interdisciplinary artist, curator, and culture producer
Stewart Watson (pronouns: she/her/they) is an artist, curator, partner, collaborator, educator, developer, culture producer, and community leader. She is from Baltimore City, Maryland currently living and working in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey with her family since 2019. Until March, 2022, She was founder, owner, and Executive Director of the artist run exhibition space and accompanying 40+ artist studios known as AREA 405. It was in the massive 66,000 square foot building where she empowered community and the arts for 20 years. AREA 405 is a catalyst and hub for creativity, collaboration, artistic foundation in heart of Baltimore City, Maryland, USA, creating a platform outside the not-for-profit and institutional realm where artistic autonomy took the lead and inspired a generation of artists. Stewart received her BFA in sculpture from The Pennsylvania State University and her interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts(MFA) from The University of Maryland where she was an Anne Truitt Scholar, Daniel Nicholson Olkhe Award winner, teacher, and became a parent all whilst continuing her laundry list of responsibilities at AREA 405. Among the many accolades and honors she has garnered over the years, she received an Americans for the Arts PAN Public Art Review National Recognition(2018), Baker Artist Award finalist (2018), Sadat Art for Peace Competition Winner (2010), Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Finalist (2014) , and is the recipient of scores of individual artist awards and grants. Stewart continues to learn, create, and expand her connections with communities far and near.