founder/curator of ecoartspace
Founder of ecoartspace, Patricia Watts has researched art and nature practitioners since 1994. She has participated as a panelist at numerous conferences and has given lectures at art departments internationally. Watts most recently curated MAKE:CRAFT (2010) at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and EcoArchive (2011) at Intersection 5M in San Francisco. She has project managed several temporal site-specific ecological artworks including for the exhibition Hybrid Fields at the Sonoma County Museum (2006), and a public art installation on Crissy Field in the Presidio (San Francisco) entitled Windsock Currents (2005) for UN World Environment Day. Watts was chief curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, CA (2005-2008).
ecoartspace (www.ecoartspace.org) provides a curatorial platform for artists addressing environmental issues in the visual arts. Since 1999, Patricia Watts and Amy Lipton, operating from the East and West coasts of the United States, have curated more than 40 exhibitions, 75 programs, and have worked with more than 400 artists and collaborated with more than 150 organizations. They advocate for international artists whose projects range from scientifically based ecological restoration to product based functional artworks, from temporal works created outdoors with nature to eco-social interventions in the urban public sphere, as well as more traditional art objects. They are currently developing a media archive of video interviews with artists and a collection of exhibitions ephemera for research purposes.