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Brittany M. Watkins (b.1989, Carrollton, GA) is an interdisciplinary artist, gallery director, and educator based in Columbia, SC. Named a State Fellowship recipient for her large-scale installation works in 2024 by the South Carolina Arts Commission, she also received a South Arts State Fellowship (2022), and ArtFields' Juried Panel Prize (2018). Watkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of West Georgia (2012) and a Master’s Degree in studio art from Florida State University (2016). While in graduate school, she became increasingly concerned with the dissemination and support for art in the South; this encouraged her to establish and facilitate artist-run spaces and pop-up exhibitions throughout Tallahassee, where she served as the president and exhibitions coordinator at 621 Gallery for the 2018-2019 exhibition seasons before relocating to Columbia, South Carolina.

Her artistic practice examines contemporary society through a lens of psychoanalysis and social critique, informing her role as a gallerist, curator, and community organizer. In July of 2023, she was named the Director of the Goodall Gallery at Columbia College where she is working to elevate the gallery as a site for artistic dialogue open to all. She is currently producing a new body of work for her solo exhibition Impermanence & Abject Space at Greenville Center for Creative Arts (October 2024) as she completes construction on a backyard studio (the SH/ed/2). 

artist statement

As daily life becomes more deeply entrenched with the screen just a fingertip’s length away, the rapidly expanding consumer culture infiltrates our collective consciousness.  

My art examines the emotional, physical, and political detritus overflowing in present-day America. I examine the relationship between private, psychological space, and its counterpart: the public, edited, physical world through a lens of psychoanalysis. Domestic space (home) serves as a metaphor for the mind and gateway into the psychological; here, my process begins with collecting (physical things and information). These discarded objects, no longer functional, represent the individual, connecting widespread socio-economic concerns to personal fluctuations in stability.  

These immersive installations emerge on-site, as I arrive equipped with color and the edge of an idea. I learn from each place, situated in time, among its history and present day, inviting viewers to enter the artwork, as if stepping into a painting. This reality, separate from ordinary life and traditional art viewing, highlights the social psyche relating place to the formation of identity.  

When encountering my installations, vibrant colors first appear happy and light-hearted; however, upon closer inspection, these broken-down objects have been masked by a painted surface. Emotional tendencies such as insecurity and dependence emerge alongside compulsive object placement, exerting a need for control, like posturing the self for public display. This work acknowledges the facade of the mediated self that is further perpetuated by social media, thus, questioning a narrative that equates wealth and external gratification to happiness. These experiential works focus on the present, imploring viewer investigation and self-inquiry prompting one to consider their relationship to the material world. 



2023    South Carolina State University, Advanced Online Teaching Certificate, Orangeburg, SC**

2016        Florida State University, Masters of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Tallahassee, FL

2012       The University of West Georgia, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, Carrollton, Georgia    

2010    Art France Study Abroad, The University of West Georgia, Advanced Watercolors, France  


art awards, residencies, & commissions   

2023    South Carolina Arts Commission FY24 State Fellowship, $10,000 Columbia, SC***

2022    701 CCA Prize Finalist, three artists under 40 from SC, Columbia, SC*

2022    South Arts State Fellowship, South Carolina, $5000, Atlanta, GA***

2022    Public Art Commission, Olympia Mill District Art Trail, Columbia, SC**

2022    SC Arts Commission, Individual Artist Project Support Grant, Columbia, SC**

2020    Long Road Projects + Erie Arts & Culture, Independent Residency, Erie, PA

2020    Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters & Sculptors Grant Nominee*

