EDUCATION:

1971               M.F.A., Honors,Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

1969               B.F.A. Dip.A.D., First Class Honors School of Art, University of London, Goldsmith's College, London, England

1964-66           Foundation Program, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, England

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2015               Professor Emeritus, Fine Arts Department, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1988-2015       Professor, Fine Arts Department,Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2009-2012       Interim Chairperson, Fine Arts Department,

2002-2003       Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1988-2000       Chairperson, Fine Arts Department, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1984-88           Chairperson, Gallery Director--Art Department, (Participation in Painting and Color Theory),

                      Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

                      Art Director/Coordinator, Governor's School for the Arts of Tennessee (l986--1988),

                      Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1978-84           Chairperson, Gallery Director--Art Department, (Participation in Foundation and Fourth Year Programs),

                      Cornish Institute, Seattle, Washington

1975-78           Post-Graduate Program (Visiting Artist--Painting), Slade School of Fine Art, London, England

1975-76           Post-Graduate Program (Visiting Artist--Painting), University of Reading, Reading, England

1974               (Visiting Artist--Lectures and Projects), Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England

1973-74           B.F.A. Program (Visiting Artist--Lectures and Projects, Sculpture), Gloucestershire College of Art,

                      Gloucestershire, England

1973-74           B.F.A. Program (Lecturer in charge of Foundation Group, Basic Concepts in 2-D, 3-D and Drawing),

                      Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, England

1974-78           (Visiting Artist--lectures and projects, Foundation and BFA), Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, England

1971-73           Instructor (B.F.A. Program), Sculpture and Drawing, First - Third Year Program, 2-D, 3-D and Drawing,

                      Participated in Curriculum Committee, Gallery Committee and Advisor for Fourth Year Projects),

                      University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

1969-71           Graduate Assistant (2-D, 3-D Design and Drawing), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

 

EXHIBITIONS:

2016               “Washington’s State Art Collection” (Group), Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, Washington

                      “Faculty Focus” (Retrospective), Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2015               “Geometric Abstraction” (Group), Prographica Gallery, Seattle, Washington

                      “Legacy” (Group), Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2013               “Grid/Graph” (Group), Curated by John Pollard, Mulherin + Pollard Gallery, New York, New York

                      “Push/Pop” (Forsyth and Watts), Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

                      “This This Monster This Things” (Group), Curated by Giorgio Sadotti, The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

2012               “Boarders” (Group), Curated by Michael Caldwell, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, Washington

                      “This This Monster This Things” (Group), Curated by Georgio Sadotti, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, England

2011               “Drawing Installation”, Door Project Gallery, 27 Ludlow Street, New York, New York

                      “Recent Work” (Group), Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

                      Invitational (Group), Anchor Access, Anacortes, Washington

                      “Sketchbook Project” (Group), Exhibition went on national tour, Art House Co-op, Brooklyn Art Library,

                      Brooklyn, New York

2010               “Sketchbook Project” (Group), Art House Co-op, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York

                      “Monster” (Group), Curated by Georgio Sadotti, Sadotti Experimental Studio, London, England

2009               “Works From the Heart” (Group), Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, Spokane, Washington

                      “Mathematics of Art” (Group), Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, Washington

                      “Chris Watts: Selections” (One Person), Anchor Art Space, Anacortes, Washington

2008               “Quick Draw” (Group), Art Gallery of South Okanagan, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

                      “Works From the Heart” (Group), Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, Spokane, Washington

                      “Art Auction Invitational”  (Group), Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington

                      “Invitational Exhibition” (Group), Prichard Gallery, Moscow, Idaho

                      “The Artful Beauty of Science” (Group), Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon

                      “Horizontal Juxtapositions” (One Person), Fishbowl One, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2007               “Order Contemplations” (One Person), Esvelt Gallery, Pasco, Washington

2006               “Now Ain’t Before Is” (Group), Curated by Georgio Sadotti, London, England

2005               “Seeing Beyond the Numbers” (One Person), Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, Washington

                      “LKG Artists” (Group), Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho

                      “CWU Intersections: Works on Paper” (Group), Sara Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, Washington

                      Museum of Northwest Art Auction Exhibition (Group), Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington

2004               “WSU Faculty Exhibition” (Group), Fina Gallery, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

                      “Mark My Word: text, code and literary illusion” (Group), Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington

                      “Spokane River” (Group), Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, Washington

                      “Faculty Exchange Exhibition” (Group), Hong Ik University, Seoul Korea

2003               "Number Structures, Marks to Sounds" (One Person), Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington

                      “Chris Watts, Number Structures, Marks to Sounds” (One Person), Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho

                      “Carry on Drawing” (Group), International traveling exhibition curated by Avantika Bawa.

