Marie Watt in her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY during the summer of 2012. Photograph by Peter Jennings.

Biography

Photograph by Peter Jennings

Marie Watt (b. 1967) is an American artist. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory.

Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that can carry extraordinary histories of use. In her tribe (Ms. Watt is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians) and other Indigenous communities, blankets are given away to honor those who are witness to important life events.

In working with blankets, her process is both solitary and collaborative. Small works are personal meditations. Larger works are made in community, notably in “sewing circles,” public events by which anyone with time and interest can participate, and in which the fellowship and storytelling around the table can be more important than the resulting object. She uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron.

Ms. Watt holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Willamette University. Among other residencies, she has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and received fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. 

Selected collections include the National Gallery of Canada, The Smithsonian institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Facebook, The Seattle Art Museum, and The United States Library of Congress.

In 2015 she exhibited in the Unsuspected Possibilities show curated by Janet Dees at SITE Santa Fe, and in 2016 was commissioned by the United States State Department’s Art in Embassies program to build a 36’ tall sculpture to be permanently installed in the newly expanded US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ms. Watt lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the graphic designer Adam McIsaac, and her daughters, Maxine and Evelyn. She exhibits internationally, and is represented in Portland by PDX Contemporary Art, and in Seattle by Greg Kucera Gallery.

Curriculum Vitæ

Solo exhibitions

2017

Solo exhibition (TBA)
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR

2016

Blanket Stories: Textile Society, R.R. Stewart, Ancient One
United States Embassy
Islamabad, Pakistan
Permanent installation commissioned by the U.S. Art in Embassies Program
Witness
Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo, NY

2014

Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA
Permanent installation along the museum's Pacific Avenue entrance
Receiver
Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle, WA
Receiver
C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California at Davis
Davis, CA

2012

Skywalker/Skyscraper
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Cradle
Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle, WA
Lodge
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Salem, OR
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA
Curated by Rebecca J. Dobkins
Mid-career retrospective exhibition

2011

Counting Coup
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Santa Fe, NM
Curated by Ryan Rice
Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA

2010

Forget-me-not
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Pendleton, OR
Marker
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Forget-me-not
Holter Museum of Art
Helena, MT

2009

Pendleton Stories
Pendleton Center for the Arts
Pendleton, OR
Heirloom
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula, MT
Curated by Stephen Glueckert
Forget-me-not
Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
Spokane, WA
Curated by Ben Mitchell

2008

Portraits: Six Degrees and Seven Generations
Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle, WA
Fort
The Portland Building
Portland, OR
Site-specific installation in public building
Blanket Stories: Homestead
Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole Art Association
Jackson, WY

2007

Blanket Stories: Compass
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College
Beloit, WI
Custodian
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
Installation in the museum's Think Tank education space
Tread Lightly
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR

2006

Blanket Stories: Almanac
Boise Art Museum
Boise, ID
Curated by Sandy Harthorn
Blanket Stories: Almanac
Nicolaysen Art Museum
Casper, WY
Curated by Ben Mitchell
Blanket Stories: Album
Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Ketchum, ID
Curated by Jennifer Gately

2005

Blanket Stories: Ladder
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Santa Fe, NM
Curated by Margaret Archuleta
Blanket Stories: Receiving
Ronna & Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR
Curated by Linda Brady Tesner
Everything Is Drawing
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
Salem, OR

2004

Blanket Stories
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Blanket Stories: Sewing Bee
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
Portland, OR
Continuum: Blanket Stories
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
New York, NY
Curated by Truman Lowe
Letter Ghosts and Recent Work
Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College
Astoria, OR

2003

Stack
Evergreen Galleries, Evergreen State College
Olympia, WA

2002

PDX Window Project
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Art in the Governor's Office
Oregon State Capitol
Salem Oregon
Sleep and Sleeplessness
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR

