Sick Talent

Micah Atkinson was nearly bedridden with illness when he discovered his multiple talents as a writer, director, and actor for film.

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Seek.

Dan Brawner

If he weren’t an artist, Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner says he’d be a professional eater — or laugher.

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

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the time.

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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

I am thankful for family!
Regina Gilbert, Director of Financial Aid

"I am thankful for naps on the photo lab couch!"
Lexi Hunter, Photo Major

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Work.

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

The Historian

Ashley Doggett's work addresses racial history with stunning and searching emotion, but her best critic remains someone very close to her.

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The Historian
Ashley Doggett's work addresses racial history with stunning and searching emotion, but her best critic remains someone very close to her. 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
Streetfare, Nashville, Watkins College of Art

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tumble Dry
Tumble Dry

November at Watkins’s new Wedgewood-Houston gallery features Tumble Dry, a performance piece by Kay Kennedy, an interdisciplinary artist living in Nashville.

npt free event
Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up

The beloved series continues at Watkins with I Am Not Your Negro, by Raoul Peck, which uses James Baldwin’s unfinished book Remember This House to tell the story of race in America. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards.

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. Inspired by American movie posters and album covers from every era, he likes to create narratives with his work and mix subject matter, such as fantasy, violence, human rights, love and hate, […]

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