Education:                                                                                                                                          

B.A. Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, May 1999

MFA California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, May 2006          

 

Awards and Recognition:                                                                                                                   

Community Leadership Award - Bayview Rotary Club of SF, June 2017

Visiting Artist/lec.  Rhode Island School of Design, October 2020

Visiting Artist/lec. Univ. of San Francisco, September 2020

Visiting Artist/lec. Augusta State University, February 2020

Visiting Artists, UC Fullerton, April 2015

Visiting Artist, Centre College, November 2003 & 2016

Guest Lecturer for Glass Dept. California College of Arts 2004 & 2005

Visiting Artist, Massachusetts College of Arts April 2004

 

Professional Experience:         

Public Glass- San Francisco, Executive Director 2012-present

California College of the Arts- Glass Dept. Faculty Fall 2016-present 

Co-founder of Related Tactics Collective w/ Michele Carlson and Weston Teruya, 2016 - present

Sierra College, Summer Session Instructor, 2012-2016

San Francisco State University, Instructor, August 2007- 2012 

Southern Exposure Gallery, Curatorial Committee, Fall 2010 –2012

John Lewis Glass - Fabricator, 2006

Urban Glass, Brooklyn NY - Instructor, Jan. 2004-2005

 

Related Professional Activities:

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee member, Pilchuck Glass School, 2020-present           

Co-founder, Glass Impact, coalition of glass focused community arts organizations, 2020-present          

Curator, 4900 Third Street project space, Bayview neighborhood storefront secured and established for artist projects, 2020-present          

Curatorial committee member, Southern Exposure, 2010-2012              

 

Writing/Media:

Related Tactics. “The Whiteness of Glass.” New Glass Review. Vol. 41. 2020. pg. 4-5.

Watson, Nate. “An Important Message.” Glass Art Society Newsletter. Spring 2020, Volume 32, Issue 2. pg. 3

Page, Andrew. “Interview: Nate Watson expands on his public statement on the glass-art field's lack of representation.” Glass Quarterly. June 28, 2020. 

Waggoner, Shawn. “Nate Watson.” Talking Out Your Glass podcast. Season 5, Episode 24. August 6, 2020.

Watson, Nate. “Why Me?.” Glass Art Society Conference Journal. 2015. pg. 56-57.

 

Exhibitions/Presentations

2020

The Future Now, a site specific exhibition located along the 3rd Street Corridor in SF,  organized by Astria Suparak with the University of San Francisco’s Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class for the USF Thacher Gallery.

 

Never Again Is Now, Southern Exposure Gallery 

 

2019

Task of Remembrance (Present Tense Biennial), Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA  [with Related Tactics]

 

Ready,  Berkeley Art Center  (w/related tactics)

 

Museum of Capitalism, Kellen Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY [with Related Tactics]

 

2018

Protest Work Ethics: Institutions After Capitalism Museum of Capitalism, Oakland CA (w/Related Tactics)

 

2017  

Bling Blang, You Bring the Hammer, I’ll Bring a Nail: Artworkers in Southeast SF Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Community College of SF

 

No Matter the Intentions, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco [with Related Tactics]

 

2016  

Issued ID: Minority As Brand, Black & White Projects, San Francisco [with Related Tactics]

 

Declarations For the New Year w/ Related Tactics for the Southern Exposure Gallery (w/Related Tactics)

 

Artist in Residence @ Real Time and Space

 

Added Value (collaboration with lead artist Stephanie Syjuco), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA [with Related Tactics]

 

2015

SPARKS California Glass Networks 1960’s - present     Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Gallery 

 

BECON Conference Presenter -  Developing diverse arts programming for under-resourced populations , Bullseye Glass Co. Emeryville, CA 

 

Why Me,  Glass Art Society Performance, demonstration, and essay for the International Conference in San Jose, CA  

 

2013 

NOMA Gallery, SF    Shades of Grey      

curated Unique and Unexpected  Google SF: showcasing processes and possibilities 

 

2012 

Refusalon Gallery, SF   

Sierra College  Summer Faculty Exhibition

Museum of Craft and Folk Art   

Co-founded the Light a Spark program @ Public Glass- an arts program for under-served Bay Area youth 

 

2006

California College of the Arts MFA  Exhibition   

2004

Providence Children’s Museum    

Rhode Island Foundation Grant Exhibition  Slater Mill, RI