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Feb
18
Thu
Visiting Artists Series: sculptor Steve Tobin @ Watkins Theater
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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World-renowned sculptor Steve Tobin, who explores natural forms through monumental works in glass, bronze, steel and clay, will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the school’s Visiting Artists Series.

The artist talk, titled “Steve Tobin: Natural World,” will detail his creative process and highlight several of his major installations.

The event, held in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. His appearance is in conjunction with his solo exhibition Southern Roots, which will be on view on the grounds and in the Museum of Art at Cheekwood February 20–September 4, 2016 (indoor exhibition ends May 29).

A native of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Steve Tobin earned a degree in Theoretical Mathematics from Tulane University, where he also participated in a glass-blowing class. He pursued his artistic career with study in glass at Pilchuck Glass School, WA and Penland School of Crafts, NC. Teaching appointments and fellowships in glass followed, and in 1989, he became the first foreigner invited to build his own studio in Murano, Italy. (He is entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for having blown the world’s biggest bottle.) His 15-year exploration of the medium of glass culminated in 1993 with a blockbuster installation in the caves at Retretti in Punkaharju, Finland.

In 1994, Tobin built his first bronze foundry and began to cast bronze; his monumental bronze sculptures include towering termite hills in Africa, forest floor detritus in rural Pennsylvania, a shelter made of Matzoth wafers, and the sprawling root systems of dead trees. Known for pushing the limits of his materials, he began experimenting with various ceramics processes in 1999, and detonated thousands of pounds of wet clay to make “Exploded Earth” vessels, whose forms suggest that landscape is an event.

Cheekwood’s Steve Tobin: Southern Roots features work from his Steelroots sculptures, an evolution of his signature bronze Walking Roots series. In 2005, Tobin gained acclaim when his massive bronze “Trinity Root” sculpture was installed in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Church in New York City, becoming the first and only 9/11 memorial near Ground Zero. The piece was cast from the stump and roots of a large sycamore tree that shielded the church from the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center.

His work has been shown internationally at such venues as the American Museum of Natural History, United States Botanic Garden, Carpe Diem Gallery (Paris), the Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits and Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and is part of permanent collections at the American Craft Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Glass Museum, the White House, and Musee des Arts Decoratifs (Switzerland).
In 2007, a Tobin Steelroots creation was among the 40 sculptures chosen for the City of New York’s “40 Years of Art in the Parks” retrospective, gracing the entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

He lives and works in Bucks Country, PA. For more information, visit stevetobin.com.

Feb
20
Sat
Family Appreciation Day @ Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film invites you to take part in Family Appreciation Day 2016! This is a chance for parents and family of students to see all the hard work their students have been doing over the past year and get to know the Watkins Family!  Events will include:

  • Welcome from the President
  • Meet & Greet with the Faculty
  • Screenings of student films
  • A Student Show in our campus gallery

and much more!

We look forward to having you here to make this a day of fun, but also to let you get to know Watkins a little better.  More details soon!

 

Mar
5
Sat
WAG’s March show: “Unspent Space” @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WAG's March show: "Unspent Space" @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery) | Nashville | Tennessee | United States

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Unspent Space, an exhibition of traditional analogue photography by Watkins students Students Brandyn Busico, Kathryn Napier, Julian Sanchez, Nicole Taylor, and Amber Ward, at its downtown gallery WAG during the March 5 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

All are enrolled in Photography III, taught by Visiting Faculty Angelique Rabus.

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl

Mar
19
Sat
Tennessee Craft Workshop: “Make Your Art, Then Make It Work” @ Watkins Theater
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Tennessee Craft presents

Make Your Art, Then Make It Work: A Maker Forum for Sharpening Your Business Skills

held in the Watkins Theater at Watkins College, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
Saturday, March 19 – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (sign-in at 8:30 am)
Sunday, March 20 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more info and to register, visit http://tennesseecraft.org/events/workshops/make-your-art-then-make-it-work/

Mar
20
Sun
Tennessee Craft Workshop: “Make Your Art, Then Make It Work” (part 2) @ Watkins Theater
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tennessee Craft presents

Make Your Art, Then Make It Work: A Maker Forum for Sharpening Your Business Skills

held in the Watkins Theater at Watkins College, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
Saturday, March 19 – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (sign-in at 8:30 am)
Sunday, March 20 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more info and to register, visit http://tennesseecraft.org/events/workshops/make-your-art-then-make-it-work/