Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Death Panels: The Comics and Art of Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente, an exhibition of graphic storytelling from Watkins Graphic Design talent, at its downtown gallery WAG during the December 5 and January 2 editions of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m.
“Through sophisticated text and precise imagery, Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente craft clear visual narratives of the anxious and the moribund. Their art and comics, including web comics, animations and risograph printed books, provide an insight into the particular minds of two vigorous graphic storytellers,” said Dan Brawner, chair of Watkins’ Department of Graphic Design.
An illustrator, printmaker and cartoonist living in Nashville, Luke Howard (lukehoward.net) is a 2010 graduate of Watkins’ BFA Graphic Design program. He designs and screenprints posters by hand, and prints comics and zines on a temperamental old risograph copier. His style is simplistic and leans towards the darker side. He strongly believes in self-publishing and getting his hands dirty.
Howard’s ongoing comic Dead-End Rob is a slice-of-life comic about a ghost, a tiny desert town, and friendship. On display at WAG will be pages from the comic as well as glimpses behind the scenes in the form of sketches, character sheets and process photos.
A sophomore graphic design student at Watkins, Cameron Lucente is an illustrator and comic artist. His style is influenced by graphic novels, spooky stories and graphic pops of color.
roomZER0 is a passion project of Lucente’s that has been fleshing itself out over the past five years. It tells the story of Alan, a rude man with strange dreams, and Evalyn, a woman who seeks to right the wrongs of her family. Selected pages, GIFs and a variety of process work will be on view at WAG.
A limited edition poster will be available at the Death Panels show, courtesy of Brainfreeze Comics, a popular resource for alternative and small press comics and zines located inside The Groove in East Nashville (BrainfreezeComics.tumblr.com).
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 on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents a discussion of “The Genius of Albert Hadley and Sister Parish” and a book signing for Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm on Sunday, December 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Icon of 20th century taste Albert Hadley (1920-2012) was a native Middle Tennessean who studied drawing at Watkins Institute as a teenager. In 1962 he co-founded Parish-Hadley, Associates with his partner and fellow Interior Design Hall of Fame member Sister Parish, and the firm set the standard for American style in the finest homes for more than three decades.
The panel discussion will take place in the Watkins Theater from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., with book signing and light refreshments following.
This event is free and open to the public.
In Parish-Hadley Tree of Life by Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, October 13, 2015, hardcover with jacket), 30 of the most renowned designers relate in detail their personal experiences working at the firm, accompanied by images of their own work, past and present, illustrating how their designs were shaped by Parish-Hadley.
Book contributors who will be speaking at Watkins are:
Noted landscape architect Ben Page of Page Duke (Nashville) will serve as moderator.
Mr. Hadley’s sister, Betty Hadley, who lives in Nashville, will also be in attendance.
Legendary interior designer and icon of 20th century taste Albert Hadley (1920-2012) was a native Middle Tennessean who studied drawing at Watkins Institute as a teenager. He attended Peabody College before graduating from Parsons The New School for Design in New York, where he was also a faculty member. He formed his own studio prior to joining the prestigious design firm of McMillen, Inc. In 1962, Mr. Hadley co-founded the celebrated Parish-Hadley, Inc., with his partner and fellow Interior Design Hall of Fame member Sister Parish. His work is defined by a keen sense of architectural detail and proportion, carefully edited decorative schemes and a sustained sense of tradition combined with curiosity of the contemporary.
His clients included Jacqueline Kennedy, Brooke Astor, Babe and William S. Paley, Albert Gore, Oscar de La Renta, Diane Sawyer, and members of the Rockefeller, Whitney, Bronfman, Mellon and Getty families.
Albert Hadley received the honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from Watkins in 2010.
Eleven films from students in Production Two and Three (not necessarily in screening order)
Alison Goedde Fluorescent
Emileigh Potter The Finer Things
S.T. Davis Willfully Ignorant, Dangerously Stupid
Angel Brewer Syrup and Salvation
Derek Estes Script on the Brain
Natalia Nove End of Innocence
Hayley Montague Anonymous
Emma Holyfield Van Gogh’s Left Ear
Jason Harper Water Sports
Carter Luckfield Lost in the Supermarket
Micah Atkinson Lunch Letters
Roxanne Nawrot Marked