Sanders Watson's oil paintings exlore the social implications of residences in Queens, N.Y.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The public is invited to an artist’s reception in conjunction with the new art exhibit at Lock Haven University. The exhibit, in the Sloan Fine Arts Gallery, showcases the work of Sanders Watson and can be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., October 6 – 29. The artist’s reception will be on Monday, Friday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. in the Sloan Gallery. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
For his show, Watson will be presenting works that he has completed over the last two years, which “investigate American housing structures, the real estate and art market, and the social effects of various housing structures.” His works, predominately oil painting, explore homes in Queens, New York, where he resides.
According to Watson, “These works reference various housing structures and the possible effects of perceived social status, which may include ethnicity, economic standing, and age.” Watson explained that his paintings “reveal another change in the housing landscape that affects the surrounding society.” He added, “While there are still ‘suburban’ areas in Queens, many of the old homes are quickly bought in favor of the convenient construction and quick financial gain of larger, easy-to-assemble apartments.”
Sanders Watson grew up in upstate New York where he received a B.A. from Binghamton University (1998), and a B.S. from the State University of New York at New Paltz (2003). In 2008 he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, where he had been studying under artists such as Kurt Kauper, Arthur Cohen, Justin Lieberman, and Maureen Connor.
Over the past 5 plus years Watson has been included in numerous group exhibits, some of which include; El Taller Latino Americano in Manhattan, Gallery 151 in Manhattan, the 3rd Rail Gallery in New Rochelle, N.Y., Harrington Arts in San Francisco, and the Wet Paint National Exhibit in Chicago, Illinois. He has also had work published in The Daily Constitutional (2007), and was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2010.
This free event is sponsored by the Lock Haven University Art Department in cooperation with the LHU Student Cooperative Council.