Nathan Watson currently lives and works in San Francisco as an artist, designer, and the Executive Director of the Bayview arts non-profit Public Glass. His work investigates a range of issues from equity and privilege to materiality and labor, but always with a focus on practical applications in addressing complex social issues. Before pursuing his graduate degree at the California College of Arts in 2004, Nate received a BA in history from Centre College and was awarded grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Rhode Island Council For the Arts for his work concerning immigration and craft.
Nate has lectured and taught nationally as a visiting artist at the Massachusetts College of Art, Centre College in KY, UC Fullerton, San Francisco State University, and at conferences addressing issues surrounding arts education, youth programming and social justice. In 2012 Nate co-founded Light A Spark, a glass focused arts program that provides rare opportunities and resources for youth in the underserved communities of San Francisco.
His visual work, often formed by constructed architectural interventions and poetic imagery, has been the subject of exhibitions at the Noma Gallery and Refusalon in San Francisco, POST in Los Angeles and numerous surveys of contemporary artist using glass as an element in their practices. As a curator, Nate has contributed to exhibitions at Southern Exposure, Google, The Reclaimed Room at Building Resources and directs the gallery and artist in residence programs at Public Glass.
Michele Carlson is a practicing artist, writer, educator, and curator whose trans-disciplinary research investigates the intersections of history, loss, power, and visual culture.
Her visual works, primarily collaged drawings on paper, have been exhibited nationally at venues including Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Intersection for the Arts, and Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles. She has received awards and fellowships from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Reader’s Digest Museum Foundation. Her critical and creative writings have been published in numerous publications including Art in America, Hyphen, Art Practical, and Afterimage and various exhibition catalogs. She is a regular contributor for KQED Arts where she writes about art and digital culture.
In addition to her visual work and writing practices, Carlson was formerly the Editor in Chief for Hyphen, a national print and online publication focusing on Asian American culture and politics and was a member of the Curatorial Committee at Southern Exposure, in San Francisco. Her most recent curatorial project was Estamos el Mura | We Are Against the Wall a solo project by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik. She is Board President at SOMARTS Cultural Center, SF, CA.
She teaches in the graduate Fine Arts and graduate Visual and Critical Studies departments at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. She lives in Oakland, CA and is currently working on an independent series of essays called The Visits, which engage the intersections of incarceration, memory, place and visual culture. Carlson is the Executive Director of Art Practical.
Weston Teruya is an artist and arts policy advocate. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts in Oakland. Teruya has also exhibited at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Palo Alto Art Center. Weston was an Irvine Fellow at the Lucas Artist Residency of the Montalvo Arts Center, a 2009 Artadia awardee, a 2014 CCI Investing in Artists grantee, and one of the 2015 inaugural Art+Practice+Ideas artists-in-residence at Mills College. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. He has a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Asian American Studies from Pomona College.
Alongside his studio practice, Weston is an appointed member of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission where he chairs the grants committee and serves on the policy committee. He also worked for the Community Investments program (formerly Cultural Equity Grants) of the San Francisco Arts Commission for eight years. He has been a grant panelist and juror for institutions including the Center for Cultural Innovation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure, and California College of the Arts. Weston has curated exhibitions for Southern Exposure, Kearny Street Workshop, and the Berkeley Art Center and written for Hyphen magazine.