1962       

Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Spends youth in Lavenham, England.


1980–84  

Attends External link opens in new tab or windowIpswich School of Art for art and design foundation year and External link opens in new tab or windowManchester School of Art for Bachelor of Art in filmmaking: Foundation Diploma Art and Design, 1981; BA (Hons) Design for Communication Media, Commendation in Liberal Studies (art history, psychology, sociology), 1984.


1983    

Travels throughout the United States.


1984    

Moves to London, works in graphic design.


1985–86 

Lives in Portugal for three months and Los Angeles for nine months.


1986    

Returns to London, makes Super 8 films, including Burning Blue Sky filmed in Portugal.


1988    

Moves to Los Angeles, works in film and design.


1989–90 

First one-artist exhibitions at AWGO, Los Angeles and Solis, Santa Fe.


1990–91 

Lives in Santa Fe.


1991    

Returns to Los Angeles, starts James Westwater Recycled Materials: makes design objects including furniture and home accessories.


1993    

Sculptures shown at External link opens in new tab or windowGreenpeace, West Hollywood.

Kathy Bryant, External link opens in new tab or window"Collected Thoughts," Los Angeles Times, March 6.


1994    

One-artist exhibitions at LA Art, Encino and Lulu's Alibi, Los Angeles.

Moves to New Mexico.


1995    

Group exhibitions at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe.


1996    

First two-artist exhibition in New York at Brenda Taylor Gallery and one-artist exhibition at Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo.

Aline Brandauer, External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater at Linda Durham," Art in America, October.


1997    

Artist-in-residence and one-artist exhibition at OffSite, Santa Fe.

Co-founds Art Pod, four-artist collective that exhibits in Santa Fe and Taos until 1999.

Group exhibitions at Ahra Lee Gallery, New York and External link opens in new tab or windowSITE Santa Fe.

Produces series of monoprints at External link opens in new tab or windowSITE Santa Fe.


1998    

Group exhibitions at Thesaurus, London and Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York.


1999    

New Mexico Museum of Art purchases Pod piece.

Receives Santa Fe Art Institute scholarship to participate in Pat Steir Studio Workshop.

Group exhibitions at Kiron Espace, Paris and James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe; first time Corners shown.


2000    

Zane Fischer, "The Artist Identity," Arté Magazine, summer/fall.


2001    

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowRobert Rauschenberg Change Inc. grant.

One and three-artist exhibitions at Helix Fine Art and James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe; first time Ovals shown.


2002    

John Carver, "Plumbing the Depths of Space," Trend Magazine, winter/spring.


2003    

Co-founds Peace Show, Artists Resistance Movement, co-organizes Peace Show anti Iraq War exhibitions at 25 galleries and other spaces in Santa Fe, and curates Peace Show at External link opens in new tab or windowCenter for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.

Produces series of prints with External link opens in new tab or windowSanta Fe Editions.


2004    

One-artist exhibitions at Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe and Rule Gallery, Denver; three-artist exhibition at Phil Space, Santa Fe; group exhibitions at The Suburban, Chicago, Lothriger Dreizen, Munich, Max Fish, New York and Cream, London.

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowSanta Fe Art Institute scholarships to participate in External link opens in new tab or windowKomar and Melamid and External link opens in new tab or windowRichard Tuttle Studio Workshops and External link opens in new tab or windowPeter Schjeldahl Critical Writing Workshop.

Aline Brandauer, Jon Carver, External link opens in new tab or window3-D Art/Techné, University of New Mexico Press, pp. 9, 13, 15, 17, 46-51.

Sarah S. King, External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater at Klaudia Marr," Art in America, June/July.

Florian Siedel, External link opens in new tab or window"Spacemakers," Bauwelt, September.


2005    

One-person 10-year retrospective exhibition at Rule Gallery, Denver.

Receives scholarship to participate at Art Santa Fe; first time lightboxes shown.

External link opens in new tab or windowLannan Foundation purchases piece from Exhibitions 2d, Marfa, Texas.

Moves to External link opens in new tab or windowBeacon, New York.


2006    

Group exhibitions at NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, the External link opens in new tab or windowSanta Monica Museum of Art and Exhibitions 2d, Marfa.

Seb Grant producer/director, External link opens in new tab or windowArtland USA, Series One, Episode 7, presented by Charlie Luxton and Mame McCutchin, Illuminations Films, Sky Arts, UK and Gallery Channel, US, first aired November 23.

Rima Suqi, External link opens in new tab or window"Gallery Hopping in Marfa," New York Magazine, October 11.


2007    

One-artist sculpture and painting exhibition at NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago; first time Plywood Chateaux shown. Group exhibitions at Threewalls, Chicago, Cinemaland, Los Angeles and Exhibitions 2d, Marfa.

Steven Evans, Zane Fischer, Ryan Schulz, External link opens in new tab or windowJames Westwater: Plywood Chateaux, NavtaSchulz Gallery.

Lloyd Alter, External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater's Plywood Chateau," TreeHugger, September 21.