2019    Finalist for Foundwork Inaugural Artist Prize, Top 50, New York City, NY*

2019    Hambidge Center for The Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA

2018    Psychic Jacuzzi Virtual Residency, Week-long Featured Artist, @psychicjacuzzi

2018    Six-week residency & solo show, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC

2018    Vermont Studio Center, one-month sculpture residency, Johnson, VT

2018     Merit Grant & Work Exchange Award, Vermont Studio Centers

2018    ArtFields Public Art Commission, TRAX Visual Art Center, Lake City, SC

2017    ArtFields Juried Panel Prize, <Accept [(Self) + Elsewhere], Lake City SC

2016     International Sculpture Competition, Student Nominee 

2016     Jim Boone Endowment for The Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL**    

2016    Resident artist, Soup Experimental, January-March, Tallahassee, FL

2015    Sculpture Area Award, Departmental Scholarship, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL    


solo exhibitions & installations

2025    Gadsden Museum of Art, Solo Exhibition, Gadsden, AL***

2024    South Carolina State University, Solo Exhibition, Orangeburg, SC**

2024     Greenville Center for the Arts, Solo Exhibition, Greenville, SC***

2023    Hilliard Museum of Art, Southern Prize & State Fellowship Exhibition, LaFayette, LA

2022    The Bo Bartlett Center, South Arts Southern Prize & State Fellows Exhibition, Columbus, GA

2022     Westobou Gallery, Curated by Allison Westerfield, Augusta, GA 

2022    Good News Arts Gallery, Solo Exhibition, High Creek FL

2021    Laundromat Art Space, curated by Allison Westerfield, Miami, FL

2020    Long Roads Projects + Erie Arts & Culture, Solo Installation, Erie, PA

2019     MINT Gallery, Curated by Jessica Helfrecht, Atlanta, GA**

2019    Park Ave. Studio, GUT/CUT, with Kelly Boehmer, Savannah, GA

2018    701 Center for Contemporary Art, Brittany M. Watkins, AFFECT-ED, BEING, Columbia, SC***

2018    621 Gallery, & Co. Duo Exhibit with Tenee Hart, Tallahassee, FL,

2018    ArtFields 2018: Featured Artist, Public Art Commission, Lake City Creative Alliance, Lake City, SC

2018     M.Chapel Projects, Something to Have, Sarasota, FL

2017    Pólar Festival, [ S O U R C E ] site 2, Stöðvarfjörður Iceland

2017     Tallahassee Glassworks, Object Relations with Gisela Fernandez, Tallahassee, FL     

2017    <Accept [(Self) + Elsewhere, 2017 ArtFields Competition, Lake City, SC            

2016    Museum of Fine Arts, FSU, MFA Graduating Artist, [The-Space-Between], Tallahassee, FL    

2016     SOUP experimental, Lucia; Not-Self, Main Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2014     Working Method Contemporary, Intimate Spaces, Looking Into; HER, Tallahassee, FL

2013     Kibbee Gallery, Juried Alumni & Faculty Show, Untitled, Atlanta, GA

2012    Bobick Gallery, An Internal Existence, The University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA


selected group & two-three person exhibitions

2023    701 CCA, Southern Prize & State Fellowship Exhibition, Columbia, SC

2023    City Hall Gallery, Women Empowering Fiber Traditions, Curated by Tenee Hart, Tallahassee, FL**

2023     University Galleries, Curated by Veronique Cote, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL**

2023    Gately Gallery, South Arts State Fellows Exhibition, Florence, SC**

2022    Bo Bartlett Center, South Arts Southern Prize & State Fellowship Exhibit, Columbus, GA

2022     Art Fair Philippines, Mono8 Gallery, Makati City, Philippines (March)

2022     Art in the Park, Mono8 Gallery, Makati City, Philippines (April)

2022    Xavier Art Fair, Mono8 Gallery, San Juan City, Philippines (October)

2022     Visayas Art Fair, Mono8 Gallery, Cebu City, Philippines (November)

2021       Art Fair Philippines, Mono8 Gallery, (Curated by Kelli Maeshiro), Manilla, Philippines

2022    Mono8 Gallery, Three-person show, Curated by Kelli Maeshiro, March, Manila, Philippines

2021    Art Fair Philippines, Curated by Kelli Maeshiro, April 2021, Manila, Philippines

2021    Mono8 Gallery, Three-Person Exhibition, August 2021**, Manila, Philippines

2020    Looking Forward to Tomorrow, Good News Arts Gallery, Rock Hill, FL

2020    The Shape of Things, 701 CCA, Curated by Wim Roeffs, Columbia, SC

2019    Future Present 19, Mono8 Gallery, Manila, Philippines 

2019    UWG Biennale, The University of West Georgia, Bobick Gallery, Carrollton, GA

2019    Vista Arts, Pop-Up Exhibition with Nick Boismenu, Columbia, SC

2019    Annual Faculty Show, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL, January

2018    Museum of Fine Arts, Faculty Show, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2017     Nasty Women Exhibition, Knockdown Center, I am Name Brand; A Role, Brooklyn, NY

2016     Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, Phyllis Strauss Gallery,"I am Name Brand; A Role,” Tallahassee, FL

