I am an interdisciplinary artist and educator living on Lenape land in Brooklyn and Mohican land in Troy, New York. I work in a variety of media, from walks to WIFI to gardening, to explore how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems.

Born in rural Northern California, I went to Scripps College in Los Angeles, where I studied art and environmental science. After falling in love with biology field work, I began combining ecology with art. I relocated to New York City in 2005, and completed my MFA at Hunter College in the fall of 2009. I’m currently pursuing my PhD in Arts Practice, focusing on Public Fieldwork, urban ecology, and socially engaged art, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I am an artist in residence at the NATURELab at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, and a co-founder of the Environmental Performance Agency and the Next Epoch Seed Library. Elsewhere on the internet, I post on twitter & instagram, and I also send out a newsletter several times per year. You can check out the archive or sign up to get future updates.

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Recent Writing

Recent Press

Videos and Documented Lectures


Brown University, Providence, RI

VISA 100: Visual Art Foundations, Art Department
VISA 120: Moving Image Foundations, Art Department

City College, CUNY

Introduction to Drawing, Studio Art Foundations
Watercolor, Studio Art Foundations
2-D Design, Studio Art Foundations
Multimedia 1, Electronic Design & Multimedia BFA
Artist in the Anthropocene, DIAP MFA Program

New York City Public Schools

Learning Through Art,Guggenheim Museum
Brooklyn Arts Council
Center for Urban Pedagogy


21st Century Program
Uptown Summer Youth Employment Program

You can reach me at ellie@ellieirons.com as well as other places on the web, including twitter and instagram.

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hand reaching towards lawn, sky above, plant's eye view
Still from Breaking the (Phyto)Social Distance, Lawn Lab’s 2020 fall audio/video tour