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 Michele Carlson is a multidisciplinary practitioner working across the fields of art, writing, publishing, and collective practice. As an artist, her visual work has been exhibited nationally at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Korean Cultural Center LA, Cerasoli Gallery LA, and Kearny Street Workshop. She has received residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, and Montalvo Center for the Arts.
Carlson is one of three founding members of the arts collective Related Tactics, which facilitates projects at the intersection of race, art, and culture. Their projects have been supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, Berkeley Art Center, Kellen Gallery (New York, NY), Augusta University, and Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant program.
Her critical writings on art and culture can be found in numerous publications including KQED, Art in America, Hyphen, and Afterimage. She is currently working on a manuscript titled The Visits, which examines the way kinship and family are constructed set against the backdrop of incarceration and transnational adoption. This project was recently supported by the San Leandro Arts Commission individual artist grants.
Carlson’s curatorial work, exhibited at Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA) and ProArts Gallery (Oakland, CA) have been reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, Art Papers, KQED Arts, Art Practical, and East Bay Express.
From 2016-19 she was the Executive Director at Art Practical, a West Coast arts media and publishing organization based in San Francisco, CA and taught at California College of the Arts. She currently lives and works in the Washington DC-area and is Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Corcoran School or Art and Design at George Washington University.
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.