Resumé

SELECTED SOLO CURATED, GROUP & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2015            

Magic Carpet Ride, curated by Peter Selz, Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece.

Disruption, Grounds For Sculpture sculpture park, Hamilton, N J.

New Year Group Show, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

 Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Art Fair, STAR (Hunters Point Artists) Booth, curated by Robert Flynn Jonson, Curator Emeritus of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Mateo CA.

2014          

 In 3-D, Ark Gallery, curated by Donna Napper, Curator at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.

Sculpture!, curated by John Toki, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.

 Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Art Fair, STAR (Hunters Point Artists) Booth, curated by Robert Flynn Jonson, Curator Emeritus of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Mateo CA. 

12 x 12 x (12), The Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo College, Aptos. 

2012            

San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Summer Breeze: James K. M. Watts and Maria Lobo, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Group Show, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011                       

Group Show, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010                        

Profound Intimacies, solo show, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

 Landscapes, Y2K Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

  Metal vs. Wood, Crucible Cathedral Gallery, Oakland, CA.

2009                        

Modest Masterpieces, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

 The Healing Power Of Art, Manhattan Arts International Online gallery, 12/7/08-3/31/09.  Renee Phillips, Edward Rubin, Jane M. St. Lifer, ASA, Jurors.

2007                       

Slate Paintings, Okamura Gallery, Kochi, Japan.

2006                        

Slate Paintings, Okamura Gallery, Kochi, Japan.

2005                        

Slate Paintings, Okamura Gallery, Kochi, Japan.        

The Edge II, Seigo, curator, Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan.                       

2004           

The Edge, Seigo, curator, Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan.

2003            

The Art of Zyzzyva: Works by Baldessari, Brown, Carnwath, Dater, Diebenkorn, Gutmann, Koolish, Kremer, Lobdell, McCall, Oropallo, Watts, and Wiley, 871 Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Private Reception for Suzi Gabilick, with Maya Cain, G2 building, San Francisco, CA.           

2002            

James Watts and Linda Geary, CPF Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Expo XXI , B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, New York.  Juror: Dana Miller, Ass. Curator Whitney Museum of Art. 

2000                       

Of Nature Of, Arena Gallery, Chicago, Ill.

Netcentives.Com Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA.

1999            

New Talent Invitational, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, New York.

Before The Fall, group sculpture Show, TERRAIN Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Recent Works by Alumni, Founder’s Day exhibition, Oliver Arts Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA.

1998            

Forms: Recent Bay Area Sculpture, TERRAIN Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

4th Annual Yerba Buena Gardens Gallery Walk Sculpture Show, Peter Wright, curator, San Francisco, CA.          

Unseen Realms, Fiona Hammer, curator, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, New York.

1997            

Recent Work, Sun Cities Museum of Art, Sun City, AZ.

1996        

 Myths, Milagros and Magic, Fiona Hammer, curator, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, New York.

Land, Sea, and Dreamscapes, Bonnie Charkey and Sharon Lachow, curators, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, New York.

1995                       

Passages, Gallery on The Rim, San Francisco, CA.1997            

Expo XVI, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, New York.  Juror: Carrie Rebora, Ass. Curator Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1996           

Art Communication International Juried CD-Rom Collection.  Jurors: Ivan C. Karp of O.K. Harris Gallery, Claudia Stone of the Allan Stone Gallery, Pamela Auchincloss of the Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Angelos Camillos of Kourus Gallery, Katherine Gass of Curt Marcus Gallery, Jeffrey Hoffeld of the Knoedler Gallery, David S. Rubin, Curator of 20th Century Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, Sidney Goodman, James Harvard, Ben Kamihira, Burt Chernow.

Liberation By Seeing, The Third Exhibition of Contemporary Buddhist Art, Gold Ridge Sangha and Wilson Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.

1993            

Drawing First, Southern Exposure Gallery.  Juror: Anne Philbin, Director, Drawing Center in New York.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2009           

The Healing Power Of Art, Manhattan Arts International Online gallery, Honorable Mention, Renee Phillips, Edward Rubin, Jane M. St. Lifer, ASA, Jurors.

1993           

Gold Award, Art of California Magazine Discovery Awards 1992.  Awarded by Robert Barrett, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Fresno Art Museum; Michael Botwinick, Director, Newport Harbor Museum; Dyana Curreri Chadwick, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, California College of Arts and Crafts.

