Bio (scroll down)

From: Marlborough, Massachusetts
Life: 1982-Present
Currently Living in: New York
Career: Conceptual Artist

 

Nicky Watts Photo by Rich Castro

photo by Rich Castro

"You may say that Im a dreamer, but Im not the only one. I hope someday youll join us, and the world will be as one."
John Lennon
 

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education
8/2003 to 5/2008

Brigham Young University International Study Abroad Program, Nahuala', Guatemala
Anthropology Research: Indigenous Teacher's Relationship with Politics
2006

Klemmer and Associates, Nationwide
Specialty Leadership Training
8/2008 to 5/2012

Las Vegas Urban Chamber
Money Matters Personal Finance and Nxt Level Training for Entrepreneurship
3/2014 to 8/2014

Awards/Honors

Jewish Nevada, Delegate for the Ramat HaNegev Bachman Young Leaders Partnership Program between Las Vegas and Israel. 2017

Nevada Arts Council from National Endowment of the Arts, 2015

Honored by Dean of The University of Illinois at Chicago for fundraising efforts within the Photography Department. 2004

 

Guest Lectures and Artist Talks

Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada; March 2014

Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; October 2013

Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada; September 2013

Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California; August 2011

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; August 2011

Vegas Artist Guild, Las Vegas, Nevada; February 2010

Theta Healing Convention with Vianna Stibel, Las Vegas, Nevada; February 2010

 

Curated Exhibitions

Wear Recycle Retrospect
Pacific Southwest Building; Fresno, California*; August 2013

Wear Recycle Mediums Explored: Enclosed
Contemporary Arts Collective; Las Vegas, Nevada*; November 2011

The Wear Recycle Poster Show: Nice Never Lasts
Popup Exhibition; San Francisco, California*; August 2011

Wear Recycle Mediums Explored: Random Findings
Zen Yoga at Emergency Arts; Las Vegas, Nevada*; June-October 2011

Wear Recycle Mediums Explored: Operation
Blackbird Studios; Las Vegas, Nevada*; February 2011

Wear Recycle Mediums Explored: One
Blackbird Studios; Las Vegas, Nevada*; November 2010

The Wear Recycle Poster Show: Seasons
Space; Las Vegas, Nevada*; July 2010

A Gift to the People of Nahuala’
On Stage at Thursday and Sunday Market, group show; Nahuala’, Guatemala*; August 2006
First time the community had seen an art exhibit or documentary photography

Jay Pearson 1,000 Miles Shy
New Works Gallery; Chicago, Illinois; April 2006

Miscellaneous Mischief
New Works Gallery, group show; Chicago, Illinois*; March 2006

Interpretations of Faith
New Works Gallery, group show; Chicago, Illinois*; November 2005

Susan Sensemann Reveals
New Works Gallery; Chicago, Illinois; April 2005
Sensemann secured international residency from this exhibition

Winter Blues
New Works Gallery, group show*; Chicago, Illinois; March 2005

Kink
Transmission Gallery, group show*; Chicago, Illinois*; April 2004

 

Exhibitions

Isolation
Brett Wesley Gallery; Las Vegas, Nevada' March 2013

Wear Recycle Mediums Explored: Broken Hearts
SUB Mission; San Francisco, California; July 2011
A fashion show benefit for Women Against Rape

The Wear Recycle Poster Show: Seasons
The Elephant Room, INC; Chicago, Illinois; February 2010

Spiral Workshop Final Exhibition
Great Space, student show, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, Illinois; December 2007

I Am Not All
67th Annual Applied Anthropology Convention; Tampa, Florida; March 2007
First time the convention included an art exhibit

Double Team
Transmission Gallery, group show; Chicago, Illinois; October 2004

Portraits Still
Transmission Gallery, group show; Chicago, Illinois; May 2005

Transit Fashion Show
Club Transit; Chicago, Illinois; December 2003

 

Tours

Nicky Watts In A Box World Tour, Part I
United States tour, 31 cities; July 2013 – December 2013

Deliberate Underground Tour
United States tour, nine cities; May-November 2011

The Accident Tour
United States tour, six cities; October 2009 – February 2010

 

Performances

Website Launch Party Ballet
Skin City Studios; Las Vegas, Nevada; November 2016

Connecting with God: Inter-Faith Ballet
Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church; San Francisco, California; November 2016

Ballet in the Park for G-d
Griffith Park; Los Angeles, California; December 2016

Bound But Not Silent with Jules Jameson
Outside the Federal Court Building; Las Vegas, Nevada; December 2016

Ballet with Hebrew Cupcakes
Dragonridge Country Club; Las Vegas, Nevada; October 2016

Ballet Announcement: Honoree to Ariel Triunfo
Eden Gallery; Las Vegas, Nevada; August 2016

Kissing Booth Confessional
Private residence; Las Vegas, Nevada; April 2014

Separation
Rouge Festival; Fresno, California; March 2014 (four performances)

Confusion To Keep Away
Brett Wesley Gallery; Las Vegas, Nevada; March 2014 (two performances)

Nicky Watts In A Box, Parts I – XV Unites States
U.S. public streets, private locations, and various events; July 2013 – December 2013
Impromptu performance locations include Art Basel Miami, The Met, MOMA, Chelsea Arts District, Rogue Festivals, Greyhound buses, Amtrak United, grocery stores, various galleries, public and private events, and others. More than 75 days spent in box. Fifteen 3- to 30-day-long performances.

Attempt To Focus
Outside SCOPE at Art Basel; Miami, Florida; December 2013

Attempt To Focus With Raw Milk
Sean Christopher Gallery; Columbus, Ohio; November 2013

Above And Below
Salonathon: Bump In The Night, Beauty Bar; Chicago, Illinois; October 2013

Attempt To Focus
32 Forty Gallery, Yolk; Chicago, Illinois; October 2013 (two performances)

Confusion To Keep Away
The Curio Show, Upstairs Gallery; Chicago, Illinois; October 2013

Woe Is Me
Queen City Fringe Festival; Charlotte, North Carolina; October 2013

Negative Spaces
Pacific Southwest Building; Fresno, California; August 2013

Run
Pacific Southwest Building; Fresno, California; August 2013

The Wear Recycle Poster Show: Nice Never Lasts
Dolores Park; San Francisco, California; August 2011 (seven-day performance)

The Wear Recycle Poster Show: Seasons
SPACE, Las Vegas, Nevada; July 2010 (five-day performance)

The Wear Recycle Poster Show: Seasons
Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; February 2010 (five-day performance)

Bound But Not Silent
New Works Gallery; Chicago, Illinois; March 2006