About Stewart

please contact me for pdf versions of my current cv and statement

 

Statement, December 2016

The degeneration of my spine has lead to years of surgeries, procedures, metal rods, chronic pain and a perpetual longing for relief. This genetic quirk or hereditary flaw could be a repercussion of family possessions and the weight of obsession leading to the need to balance, lift, prop, strap, truss, buffer, embellish, stuff, cushion and pad objects and spaces - ever searching for comfort and the perfect place to settle.

Through luxurious fabrics, chosen to evoke the perception of a well-appointed living rooms and the memories rarely enjoyed, Watson manifests the uncomfortable perfection of the nineteenth century lifestyle through remnants of her kin's obsession with the past. Drawn into anonymous portraiture and reliquaries that immortalize relationships she has with deceased members of her family who are elevated to levels of tumultuous reverence. With over two centuries of objects that have been kept in boxes and in rooms, stacked and passed down without regard for usefulness or beauty yet marked with names and dates and data only for posterity’s sake. The value has been affixed and the value has been bestowed from that family connection rather than practicality, market worth, or even demand from existing family members as there are few left to fight over the mountainous remains.

 

Stewart Watson  

Recent Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2017 Centennial of the Everyday Time & Place Gadsby's Tavern Museum Alexandria, VA May-September  collaborative commission with  Lauren F Adams  

2016 GoodNight MoonLight NightLight, The Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD

2016 3Story Stories, Baltimore, MD August- ongoing

2013 possessions curated by Steven Pearson, Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD,  

2012 it was my  curated by Megan Mueller, Sam Scharf, Delicious Spectacle, Washington, DC, 

2011 Stewart Watson at 1701 indoor and outdoor installations1701,York, PA

2011 Baltimore Liste: Stewart Watson: IVF  The Contemporary (Museum,) curated by Sue Spaid  

2011 family room DC Arts Center curated by JW Mahoney, Washington, DC

2011 Ta-Da New Works by Stewart Watson & Jordan Faye Block curator Willa Frazer, JFContemporary, Baltimore, MD, 10-11

Recent Selected 2 person & Group Exhibitions

2017

Recollected curators Teddy Johnson & Lindsay McCullough, Cade Gallery, AACC, Arnold, MD 1

2016

Structure(d) Observations curator Erin Divine,New Gallery for Contemporary Art,Woodbridge,VA 8-9

Welcome Welcome curated by Abbey Parrish & Lydia Pettit Platform at Artist Run, Baltimore, 7 

More Like You curated by Jie Yu Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD March-April 

Recycled, Repurposed, Recovered juror Ronald Gonzalez, A.D. Gallery,UNC Pembroke, NC 

2015

Transforming: street objects from your street to main street Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY 

Think Small8 Curator, Santa S DeHaven, ArtspaceRichmond, VA November- December

Sondheim Semifinalist Exhibition jurors Naima Keith, Kelly Kivland, Matt Saunders, MICA Galleries, Baltimore, MD July- August  

Untitled #5 curated by Randall Scott Randall Scott Gallery, Baltimore MD, February-March

2014

Happy not Sappy ✍ curated by Susan MainVisArts Gallery , Rockville, MDDecember - January

The Sondheim Finalist Exhibition at The Walters Art Museum jurors Sarah Oppenheimer, Olivia Shao, and Clair Gilman, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, June- August 

33-35-33 ✍School 33 Art Center, Curated by Rene' Trevino & Peter Dubeau a 35th Year Anniversary   ExhibitionBaltimore Md June-August

WPA Select Exhibition Artisphere Arlington VA Curator Mera Rubell February- March

Qualia Fjord Gallery Philadelphia, PA Curated By A.J. Rombach and Chrissy Scolaro March

Baltimore Artists + WPA + Mera Rubell = LOVE  hosted by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY January works selected by Mera Rubell 

2013

Tension & Flow – Stewart Watson, Benjamin Entner and Susan Morrison Curator Beth Forbes, Howard County Center for the Arts Ellicott City Maryland September- October 

Sondheim Semifinalist Exhibition Maryland Institute College of ArtJurorsCaroline Busta, Jenny Schlenzka and Beverly Semmes Baltimore, MD July- August

 

Recent Grants, Honors & Awards

2016 Grant from the Office of The Arts Alexandria,  Time & Place, Alexandria, VA July 

          First Place Juror Prize, cash award Ronald Gonzalez UNCP, Pembroke, NC January 

          Finalist for the Commons Collaboration Project,  The Baltimore Museum of Art, March 

         Grant from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and The Office of Sustainability, MD  March

         Grant from The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, MD  August

2015 Trawick Prize Semifinalist May 

         Finalist for Home/Community Commons RFQ The Baltimore Museum of Art April 

         Semifinalist Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize July

2014 Trawick Prize Semifinalist May

          Honorarium Finalist Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize August 

         Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semifinalist February

2013 Baltimore Community Foundation honor roll Quality of Life establishing the Wonderground December

         Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semifinalist February

2012 Trawick Prize Semifinalist

         SNOSCARS  award recipient Miss Congeniality from the Curatorial Practice MFA 2012

         SNOSCARS  award recipient for the 10 year anniversary of Station North, for my work with Area 405