2001

Courier
SVC Art Gallery, Skagit Valley College
Mount Vernon, WA

2000

Pedestrian
River Overlook Park
Portland, OR
An In Situ Portland Project

1999

Courier
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR

Group exhibitions

2017

The Western Door
The Rockwell Museum
Corning, NY
Curated by Jennifer Kramer
If You Remember, I’ll Remember
The Block Museum, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Curated by Janet Dees

2016

From the Belly of Our Being: Art By and About Native Creation
Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
Stillwater, OK
Curated by Heather Ahtone
Seattle Art Fair: Greg Kucera Gallery, PDX Contemporary Art
Seattle Art Fair
Seattle, WA
A Stand of Pine in the Tilled Field
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Material Girls
Contemporary Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada
Curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek & Wendy Peart
Culture Shift
Art Mûr
Montreal, Quebec, CA
Curated by Mike Patten
Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH
Curated by Kate Bonansinga
Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression
The High Desert Museum
Bend, OR
Curated by Faith Brower

2015

Unsuspected Possibilities
SITE Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM
Let's Get Lost
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Somewheres & Nowheres: New Prints 2014/Autumn
International Print Center
New York, NY
Material Girls
Dunlop Art Gallery
Regina, SK, CA

2014

LandMarks: Indigenous Australian and Native American Artists Explore Connections to the Land
Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

2013

Cross Currents
Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO
Sakahàn – International Indigenous Art
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2012

Changing Hands 3
Museum of Art and Design
New York, NY
Curated by David McFadden & Ellen Taubman
Traveling show
Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Curated by Karen Kramer Russell

2011

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR
Contemporary Artworks Collection
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC
Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, WI
Curated by Amy Chaloupka
Oomph: enthusiasm, vigor, or energy. sex appeal
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
WInnipeg, Manitoba, CA

2010

Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
New York, NY
When Dog Turns to Wolf
David Krut Projects
New York, NY
Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880–2010
Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Bellingham, WA
Migrations: New Directions in Native Art
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NB

2009

New American Voices
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Philadelphia, PA
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, University of Nevada
Reno, NV
Currents: Native American Forces in Contemporary Art
Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Denver, CO

2008

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art
Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
Twisted Path: Native American Artists Walking in Two Worlds
Abbe Museum
Bar Harbor, ME
Modern Art, Modern Lives: Then and Now
Austin Museum of Art
Austin, TX
Curated by Andrea Mellard
Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR
Curated by Jennifer Gately
Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit
Bennington Museum
Bennington, VT
Curated by Rickie Solinger
Traveled
Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
Salem, OR
Curated by Terri Hopkins & John Olbrantz
Tradition and Change: A Survey of Contemporary American Indian Art
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
Spokane, WA

2007

Oh So Iroquois
Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario, CA
Curated by Ryan Rice
The 8th Northwest Biennial
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

2006

Building Tradition
Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Bellingham, WA
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Salem, OR
Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art
University of New Mexico Art Museum
Albuquerque, NM
Curated by Marjorie Devon
No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Ridgefield, CT
Curated by Richard Klein
Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic Is a Single Letter
Apexart
New York, NY
Curated by Amei Wallach

2005

Into the Fray: The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indianapolis, IN

2004

Artists Select
Cumberland Gallery
Nashville, TN

2003

Artists in Residence
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Portland, OR
Craft Biennial
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Portland, OR
Form to Function
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, WI
Building Tradition
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA
18 Women Artists
 Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College
Astoria, OR

2002

Sitka Center Art Invitational
The World Forestry Center
Portland, OR
Sitka Collaborative Exhibition
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, OR
Inaugural Exhibition
Open Studios Press Gallery
Boston, MA
Faculty Exhibition
North View Gallery, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Portland, OR
Slowness
The Art Gym
Marylhurst, OR
New American Paintings
Open Studios Press
Boston, MA
Curated by Lisa Dennison

2001

The Bellevue Annual
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA
Horse Tales: American Images and Icons, 1800–2000
Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY
Curated by Ezra Shales
PDX at CCC
Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College
Astoria, OR
Contemporary Skeins
Contemporary Craft Gallery
Portland, OR
Curated by Heather Rogers

