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Patricia Watts is a pioneering curator who has worked for twenty-five years with artists who engage the natural world in their art. She has a visionary entrepreneurial approach to curating that supports transdisciplinary, collaborative environments. She is the founder and west coast curator of ecoartspace, a nonprofit platform for artists addressing environment issues since 1999. Watts has curated over thirty art and ecology exhibitions including: Contemplating Other (2017); Enchantment (2016); FiberSHED (2015); Shifting Baselines (2013) at Santa Fe Art Institute; MAKE:CRAFT (2010) at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; ECOlogic (2009); and Hybrid Fields (2006) at the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. She also curated and project managed a site-specific permanent public art installation entitled Cloud House (2016) by Matthew Mazzotta at Farmers Park in Springfield, Missouri. Since 2009, Watts has conducted two hour video interviews with pioneering ecological artists including Jackie Brookner, Buster Simpson, and Bonnie Sherk. She has also written Action Guides presenting replicable social practice projects by artists who work in the public sphere. Watts has a studio masters degree in Exhibition Design and Museum Studies Certificate. She enjoys curating and designing exhibitions that are spatially and visually engaging, and create a context for deep, compelling stories. Watts has an established voice as both a writer and a speaker, and has written numerous essays for publications and given dozens of lectures and panel talks internationally.
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