2002               “Carry on Drawing” (Group), International traveling exhibition curated by Avantika Bawa.

2001               "One Person Exhibition", Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, Washington

                      “WSU Faculty Exhibition” (Group), Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, Washington

2000               "20th Anniversary Exhibition" (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Summer Exhibition", Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, Washington

                      "For Marina with Love" (Group), Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho

                      "Mondriaanhuis/Archive 90" (Group), Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, Netherlands

                      "Spirals, Numbers, and Colored Layers”, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia

1999               "WSU Art Faculty Exhibition", Columbia Basin Community College, Pasco, Washington

                      "WSU Art Faculty Exhibition" (Group), Washington State University - Tri-Cities, Richland, Washington

1998               "Salon De Fax Invitational" (Group), Museum of Art, University of Maine, Bangor, Maine

1997               “Number, Pattern, Image”, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

                      “Personal Grids, Spirals and Rotations”, Vernon Art Gallery, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

                      “Two Studios One Bed” (Group), Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, Washington

1996               "Translations" (Group), Curated by Nathan Cohen, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, England

                      "Translations" (Group), Curated by Nathan Cohen, Reed's Wharf Gallery, London, England

                      "Approaches to Abstraction" (Group), Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

                      "Approaches to Abstracton" (Group), Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, British Columbia Canada

1995               "Group Invitational" (Group), Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

                      "Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings" (Group), Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

                      "Artfair, Seattle" (Group), Cumberland Gallery Exhibition, Seattle, Washington

1994               "2 Hats: Artist/Administrator/Curator/Critic” (Group), Curated by Susan Sagawa, Bellevue Art Museum,

                      Bellevue, Washington, Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

                      "15 from America" (Group), Regional Museum, Khabarovsk, Russia

1993               "15 from America" (Group), Artetage, Vladivostok, Russia

                      "Rational Systems" (Group), Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

1992               "Rational Systems" (Group), Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

                      "Rational Systems" (Group), Northview Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

                      Summer Exhibition (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Palouse Summer (Group), Prichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

1991               "Multiples: The Sciences and Art" (Group), Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, Washington

                      "Inside and Out of the Palouse" (Group), Prichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

                      Selected Work (Group), Microsoft, Bellevue, Washington    

1990               10th Year Anniversary Exhibition (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      20th Year Anniversary Exhibition (Group), Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

                      "One-Person", Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

1989               "Small Works” (Group), Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

                      Summer Exhibition (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Bumberbiennale, Decade of Abstraction 1979-l989", Curated by Mathew Kangas, Seattle, Washington

                      "One-Person Exhibition", Cornish College, Seattle, Washington

                      Annual Faculty Exhibition (Group), Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1988               "Small Packages Winter Exhibition" (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Annual Faculty Exhibition (Group), Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington    

                      "Summer Lights" (Group Invitational), Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Contemporary Tennessee Drawings" (Group), Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Faculty Exhibit (Group), State Board of Regents Building, Nashville, Tennessee

1987               "Artragious" (Group), Aids Research Benefit, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Summer Lights", (Group Invitational), Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Black and White" (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Artists Who Work with the Computer" (Group), Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

                      "New Work/New Talent" (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Works in Progress" (Group), Art Department, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1986               "One-Person", Aids Research Benefit, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "One-Person", Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

                      "Ten in Tennessee plus Nine", Juried by Peter Frank, Dulin Gallery of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee

                      "Summer Show" (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      (Group), Hendersonville Art Center, Hendersonville, Tennessee

1985               "Opening New Space” (Group), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                      "Colour and Systems” (National Group Exhibition), Sponsored by Arts Council of Great Britain, London, England

                      "Microwave" (Group), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

                      “Media and Variations" (Group), Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tennessee

1985               Summer Exhibition 1985, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

1984               "The Creative Process" (Group), Art Department, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

                      "Scribing Sound" (Group), Hartford New Music America Festival, Hartford, Connecticut

1983               "Salon Des Refuses 1983" (Group), Curator Mathew Kangas, Seattle, Washington

                      "Art Since 'Century 21': 1961-1983" (Group), Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

                      "One-Person", Traver/Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1982               "One-Person”, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

1981               "One-Person", Traver/Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington

                      "One-Person", Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1981               "Shapes as Ideas", Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

