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LYNDA WATSON
418 DARWIN STREET
SANTA CRUZ, CA 95062
(831) 426-9209
lyndawatson@cruzio.com


EDUCATION

California State University, Long Beach, B.A., 1966; M.A., 1969; M.F.A., 1977


GRANTS and AWARDS (selected)

National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Craftsman’s Grant ($5000.), 1977-78
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship Grant ($15000.), 1984-85
Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year, 1998


TEACHING and RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE (selected)

California State University, Los Angeles, 1969-1970
Jewelry Designer, Signature V Collection, Reed and Barton Silversmiths, Taunton, MA 1976-7
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, head, Jewelry/Small Metals area,1970-1995, CabrilloARTS Workshop 2005-8
Studio Jeweler, exhibiting artist, arts activist, board member, workshop instructor,1995-present


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, N.Y. (now the Museum of Art and Design)
Robert L. Pfannebecker, Lancaster, PA
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS

1995
The Beautiful Object, solo retrospective exhibition, The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA

1995
Alchemy: Metals Made Precious: Lynda Watson-Abbott, 25 Years of Influence, The Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

1995
Jewelry from the Permanent Collection, American Craft Museum, New York, New York

1996
Cross Currents:I A Contemporary Survey of Jewelry by SNAG mMembers, juried,Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, England

1996
North American Metal Arts Exhibition: Heritage and Diversity, Montgomery College, Rockland, MD

1997,98
Watching and Waiting: Timepieces by Jewelers, invitational, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

1998
Metals: U.S.A., invitational, Visual Arts Center, North Carolina State University, Charlotte, NC

1998
Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year , solo exhibition, County Government Center, Santa Cruz, CA

2000
Drawn from Observation, two person exhibition, Smith Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

2001
Blade Slices Silk, A Contemporary Survey of Artistic Visions, Personal Themes and Techniques in Jewelry and Metals, invitational, Reese Bulln Gallery, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

2003
Beyond the Mines, The Art of Gold, Invitational, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2005
Juncture;Jewelry Media Connections, invitational., Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Houston, TX

2007
“Framing the Art of Jewelry”, curated Exhibition in Print, Society of North American Goldsmiths, SOFA, Festival Hall, Navy Pier Expo Center, Chicago, IL

2008
Exhibitions travels to Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, OR

2007-08
“And How! Celebrating Art and Soul in Contemporary Metalwork”,juried, The Gallery at the Airport, Eugene. OR

2008
New West Coast Design, juried, Velver da Vinci, San Francisco, CA

2008
Brilliant Metalwork:Jeweler’s Tatoo invitational, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, SOFA, New York, NY

2008
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

2009
“This House that I Call Home”, curated installation, Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA

2009
“For Artists, By Artists”, invitational, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Yuma Symposium, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ

2009
“Heirlooms of the Future”, invitational, Mobilia Gallery for SOFA, New York

2010
“Signs of Life, 2010”, Contemporary Jewelry Art Show and Literary Journal, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011-2012
"Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design" curated, Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York

2013
Mind, Heart and Hand: From the metal artist's studies, juried, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

2013
Three Plus One: Four Contemporary American Women Metalsmiths, Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

2014
"Bijoux" juried invitational jewelry show, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1995
“Beautiful Objects: The Work of Lynda Watson-Abbott”, Chrlotte Moser, essay in catalog to accompany exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA.

Metalsmith, March-April, 1982, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1983,Vol. 8, No. 4, 1988; Vol. 9, No. 3, 1989, Vol. 12, No. 4, 1992, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1993, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1995, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2003, Vol. 25, No 1, 2005, Society of North American Goldsmiths

1997
Nouvel Objet II, () Design House, Inc., Seoul, Korea

1997
Ken Cory: Jewelry from a Modern Alchemist, Tacoma Art Museum and the University of Washington, Seattle , WA

2002
A Creative Legacy: A History of the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship Program, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

2005
500 Bracelets Lark Books, Asheville, NC

2005
The Penland Book of Metal Jewelry, Lark Books, Asheville, NC

Jewelry Techniques and Jewelry-Concepts and Technology, Oppi Untracht, Doubleday, Garden City, NJ
Work has been shown and reviewed in numerous magazines, jewelry texts, surveys and technical books from1967 to the present including three Lark Books published in 2005.

2006
California design, The Legacy of West Coast Crafts and Style, Jo Lauria and Suzanne Baizerman, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA

Metalsmith Exhibition in Print Framing the Art of Jewelry, curated by Ellen Lupton, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Volume 27, No. 4, 2007

2009
"Design and Make: Mixed Media Jewellery:Methods and Techniques", Joanne Hayward, Macmillan Distribution Ltd., Houndsmills, Basingstroke, UK

2010
"500 Silver Jewelry Designs", Lark Books, Ashville, NC

2010
"Ten American Jewelers and Metalsmiths," published for V.I.P. Jewelry Professional Exchange Program to China.

2010
"Signs of Life" Contemporary Jewelry Art and Literature, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011
500 Felt Objects, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co., New York, New York

2011
"Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design" Volume 4 of the History of Twentieth Century American Craft, Abrams Publishing in Association with the Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York.

2013
Three Plus One: Four Contemporary American Women Metalsmiths," published by Ball State University, School of Art, Muncie, Indiana