeld will share work exploring connections across the cosmos from astromaterials to marine bioluminescence; Adam Belt will present his representations of primordial energies made visible as light and of geologic time; Lanny DeVuono will present paintings from her recent series titled Searching For Water on Mars; Sandra Taggart will share her paintings that reminds us of our oneness with the universe; and Candace Jensen will present her visual essays on the mythic and symbolic language of Earth herself.

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


Tree Talk: Artists Speak for Trees

Thursday, May 20, 2021

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

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

Marie-Luise Klotz, Christopher Lin, Erika Osborne, Leah Wilson

For our May Tree Talk, we will hear from four ecoartspace artists who will share their ideas and artworks about trees and forests. Marie-Luise Klotz will present her project, “Connected Earth,” which considers how nature is deeply connected forming a single entity that is whole in and of itself. Christopher Lin will discuss empathy, symbiosis, maintenance, and responsibility through his sculptural, installation, and performative works. Erika Osborne will speak about how trees are metaphor and subject in an on-going exploration of the relationship between nature and culture. Leah Wilson will tell the story of "Listening to the Forest," her installation created for Oregon State University's College of Forestry.

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

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


calls for artists

Embodied Forest

DEADLINE May 15, 2021

Embodied Forest is the title of the fall ecoartspace online exhibition + book that will launch September 1, 2021. Applicants whose work addresses our human relationship with trees and forests are encouraged to apply. You must be a member to apply.



DEADLINE May 10, 2021

I AM WATER is organized by Our Humanity Matters and ecoartspace in collaboration with SaveArtSpace. The exhibition will consist of billboards sited in New York City to address our relationship to water. You do not need to be a member to apply.


featured ecoartspace artist

hannah chalew

Hannah Chalew is an artist and educator in New Orleans. Her artwork explores what it means to live in a time of global warming with a collective uncertain future, and specifically what that means for those living in Southern Louisiana. Her practice explores the historical legacies that got us here to help imagine new possibilities for a livable future.


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This Tee-shirt features an image translation of a sculpture by Seren Morey, one of her biological/botanical hybrids referencing the all encompassing universality of particle energy. Direct-to-garment printed on a cream tee. 

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member exhibitions

FLOWILM an evening of light, sound and movement by interdisciplinary artists and scientists including Gene A. Felice II with the Algae Society on Earth Day 2021, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina. (above)

Atlas of Impermanence large-scale drawings on handmade paper by Nancy Cohen, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. May 8 through June 13, 2021.

Suzette Bousema online exhibition featured at West End Projekt, The Hague. Through May 9, 2021.

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

The Secret World of Plants outdoor large scale installation, Plantscapes (Woodland) by Vaughn Bell, Kew Gardens, London, UK. Through September 19, 2021.

Desert X site-specific, contemporary art exhibition including Kim Stringfellow, Coachella Valley, California. Through May 16, 2021.

The Long Goodbye artists project series exhibition by Jenny Kendler, MSU Broad, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Through June 27, 2021.

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

Fragile Metamorphosis: Visualizing the Music of Paul Hindemith including three animated videos by Julia Oldham of a world on the edge of environmental collapse at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. 360 online through June 14, 2021.

Think About Water is a group exhibition including Diane Burko, Betsy Damon, Fredericka Foster, Susan Hoffman Fishman, Basia Irland, Ellen Kozak, Stacy Levy, Lauren Rosenthal McManus, Jaanika Peerna, Aviva Rahmani, Meridel Rubenstein, Adam Wolpert and more curated by Doug Fogelson. Online through June 21, 2021.

Love and Loss Across Species Lines: The Neuroscience of Attachment a group exhibition including Jan Harrison, The Fusion Gallery, Orlando Science Center, Florida. Through May 16, 2021.

Adequate Earth: Artists and Writers in Antarctica, online exhibition and virtual events including Helen Glazer. Through May 22, 2021.

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.

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.

Breath Taking 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.

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

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member announcements

Songs From The Deep musical performance with Jenny Kendler's Whale Bells in the exhibition The Long Goodbye, MSU BROAD, May 14, 2021 at 7pm CT. Online

Exploring the Sustainability Challenge conversation series produced by Elizabeth Thomspon. Session 2: The Sustainability Challenge, May 26, 2021 at 5pm ET. Online

Art and Climate Crisis panel conversation on artistic practice and environmental activism including Jenny Kendler, Chicago Art Institute, April 26, 2021. Recording

Environmental Art: Awareness and Action grand tour of artists response to the natural world by Ann Rosenthal for PennFuture Earth Day celebration, April 20, 2021. Recording

Re-engineering and Re-purposing Human Civilization panel including Cynthia Hooper, Stanford LAZER, April 17, 2021. Recording

Coexistence: Interdependence Between Species a day long workshop including Maru Garcia and Metabolic Studio @2:00:00, NAHR, April 17, 2021. Recording

What Makes Us Human an Art + Genomics Convergence conversation with Amy Youngs discussing data visualization, symbiosis, and interdependence of human and non-human species, Sesnon Speak Up Series: Interpreting Life with Viruses, Humans and Plants, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, April 14, 2021. Recording

Crude Illumination: A Crude Oil Art Inspection co-authored by Danielle Siembieda for Leonardo Journal, Volume 54, Issue 2, April 15, 2021. Article

Campfire Circle a conversation on ecological intelligence with artist Rita LeDuc, hosted by ecologist Rich Blundell founder of Oika. April 9, 2021. Recording

The Tuning Fork Encounter with Linda Weintraub, author of What's Next? for sale in the ecoartspace store online, April 6, 2021. Recording

Enviro-Art Gallery 2021 a week long event with guest speakers including Ann Rosenthal, Judith Shelby Lang, Deanna Pindell, and Patricia Watts hosted by Duke University, North Carolina, April 5-10, 2021. Recordings.

Betwixt and Between: A Climate Change Conversation Among Artists panel with Catherine Chalmers, moderated by Laurence Weschler, April 1, 2021. Recording

Art and Activism conversation with Jenny Kendler on her project series exhibition The Long Goodbye, MSU Broad, March 31, 2021. Recording

Public Health, Water and the Arts panel presentation by Basia Irland on her work with water borne diseases, Mumbai Water Narratives, Living Waters Museum, India, March 27, 2021. Recording

Between Belief and Reality: Revealing Water Crises in Textile and Sculpture conversation with textile artist Tali Weinberg on her Woven Climate Datascapes, The Gallatin Galleries at NYU, March 17, 2021. Recording 

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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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