Chris Watts

CV:

Born 1984 in High Point NC
Lives and works in Brooklyn NY and Paris France


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2012
Chris Watts: New Works, Artspace Visual Art Center, Raleigh NC
American Gods, Genome Gallery, Charlotte NC
Interactive Landscapes: New and Collaborative Works, Issac Payne and Chris Watts, Elizabeth Ross Gallery at Central Piedmont Community College, 2-Person, Charlotte NC
 

2011
I am Chris Watts, Davidson College, Davidson NC
Chris Watts: Collective Intuitions, Duke University, Durham NC

2010
Daydreaming with Swimmer’s Ear, McColl Center for Visual Art, 2-Person, Charlotte NC


Group Exhibitions

2015
trashDay, University of the Virgin Islands, Curator: Kenya (Robinson), Saint Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands

2014
#Live, Le Paris Paris Club, Paris France
INsideOUT, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smryna Beach, FL Party Like its 1999, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte NC

2012
Assorted – Yale MFA 14 Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven CT
2012 North Carolina Artist Exhibition, Center for the Performing Arts, Catalogue, Curator: Mark Sloan of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Raleigh NC

2011
Tiny Paradise, Genome Gallery, Charlotte NC
Figuratively Speaking, Gallery Twenty Two, Charlotte NC Ch-Ch-Changes, Gallery Twenty Two, 4-Person, Charlotte NC Spring Fling, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte NC

2010
Facets, Gallery Twenty Two, Charlotte NC
Contemporaries Signature 3rd Annual Event: Palate to Palate, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte NC 1st International Painting Annual, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Catalogue, Cincinnati OH
7 Center, Dialect Gallery, Charlotte NC


Education

2014 Yale University School of Art, New Haven CT

2009 BFA, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Charlotte NC 2006 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wroclaw, Poland


Awards / Residencies

2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship Award

Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach FL

2012 Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York NY Yale School of Art Scholarship Award

2010 Artist in Residence, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte NC 2008 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chancellor Select Award


Lectures / Work

Guest Artist Slide Lecture – Artspace Visual Art Center, Raleigh NC January 2013

Visiting Artist – St. Augustine University, Raleigh NC January 2013

Guest Artist Discussion – Hard Truths: African American Art in the Mainstream Art World, Mint Museum Uptown at the Levine Center for the Arts, Charlotte NC, July 2012

Guest Artist Lecture – Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center at Davidson College, Davidson NC, October 2011

Juror – ‘Digitally Inclined 2’, UNC-C Student Juried Exhibition, Student Union Gallery NC, April 1st – April 30th 2011 Guest Artist Slide Lecture – College of Arts & Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte NC, March 2011


Bibliography

International View of African American Art, Issue #25.3. Emerging Artist to Watch. Spring 2015, Hampton University

Four Magazine, Issue 01. BEWARE OF ARTIST – THEY MIX WITH ALL CLASSES OF SOCIETY AND THEREFORE MOST DANGEROUS. Winter 2013

QC Exclusive, Issue 07. Best of the Year Award, Visual Artist. December Edition 2012

New York Art Lovers – Nancy Smith Posted in The Bomb ~Chris Watts ... ‘American Gods’ ... N. Carolina. Sept. 2012

Creative Quartely, Issue 26. New Talent. Spring 2012

The Herald Weekly – Katie Orlando. Chris Watts paints a different kind of black man in America, Arts and Entertainment. The Herald Weekly. Lake Norman. 10 Sept. 2011 Print.

Creative Loafing – Gregory Bradford. Art Review: Ch-Ch-Changes The CLOG: News and Record

Culture Flowing Daily, Creative Loafing, Charlotte. Jan. 2011. Web. 21 Feb. 11

Charlotte Viewpoint Featured Artist, Volume 7, Issue 10

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Manifest 1st International Painting Annual (INPA), Ohio: Manifest Press, 2011. Print.

McColl Center for Visual Art Open Door (Exit) Interview – 2010 Summer Affiliates. YouTube. YouTube: McColl Center for Visual Art Channel. McColl Center for Visual Art. 10 Aug 2010. Web. 28 Feb. 11

 

 

Statement:

who is oblivious to the things we see?
i'm not a magician 
i'm not a politician 
i am multiples 
tilted with affectionate anecdotes 
sheathing inside jokes 
can you see me?
you can see me!
what is it that you see?
mysteries dwell on these walls 
stereo's blasting types sell to all my nig... 
no 
wait
mate de peau
inside and out
we think we know to well the intimacy of our 
concealed dreams 
a complexity that often unfolds at it's seams that 
God only can see
what difference can we see?
perhaps its our nakedness that
will leave us floating 
on a wall that is bound to 
rise 
 
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