My work explores human stories and rituals implicit in everyday objects. I consciously draw from indigenous design principles, oral traditions, and personal experience to shape the inner logic of the work I make. My recent work explores the history of wool blankets. As I fold and stack blankets they begin to form columns that have references to linen closets architectural braces, memorials (Trajan); sculpture (Brancusi for one), the great totem poles of the Northwest and the conifer trees with which I grew up. These blanket forms also present themselves in other mediums of my work – such as with printmaking, bronze, and cedar. In the case of my wood cuts, I appreciate the warm tactile quality of the material. There is a familiarity and intimacy with wood that again reminds me of blankets. The material offers another layer of story that is physically and metaphorically woven into the work, like with cedar, which is considered to be a sacred natural resource for indigenous people of the Northwest or the hope chests in which blankets are stored.
1967 Seattle, WA
MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
AFA in Museum Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
BS in Speech Communications and Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Denver Art Museum, Denver CO
Skywalker/Skyscraper, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Lodge, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Cradle, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Marker, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Forget-Me-Not, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Forget-Me-Not, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, OR
Forget-Me-Not, Curated by Ben Mitchell, Northwest Museum, Spokane, WA
Heirloom, Curated by Stephen Glueckert, Missoula Museum of Art, Missoula, MT
Pendleton Stories, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
Portraits, Greg Kucera, Seattle, WA
Heirloom, Curated by Stephen Glueckert, Missoula Museum of Art, Missoula, MT
Fort, Installation, Portland Building, Portland, OR
Blanket Stories, Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole Art Association, Jackson, WY
Blanket Stories: Compass, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Custodian" Installation, Think Tank Education Space, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Tread Lightly, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Blanket Stories: Almanac, Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Curated by Ben Mitchel, Casper, Wyoming; traveling to the Boise Art Museum, Curated by Sandy Harthorn, Boise, ID
Blanket Stories: Album, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Curated by Jennifer Gately, Ketchum, ID
Blanket Stories: Ladder, Curated by Margaret Archuleta, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Blanket Stories: Receiving, Curated by Linda Tesner, Hoffman Gallery, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Continuum: Blanket Stories, Curated by Truman Lowe, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY
Blanket Stories: Sewing Bee, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, OR
Letter Ghosts and Recent Work, Clatsop Community College Gallery, Astoria, OR
Blanket Stories, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Stack," Evergreen Galleries, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
PDX Window Project, PDX Gallery, Portland, OR
Governors Gallery, Coordinated by the Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
"Sleep and Sleeplessness," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Courier," Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA
"Pedestrian," An In Situ Portland Project: Solo installation: River Overlook Park, Portland, OR
"Courier," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Navigation," Friendly House, Portland, OR
"Introductory Show, two-artist exhibition," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Sakahàn," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
"Changing Hands 3," Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, curated by David McFadden and Ellen Taubman (traveling)
"Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art," Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, curated by Karen Kramer Russell
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Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen,Arcy Douglass,James Lavadour,Tad Savinar,Storm Tharp,Marie Watt, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years," Hoffman Gallery, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
"Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts," John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
"Counting Coup," Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM, curated by Ryan Rice
"Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40," Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
"Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years," Plug in Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
"Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection," Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
"When Dog Turns to Wolf," David Krut Projects, New York, NY
"Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010," Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
