WAG April show: ‘Video Show’ @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s April Art Crawl show at WAG will feature time-based media work by current Watkins students, curated by Assistant Professor of Fine Art Morgan Higby-Flowers.

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.

The 18 participating artists are

  • Caleb Adcock
  • Mika Agari
  • Sharyn Bachleda
  • Andrew Cox
  • Meghan Daughdrill
  • Ryan Duncan
  • Lisa Harless
  • Rebecca Lindley
  • Luisiana Mera
  • Upreyl Mitchell
  • Joseph Newsome
  • Carly Piccione
  • Christopher Robertson
  • Joshua Ungurait
  • Alexander Uselton
  • Hayley Vanhoy
  • Glen Vollmer
  • George Wise

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.

BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions: Sharyn Bachleda and Sharon Stewart @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Second in a four-part series

April 9-20 @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus

Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Work by Sharyn Bachleda (Fine Art), Extracted Relics, and Sharon Stewart (Photography), Perpetual Dream Home

Opening reception: Thursday, April 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Martha Rosler @ Watkins Theater
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Martha-Rosler-cropped CUNY WwebThe artist and writer Martha Rosler–one of the leading figures in contemporary art during a four-decade career–will speak at Watkins on Thursday, April 16 as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

Please note: April 16 is a re-scheduled date for Martha Rosler’s appearance (from original date of 3/12).

The presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series (VAS) is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Through work that includes video, installation, performance and text, Martha Rosler has been an incisive critical voice in almost every debate in the art world for the past 40 years. She has been the subject of several high-profile solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Dia Art Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and other institutions, but early in her career was considered an underground artist for combining different media like photography, video, installation and performance in innovative ways.

For more info, visit this story on Watkins.edu or MarthaRosler.net

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Film School Showcase @ Nashville Film Festival
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
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In conjunction with the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival, the Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Friday, April 17, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.

For the second consecutive year, “The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of short narratives (not in NaFF competition) selected by Film School faculty from all completed films in each of the four production classes.

There is no admission charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged because seating is limited: email name and contact information to reservations@watkins.edu (limit 2 tickets per person).

Screening list:

  • Stuck on an Island, directed by Matison Turner
  • A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me, directed by Jocelyn Lyon
  • The Window East, directed by Alexander Mattingly
  • The Dohlmer Deal, directed by Stephanie Adams
  • Where Are All The Birds, Abel?, directed by Calen Smith
  • The Burial of Achmed Pleasantbottom, directed by Travis Slagle
  • Murderer-erer, directed by Spenser Fritz

Now in its 46th year, the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) runs April 16–25 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. Visit nashvillefilmfestival.org for the 200-film schedule of narrative and documentary shorts and features, world premieres and guest artists.

BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions: Heather Barrie, Jill Schumann and Robin Sinnett @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Third in a series of four

April 23–May 4

Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Work by
Heather Barrie (Fine Art) — Milk
Jill Schumann (Photography) — Objects to Burn
Robin Sinnett (Fine Art) — delta

Opening reception: Thursday, April 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

YART Sale: Watkins on Paper @ Cecy Reed Student Center
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

YART Sale 2014Watkins’ popular YART Sale of original, affordable artwork by students returns on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Cecy Reed Student Center.

“Watkins on Paper” will focus on original drawings, prints, collages, photographs and design work, priced at $50 and under.

All proceeds will benefit participating student artists and the student government association. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information on the YART Sale, contact the Office of Student Life at 615.383.4848 or Patrick DeGuira at pdeguira@watkins.edu.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot. From the Heart Café, located in the student center, will be open for snacks, sandwiches, salads and homemade baked goods.

Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Ashley Hunt, artist/activist @ Watkins Theater
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Ashley Hunt is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist best known for his activist projects in video, photography and graphic design which engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project, and his Prison Maps. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Ashley Hunt’s lecture, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions: Zack Rafuls, Luisiana Mera and Weng Tze Yang @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr/ Gallery
May 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Last in a series of four

May 4–18

Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Work by Zack Rafuls (Fine Art), Luisiana Mera (Fine Art) and Weng Tze Yang (Photography)

Opening reception: Thursday, May 4, 5:30 to 8 pm

Commencement 2015 @ Downtown Presbyterian Church
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Watkins’ graduation ceremonies are open to the public. After a welcome from President Ellen L. Meyer, distinguished arts administrator Karen P. Moynahan will deliver the Commencement address. Ms. Moynahan is the Executive Director of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance.

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(photo: Tyler Blankenship)

Vice President for Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie will then present the BFA, BA and Certificate candidates in film, fine art, graphic design, interior design and photography, and Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr., chair of the Watkins Board of Trustees, will confer the degrees and certificates.

A reception will follow immediately at the church.

The historic Downtown Presbyterian Church, a national landmark noted for its Egyptian Revival motif, is located at 154 5th Avenue North (corner of 5th and Church).