Patricia Watts has thrity years of experience as a curator. She specializes in underrecognized 20th century artists who embrace the human-nature relationship. Watts also works with mature artists to publish monographs, and with artists' estates/trusts to create archives and arrange for donations of artworks to museums. Other services she provides include development of public-private museums and art parks.

Watts has a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University, School of Professional Studies, and is USPAP compliant. She has been an Associate member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), New York.

Watts has a BA in Business Administration from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and an MA in Museum Studies/Exhibition Design from California State University, Fullerton. She is the Founder and West Coast curator of ecoartspace, a platform for artists addressing environmental issues in the arts since 1997. From 2005-2008, Watts was Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Northern California, where she managed and curated the Tom Golden Collection, one of the nation's largest collections of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's preparatory works. She has curated solo shows of Ruth Asawa's wire sculptures and paintings, selected from the Paul Lanier Collection; and Marguerite Wildenhain's ceramics from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection. From 2012-2017, Watts worked as consulting curator for the Marin Community Foundation in Novato, where she organized several large-scale group and monographic exhibitions focused on under-recognized mature and deceased artists of the North Bay Area.

In 2014 Watts worked with the estates of Jesse Reichek, Paul Beattie, John Anderson, Jenny Hunter Groat, and Adam Worden to curate the exhibition Inner Worlds at the Marin Community Foundation. To accompany the show she produced a 70-page catalogue with essays, which initiated her imprint Watts Art Publications (WAP). In 2016 WAP produced a 70-page monograph, with essay, on Woodacre artist Harry Cohen; a 30-page monograph, with essay, on Sausalito artist Marge Rector; and a 64-page catalogue of the works of Om Prakash for his exhibition at the Marin Community Foundation. In 2017 WAP produced a 66-page monograph for the Holman estate on the work of Marin County painter Arthur Holman (1928-2015). And, in 2018, WAP published a 100-page monograph of florescent abstract paintings by Richard Bowman (1918-2001). Watts then curated the exhibition Richard Bowman: Radiant Abstractions for The Landing Gallery in Los Angeles in 2019. 

In 2021, after three years of research, WAP completed a 146-page monograph titled Richard Faralla: Moment to Moment, covering the life and work of the Italian American Bay Area painter turned sculptor. Faralla (1916-1996) attended the California School of Fine Art from 1951 to 1953, and was given a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1966. Also in 2021, WAP published a monograph on the life and work of Ciel Bergman (1938-2017), a California nature based painter who moved to Santa Fe in the 1990s, as well as a monograph on non-objective art/science abstractions by Tesuque painter Shirley Crow in New Mexico.

Watts moved from the California to New Mexico full time in 2019 and is interested in artists who either attended or taught at the University of New Mexico, who then left to live in the Bay Area or elsewhere. She is also working with artists in the region whose practice has been influenced by nature.




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