Kimono Wings, 36x72 inch woodcut prints hand-sewn into a paper kimono with gold leaf

Georganne Watters is an internationally celebrated printmaker. Her one-of-kind prints are unique not only in actual size, but also because of their powerful, provocative, and larger-than-life graphic appeal.

Georganne Watters spent her youth in Japan leading her to study with traditional Japanese painting and printmaking masters.  She incorporates aspects of her early training in her work as she explores the journeys and stories of her characters.  Her monumental prints evoke a hauntingly provocative presence where her mystical characters dominate their worlds. 

Recent assemblages of her prints into sumptuous kimono, referred to as, “something to wear,” offer a sculptural vantage point.  The kimono houses both the internal and external world of each character, enhancing the poetry of her work.

Watters works in Portland, Oregon and shows in selected local, national and international locations.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Marylhurst University and a Master’s of Fine Art in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught printmaking, drawing and art history at the college level for over 20 years.

Something to Wear, 36x72 prints assembled into a kimono embossed with gold leaf, trimmed with satin fabric.

EDUCATION
1992 MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1989 BA in Art from Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
1981 Studied Moku Hanga with Master Artist Mochizuki, Kobe, Japan
1979-81 Studied Sumi-e with Master Artist Kawasaki, in Kobe, Japan

ART PROJECTS
2003-04 Director, New Generation Print, regional student print exhibit
1997-99 Chair, Tri-Met Percent for Art
1997 Member, Portland State University Urban Center Artist Selection
1997-99 Chair, Gresham City Council Art Advisory
1995-97 Member, Gresham City Council Art Advisory
1997 Member, Gresham Downtown Association Development Public Art
1996 Director, First Presbyterian Church Fine Arts Summer Program
1994&95 Producer, Portland Oregon’s Art Festival, Artquake’s 100 Artists

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
1997-Present Member, Print Arts Northwest
1998-2003 Artist Member, Gallery 114

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS
2009 – National Centre of Art, Contemporary Collection, Sofia, Bulgaria
2004 – Northwest Printmakers Collection, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
2004 – City Architect Offices, Provdiv, Bulgaria
1998 – Envisage Studios, Portland, OR
1998 – Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
1995 – Portland Art Festival, Artquake, stage set, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR

SOLO EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS
2012 – Georganne Watters, Weighing of Souls, Place Gallery, Pioneer Square, Portland, OR
2011 – Georganne Watters, Weighing of Souls, Art’emilia, Parma, Italy
2009 – Georganne Watters, National Centre for Art, Salon Installation, Sofia, Bulgaria
2008 – Georganne Watters, Elizabeth Loft Gallery, Portland, OR
2004 – Georganne Watters, TRAKART Gallery, Provdiv, Bulgaria
2003 – Floating World, Provdiv, Bulgaria
2002 – Figures in Landscape, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
1997 – PRINT, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
1997 – Out of Chaos, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
1996 – Jacob’s Ladder, Chapel Hall Gallery, Portland, OR
1995 – Mind, Body, Spirit, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR
1995 – Spiritual Definitions, Raindance Gallery, Portland, OR
1994 – Definition, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
1992 – Art as Communicator, American Language Academy, Berkeley, CA

GROUP EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS
2019 – XII Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy
1997/2018 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, OR
2014 – Au Naturel, The Nude in the 21st Century, Royal Nebeker Gallery, Astoria, OR
2013 – Community Ground II, Linn Benten Community College, Albany, OR
2012 – Community Ground, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR
2009 – Contemporary Prints, Print Arts Northwest, Multnomah Art Center, Portland, OR
2006 – Northwest Printmakers, Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, OR
2005 – Honoring Ray Trayle, Visual Arts Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
2004 – Honoring Ray Trayle, Printmakers, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 – SOIL, Provdiv, Bulgaria
2001 – Print Symposium, Portland Area Galleries, Portland, OR
1999 – New Works, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
1998 – In a Floating World, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
1997 – The Pose, Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham City Hall, Gresham, OR
1997 – Northwest Print Council Regional Exhibit, Gresham City Hall, OR
1996 – Artists on Paper, Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham City Hall, OR
1996 – Literary Visual Art Forum/Exhibit, Chapel Hall Gallery, Portland, OR
1992 – MFA Thesis Exhibition, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
1991 – MFA Spring Show, juried exhibit, McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 – Prints Under Pressure, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 – Possibilities: Contemporary Printmaking, Marylhurst University, OR
1989 – Spring Show, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
1988 – Spring Show, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
1982 – Friendship Spring Exhibit, Kobe Friendship House, Kobe, Japan

Georganne Watters has an extensive background in the arts, please contact to request a full length bio.