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WAG Goes with Mildred Jarrett’s ‘Without ‘Isms’ for June Show of Paintings

May 30, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Without ‘Isms, an exhibition of painting by Watkins alumna Mildred Jarrett, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m. and throughout the month by appointment. Jarrett’s work is firmly anchored in non-objective expressionism, with … (more)

Board Chair Sam Stumpf presiding over the ceremony

Inauguration of Dr. J. Kline: Recap

May 23, 2016

Inaugural festivities celebrating Dr. J. Kline as the 16th president of Watkins were held on Friday, May 13 — the day before Commencement 2016 — in a 4 p.m. ceremony on campus attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni, academic colleagues, and friends from Nashville government and cultural organizations. We were most honored to welcome Nashville … (more)

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Watkins Commencement 2016: Recap

May 23, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! It was a beautiful day on the Watkins campus to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates from the Art, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography programs. Among the many highlights was an inspiring Commencement speech given by Callie Khouri, filled with personal reminiscences of her career struggles before … (more)

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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)

Chris Davidson, "POW!"

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)

Charles Gene Robinson, "Torn Up Book"

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)

Rebecca Lindley

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)