Full Circle

Sandra Ventura-Benitez’s portraiture breaks the square frame of conventional photography as well as conventional thinking around immigrants.

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Seek.

Kristi Hargrove

Before Watkins’s Fine Art chair sets to work, she must Swiffer the floor.

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Monday Motivation.
Wisdom from those who've been there.

I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.

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Start your journey by speaking with an artist in the Admissions office.

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Overheard.

The latest on social media

Have you seen current student Sandra Ventura-Benitez's work highlighted on our homepage? Link in bio!

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Work.

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

The Workhorse

Kendall Bennett was told that where he wanted to begin his television career was overly ambitious, which only motivated him more.

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The Workhorse
Kendall Bennett was told that where he wanted to begin his television career was overly ambitious, which only motivated him more. See More

pARTners.
Explorations in collaboration

pARTners.
Explorations in collaboration

The Many-Faced Muse

Once Annalyse Moncrief and Jazmin Lara decided to collaborate, the inspirations for their piece multiplied and collided.

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The Many-Faced Muse

Once Annalyse Moncrief and Jazmin Lara decided to collaborate, the inspirations for their piece multiplied and collided.

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The best way to know if Watkins is right for you is to spend some time with us.

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Implements.

The must-have tools of the creative

Ink pen
Ink pen

Pencils
Pencils

Photoshop
Photoshop

AutoCAD
AutoCAD
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My615:
Journey Into
America’s "It" City
My615, Watkins College of Art, Nashville

Insider

Sometimes, it takes a while to know a city. With our list, you don't have to wait. These are the cool places to have on your checklist.
Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake is a 1,300-acre state park tucked away in an otherwise urban area—it's a favorite for its hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.
Hatch, Nashville.
Art Student
There will be times when you need to resupply your toolkit and times when you'll want to be inspired by the works of others. We have both covered. 
Music Lover
It's called "Music City" for a reason. And Nashville is way more than country music. Wander through the arena spaces and hole-in-the-wall gems.
Tourist
When parents and friends are in town, you may want to play the tourist (and that's fine!). Fortunately, Nashville delivers even when there's a crowd.
Foodie
One reason Nashville has become the "It" City is its culinary excellence. We walk you through the high-end eateries and the cheap eats that feel just as decadent.
Culture
Nashville has become a destination city that brims with opportunities to fill the well of any artist.
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Pipeline.
Watkins in the world

Pipeline.
Watkins in the world

Cellar’s Market

A gallery in his basement led the Nashville art world to take notice of David Onri Anderson.

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Cellar’s Market
A gallery in his basement led the Nashville art world to take notice of David Onri Anderson. Read More
Anderson Design Show

A look at the work of Watkins alumni who have worked at the famed Anderson Design Group studio, which is known for high-quality original illustrated prints and books, and its new book on the National Parks.

Watkins at the Belcourt

Watkins at the Belcourt features the work of alumnus Xavier Payne. Payne is passionate about creating artwork with a nostalgic quality and rich colors.

Core Studies Juried Exhibition

Artists in their first year at Watkins display selections from this pioneering program that introduces interdisciplinary connections to emerging practitioners. The show opens at the December Art Crawl in the Watkins gallery at the Packing Plant in Wedgwood-Houston. Time: Gallery Hours

January Art Crawl

The January show at Watkins’s gallery in Wedgewood-Houston features the work of alumnus Xavier Payne.

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