Artist, Curator, Director, Advocate, Parent, Citizen

Who is Stewart Watson?

Stewart Watson is an artist, a mother, a curator, an educator, a volunteer, a partner, and community advocate. She is both a founder and the Executive Director of AREA 405, Baltimore’s best gallery in 2014. She is also a founder and owner of Oliver Street Studios, a 66,000sf artist community for over 16 years. She lives and works in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore with her talented husband and Lego loving son.

She was born in Pennsylvania and received her BFA in sculpture from The Pennsylvania State University. She returned to graduate school at The University of Maryland where she was an Anne Truitt Scholar, Daniel Nicholson Olkhe Award winner, teacher, and became a first-time parent. Watson is a Baker Artist Award finalist (2018), Sadat Art for Peace Competition Winner (2010), a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize finalist (2014), a Trawick Prize Finalist (2004), and has been a semifinalist for both regional prizes on numerous occasions. She has received individual artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2017, 2011, 2007, and 2001, numerous individual artist grants from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts in  a 2016-7 grant from the Alexandria (VA) Office of the Arts to produce a collaborative exhibition with Lauren F Adams at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. She has just completed a residency in Cornwall, England.