                      "Seattle and Russian Artists", Nakhodka City Museum, Nakhodka, Russia

1980               (Group), University of Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington

                      "Drawing Invitational" (Group), Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

                      "One-Person", Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1979               "One-Person", Cornish Institute, Seattle, Washington

1978               "Rational Practice" (Group), Gardner Centre Gallery, University of Sussex, Sussex, England

                      "Constructive Context" (Group), Exhibition traveled throughout Britain in 1979

                      (Arts Council of Great Britain), Canterbury, Newcastle, Leigh, Dundee, Falmouth, Reading, Norwich,

                      Dartington, Nottingham, The Warehouse Gallery, London, England

                      "P.C.L." (Group), The Concourse Gallery, London, England

                      "One-person", Cornish Institute, Seattle, Washington

1977               (Group), Art Research Center, Kansas City, Kansas

                      "One-Person", Northern Arts Centre, Newcastle, England

                      (Group), The Playhouse Gallery, London, England

1975               "One-Person", Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England

                      "One-Person", Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

                      (Group), South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, England

1972               "One-Person", Hobart College, Geneva, New York

                      "One-Person", Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

 

LECTURES:

2013               Artist Lecture, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

2007               “Order Contemplations”, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington

2006               “Reflections on Numbers, Landscape, and Mystery”, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, Washington

2005               “Exhibition Review”, Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, Washington

2003               "Number structures, marks to sounds", Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington

2002               “What’s with the Numbers Watts”, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2001               “Exhibition Review”, Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, Washington

2000               "Overview", Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia

                      “Visual Numerical Artwork”, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia

                      "Conceptual Landscapes", Vladivostok Biennial, Vladivostok, Russia              

                      "Loaded Landscapes", Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

                      "Spiritual Content”, Honors Program, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1999               "The Development of Personal Work", Columbia Basin Community College, Pasco, Washington

                      "Evolution of Ideas Involving Systems”, College of Art, Minia University, El Minia, Egypt

1997               “Early and Current Influences”, Okanagan University, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

                      “My Personal Work”, Vernon Art Gallery, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

1996               "My Personal Work", Norwich College of Art, Norwich, England

                      "Computer Use in the Arts at WSU", Norwich College of Art, Norwich, England

1991               "Regional Artists and Gallery Systems" (joint lecture), Far Eastern University, Vladivostok, Russia

1990               "My Personal Work", Department of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1989               Personal Work and Introduction to the Faculty Show, Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

                      Recent Paintings, Cornish College, Seattle, Washington

                      "Visual Numerical Artwork", Department of Art, Cornish College, Seattle, Washington

1988               "My Personal Work", Department of Fine Arts, California State University, Chico, California

                      "My Personal Work", Fine Arts Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

1987               "Computers and Creativity", South Eastern College Art Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

                      "Stones-Numbers-Computers", Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

1986               "My Personal Work with the Computer", Art Department, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee

                      "Art and Technology", Honors Lecture Series, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1985               "Stones and Stars", Honors Lecture Series, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

                      "Systems", Honors Class, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee              

1984               "Bronze Age Remains, Idea Sources, Visual Numerical Artwork", Orcas Island Theosophical Society,

                      Orcas Island, Washington

                      "The Creative Process Related To My Visual Numerical Artwork", Northwest Gifted Child Association,

                      Seattle, Washington

1982               Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, British Columbia

                      Art Department, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

1981               Art Department, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1977               Maidstone College of Art, Maidstone, England

1973               Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, England

                      Central School of Art, London, England

1972               Multi-media Presentation, Department of Fine Art, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

 

OTHER PARTICIPATION:

2009               Work renewed for inclusion in the Drawing Center Viewing Program

                      Advisor for MA in Art and Science, Mathematics and Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Arts,

                      London, England

2006               Work accepted into the Drawing Center Viewing Program and Slide Registery Drawing Center, New York, New York

                      Visiting Artist, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

2005               “CWU Intersections: Works on Paper” Panel discussion, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

2004               Artist Residency, Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington

2000               “Workshop, Systems Art and Nature”, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia

                      Participation in Vladivostok Biennial, Vladivostok, Russia

1999               "Workshop Systems Art and Geometry", College of Art, Minia University, El Minia, Egypt

                      Catalog introduction on the work of Jo Hockenhull, Ruth McLaurin, Mary MaCullough, Kelowna Art Gallery,

                      Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

1993               Performance of work from Contemporary Percussionist by Nicolle Anthony, The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts,