"Migrations: New Directions in Native Art," Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
"New American Voices: Fabric Workshop and Museum," Philadelphia, PA
"Currents: Native American Forces in Contemporary Art," Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO
"Twisted Path," Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, MA
"Redeﬁning the Canvas: Edda Renouf, Ramona Sakiestewa and Marie Watt," Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM
"I Like Winners: Sport and Selfhood," Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
"Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art," Rosemary Berkel & Harry L Crisp II Museum, Southeast Missouri State U., Cape Girardeau, MI
"Modern Art, Modern Lives: Then and Now," Curated by Andrea Mellard Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
"Contemporary NW Art Award," Curated by Jennifer Gately, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
"Distaff Tool Kit," Curated by Rickie Solinger, Traveling Exhibition
"Women’s Work," Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Organized by Terri M. Hopkins (Director, The Art Gym) & John Olbrantz (Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University)
Tradition and Change: A survey of Contemporary American Indian Art, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA
"Oh So Iroquois," Curated by Ryan Rice, Ottawa Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
"No Reservations," Curated by Richard Klein, Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT
"Migrations," traveling group exhibition, University Gallery, Organized by Marge Devon (Director, Tamarind Institute), Albuquerque, NM
"Neo-Sincerity: The difference between the comic and the cosmic is a single letter," Curated by Amei Wallach, ApexArt, New York, NY
Crow’s Shadow Institute Print Biennial, Hailey Ford Museum, Salem, OR
"Everything is Drawing," Curated by Rebecca Dobkins, Halley Ford Museum, Salem, OR
"Artists Select," Invitational Group Show, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
"Artists in Residence," Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
"Craft Biennial," Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
"Building Tradition," Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
"Form to Function," Kohler Gallery, Sheboygan, MI
"18 Women Artists," Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR
Sitka Center Invitational, The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
Sitka Collaboration Exhibition, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
"Slowness," The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
"New American Paintings," Juried Exhibition-in-Print: curated by Lisa Dennison, deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Faculty Exhibition, North View Gallery, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, OR
Inaugural Exhibition, Open Studios Gallery, Boston, and MA
"The Bellevue Annual," Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, WA
"Horse Tales," curated by Ezra Shales, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
"Contemporary Skeins," curated by Heather Rogers, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, OR
"PDX at CCC," Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR
"Open Walls," Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Traditional & Contemporary Native Women Artists," Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
"Circle of Friends," curated by Lillian Pitt, Bush Barn Gallery, Salem, OR
"Introductory Show: two-artist exhibition," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Time and Materials," The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
"The Uncommon Book," Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, ID
The Oregon Biennial: Traveling group exhibition, curated by Katherine Kanjo: Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon; University of Oregon Museum, Eugene, Oregon; Hallie Brown Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR
"State of the Nations," Plan B Evolving Arts, Santa Fe, NM
"Traditions and Transitions," Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, VT
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale University Art and Architecture Gallery, New Haven, CT
RESIDENCIES, AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Aspen, CO
Crow’s Shadow Institute Printmaking Residency, Pendleton, OR
Artistic Innovation Grant, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Vancouver, WA
Fabric Workshop + Museum, Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award, Portland, Oregon
Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Individual Artist Opportunity Grant
Regional Arts and Culture Council, Individual Artist Project Grant
Willamette University, Ford Building Art Commission, Salem, Oregon
Patron Print, Gilkey Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
Fabric Workshop + Museum, Philadelphia, PN
Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Anonymous Was A Woman, New York, New York
Artist in Residence, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit WI
National Museum of the American Indian and the Art in Embassies, Tamarind Institute Print Project, Albuquerque, NM; Washington, D.C.; and embassy locations throughout the globe.
