Greg Watts, DeanGreg Watts

Dean
Professor, Fine Art Photography
Interim Co-chair, Department of Studio Art
Office of the Dean

940-565-4001
Art Building, Room 101


A native of Cambridge, England, Greg Watts received an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Denver, Colo., an M.F.A. in fine art: photography at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and a bachelor's degree in fine art: printmaking from Kingston University, London. He also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University, Boston, Mass.

Artist Statement • Website

I am intrigued by the history of things; the journey a stamp has traveled that I may never take,
the fingerprint on a photograph that imbues science with human error, the cut-up collage of Punk culture,
the monochromatic emotions of Film Noir, the seductive quality of Titian red...
Assembled fragments take their form,
I layer material and meaning, bringing together disparate images.
My artwork is a response to memories,
What I lose and what I find...

Memberships

College Art Association
International Council of Fine Arts Deans
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
   • Vice President, National Association for Schools of Art and Design, 2020-2023
   • Chair, NASAD Commission on Accreditation, 2017-2020
   • Executive Committee and Board Member 
National Council of Arts Administrators
Society for Photographic Education
Business Council for the Arts, Dallas

More about Greg Watts

Artist, educator and administrator, Greg Watts is the Dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. One of the largest stand-alone colleges of its kind, CVAD includes departments of Art Education, Art History, Design and Studio Art. Three galleries and four institutes, including the Texas Fashion Collection, support the undergraduate thru doctoral teaching and research agenda of this Tier 1 University. During his appointment, Watts has significantly increased, in number and diversity, faculty and staff while leading the college through strategic planning including $80M of construction and renovation projects resulting in 264,000 sq.ft. of world-class facilities.

Prior to his current appointment, Watts was chair of the Art Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he also served as executive director for the Center for Visual Art, an off-campus community-based art center, and as president of the Council of Chairs. A full Professor, Dean Watts’ career accomplishments include a variety of academic positions and creative ventures. At Florida State University, he taught in the School of Visual Arts and Dance and served as a Program Director for the Oglesby Union Art Center. He was co-director of the Nighthawks Gallery in Denver and worked as a film cameraman in Africa. His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions, and he has worked as a consultant and legal expert in the fields of photography and photographic evaluation. Watts serves the National Association of Schools of Art and Design as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Commission on Accreditation.

Watts is a native of Cambridge, England. He earned an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Denver, an M.F.A. in fine art — photography, from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree with honors in fine art — printmaking, from Kingston University, London. He also completed the Management Development Program, and Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, MLE, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.