Wendy Watriss, Co-Founder and Senior Curator, FotoFest International
Wendy Watriss is a photographer, writer, curator and co-founder of the award-winning arts organization FotoFest International, which created and sponsors the first and longest running international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the U.S. As FotoFest Artistic Director and Senior Curator from 1991-2014, she managed the Houston-based organization and developed over 85 international exhibits for FotoFest as well as museums and art organizations across the world. The exhibitions include photography, contemporary media and art from the Arab world; Russia; Latin America; Korea; China; Western and Eastern Europe as well as U.S. Latino photography and contemporary U.S. photography. She has organized exhibitions on new technology; the environment – Water: Celebrating Water. Looking at the Global Crisis; the Global Environment; and social isues -Artists Responding to Violence; Kurdistan, In the Shadow of History with Susan Meiselas; Guantánamo and the Law as well as new artist commissions with Alfredo Jaar and the Starn Brothers. Exhibitions she has created have been presented by the Smithsonian Institution; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Museo del Barrio (New York, NY); Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, China); Akron Museum of Art (Ohio); and the Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City), among other places She has done the award-winning books VIEW FROM INSIDE, Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art (Amsterdam: Schilt Publishing, 2014) and IMAGE AND MEMORY, Photography from Latin America 1866-1994 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998). From 1992-2014, Wendy Watriss directed FotoFest publications and programs such as the renowned Meeting Place artist portfolio reviews, symposia, collectors events, workshops and FotoFest’s famous International Fine Print Auction. She and FotoFest co-founder Frederick Baldwin have won multiple honors for their visionary work creating FotoFest. From 1970-1991, Wendy Watriss worked as an award-winning international photojournalist and independent documentary photographer. She won the World Press and Oskar Barnack Leica Awards in 1982 for her photography on Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. She has served as a juror for fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Museum of Art in Venezuela; the Haas Foundation (San Francisco, CA) and the New England Foundation for the Arts, among other organizations. From 1965-1970, she worked as a newspaper reporter-writer and television producer. She has received artist fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.