2008    

One-artist sculpture and painting exhibition at Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon; first time External link opens in new tab or windowBlue Boy paintings shown.

Homeless Chateau shown at Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon.

Participates in External link opens in new tab or windowCreative Capital Professional Development Workshop, New York.

Founds The Vs culture club, Beacon.

Elaine Louie, External link opens in new tab or window"Chateau: The Condensed Version," New York Times, June 5.


2009    

Group exhibitions at Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon and Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon.

Lloyd Alter, External link opens in new tab or window"Homeless Chateau: A Little Privacy," TreeHugger, January 15.

External link opens in new tab or window"Your Flat-pack or Mine?" Times (UK), April 13.


2010    

One and two-artist exhibitions at Van Brunt Gallery and Heidi Cho Gallery, New York; first time postcard paintings and wall installations shown.

Alex Johnson, External link opens in new tab or windowShedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, Frances Lincoln, pp. 58, 59, 120, 122.

External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater: Postcards and Matchboxes," New York Times, Metropolitan section, July 18.


2011    

Group exhibitions at Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque and School of Jellyfish, Beacon.

Virginia Sole-Smith, External link opens in new tab or window"Schoolhouse Rocks," ReadyMade Magazine, December/January issue, cover article.

Moves to New York City, lives in Kips Bay, Manhattan. 


2012    

Designs Westwater tartan: inclusion in External link opens in new tab or windowScottish Registry of Tartans, National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Awarded Arthur Harris Best in Show in FAR & WIDE at External link opens in new tab or windowWoodstock Artist's Association and Museum, New York, juried by David A. Ross; first time Drift shown.

Enrolls in External link opens in new tab or windowMFA Visualization program at Texas A&M University, College Station where also teaches art and design from 2012 to 2013.

Certificate of Completion Teacher Training, 2012, Texas A&M University.

One-artist exhibition at Projects on Ashburn, College Station.


2013    

Artist-in-residence at External link opens in new tab or windowFoundation OBRAS, Evoramonte, Portugal.

Enrolls in External link opens in new tab or windowPhD Architecture program at Texas A&M University.


2014    

Artist-in-residence at External link opens in new tab or windowFire Station Artists' Studios, Dublin and External link opens in new tab or windowNes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Inducted as member of External link opens in new tab or windowTau Sigma Delta Honors Society in Architecture and Allied Arts.

One-artist exhibition at Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon; first time Edges shown.


2015    

Artist-in-residence at External link opens in new tab or windowFoundation OBRAS, Evoramonte.

One-artist exhibition at External link opens in new tab or windowEvoramonte Castle, Portugal.


2016    

Andrea Weber, External link opens in new tab or window"Nes Artist Residency," Skagaströnd Review (Paris), March.

External link opens in new tab or windowAcademic Excellence Award, Texas A&M University.     


2017    

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowPhD from Texas A&M University.

Dissertation External link opens in new tab or windowUnknown Architectures: Agnes Martin and Ian Curtis, Oak Trust, Texas A&M University.

Moves to Ithaca, New York; teaches Art+Science course in the External link opens in new tab or windowDepartment of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.

Rebecca Roake, External link opens in new tab or windowMobitecture: Architecture on the Move, Phaidon, p. 191.


2018    

One-artist exhibition at External link opens in new tab or windowMartha Van Rensselaer Gallery, Cornell University.

Group exhibitions at External link opens in new tab or windowNes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, External link opens in new tab or windowWoodstock Artists Association and Museum and External link opens in new tab or windowInlet Valley Arts Center (EyeVee), Ithaca.


2019    

Moves to Washington, DC, teaches drawing in the Department of Plant Science and External link opens in new tab or windowLandscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and guest reviewer in the School of External link opens in new tab or windowArchitecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland.

Paintings installed at Grayhaven/External link opens in new tab or windowEyeVee, Ithaca (ongoing).

Smith Schwartz, External link opens in new tab or window"Jodi and Ryan's Immaculate Whimsy," Apartment Therapy, December 19.


2020    

Creates land art class and curates External link opens in new tab or windowAt Home and Elsewhere: Land Art Under Lockdown in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland.

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowTeaching Innovation Grant, with Drs. Byoung-Suk Kweon and Naomi Sachs, by the University of Maryland's Office of the Provost.

Marcina Garner, External link opens in new tab or window"Through the Lens of Art: LARC Professor Dr. James Westwater Talks Art Beyond Aesthetics, and Keeping It at the Forefront," PSLA Newsletter, University of Maryland, July 14.


2021

Teaches land art class for second year and curates External link opens in new tab or windowSpiral Found: Land Art under Lockdown II in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland.

Samantha Watters, External link opens in new tab or window"UMD Students Share Their Land Art Photos in an Online Exhibition, Spiral Found: Land Art Under Lockdown II," AGNR News, University of Maryland, July 27.

'Angel' (1993) sells at auction, I.M. Chiat Gallery, Beverly Hills, External link opens in new tab or windowMutualArt, April.