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

She has a proclivity to delve into controversial subjects which lend a raw, hard-edged quality to her work. This in-your-face, intenseness adds an extra dimension to her prints. The work explores a broad range of topics – the women’s suffrage movement, the pain and isolation of immigration, the joy and burden of motherhood, depression, slavery.

Georganne grew up in Kobe, Japan from 1962 until 1974 and lived and worked in Tokyo and Osaka between 1979 and 1985. It was here that she began to study the arts with a Master of the traditional Japanese painting and printmaking methods.

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 Visual Arts at the University level for 12 years and is currently a Visual Arts Instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon.

 

EDUCATION
1992 – MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1989 – BA in Art from Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
1979-81 Studied Japanese Painting with Master Artist Kawasaki, Kobe, Japan

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
1997-Present The American Print Alliance
1997-Present Print Arts Northwest
1998-2003 Gallery 114

ART ADMINISTRATION
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, Artquake Visual Arts Program

SOLO EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS
2009 – Georganne Watters, National Centre for Art, Salon Installation, Sophia, 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

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

2009 – National Centre of Art, Contemporary Collection, Sophia, Bulgaria
2004 – 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 – Artquake, stage set, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR

GRANTS
2002 – FRDB, Visiting Artist, Provdiv, Bulgaria
1999 – FRDB, Art in Education Conference, New York, NY

MEDIA COVERAGE AND PUBLISHED ARTICLES
10-4-2002 The Oregonian, “Best Pick” Fiqures in Landscape, Gallery 114
10-6-1996 CBS, “Time to Care,” speaking on “Art Teaches Tolerance”
6-29-1996 The Oregonian, “Church celebrates art at day camp for kids”
6-15-1995 The Oregonian, “Artist Expose,” studio visit and photo feature
11-3-1994 The Oregonian, “Mt. Hood Gallery Show,” Definitions installation

GROUP EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS
2009 – Contemporary Prints, Multnomah Art Center, Portland, OR
2006 – 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
2003 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
2002 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
2001 – Print Symposium, Portland Area Galleries, Portland, OR
2001 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
2000 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
1999 – New Works, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
1999 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, Gresham, OR
1998 – In a Floating World, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
1997 – The Pose, Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham City Hall, Gresham, OR
1997 – Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MHCC, OR
1997 – Northwest Print Council Regional Exhibit, Gresham City Hall, OR
1996 – Artists on Paper, Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham City Hall, OR
1996 – Literary and 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, juried exhibit, Diego Rivera Gallery, SF, 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

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