Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers work from Samantha Carlson, Amy Clutter and Michele Graham in the mixed media show Communion of Selves, opening Thursday, May 8 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This fifth and final installment in the BFA Thesis Exhibition Series from the Watkins Fine Art and Photography departments will be on view through May 18.
Carlson, a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, presents her individually titled show The Psychic Intercourse of Social Reality, with works of photography, video, and printmaking that explore the human imperative for connection and how it is affected by and reflected in the modern world.
Clutter, a BFA in Fine Art degree candidate with an interest in film production design, stagesExtractions of Faraway Nearby, a mixed media show investigating psychological spaces.
Fine Art major Graham incorporates painting, text-based art and folded paper forms into Sixty Four Thousand Five Hundred and Twelve, an investigation of habitual behavior through process, repetition and futility, with focus on the action of the artist and duration.
The group exhibition Communion of Selves and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.
Statement: The group show title comes from a conceptual thread that runs through all of our work: the theme of self. In contemporary art, the use of the self as subject matter is oftentimes considered taboo or self-indulgent; however, through this exhibit we assert that while the self refers to individual experience, it also has the capacity to encompass much larger discourse. Our work contends that the self is the most universal.
The following seniors in the Interior Design department will be presenting their thesis project on Thursday, May 8th, beginning at 6pm in room 705.
Watkins’ graduation ceremonies are open to the public. After a welcome from President Ellen L. Meyer Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will deliver the Commencement address and receive an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts. 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).