2015    Art for Dinner, 621 Gallery, Performance, Tallahassee, Florida 

2015     Aqua Art Miami, International Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL

2015    Thomas Dean Gallery, Concrete Acquaintance, Atlanta, GA

2015    Rape Culture, Mattress #1, Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL

2015     More Than A Body, I am Name Brand; A Role, Oglesby Union Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2015    Mid-Point, Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL

2014    Tallahassee Mural Project, (with Elise Thompson) The Plant, Tallahassee, FL

2014     621 Annex, Live performance (in collaboration with Huisi He), Tallahassee, FL

2014    Art For Dinner, Live Performance, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2014    Untitled, SMALLS outdoor project space, Tallahassee, FL

2013      In The Making, Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL

2013     All Florida Ceramics Invitational, South Gallery at Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL

2013    The Dean’s Advisory Board Show, Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL

2012    Student Juried Exhibition, Bobick Gallery, The University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

2011    Student Juried Exhibition, Bobick Gallery, The University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

2011    25th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Douglasville Arts Center, Douglasville, GA

2011    6th Annual Juried Exhibition Open House, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Atlanta, Georgia

2010    Student Juried Exhibition, Bobick Gallery, The University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

2006    Student Juried Exhibition, Carrollton Cultural Art Center, Carrollton, GA

1995    Student Juried Exhibition, 2nd Place Prize, Carrollton Cultural Art Center, Carrollton, GA


teaching experience

2024    Greenville Center for the Arts, Artist Workshop, Greenville, SC, TBA*

2024    Adjunct Professor, U of SC, Interdisciplinary Relationships in the Arts, Columbia, SC

2023    Adjunct Professor, Columbia College, Art Appreciation & Special Topics, Columbia, SC

2023    Adjunct Professor, South Carolina State University, Art Appreciation, Orangeburg, SC

2023    Adjunct Professor, U of SC, Interdisciplinary Relationships in the Arts, Columbia, SC

2023    Guest Lecturer, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, TBA

2023    Guest Lecturer, South Carolina State University, For Professor LeDee & O’Hara, Columbia, SC

2021    Guest Lecturer, BFA Advancement, Website Building for Artists, Tallahassee, FL

2021    Guest Lecturer, Special Topics, Art+ Emotions, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ**

2019    Adjunct Professor, FSU, Contemporary Art & Design, Fall & Spring, Tallahassee, FL

2018    Guest Lecturer, Sarasota New Media College, Installation Preparation, Sarasota, FL

2017    Adjunct Professor, FSU, Contemporary Art & Design, Spring, Tallahassee, FL

2017    Adjunct Professor, FSU, Digital Foundations (two sections), Fall, Tallahassee, FL 

2016    Teaching Assistant, Performance with Clay, Spring, Tallahassee, FL

2016     Instructor, FSU, Media Workshop, Digital + Ceramics, Fall, Tallahassee, FL

2015    Instructor, FSU, Intro to Ceramics (hand-building), Tallahassee, FL

2014    Instructor, FSU, Intro to Ceramics (hand-building), Spring, Tallahassee, FL

2014     Teaching Assistant, Intro to Ceramics (hand-building), Fall, Tallahassee, FL


curatorial / juried exhibition highlights

2024    Goodall & Loft Galleries, Year-Round Exhibition Schedule, Columbia, SC

2024    Exhibition Juror,  Student Exhibition, The University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA***

2023    Goodall & Loft Galleries, September-October, Columbia College, Columbia, SC

2019    The University of West Georgia, Remote Dialogue (FSU Work), Carrollton, GA***

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Steven Benson, highway (re)Construction, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Gallery (Nan Boynton Gallery), Ananda Balingit-LeFils & Janae Easton, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Elysia Mann, Year Yellow, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Annex, UWG Student Exhibit, Remote Dialogue, Tallahassee, FL***

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Kathryn Shriver, Glamor & Mimicry, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Annex, Alex Ingle, Identity Informed then Performed, Tallahassee, FL**

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Allyson Comstock, Macro, Micro. & In-Between, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Gallery (Nan Boynton Gallery), Meg Pierce, Sanctuary, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Joe Roache, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Ry McCullough, DELICATESSEN, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Art for Dinner, Tallahassee, FL**

2019    621 Gallery (Nan Boynton Gallery), John Chang, Untitled, Tallahassee, FL

2018    621 Gallery (Main Gallery & Annex), Art+ Tech Fest, Tallahassee, FL**

2018    621 Gallery (Main Gallery & Annex), Art for All, Tallahassee, FL

2018    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Samantha Burns, The Self That Remains, Tallahassee, FL**

