December 2014 – February 2015

Winter break (building closed!)
Dec 20 – Jan 4 all-day
WAG January show: Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents a double show of paintings by juniors Marlos E’van (Art), Funkhaus, and Aaron Harper (Fine Art), Space Between Things, at its downtown gallery WAG during the January 3 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Housing re-opens
Jan 10 all-day
Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Jessica Hische, letterer/illustrator @ Watkins Theater
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Letterer, illustrator and type designer Jessica Hische – at the age of 31, one of the most influential graphic designers in the world – will launch the 2015 Watkins Visiting Artists Series with a talk on Thursday, January 22, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater.

The event is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artist Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jessica Hische color WwebKnown internationally for her award-winning lettering, illustrations and typefaces, Ms. Hische is also an avid “internetter,” with a special interest in the intersection of arts and technology through the lens of web typography (she has the word “Type” tattooed on her left triceps). A native of Charleston, S.C., who grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania, she graduated in 2006 from Tyler School of Art (at Temple University) with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design, then worked for Headcase Design (Philadelphia) and at Louise Fili Ltd. (New York). In 2009, at the age of 25, she launched her freelance career; her extensive and impressive credits include projects in advertising, books, identity, editorial, marketing/merchandise for The Atlantic, Harper Collins, Target, The New York Times, Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, Google, American Express, Nike, Samsung, OXFAM America, Speedo, Penguin Books, Neiman Marcus, Papyrus, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, MailChimp, Pinterest and Tiffany & Co., among numerous quirky and corporate others. She has been honored as an Art Directors Club “Young Gun” and in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 (twice).

Jessica Hische Moonrise Kingdom title WwebWhile not primarily a web designer, many of her personal projects are web-centric and she has become as well known for her side projects as for her client work. In her project Daily Drop Cap (2009), she created a new illustrative letter daily, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times; at its peak, the site had more than 100,000 visitors per month. She has also created a number of educational micro-sites including “Mom, This is How Twitter Works,” “Should I Work for Free?” and “Don’t Fear the Internet” (with Russ Maschmeyer, whom she married in 2012), each as entertaining as it is practical. (She even coined the term “procrastiworking” to describe her tendency to procrastinate on client work by working on personal projects.) Many of these sites reflect an engagement with new media and social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter (where she has over 88,000 followers), and they also demonstrate her advocacy for artists’ rights in an era of freelancing and liberal attitudes about intellectual property. Ms. Hische also embodies a new mode of presentation and marketing that rejects age-old distinctions between professional and personal identities. In all these respects, she is a designer whose career addresses the possibilities and predicaments of digital media for artists and creative people working today.

JessicaHische14 Good Plan today WwebMs. Hische works out of Title Case, a by-appointment-only collaborative studio in San Francisco (with fellow letterer and designer Erik Marinovich) as well as the Pencil Factory illustration and design collective in Brooklyn. An engaging, spirited presenter, since 2010 she has spoken at 50+ conferences and seminars all over the world—Auckland, Oslo, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Guadalajara, Melbourne, Manila, Vancouver, Copenhagen and Capetown, for starters. She serves on the board of directors of the Type Directors Club, the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on screen.

Founded in 1973, Humanities Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, civil discourse, and an appreciation of history, diversity, and community among Tennesseans. Statewide programs include the annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠, the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops, a variety of History & Culture programs, Grants & Awards for teachers and community organizationsChapter16.org, among many others. To learn more, visit www.humanitiestennessee.org.

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18th Annual Interior Design Exhibit & Awards Reception @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

interior-design-course-11 test pencil WwebWatkins College of Art, Design & Film will recognize the best of the year at an awards reception for the 18th annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring works by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, on Friday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:30 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the interior design department. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins Interior Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2014) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.

Preview Day and Portfolio Reviews @ Watkins Campus
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Schedule:  11am  Registration and Campus Tours

11:45  Information Presentations:
College Programs, Financial Aid, and Careers

 1:00  Department Meetings

1:30  Campus Housing Tours (optional)

1:30-3  Portfolio Reviews (optional)

At this event you can:

  • Tour the Watkins campus and meet current students
  • Learn  about Nashville, the programs offered at Watkins as well as see examples of student work from a presentation given by our Admissions Reps.
  • Learn about Financial Aid and Career Services.
  • Bring your portfolio to have it reviewed by Watkins.
  • Split into groups based on what you want to study at Watkins and have an in-depth meeting with faculty from that department.


Currey Juried Show Opening & Awards Reception @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The 2015 Currey Juried Student Show features outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 5–March 12 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Currey 2014 gallery viewer 0072 WwebAn opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2014, with eight winners­–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award­–announced by President Ellen L. Meyer.

WAG February show: Kayla Saito @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Identity on Screen, a multiple media installation by Watkins Fine Art senior Kayla Saito, at its downtown gallery WAG during the February 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

An exhibition committed to an exploration of individual identity as mass identity, Identity On Screen will display works based on information gathered from a social media space–such as large acrylic glass sculptures as well as other sculptures, video, prints and text–that are all forms of documentation of both found information and information from experience.

Identity on Screen aims to convey the uncontrollable quality of an identity and question the role of the artist as seer and interpreter. An interactive element will invite the audience to document and analyze the artist’s identity as well, admitting to the compulsion to evaluate. Saito was inspired in part by a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”