Biography –John Watson

A native of Indianapolis, IN, John Watson received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland and his BFA from Webster University. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Vanderbilt University, HEMPHILL in Washington, DC, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO, Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis, and the Savannah Gallery in Atlanta, GA, among others. Working primarily with reclaimed wood, mostly salvaged from the cast-offs of trade and industry, building sites, or home remodeling projects, Watson builds objects and installations that reference the spaces and places of the built environment. He taught sculpture in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis from 2004-2012, and currently serves on the faculty in the Department of Art at Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he lives with his wife and two dogs. When not making or teaching, he puts his energy towards playing hurling, a fast paced field sport, with the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club, which he co-founded with Anji Wall in 2013.