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Irving Watts

Biography :

Irving Watts has made a living doing both fine and commercial art over the past 50 years doing illustration, official State portraits and advertising. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. At age seven he started attending Arts High School. Irving graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BA in Fine Art in 1981. He moved to Denver in 1983 where he began his career as an Outdoor Pictorial Artist with Gannett Outdoor of Colorado. From 1983 to 2005 Irving served as Volunteer, Chairman, Vice-Chair and Exhibit Chair/Coordinator at the Black American West Museum. Irving has taught in after school programs throughout his 30 years in Denver and his years with the Black American West Museum has proven invaluable in his teaching.