2000

Open Walls
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Traditional and Contemporary Native Women Artists
Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Circle of Friends
Bush Barn Art Center
Salem, OR
Curated by Lillian Pitt

1999

Introductory Show
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR

1998

Time and Materials
The Art Gym
Marylhurst, OR

1997

The Oregon Biennial
Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR
Curated by Katherine Kanjo
State of the Nations
Plan B Evolving Arts
Santa Fe, NM

1996

Traditions and Transitions
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro, VT
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Yale University Art and Architecture Gallery
New Haven, CT

Residencies, awards & fellowships

2016

Smith College
Printmaking Residency
Northampton, MA
In collaboration with Julia D'Amario
Willamette University
Doctor of Fine Arts (Honoris Causa)
Salem, OR

2015

Art Matters Foundation
Art Matters Grant
New York, NY
Support for ongoing work

2014

Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
Sitka Printmaking Residency
Otis, OR

2013

Smithsonian Institution
Artist Research Fellowship
Apsen, CO

2011

Crow's Shadow Institute
Printmaking Residency
Pendleton, OR

2010

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Fellowship
Vancouver, WA
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Artistic Innovation Grant
Vancouver, WA

2009

Fabric Workshop and Museum
Artist in Residence
Philadelphia, PA
Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon Individual Artist Opportunity Grant
Salem, OR
Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award
Portland, OR
Regional Arts and Culture Council
Individual Artist Project Grant
Portland, OR
Willamette University
Ford Hall Commission
Salem, OR

2008

Vivian & Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum
Patron Print
Portland, OR
Lower East Side Printshop
Printmaking Residency
New York, NY
Fabric Workshop and Museum
Artist in Residence
Philadelphia, PA
Seattle City Light
Commission
Seattle, WA

2007

Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation
Anonymous Was a Woman Award
New York, NY
Wright Museum of Art
Artist in Residence
Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico
Tamarind Institute Print Project
Albuquerque, NM
In collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian and the Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC

2006

Joan Mitchell Foundation
Fellowship
New York, NY

2005

Seattle Art Museum
Betty Bowen Memorial Award
Seattle, WA
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Art
Indianapolis, IN

2004

Oregon Arts Commission
Visual Artist Fellowship
Salem, OR
Regional Arts and Culture Council
Project and Professional Development Grant
Portland, OR

2003

Portland Community College
Full-year Professional Sabbatical
Portland, OR
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
Printmaking Residency
Pendleton, OR
In collaboration with Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Senior Residency and Fellowship
Portland, OR

2002

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
Printmaking Residency
Pendleton, OR
In collaboration with Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Printmaking Residency
Otis, OR
In collaboration with Julia D’Amario, Pace Editions Master Printer

2001

Regional Arts and Culture Council
Individual Artist Project Grant
Portland, OR
Vermont Studio Center
Full Fellowship
Johnson, VT

2000

Regional Arts and Culture Council
In Situ Portland Project Grant
Portland, OR

1996

Yale University
Elizabeth Cranfield Hicks Award for Drawing
New Haven, CT

1995

College Art Association
Professional Development Fellowship
New York, NY
A two-year fellowship running through 1996
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Full Fellowship
Skowhegan, ME

1994

Americans for Indian Opportunity
Kellogg Fellow, American Indian Ambassadors Program
Albuquerque, NM
Seneca Nation of Indians
Academic Scholarship
Irving, NY
The scholarship was extended to cover 1994–96
Philip Morris Foundation
Graduate Fellowship
New York, NY
The fellowship was extended to cover 1994–96
American Indian Graduate Center
Graduate Fellowship
Albuquerque, NM
The fellowship was extended to cover 1994–96

1991

National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution
Internship
Washington, DC