2011 Honorarium Washington Project for the Arts – Options Biennial

         Trawick Prize Semifinalist

         Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, Sculpture 

Recent Visiting Artist & Visiting Critic

2017 Beyond The Frame Studio Visit with Christopher Bedford and Mera Rubell, Baltimore,  March 

2017 Visiting Artist Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD February

2016 Visiting Artist Montgomery College, Silver Springs, MD November

2016 Visiting Artist for Professional Practices at University of North Carolina Pembroke, NC February 

2015 Artist Talk for Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, November

2015 Visiting Critic for Contemporary Practices Class, SAIC, Chicago, October

2015 Visiting Critic GFA Drawing classMICA, Baltimore, October 

2015 Artist talk for Happy not Sappy at VisArts , Rockville, MD January

2014 Visiting Artist Professional Practices Seminar, Towson University, April 

2014 Visiting Artist Professional Practices Class, MICA, April 

2014 Visiting Curator, Senior Thesis, MICA, April 

2013 36 Studios Charm City Edition Studio Visit withMs. Mera Rubell for the WPA's Select 2014 October 

2013 Artist talk for Tension and Flow Ellicott City, MDOctober

2013 Lecturer Baltimore Museum of Art Docent Day Event Baltimore, MD May 

2013 Visiting Artist and professional practices lecturer, Shepherd University, West Virginia February

Recent Panelist, Seminars

2016 Panelist for The Sculptor's Journey @ The Kreeger Museum April 14, moderator, Sarah Tanguy

2016 MICA Career Development Fine Art Reviews March 25 

2015 MICA Career Development Fine Art Reviews Panelist March 27

2014 Served as the co-host and introduced The Guerrilla Girls for the The Contemporary CoHosts series with Area 405 at The Baltimore School for the Arts, October

2014 MICA professional practices panel discussion Nov

2013 Professional Pathways Panelist U of Maryland, College of Arts & Humanities, College Park April 

2013 Panelist and Host for Artists & Neighborhood Change Conference Baltimore, MD June

Recent Curatorial Projects

2016 Co-Curator of Proximity at Area 405, Baltimore, MD February

2015 Co-Curator of Gilding the Lily at Area 405 Baltimore, MD Summer 

2015 Juror for MICA Staff Exhibition, Baltimore, MDJanuary

2014 Juror for Bingo a regional exhibition at Platform Arts Center, Baltimore, MD November 

2014 Juror for The Gilman School Senior Art Prize, Baltimore, MD April 

2014 Curator for Macricrocosm, Area 405, Baltimore, MD June- August

2014 Co-Curator, InDirect Effect, Area 405, Baltimore, MDMarch-April 

2014 Juror for Station North Arts & Entertainment District's Inaugural Community Supported Arts Program 

2013 Juror for Goucher College Rosenberg Award 2013 Towson, MD April

2013 Curator of Sweet'art the AREA 405 10 year anniversary exhibition featuring 30 collaborations

2012 Juror for “Something Hot” Exhibition at Loudon Art Square, Leesburg, VA August

Recent Selected Professional Organizations & Working Affiliations

2002- present President, manager and an owner Oliver Street Studios- a 66K warehouse where 40+ artist studios and businesses reside and grow. Building a community in Baltimore City

2003 Present Executive Director and Curator of Area 405, a 7000 sf dynamic exhibition, performance, and community gathering space

2017 Mayor's Task force for Safe Spaces, Baltimore ongoing, Baltimore, MD

2016 Green Gala Planning and Development Committee benefit fundraiser for Green School Baltimore Public School 

2015-present New Greenmount West Community Association board member

2015 CASA Baltimore Annual Art of Caring planning committee, install committee, participant, April

2015 Curatorial Practice MFA program review participant August 21, 2015

2015 Baltimore Design School visioning session participant Summer 2015

2011-2016 MICA Curatorial Practices MFA PAC committee member September 2011-May 2016

2014 CASA Art of Caring Benefit board member & participant 2013-14 – event April 2014

2013 AweSummitAwesome Foundation Conference Oct 19-20, 2013 New York City

2013 Honorary host and participant for CASA Art of Caring April 29, 2013Benefit for foster care advocacy

2013-2016 Maryland Art Place Program Advisory Committee member

2004-present Tour guide and host to scores of National and International organizations, students, executives, developers, artists & media coming to visit Station North and Area 405/ Oliver St Studios

Recent Fabrication & Community Connections

2016 Lots Alive 3Story Stories a commissioned outdoor installation and performance summer Baltimore, MD

2015 Imagining America Visioning sessions Baltimore,MD May 

2015 Baltimore Design School Visioning Workshop and community outreach sessions June 

2013- current The Wonderground – founder of and worker bee for a neighborhood and community play space where great design and play happens summer .

Recent University Teaching Experience

2016- present Part Time Faculty, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Professional Practices, Baltimore, MD

2013-2015 Part Time Faculty University of Maryland Advanced Steel Sculpture and Related Material, College Park, MD

2013-2015 Part Time Faculty University of Maryland. Drawing,  College Park, MD 

2013-2015 Part Time Faculty University of Maryland Sculpture, College Park, MD

2012 Adjunct Instructor George Mason University,  Design & Sculpture, Fairfax, VA 

Education

2010 The University of Maryland MFA College Park, Maryland May 2010

1991 The Pennsylvania State University BFA University Park, Pennsylvania May 1991