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Swaney 2016 Doubles Prize for S.T. Davis and Marlos E’van

May 15, 2016

The 10th edition of the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression witnessed compelling work from 11 students across all disciplines — and for the first time, two winners were selected. After intense deliberation by jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLC (both former associates of Mr. Swaney), Film … (more)

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Inauguration of Dr. J. Kline as Watkins President: May 13

May 12, 2016

Watkins is excited to officially recognize a new chapter in our illustrious 131-year history with the inauguration of the institution’s 16th President, Joseph (J.) Kline, Ph.D, on May 13. Join us in celebrating Watkins and its commitment to our students, alumni, faculty and the entire arts community! Dr. Kline was named president in July 2015, bringing nearly 20 years of higher … (more)

Commencement Speaker: Callie Khouri

Callie Khouri To Deliver Watkins Commencement Address at May 14 Ceremonies

May 12, 2016

Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise and creator/executive producer of the hit television series Nashville, will be the keynote speaker for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 14. Ms. Khouri will also receive the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts from Watkins during ceremonies on the Watkins campus, beginning … (more)

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Anna McKeown Named New Director of Community Education

May 11, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is pleased to announce Anna McKeown’s appointment as Director of Community Education. Anna joined the Community Education (CE) department in 2013, first as the Community Education Coordinator. Since then, Anna has also served as Interim Director on two different occasions. She received her BFA in Studio Art from … (more)

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Graphic Design Seniors Do The WORK in May 5 Showcase

May 4, 2016

Watkins’ Graphic Design majors Chris Davidson, Lacy Frazier, and Sam Woolson will be in the spotlight for their senior exhibition WORK on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The senior show, on display one night only in the lakeside Cecy Reed Student Center, will coincide with the opening of the final Fine Art and Photography … (more)

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Alumnae Showcase Healing Arts in May 7 show at Watkins Arcade Gallery

May 3, 2016

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final… Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness.  Give me your hand. –Rainer Maria Rilke Watkins presents Let Everything Happen, with work by artists of Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI), at its downtown gallery … (more)

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BFA Senior Shows Conclude with May 5 Triple

May 3, 2016

Watkins concludes its BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2016 with a triple offering from Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, the last in a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. The senior thesis projects – Hamilton’s Domestic Oblivion, Harper’s Garden Relay and Lindley’s Hiraeth – will open in … (more)

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Film School’s Spring Projects Screen May 2-5

May 2, 2016

The Film School presents its Spring 2016 final projects from May 2-5 in the Watkins Theater, with more than two dozen narrative and experimental projects from four production classes. The screenings are free, and Q&As with the directors will follow.  Parking is free in the campus lot. Watkins Spring 2016 Student Screenings Monday, May 2, starting at 7 p.m. = Production One, with 11 films P-1 Production … (more)

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Watkins Scores on the Big Payback Clock May 3

May 2, 2016

You may have heard there were major technological troubles with The Big Payback this year, and the initiative ended early. The Community Foundation is currently assessing the situation. Click to read their press release. For the third consecutive year, Watkins is taking part in The Big Payback, a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle … (more)

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Interior Design Seniors Stage May 13 Showcase

April 15, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the BFA senior thesis exhibition from the Department of Interior Design, featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates Thera Barnes, Laura Chytrowsky, Darissa Schilli on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Fine Art/Photography exhibit node. The exhibition with reception (free and open the public) showcases … (more)