Ellen Lewis Watson

Ellen Lewis Watson as born in Charleston, SC, but for the last 26 years has lived and worked in Dartmouth, MA.  Growing up in the south, on a coastline of miles of salt marshes, the land itself and the sense of place has always played a huge role in her work.  Only recently, after years of living in New England, has this landscape begun to seep into her work.


To use a shamanic term, her work is about ”walking between worlds”.  It is an attempt to see the unseen and to connect civilization and wilderness, conscious and unconscious, the mundane and the magical. That quality of being in an ordinary world, but also seeing and sensing the numinous always there just under the surface, is one that she seeks in her life and in her work.

Dedee Shattuck Gallery Exhibits:

Small Works, 2013

Small Works, 2012

Ellen Lewis Watson and Kimberly Witham, 2011

Inaugural Exhibit, 2011




Additional works available, to inquire about works, please email dedeeshattuckgallery@gmail.com or call 508-636-4177.



1978 M.F.A. in Sculpture, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

1975 B.F.A. in Painting, University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.

1971-72 Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg, Virginia

1970-71 Villa Brillantmont, Lausanne, Switzerland


1996- University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA. Visiting lecturer in drawing

1987-89 University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA. Visiting lecturer in Drawing

1986 Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA. Assistant Manager of Art

Supply and Bookstore
1983-85 Paul King Foundry, Johnston, RI. Moldmaking, wax casting, gating,

chasing and finishing
1982-83 University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA. Visiting Lecturer in

sculpture and drawing
1981-82 College of Charleston, SC. Instructor in drawing and painting 1980-81 Visiting Artist Program of the North Carolina Arts Council,

Artist in residence at Nash Technical Institute, Rocky Mount, NC Worked with all age groups, gave slide presentations and workshops

for schools and community organizations. 1979 Owensboro Area Museum, Owensboro, KY

Commissioned to make life-sized Indians from the archaic period for dioramas.

1978 Faculty at the Gibbes Art Gallery School, Charleston, SC.


1984 Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant

1978 Ford Foundation Materials Grant: specifically to work with epoxy and Polyester resins

1971 Annual Award for the Study of French Furniture, Villa Brillantmont, Lausanne, Switzerland


2010 UMASSDartmouth Faculty Exhibition, Dartmouth, MA

2009 Navio Gallery Invitational Tableware Exhibition, New Bedford,MA

2009 Invitational Slocum River Reserve Sculpture Exhibition, Dartmouth, MA

2008 UMASSDartmouth Faculty Exhibition, Dartmouth, MA

2007 Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Exhibition, Providence, RI

2007 UMASS Dartmouth Faculty Drawing Exhibition, Dartmouth, MA

2006 Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Exhibition, Providence, RI

Bronze Casting at U MASS Dartmouth Invitational Exhibition, Dartmouth, MA

2005 Women in the Arts Exhibition, Rogers Gallery, Mattapoisett, MA

2004 Adjunct Faculty Exhibition, UMASS Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

2002 “Artists Connected by Water” University Art Gallery, UMASS Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA.

2001-09 The Sculpture Path at Forest Hills Cemetery. An Outdoor Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Boston, MA.

2000 New Bedford Art Museum, UMASS Dartmouth Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, New Bedford, MA

1994 “Themes from the Garden”, Bristol Art Museum, juried exhibition

1993 “Women In the Arts”, Friends Academy, North Dartmouth, MA

1992 “The Rabbit Show”, Gallery 522, Spartanburg, SC. Invitational Exhibition

1991 Invitational Alumnae Exhibition, Ashley Hall School, Charleston, SC

1990 “Art 1990”, Invitational: New Bedford Child and Family Services, New Bedford, MA.

1988 Invitational: Former Students of Sigmund Abeles, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

1987 Anton Gallery, Four Sculptors Invitational, Washington DC.

1987 ‘Explorations”, exhibition of work by faculty in fine arts department, Southeastern Massachusetts University, Dartmouth Gallery, North Dartmouth, MA.

1986 “New England Women Artists”, Lowry Sims-juror, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1985 Bromfield Gallery, Members Exhibition, Boston,MA

1985 “Selected Works”, Southeastern Massachusetts University Gallery, North Dartmouth, MA

1985 “Southern Exposure” Brockton Art Museum, Invitational Exhibition, Brockton, MA

1985 Bromfied Gallery New Member Exhibition, Boston, MA

1984 Solo Exhibition, Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA

1983 The University of Georgia, Invitational Alumnae Sculpture Exhibition, Athens, GA

1983 Southeastern Massachusetts University Faculty Exhibition, North Dartmouth, MA

1982 Spoleto Festival USA 1982, College of Charleston Faculty Festival Exhibition, Charleston, SC

1981 Bernhardt Industries Annual Exhibition, Morganton, NC

1981 North Carolina Visiting Artists Exhibition, College of the Albermarle, Elizabeth City, NC

1981 Solo Exhibition, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, NC

1981 Solo Exhibition, Halifax Community College, Halifax, NC

1981 Solo Exhibition, Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC Davidson County Art Gallery, Four North 

1981 Carolina Visiting Artists, Lexington, NC

1981 Solo Exhibition, Wesleyan College of North Carolina, Rocky Mount, NC

1980 Spoleto Festival USA

1980, Spoleto Festival Club, Invitational Group Exhibition, Charleston, SC

1980 Solo Exhibition, Nash Technical Institute, Rocky Mount, NC NY Carlesberg Glytek Museum, International Festival of Women Artists, Copenhagen, Denmark

1980 Solo Exhibition, Middleton Gardens, Charleston, SC

1980 South Carolina Arts Commission Annual Exhibition, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

1980 Solo Exhibition, Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC

1979 Southeastern Graphics Invitational: traveling exhibition: Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

1979 Applachian State University, Boone, NC

1979 Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC

1979 Ashville Art Museum, Ashville, NC

1979 Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

1979 Spoleto Festival USA 1979, Charleston, SC

1979 Exhibitors Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, Charleston, SC Spring Mills Exhibition, Lancaster, SC

1978 Lyndon House Galleries, Group Exhibition, Athens, GA Lyndon House Galleries, Invitational Exhibition, 

1978 Athens, GA Spring Mills Exhibition, Lancaster, SC

1978 Solo Exhibition, Image Gallery, Athens, GA

1978 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Lyndon House Galleries, Athens, GA


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