Chris Watts

Chris Watts (b. 1984) is a multidisciplinary artist who, through the transfiguration of painting, drawing, video, and installation, interrogates social and personal narratives. This interrogation is not to simply supplement a new narrative, but to create a project of disruption. Watts’ work has been exhibited at institutions including the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI; Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC; Winston Salem State University, NC; Greensboro College, NC; High Point University, NC; and the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France. Watts has held residencies with the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation, Chelm, Poland (2019); the McColl Center for Art + Innovation; Charlotte, NC (2019 and 2010); Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, New York, (2018); and the Lower Manhattan Culture Council Workspace Program, New York, NY (2016-2017). He participated as a Fellow in the Art & Law Program at Cornell University, NY (2018) and was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship in 2014. He has studied at the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and at the Yale University School of Art. Watts shares his time between New York and North Carolina.