Selected collections

Art 4 Culture
Seattle, WA
Boise Art Museum
Boise, ID
Ledger: Tread Lightly, 2007
Bonnie Bronson Collection
Portland, OR
Marker: Heirloom, 2010
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO
Butterfly, 2015
Blanket Stories: Confluence, Heirloom, and Tenth Mountain Division, 2013
EcoTrust
Portland, OR
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indianapolis, IN
Companion Species (Canopy), 2016
Braid, 2004
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indianapolis, IN
Facebook
Seattle, WA
Skywalker/Skyscraper (Portal), 2012
Fidelity Investments
Boston, MA
Range of Light, 2012
Marker: Tether, 2010
Marker: Sky World, 2010
Marker: Lamp, 2010
Dorothy Lemelson
Portland, OR
United States Library of Congress
Washington, DC
Plow, 2011
Door, 2005
Letter Ghost, 2003
Lori Uddenberg
Providence, RI
Generous Ones: Chair, Observer, Ancestor, 2015
Microsoft Collection
Redmond, WA
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula, MT
The Ballad of Ira Hayes, 2008
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ
Conversation: Mount Hope, 2006
Museum of Fine Arts
Santa Fe, NM
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, CA
Blanket Stories: Seven Generations, Adawe, Hearth, 2013
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR
Conversation, 2007
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR
Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Portland, OR
Susan B. Anthony with Woodland Influences, 2008
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Portland, Oregon
Pedestrian, 2000
Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR
Arlene & Harold Schnitzer
Portland, OR
Jordan D. Schnitzer
Portland, Oregon
Cradle, 2011
Marker: Trunk, 2010
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
Signature No. 1, 2009
Seattle City Light
Seattle, WA
Energy: Our Heirloom, 2008
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery
Washington, DC
Edson's Flag, 2004
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC
In The Garden (Corn, Beans, Squash), 2003
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA
Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek, 2014
Cradle, 2012
Tear Down This Wall, 2007
The Rockwell Museum
Corning, NY
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
Ledger: Console, 2006
U.S. Embassy, Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Jeri L. Waxenberg
Sun Valley, ID
Totem: Blue Four-Point, Lavadour and First Born, 2006
Willamette University
Salem, Oregon
Spool, 2009
Hearth, 2009
Stadium (Jim Thorpe and Relations), 2008
Alabaster #2, 2002
Wright Museum of Art
Beloit, WI
Driek & Michael Zirinsky
Boise, ID
Three Beds, 2006
Canopy (Odd One), 2005

Reviews & publications

2017

Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness
Wave Hill

Exhibition catalogue

2016

Gallery makes space for female artists
Gauntlet
University of Calgary
Danielle Kim

Preview of Material Girls at Contemporary Calgary gallery.

2015

Denver Art Museum Strengthens Commitment to Native American Work
The New York Times
Judith Dobrzynski
October 27, 2015
Santa Fe Ups the Wattage
Oregon ArtsWatch
Bob Hicks
August 25, 2015
SITE Santa Fe Celebrates 20 Years
Art in America
Wendy Vogel
August 19, 2015
SITE Santa Fe Celebrates 20 Years
Art in America
August 19, 2015
‘Painting with Textiles’ in ‘Unsuspected Possibilities’
The Albuquerque Journal
Jackie Jadrnak
July 19, 2015
Marie Watt: Piecing Together a Story
habicurious.com
Andrea Cordonier
March 23, 2015
Marie Watt Returns to the National Gallery of Canada
Canadian Art
Caoimhe Morgan-Feir
March 3, 2015
Big Names in American Art are Coming to Speak at the National Gallery
Ottawa Citizen
Peter Simpson
February 20, 2015
15 Shows We Want to See in 2015
Canadian Art
January 1, 2015

2014

Sparks and Roots
Temenos Academy Review
John H. Bowles
Vol. 17

2012

Marie Watt: Lodge
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
Rebecca J. Dobkins

Catalogue for mid-career retrospective shown at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and Tacoma Art Museum.

