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Studio VU welcomes Marie Watt on October 20

Posted by on Monday, October 4, 2021 in News and Events.

The Studio VU Lectures Series 2021-2022 and the Vanderbilt University Department of Art welcomes Marie Watt on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 PM (CST) via ZOOM.  registration required.

Marie Watt by Sam Gehrke 2020

 Marie Watt is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation with German-Scot ancestry. Her interdisciplinary work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous teachings; in it, she explores the intersection of history, community, and storytelling. Through collaborative actions she instigates multigenerational and cross-disciplinary conversations that might create a lens and conversation for understanding connectedness to place, one another, and the universe.

Watt holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University; she also has degrees from Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts; and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Willamette University.

She has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center; and has received fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Harpo Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation and the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.

Marie serves on the board for VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) and on the Native Advisory Committee at the Portland Art Museum and in 2020 became a member of the Board of Trustees at the Portland Art Museum. She is a fan of Crow’s Shadow, an Indigenous founded printmaking institute located on the homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, as well as Portland Community College.

Selected collections include the Seattle Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon, Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington, and Marc Straus Gallery in New York City, New York.

Marie Watt by Josue Rivas 2021

Marie Watt photographed by Kevin McConnell 2020























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