2018    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Dana Robinson, Gold Tin, Tallahassee, FL

2018    621 Gallery (Main Gallery), Sarah Marshall, Untrustworthy Night, Tallahassee, FL

2018    621 Gallery (Main & Nan Boynton Gallery), Casey McGuire, Tallahassee, FL**

2018    621 Gallery (Main & Nan Boynton Gallery ), Glenn Downing, Tallahassee, FL

2017    the sh/ED/, April Cluess, Tallahassee, FL***

2017    the sh/ED/, Colleen Itani, Picnic for___, Tallahassee, FL***

2016    SOUP Experimental, Background Noise, Jillian Marie Browning, Tallahassee, FL***


artistic leadership experience     

2023    Goodall Gallery Director, Columbia College, Columbia, SC-to present***

2020    Laundromat Art Space, Artist Facilitator with curator Allison Westerfield, Miami, FL 

2019    621 Gallery, Exhibitions Committee Member, 2019-20 exhibition season, Tallahassee, FL

2019    621 Annex, REMOTE DIALOGUE, organizer, juror, curator, Carrollton, GA & Tallahassee, FL

2018    621 Gallery President & Exhibitions Coordinator, Tallahassee, FL

2018    621 Gallery, Exhibitions Committee member & juror, Tallahassee, FL

2017    621 Gallery, Member of the Board of Directors, Tallahassee, FL

2017    Florida State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Manager, Tallahassee, FL

2017    Founder & Organizer of the SH/ed/, experimental exhibition space, Tallahassee, FL 

2016    Curation of Solo Exhibition by Jillian Marie Browning at SOUP experimental

2016    Social Media Director, SOUP experimental, Tallahassee, FL 

2015    Co-Director, SOUP experimental, Tallahassee, FL


notable collections

2023    Lindsey Kirby, Local Business Owner, Columbia, SC

2022    Brian Fischer, Local Business Owner, Columbia, SC

2021    Wim Roefs, Late Owner/Director of ifART Gallery, curator, Columbia, SC

2021    Long Road Projects, Special Edition, Jacksonville, FL

2018    Preston McClane, Past Curator of MOFA FSU, Tallahassee, FL

2017    Artfields Collective, site-specific installation, Lake City, SC

2017    Jill McClenon, Director of Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Brooklyn, NY

2010    The University of West Georgia, Department of Art, Carrollton, GA


press & publications    

2024    The West Georgian, UWG…Features Alumni…, Jeff Igbokwe,

2023    SouthXeast Contemporary Southeast Art Exhibit catalog, Florida Atlantic University

2023    701 CCA Prize Finalist Catalog, TBA

2022    South Arts Southern Prize & State Fellowship Catalog, 2022 State Fellows

2022    The Local Columbus, South Arts Fellowship at Bo Bartlett Center, Article 

             The Local magazine (

2022    71 Bait, September 6 Issue

            The Mill District Public Art Trail showcases the history of Granby Mills - 71Bait - 71 Bait

2022   The Daily Gamecock, September Article, Columbia, SC

            New art at Mills apartment remembers Columbia's textile history - The Daily Gamecock  University of South Carolina

2022    Burnaway, Close Look 119, July

2021    UNAFRAID Magazine, Artist feature, December 

2021    Yale University Radio, Artist Interview with Brainard Carey,, June

2019    Foundwork Featured Artist, Curated by Aaron Levi Garvey, December 

2019    CREATE International Art Magazine, Issue 13, Curated by Margaret Winslow, January

2018    Free Times: Art Review, Installation Invites Visitors to Explore the Psyche; Inner Reality

2018    Free Times: 8 Days a Week, Brittany M. Watkins, Columbia Craft Ocktoberfest…, Sep. 26

2018    Playlist: Features, Volume 3, Issue 4, Unrivaled Displays, Lindsay S. Buchanan, Pages 4-5

2018    Artfields 2017 Catalog, 2017 Winners + 2017 Accepted Artist, Page 284

2017    Florida State University College of Fine Art News, Art Alumna Brittany Watkins

2017    The Times Georgian, Local Artist Wins ArtFields Competition, May 17, 2017, A11

2016    Goliath Magazine, Minneapolis, MN

2012    The West Georgian, “…Watkins Molds her Future,” Emily Deaver, Volume 64-Issue 11

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