2011

Visualizing Sovereignty in the Time of Biometric Sensors
South Atlantic Quarterly
Duke University Press
Jolene Rickard
Volume 110, No. 2
Shared Memory: Artists’ Perspectives and Practices
Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts
John Michael Kohler Foundation
Erika Doss
New aboriginal art show tells stories of adaptation and transformation
The Globe and Mail
Robert Enright
February 7, 2011

2010

Exhibit Explores Modern Native American Art
VOAnews.com
November 2010
Review: Marie Watt at PDX Contemporary Art
ARTNews
Richard Speer
September 2010
Wrapped in Tradition: Handmade Histories by Marie Watt
Fiberarts
Suzanne Beal
Summer 2010

2009

Five ‘Voices’ in a Song of Diversity
Philadelphia Inquirer
Edward Sozanski
October 18, 2009
Warm Welcome
The Missoulian
Jodi Rave
March 23, 2009
Seattle City Light Sponsors Seven Art Installations
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Adriana Grant
February 12, 2009

2008

A Woolen Thanks: Marie Watt at Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle Weekly
Adriana Grant
November 26, 2008
Building with Cloth Blocks
A Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Pamela McClusky
2008

Chiyo Ishikawa, ed.

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
The Portland Mercury
John Motley
June 19, 2008
Blankets Tell Stories; Ricard Photos; Local Threads
JH Weekly
Henry Sweets
June 18, 2008
Lowbrow Writ Large
Willamette Week
Richard Speer
June 18, 2008
1st Impression: Contemporary NW Art Awards
unBlogged
TJ Norris
June 16, 2008
Review: Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at PAM
The Oregonian
Brian Libby
June 15, 2008
The First Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
PORT
Jeff Jahn
June 13, 2008
Marie Watt’s Sewing Circle
The Oregonian
Inara Verzemnieks
April 4, 2008

2007

Tribal Hybrids
ArtNews
Cynthia Nadelman
June 2007
The 8th Northwest Biennial
Tacoma Art Museum
Rock Hushka & David Kiehl
February 2007

2006

Into the Fray: The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2005
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
James H. Nottage

Catalogue for the The 2005 Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art exhibition

Blanket Stories: Almanac
The Nicolaysen Art Museum
Simon J. Ortiz

Catalogue published to accompany 2006 exhibition at The Nicolaysen and Boise Art Museums.

A Pile of Blankets, With Personal History Woven into the Fabric
The New York Times
Alison Leigh Cowen
August 25, 2006
Artist explores the unraveling stitches of time
Casper Journal
Holly Strother
May 3, 2006
Woven Wonders
The Weekender
The Casper Star-Tribune
Kathleen St. John
April 21, 2006
Cover yourself in Blanket Stories at the NIC
Casper Journal
Holly Strother
April 18, 2006
American Indian Painting and Sculpture in Santa Fe
Review Magazine
Andrea S. Norris
March 2006
Blanket Stories: Ladder
Art in America
Sue Taylor, Ph.D.
January 2006

2005

Marie Watt: The Blanket Project at the National Museum of the American Indian
Art on Paper
Matt Ferranto
Volume 9, No. 3
Blanket Stories: Receiving
Lewis & Clark College
Linda Brady Tesner

2004

Blanket Coverage
The Oregonian
Inara Verzemnieks
August 8, 2004

2003

The Next Generation
Southwest Art
Bonnie Gangelhoff
August 2003
Slowness
Marylhurst University Press
Stuart Horodner

Catalogue accompanying group exhibition

Building Tradition: Gifts in Honor of the Northwest Art Collection
Tacoma Art Museum
Rock Hushka, Ivan Doig, Patricia McDonnell

2002

Portland: essay on the exhibit "Slowness"
Art Papers
Lois Allen
July/August 2002
Slowness
The Oregonian
D.K. Row
March 1, 2002
Sleep and Sleeplessness
WIllamette Week
January 16, 2002
New American Painting
Open Studios Press
Volume 6, No. 37

2001

Horse Tales: American Images and Icons, 1800-2000
The Katonah Museum of Art
Ezra Shales

