Fiber and Material Studies: News and Events
Tuesday, March 11, 12:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in Fiber and Material Studies
Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and Portland, Oregon. Formally, her work draws from indigenous design principles, oral tradition, biography, and history. Watt uses materials that conceptually attached to narrative, in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets. Watt's work can be seen at the Seattle Art Museum, Gates Foundation Wold Headquarters, the Denver Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Portland Art, Museum, BYU Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Watt has been honored with a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship (2010), Bonnie Bronson Fellowship (2009), Anonymous Was A Woman fellowship (2007), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship (2006), an Eiteljorg Museum's Contemporary Native American Artist Fellowship (2005), and the Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award (2005). She has been the recipient of multiple project grants and professional development funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, as well as a 2004 Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship. In 2013 Watt participated in Sakahan, an Indigenous Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Canada; an Artist Residency at the Denver Art Museum; and was selected artist contributor to Land/marks, a collaboration between Tamarind Institute, New Mexico, and the Yirrkala Art Centre, Australia. Watt has exhibited in shows at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustave Heye Center in New York, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Watt has created prints with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Tamarind Institute, and the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology. She was awarded full fellowships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1995 and the Vermont Studio Center in 2000. She holds an Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art (1996), a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Art/Art History from Willamette University (1990) and an Associate of Arts in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts (1994). An active arts educator, she taught for nine years as a full instructor at the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College. Watt is represented by PDX Contemporary Art and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA.