Extreme weather reared its ugly head in August causing hundreds of fires across the West, a derecho that pounded the Midwest destroying crops and trees in multiple states, and hurricanes on the east coast and the Gulf with gale force winds. The highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth was on August 17 at 130F (54.4C) in Death Valley National Park, California. And, the 11,000 lightening strikes alone in California, felt like a curse of dark magic, payment for our inability to live in harmony with nature.

While we continue to quarantine and consider our losses, and while we await the impending election, please allow yourself to be distracted with the ecoartspace fall online exhibition ecoconsciousness. The catalogue is now LIVE. Featured above are the three billboards that will be on view along Interstate 49 between Kansas City and Bentonville, Arkansas, in the towns of Archie, Neosho, and in Monett, Missouri through the end of the year. See below.

There are three Zoom Dialogues in September including two conversations with performative artists. Part One will include eight artists from Performative Ecologies, which closes at the end of September in Santa Fe. Part Two will include four members who have performance based practices. We will also have our monthly TREE TALK. See below.

We now have 336 members and 213 subscribers! We're well on our way to reaching 400 members before the end of the year. Let's go for 500, why not?

Remember to spread the word, all memberships half price through 2020!

Patricia Watts, founder

Billboards above: Diane Best (iceberg), Rebecca Clark (wolf eyes), L.C. Armstrong (peace roses)

The fall online + billboard exhibition has arrived!

After six months, including three months of applicants submissions, one month to jury, and two months to design the catalogue and order billboards, we are excited to present the fall online + billboard show titled ecoconsciouness. Included in the catalogue is a juror statement by Eleanor Heartney, an essay on living in balance with nature by Patricia Watts, and an essay by ecoartspace New York curator Amy Lipton. All ecoartspace members as of September 1, 2020 are listed in the catalogue. Enjoy the show and let us know if you're interested in purchase a printed catalogue, 94-pages for $35.00+shipping. Click on the green button below.



dialogue one: performative ecologies

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 11am MDT

Please join artists Jenny Kendler, Claudia Bucher, Shana Robbins and Minoosh Zomorodina, as they discuss their works included in the ecoartspace exhibition Performative Ecologies closing at the end of September at CURRENTS 826 in Santa Fe. 

Previously interviewed artists also in the exhibition will be respondents including Cherie Sampson, Alicia Escott, Mary Mattingly and Basia Irland. Patricia Watts (curator) will direct questions to the presenters and respondents. This will be a webinar style format.

This event is FREE to members and one guest. Non-members are $10.

NOTE: there will be an ecofeminism ZOOM Dialogue on October 15 including three artists also included in Performative Ecologies, Fern Shaffer, Dominique Mazeaud and Bonnie Sherk. ecoartspace members and ecofeminist pioneers Gilah Yelin Hirsch and Betsy Damon will also join us. 


dialogue two: performative actions

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11am MDT

To continue the dialogue on performance based work in September we have invited four members to discuss their art practice. Following we will have a conversation with the presenters and participants about the range of performative strategies that can be employed during the fall election process and the ongoing pandemic.

Maru Garcia, Billy X. Curmano, Andrea Haenggi, Leslie Sobel

This event is FREE to members and one guest. Non-members are $10.


tree talk: artists speak for trees

Thursday, September 24 - 11AM MDT (Mark Your Calendar)

TREE TALK, a monthly ZOOM dialogue, 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. September tree artists feature:

Miranda Whall, Marthe Aponte, Nikki Lindt, Matthew David Crowther

With special guest Dr. Lindsey Rustad, research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and Co-Director of the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.

Did you miss TREE TALK on August 27? Watch it on VIMEO

Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

This is a FREE EVENT for members + one guest. The general public will pay $10. You will need to register to attend. An event invitation will be sent to you soon!

featured ecoartspace artist

andrea haenggi  Moss hands for climate justice!

What can moss teach us about mutual aid, reparation, land rights and coastal resilience? Urban Moss has been part of Andrea Haenggi's dance + ecosocial art fieldwork and studio practice since last year’s Climate Strike, when Moss invited themselves to march with EPA, an artist collective she co-founded in 2017. As the Pandemic shutdown hit NYC, Moss and the artist facilitated the virtual “Moss in Pandemic Times Group Gathering.” Together with Dot Armstrong, Nora Almeida, Ellie Irons, Simone Johnson and their neighborhood mosses they created moss Summer Camp! You can join Haenggi in the fieldwork here: multispecies.care

Follow the September Moss Actions on Instagram @andrea_haenggi

member exhibitions

Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and the Ecology of Waterincluding members Emily Brown, Diane Burko, Stacy Levy. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. Through January 10 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.

ANIMULA - big little soul, solo exhibition with paintings and sculptural installation by Jan Harrison. 11 Jane St. Art Center, Saugerties, NY. Through October 4, 2020.

Unraveling: New Animations by Laura Splan. BioBAT Art Space, Brooklyn, NY. Through September 12, 2020. Reservations Required.

Broken Poems of Fireflies, 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.

Experiments in the Field: Creative Collaboration in the Age of Ecological Concern, group exhibition including members Alicia Escott and Minoosh Zomorodinia. Berkeley Art Center, CA. Through September 26, 2020.

Listening in the Anthropocene, group exhibition of twenty-five artists including a recent video meditation titled A forecast of storm (Derbarl Yerrigan) by Perdita Phillips. Curated by the Creative Practice Circle, Australia. Online.

Drawn Down: Pathways Out of Global Warming. A group exhibition including Leslie Sobel. 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti, Michigan. September 4 - 26, 2020.

Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature. A group exhibition including Sant Khalsa. Impressions Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom. September 2 - December 12, 2020.

Now that galleries/museums/sculpture parks are opening up, please email information to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in the newsletter.

Above: Pam Longobardi, Onar, 2020 

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.

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