                      Green Bay, Wisconsin

1993               Art Selection Panelist - Invitational Competition, Washington State University Pullman, Washington

1993               Work represented in 'Archive 90' Cohen, London, Great Britain, Van Zon, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1990               External Assessor for Weber State University, Review of Department of Fine Arts, Ogden, Utah

1987--88         Board Member, The New Art Examiner - Mid-South

                      Board Member, The Arts and Humanities Council, Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, Tennessee

                      Art and Economics, Guest Speaker, Kiwanis, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1986--88          Advisory Board Member, Governor's School for the Arts, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1981-82          Contemporary Arts Council, Seattle, Washington

1980               Board of Advisors, And/Or Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1979-80           Special Projects Panel, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington

1978               Selection Panel of Earthworks II Project, Seattle, Washington

1977               Artists in School Scheme, Arts Council of Great Britain, Plymouth, England

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2001               CD “The Contemporary Percussionist, Twenty Etudes by Michael Udow and Christopher Watts.”

                      Published by Equilibrium with permission granted by Meredith Music Publications.

2000               Mondriaanhuis/Archive 90, Exhibition Catalog, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, Netherlands

1997               High Ground, “Two Studios One Bed”, Northwest Artist Book/Magazine

                      “Personal Grids, Spirals and Rotations”, Vernon Art Gallery Catalog

                      Artscribe, “Number, Pattern, Image”, Kelowna Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada

1991               Constructivist Forum, "Involvement with Spirals”, London, England

1988               Constructivist Forum, "Comments", A British Art Journal, London, England

1987-88           Contemporary Tennessee Drawings, Exhibition Catalog, Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee

1985-86          Colour & Systems, Exhibition Catalog, Arts Council of Great Britain (postponed).

1986               The Contemporary Percussionist: A Multiple Percussion Method, developed from my Numerical Artwork,

                      Udow & Watts, published Spring 1986, Meredith Music.

1982               Washington Years, Exhibition Catalog, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1978               Constructive Context, Exhibition Catalog, Arts Council of Great Britain.

                      On My Visual Numerical Artwork, Leonardo, Europe.

1977               6 X 6 Scanning, music notation for percussion, Udow & Watts, American Composers Alliance, New York City.

                      Performed: Stedleijk Museum, Holland; American Cultural Center, Paris; toured extensively

                      in the USA and Canada, 1978--to present.

 

REVIEWS:                                                                                                                                            

2011               Art ltd, Woodland Hills, California
2005               The Inlander, Spokane, Washington

2001               Spokesman Review, Spokane, Washington

                      Art Week, Preview, West Coast Publication

------                To be updated for the period 1991-2000

1991               Lewiston Morning Tribune, Lewiston, Idaho, Review by John McCarthy

1990               Nashville Business Journal, Nashville, Tennessee

1989               Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Washington

                      Review by Regina Hackett

1988               Daily Mail, London, England

1987               Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

1987               Art Academy News, Cincinnati, Ohio

1986               Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

1985               Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

1984               The Hartford County, Hartford, Connecticut

1983               Artweek, Oakland, California                      

                      Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Washington

1982               Art in America,          

                      S.P.U. Arts Magazine, Seattle, Washington

                      Vanguard Magazine, Canada

                      Argus Magazine, Washington

1981               Market Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                      Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Washington

1981               Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington

1979               Dartington Hall News, Dartington, England

1978               Artscribe, England

                      BBC National Radio, "Critics Choice," England

1975               London Evening Standard, London, England

 

COLLECTIONS:

                      Private collections in Europe and USA

                      First National Bank, Providence, Rhode Island

                      Seattle First National Bank, Seattle, Washington

                      Honeywell Inc., Seattle, Washington

                      Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                      Arts Council of Great Britain

                      Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington

                      Hartt School of Music Library, Hartford, Connecticut

                      H.C.A., Nashville, Tennessee

                      Third National Bank, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Endata, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Northern Telecom, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Bryan Penderton, Swats and McAllistor, Nashville, Tennessee

                      J. D. Nichols Associate, Atlanta, Georgia

                      Bass, Berry, Conners & Sims, Nashville, Tennessee

                      Washington State Arts Commission

                      Eastern Washington University/Spokane Center, Spokane, Washington

                      Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, Washington

                      Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

                      Financial Asset Management, Ltd., Seattle, Washington

                      Mondriaanhuis Museum, Amersfoort, Netherlands