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October – December 2014

Oct
3
Fri
Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: “Poetry & Prints” opening reception @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Library at WatkinsWatkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops.  Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014, through January 2, 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops.  Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create. The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.  Join us Friday, October 3, from  5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists.  Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus. Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.

Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: “Root Hog or Die” screening with John Porcellino @ Watkins Theater
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Root Hog or Die posterOn Friday, October 3, the Handmade & Bound kicks off with the Poetry and Prints exhibition, opening in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery show takes its name from a series of community workshops designed to produce handmade books inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Frist (Sept. 26-Jan. 2, 2015).

Following the gallery reception, Watkins will welcome acclaimed zine author/publisher John Porcellino for the Nashville premiere of “Root Hog or Die,” a 2014 documentary about his life and work. Currently living in South Beloit, Illinois, the Chicago native has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics and graphic novels for more than 25 years; his self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of alternative comics creators.

With equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, Porcellino’s comics showcase the “moments between moments” which make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. The title phrase is John Porcellino’s personal motto in regards to creating King-Cat: the saying about self-reliance refers to the colonial practice of releasing hogs into the wild to fend for themselves or starve.

“Root Hog or Die” (90 min., dir. Dan Stafford) will screen at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, followed by a Q&A with Porcellino. [See trailer here.]

Oct
4
Sat
Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: Marketplace @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Library at WatkinsWatkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops.  Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014 through January 2. 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops.  Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create.

The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.  Join us Friday, October 3, from  5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists.  Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus.

Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.

WAG’s October show: ‘The Terrible Three from Tennessee’ @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

According to Dan Brawner, chair of the Graphic Design department, even before graduation, these three amazing creatives were making their mark in Nashville through highly visible design projects for classwork, popular festivals, internships and freelance gigs. Immediately upon graduation, Julian Baker (’09) was hired as lead designer at Jack White’s Third Man Records; Andy Gregg (’10) was hired as illustrator/designer at Anderson Design Group and, after working part-time at Isle of Printing and freelancing for Anderson Design Group, Shelby Rodeffer (’11) joined redpepper as designer/illustrator.

After a couple of insanely productive years, Andy quit his job to follow his heart (and girlfriend) to Chicago, and in no time, the global marketing and technology agency Digitas, offered him a design position. A short time later he recommended Shelby for a job there. She accepted, and her boyfriend, Julian Baker – who had, arguably, the most coveted design position in Nashville – faced a stay-or-go decision…but love won and he relocated with her. In addition to being a designer at Chicago-based BBDO Worldwide, he and Shelby also founded The Finer Things, a small business dedicated to the production of artful artifacts.

About the artists
Nashville native Andy Gregg is a graphic designer and illustrator working in Chicago. While on the full-time design staff at Anderson Design Group, Andy created work for such Nashville greats as the Grand Ole Opry, Vanderbilt University and the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Additional clients have included Ram Trucks, Creative Artists Agency, Gibson Guitar and Denny’s. Andy has received local and regional ADYY awards and has enjoyed attention from many cool design forums like Print, HOW, The Dieline, Design Work Life, and Laughing Squid. Visit his site for Writ Large Studio.

Shelby Rodeffer’s aesthetic is the result of growing up in Nashville, where she ate a lot of hot chicken, saw a lot of live music and learned a lot about letterpress. She a embraces evidence of the human hand in her work with fondness for art that merges typography and imagery. In the future, she hopes to go on adventures with her sign painting kit, then settle down to open up a print-studio-slash-pizza-place-slash-bicycle-repair-shop.  Visit ShelbyRodeffer.com

Julian Baker is a graphic designer on paper, but likes to dabble in as many industrious crafts as his hands can handle. The Finer Things, a small studio of artful artifacts which he co-founded with Shelby, is a way for him to balance all the time spent hunkered over a computer screen with the important practice of creating things that are real and tangible. When there is left over time after that, you can expect to find him tinkering with something on two wheels or fiddling with old cameras.  Visit JulianSBaker.com

About the name
During the 1940s, The Chicago Tribune editorial cartooning staff consisted of three NashvilleTennessean cartoonists, Carey Orr (Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist), Joseph Parrish and Ed Holland, referred to as “The Terrible Three from Tennessee” by then-publisher Colonel McCormick.

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.

firstsaturdayartcrawl-bordered WwebWAG 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.

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Oct
20
Mon
Fall break
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

No classes!

Nov
13
Thu
Opening reception for Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1 @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Nov
14
Fri
Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1 @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm
Nov
26
Wed
Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

Building closed/no classes Wednesday-Thursday, November 26-27.

NOTE: Building will be open Friday, November 28, and through the weekend.

Dec
4
Thu
Graphic Design Senior Show @ Deavor
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
10
Wed
Fall classes end
Dec 10 all-day