VISUAL ARTS AWARDS
2010 Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art
Scott Watson is Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
(1989- ) and Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (2003- ). He is Director and Graduate Advisor for the Critical Curatorial Studies program, which he helped initiate in September 2002. Recent distinctions include the Alvin Balkind Award for Creative Curatorship in British Columbia Arts (2008), and the UBC Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts (2005).
Professor Watson has published extensively in the areas of contemporary Canadian and international art. His 1990 monograph on Jack Shadbolt earned the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (B.C. Book Prize) in 1991. Recent writing includes "Race, wilderness, territory and the origins of the Modern Canadian landscape" and "Disfigured Nature" (in Beyond Wilderness, Montreal: McGill University Press, 2007); "Transmission difficulties: Vancouver painting in the 1960s "(in Paint, Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2006); and "The Lost City: Vancouver Painting in the 1950s" (in A Modern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004). Recent and upcoming curated exhibitions include Mark Boulos (2010); Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings (2009); Exponential Future (2008); Intertidal : Vancouver art & artists (2005/06) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp; Stan Douglas: Inconsolable Memories (2005/06); Rebecca Belmore: Fountain (2005) for the Venice Biennale Canadian Pavilion; and Thrown: Influences and Intentions of West Coast Ceramics (2004), from which emerged the current publication project on British Columbia's studio pottery movement. He is presently researching Concrete Poetry for an upcoming publication and exhibition.
Professor Watson's research focus is contemporary art and issues, art theory and criticism, 20th century art history, curatorial and exhibition studies.