1992            

Bronze Award, Art of California Magazine Discovery Awards 1992.  Awarded by Manuel Neri, sculptor and painter; Henry T. Hopkins, Dir. UCLA Wright Art gallery; Philip Lahares, Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum; Juanita Purner, NEA curatorial Fellow, San Diego Museum of Art.

1979           

California College of Arts and Crafts Scholarship of Merit, awarded by the painting department.

1978            

San Francisco Academy of Art Summer Scholarship Program, awarded in painting and drawing.

COMMISSIONS AND INSTALLATIONS, PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2013           

 MESSENGER, 78” x 76” x 10”, DIVER, 52” x 70” x 12”, 577 Second Street, first and second floor lobbies, San Francisco.

2008 

GUARDIAN, 73” x 72” 76”, bronze, private residence, East Coast.

Sun Cities Museum of Art, Sun City, Arizona

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Magic Carpet Ridecatalogue essay by Peter Selz, 2015

Disruption, Ilene Dube, Sculpture magazine, May, 2016

Watts’ Enigmas, Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/11/2010 

Commissions In Brief, Sculpture Magazine, March, 2009

Where’s Everyone Going?, Atsushi Aoki, The Edge II Catalogue Essay, 2005.

Kunst ist…, The Edge Catalogue, 2004

Expo XXI Winners, Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times, March 23, 2002 

B J Spoke Expo Winners Named, George Wallace, The Northport Journal, March 21, 2002

Museum Musings, Alec C. Wagner, San Francisco Frontiers News Magazine, Oct. 8,1998.

Claiming Mass Produced Items For The Realm Of Expression, Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times, 3/16/97. 

Rethinking Beauty, Pierre Delattre.  Catalog Essay, 1996 

The Third Annual Discovery Awards, Art of California Magazine, December/January, 1993-4

Nine Artists at Ward-Nasse, Art Speak, New York, March, 1992          

The Second Annual Discovery Awards, The Art of California Magazine, December / January, 1992-3. 

California Works, Catalog, California State Fair, 1988           

New Talents on The Gallery Scene, Ada Garfinckel, Marin Independent Journal, September 24, 1980.

TEACHING            

“Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books”, CCSF Extension, Spring and fall, 2016.

POETRY                        

“Red Current”, San Francisco Peace and Hope Literary Journal inaugural edition, 2015

EDUCATION 

1977-79            

B.F.A., Painting, California College of Arts and Crafts.

1978           

 San Francisco Academy of Art Summer Scholarship Program.

1973-77            

B.A., Italian Renaissance history, University of California, Berkeley.

1974           

 University of Michigan-Sarah Lawrence summer residency in Florence, Italy.  Studied Italian Medieval and Renaissance history and art history.

RELATED ACTIVITIES                       

1999-05            

Member of Board of Directors of ZYZZYVA, literary quarterly of West Coast writing and art.  Served as Treasurer and Vice-President.

2003- Present            

Advisory Board, The Prague Project, Czech Republic-USA cultural exchange organization.

2010- Present            

Board member, Joseph L. Barbonchielli and Marie/Manuel B. Perez Foundation

1996-97            

President of the Executive Board of Southern Exposure, the artist-run non-profit gallery, performance space, and resource center dedicated to showing diverse and challenging art in San Francisco.

1994-97            

Member of the Executive Board of Southern Exposure.

1997- Present           

 Member of the Advisory Board of Southern Exposure.   

1984-Present           

Illustrated twenty-four published books for children, including four collections of Native American creation myths, a Tlinglit raven myth from Alaska, a classic Chinese folk-tale of the Sung dynasty, and four volumes of poetry.  Illustrations have been shown at the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration in New York.  In 1993 received PARENTING magazine’s Certificate of Excellence for distinguished achievement in children’s literature.  In 1983 won the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Don Freeman Grant for Illustrators.  Three books have been designated International Reading Association Children’s Choices.  Currently teaches Children’s book writing and Illustrating at San Francisco City College Extension. Has lectured at the University of California Berkeley Extension, The San Francisco Academy of Art, and before many children and adults in schools and libraries on the subject of illustrating children’s books.

JUROR

2016            82nd Annual San Mateo County Fair, Painting.

2001            New Century International Youth Art Competition Committee

1997            Stanford-China Education Foundation first annual Children’s Art Competition           



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