2000

Of Myth and Personal Histories
The Oregonian
D.K. Row
October 8, 2000
Well-Rounded
The Oregonian
Bob Hicks
June 5, 2000
Marie Watt at PDX
Artweek
Pat Boas
Volume 30, No. 12

1999

Of Cornhusk and Cedar
The Oregonian
D.K. Row
January 29, 1999

1998

Art for Biennial: A Fresh Look
The Oregonian
Randy Gragg
July 27, 1998
July Jems: Marie Watt and Julie Swan
Willamette Week
Kate Bonasinga
July 22, 1998
The Oregon Biennial
Portland Art Museum
Katherine Kanjo

Education

1996

MFA, Painting & Printmaking
Yale University School of Art
New Haven, CT

1992

AFA, Museum Studies
Institute of American Indian Arts
Santa Fe, NM

1990

BS, Speech Communications & Art
Willamette University
Salem, OR

Lectures & community involvement

2017

Visiting artist/lecturer
University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Sewing circles, research, lecture
Visiting artist
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY

2016

Voices in Contemporary Art
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO
Marie Watt in conversation with artist and oral historian James McElhinney
Visiting artist/lecturer
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH

2015

Visting artist/art collaboration
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe Indian School, Institute of American Indian Arts, Tierra Encantada High School
Santa Fe, NM
Sewing circles and lectures in concert with the run of Unsuspected Possibilities at SITE Santa Fe
Visting artist/lecturer
Native American Art Studies Association Conference
Santa Fe, NM
Visiting artist/lecturer
Carelton University Art Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario, CA
Visiting artist/lecturer
National Gallery of Canada
U.S. Embassy, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, CA
Part of the Contemporary Conversations Series, with the U.S. Art in Embassies Program
Visiting artist/lecturer
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

2014

Visual Arts Art Works Panel
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC

2013

Visiting artist/lecturer
U.S. Embassy, Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus
Part of the U.S. Art in Embassies program
Visiting artist/lecturer
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IL
Native Arts Artist-in-Residence
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO
Contemporary Art Lecture Series
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
Talk held in connection with the BYU Museum of Art’s exhibition Shaping America: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection of American Art.
Visiting artist/lecturer
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL

2010

Lecturer and visiting artist
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

2008

Symposium and panel discussion
Pitzer College
Claremont, CA
Lecturer and visiting artist
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
Lecturer
Portland State University
Portland, OR

2007

Ferrall Artist-in-residence
Beloit College
Beloit, WI
Lecturer
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA

2006

Panelist
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ
Diverse Voices / Diverse Media symposium
Visiting artist
Montclair University
Montclair, NJ
Lecturer
Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Ketchum, ID
Lecture and community sewing circles
Juror, professional development fellowships
College Art Association
New York, NY
Visiting artist
Boise State University
Boise, ID
Instructor
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Portland, OR

2005

Visiting artist and lecturer
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Portland, OR

2004

Session chair, annual conference
College Art Association
New York, NY

2003

Visiting artist and lecturer
The Evergreen State University
Olympia, WA
Visiting artist and panelist
Clatsop Community College
Astoria, OR
Donor and catalogue participant
Cascade AIDS Project Art for Life
Portland, OR

2002

Lecturer and youth mentor
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts
Pendleton, OR
Volunteer instructor
Native American Youth Association
Portland, OR
Lecturer
Native American Youth Association
Portland, OR
Presented Pedestrian to summer camp students.
Juror, Wapato Corrections Facility
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Portland, OR

2001

Lecture
Native American Art Studies Association Biennial Conference
Portland, OR
Chair, Welcoming Pole project
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
Portland, OR
Commissioned and raised 30-foot totem pole by Kwaguilth carver Richard Hunt. Involved fundraising, educational programs, and community outreach.
Lecturer
Metropolitan Learning Center
Portland, OR
Guest speaker on public art with high school students.
Visiting artist, lecturer and guest critic
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, OR