Tamarind Institute, Printmaking Residency, Albuquerque, NM
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, New York, NY
Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Memorial Award, Seattle, WA
Eiteljorg Museum Artist Fellowship Recipient (Jurors: Patterson Sims, Amei Wallach,Margaret Archuleta, Rick Bartow), Curator: Jennifer Campo McNutt, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Visual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
Regional Arts and Culture Council: Project & Professional Development Grants Recipient, Portland, OR
Full-year Professional Sabbatical: Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Crow’s Shadow Institute: Printmaking Residency, Pendlelton, OR
Senior Residency & Fellowship: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
Crow’s Shadow Institute: Printmaking Residency with Frank Janzen, Tamarind Master Printer, Pendleton, OR
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology: Printmaking residency with Julia D’Amario, Pace Editions Master Printer,Otis, OR
Vermont Studio Center: Full Fellowship
Regional Arts & Culture Council: Individual Artist Project Grant
Regional Arts & Culture Council: In Situ Portland Project Grant
Yale University: Elizabeth Cranfield Hicks Award for Drawing
College Art Association: Professional Development Fellowship
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: Full Fellowship
Seneca Nation of Indians: Academic Scholarship, Irving, NY
Philip Morris Foundation: Graduate Fellowship
American Indian Graduate Center: Graduate Fellowship
Americans for Indian Opportunity: Ambassador and Kellogg Fellow
National Gallery of Art: Internship: Design and Installation, and Education Department Collections
Art 4 Culture, Seattle, WA
Boise Art Museum, Boise,ID
Bronson Collection, Portland, OR
Crow’s Shadow Press, Pendleton, OR
Eco-Trust, Portland, OR
Eiteljorg Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Fidelity Investments, Portland, OR
Hailey Ford Art Museum, Salem, OR
Microsoft Collection, Redmond, WA
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer, OR
Jordan Schnitzer, Portland, OR
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Seattle City Light, Seattle, WA
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
The Friendly House, Portland, OR
U.S. Embassy of Accra, Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Jeri Waxenberg, Sun Valley, ID
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI
Driek and Michael Zirinsky, Boise, ID
Workshop Instructor, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen, CO
Featured Artist and Speaker, Portland Community College Art Beat Festival, Portland, OR
Symposium & Panel Discussion, Pitzer College, The Claremont Colleges
Presenter, Portland State University, MFA Monday Night Lecture Series, Portland, OR
Artist Lecture, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Diverse Voices/Diverse Media panelist, moderated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Visiting Artist, Department of Art and Design, Montclair University, Montclair, NJ
Artist Talk and Art Collaboration, SunValley Art Center, Ketchum, ID
Juror, Professional Development Fellowships, College Art Association, New York, NY
Visiting Artist, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Art Instructor, Journeys in Creativity, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
Visiting Artist lecturer, BA Students, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
College Art Association: Annual Conference, Session Chair, Seattle, WA
The Evergreen State College: Visiting Artist Guest Speaker, Olympia, WA
Clatsop Community College: Visiting Artist Panelist, Astoria, OR
Cascade Aid’s Art for Life: Art Donation and Catalogue Participant. Portland, OR
Crow’s Shadow Art Institute: Youth Mentor and Community Presentation, Pendleton, OR
Native American Youth Association: Pedestrian, a presentation to summer camp students, Portland, OR
Native American Youth Association: Volunteer Instructor, 8-week art and stone carving class, Portland, OR
Regional Arts and Culture Council: Juror, Wapato Corrections Facility, Portland, OR
Native American Art Studies Association, Biennial Conference, Guest Speaker
Metropolitan Learning Center: Guest speaker on public art with high school students
Portland Community College: Chair, Welcoming Pole Project: commissioned/raised 30-foot totem pole by Kwaguilth Carver Richard Hunt. Involved fundraising, educational programs, and community outreach.
Pacific Northwest College of Art: Visiting artist, lecturer and guest critic
College Art Association: Member
REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
Rickard, Jolene, "Visualizing Sovereignty in the Time of Biometric Sensors," South Atlantic Quarterly, March 21
Enright, Robert, "New Aboriginal Art Show Tells Stories of Adaptation and Transformation," The Globe and Mail, Feb. 13
Logue, Susan. “Exhibit Explores Modern Native American Art.” VOANews.com, November 2010.
Speer, Richard. “Review: Marie Watt, PDX Contemporary Art.” ARTnews, September 2010.
Beal, Suzanne. “Wrapped in Tradition.” Fiberarts magazine, Summer 2010.
Sozanski, Edward. “Five ‘Voices’ in a song of Diversity.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 October, 2009.
Row, D.K. “Marie Watt wins Bonnie Bronson Award.” The Oregonian, March 27, 2009.
Rave, Jodi. “Warm Welcome.” The Missoulian, 23 March 2009.
