Marie Watt

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Marie Watt
Born 1967 (1967)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality Seneca Nation of New York
Education MFA, Yale University School of Art, BA Willamette University, AFA Institute of American Indian Arts
Known for installation, printmaking
Notable work(s) Blanket Stories[1]
Awards 2009 Bonnie Bronson Award, the Contemporary Northwest Art award, and the Betty Bowen award[2]
Patron(s) Willamette University, Seattle City Light, and Portland Community College[2]

Marie Watt (born 1967) is a contemporary artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Part Seneca, Watt has created work centered on contemporary Native American themes.


Marie Watt was born in 1967 in Seattle, Washington.[2] She holds a BA degree in art from Willamette University and a Master's Degree from Yale University. She has also studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


Watt's art is primarily lithography and sculpture. For her sculpture, she uses a variety of materials, including everyday objects, as well as textiles, alabaster, slate, and cornhusks. In 2002, her stone sculpture Pedestrian was installed along the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland. Her work has appeared in several exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest.[3]


In September 2004, as part of the Continuum 12 artists series, an exhibit of her work opened in New York City and the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibit includes Blanket Stories, a sculpture made of two towers of wool blankets, with each stack sewn together with a central thread. The blankets are ones Watt collected over several years, including many Hudson's Bay point blankets that were given to Native Americans in trade by the Hudson's Bay Company during the 19th century.

She is currently a professor at Portland Community College and the gallery coordinator of its Northview Gallery.


Watt won the 2009 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award, the 2007 Anonymous Was A Woman Award, the 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship and the 2005 Eiteljorg Museum Artist Fellowship.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tremblay, Gail. "Marie Watt." Museum of Contemporary Native Arts: Vision Project. (retrieved 10 May 2011)
  2. ^ a b c "Visiting Artist Series: Marie Watt." University of Oregon: Visiting Artist Series: Marie Watt | School of Architecture and Allied Arts - University of Oregon. (retrieved 10 May 2011)
  3. ^ Marie Watt at PDX, PORT, Portland

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