Grant, Adriana. “Seattle City Light sponsor seven art installations.” Seattle Post Intelligencer, 12 February 2009.
Grant, Adriana. “A Woolen Thanks: Marie Watt at Greg Kucera Gallery.” Seattle Weekly, 26 November 2008.
“Arlene Schnitzer Prize Winner Announce.” Artforum, July 8, 2008.
Graves, Jen. “Portland Art Museum Declares Itself Art Capital of the Northwest.” The Stranger, July 2, 2008.
Motley, John. “Contemporary Northwest Art Awards.” The Portland Mercury, June 19 – 25, 2008.
Speer, Richard. “Lowbrow Writ Large.” Willamette Week, June 18, 2008.
Sweets, Henry. “Blankets tell stories; Ricard photos; local threads.” JH Weekly, June 18, 2008.
Norris, T.J. “1st Impression: Contemporary NW Art Awards.” unblogged, June 16, 2008.
Libby, Brian. “Review Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at PAM.” The Oregonian, June 15, 2008.
Verzemniek, Inara. “Marie Watt’s Sewing Circle.” The Oregonian, April 4, 2008.
Butler, Grant. “Portland Art Museum names winners of Contemporary Northwest Art Awards.” The Oregonian, November 13, 2007.
“Marie Watt at PDX.” PORT, March 28, 2007.
Motley, John. “Marie Watt, Tread Lightly.”The Portland Mercury, March 22, 2007.
Neugarten, Rachel. “Blanket Statement.”The Oregonian, March 16, 2007.
Row, D.K. “Shows of Note.” The Oregonian, 2007.
Speer, Richard. “Fat Chick Self-Portraits at Rake, and Other Highlights.” Willamette Week, March 2007.
Row, D.K. “Watt Wins Another Fellowship.” The Oregonian, October 31, 2006.
Klein, Richard. "No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art." The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, October 16, 2006.
Cowan, Alison Leigh. “A Pile of Blankets, With Personal History Woven Into the Fabric.” The New York Times, August 25, 2006.
St. John, Kathleen. “Woven Wonders.” Casper Star-Tribune, April 21, 2006.
Taylor, Sue. “Marie Watt at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum.” Art in America, January 2006.
Lhamo, Richard. “Marie Watt: Blanket Stories: Ladder.” THE Magazine, November 2005.
Allen, Lois. “Marie Watt at the Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College.” Artweek, October, 2005.
Berry, S.L. “From Their Hands.” The Indianapolis Star, October 30, 2005.
Fischer, Zane. “Zane’s World: Casting Shadows.” Santa Fe Reporter, August 31, 2005.
Ortel John. NMAI essay. American Indian Art Magazine. Spring 2005.
Henderson, Harvest. “Artwork blanketed in metaphor.” The Oregonian, March 4, 2005.
Ferranto, Matt. “Marie Watt: The Blanket Project at the National Museum of the American Indian.” Art on Paper, January/February 2005.
Speer, Richard. “Pacific Edge.” Art News, October 2004.
Row, D.K. “Marie Watt.” The Oregonian, October 29, 2004.
Fitzgibbon, Joe. “Indian artist forms a circle of lives with quilt creation.” The Oregonian. October 7, 2004.
Sullivan, Patrick. “Blanket Coverage.” The Oregonian, August 8, 2004.
Gangelhoff, Bonnie.” “The Next Generation.” Southwest Art, August 2003.
Allen, Lois. “Reviews: Portland.” Art Papers, July/August 2002.
Row, D.K. “In the blink of an eye.” The Oregonian, March 1, 2002.
“Sleep and Sleeplessness.” WW Pick. Willamette Week, January 16, 2002.
Shales, Ezra. “Horse Tales: American Images and Icons.” Katonah Museum of Art, 2001.
Boas, Pat. “Marie K. Watt at PDX.” Artweek, December 1999.
Row, D.K. “Of Cornhusks and Cedar.” Willamette Week, January 29, 1999.