Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Student Film Showcase Screens April 25 at Nashville Film Festival

April 21, 2014

In conjunction with the 45th 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 25, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16. “The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a … (more)

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Christopher Creasy, Jordan Martin and Hannah Taylor Team Up for April 24 BFA Show

April 20, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers a triple exhibition with work from Christopher Creasy, Jordan Martin and Hannah Taylor, opening Thursday, April 24 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This fourth installment in the BFA Thesis Exhibitions Series from the Watkins Fine Art and … (more)

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Young Filmmakers Accepted Into Nashville Film Festival

April 14, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the short film produced by Watkins’ Pre-College Program participants has been accepted into the Nashville Film Festival.  Among Flowers, written, directed and produced by high school students Micah Atkinson, Austin Ernst, Chloe Masten and LeeAnn Ruffing entirely during the three-week program, will screen during the Young Filmmaker’s Showcase on Saturday, April 19, at 10 … (more)

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A New Commercial Focus in Photography added to the curriculum

April 10, 2014

At Watkins, we are blending our fine art sensibilities with commercial applications to develop your eye, your conceptual abilities and your breadth of knowledge in photography.  Therefore, we are adding a Commercial Focus with classes such as: PHO 310 Photojournalism This course offers an in-depth approach to the documentary photography in terms of photojournalism and … (more)

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Swaney Prize Shines on Film School’s Christin Sites

April 4, 2014

Christin Sites, a Film School senior from Hendersonville, was awarded the 2014 Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression during judging held on March 27. Established in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the $1,000 cash prize honors a student who produced “visual designs and … (more)

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Zack Rafuls Brings the Heat to WAG’s May 3 Show

April 2, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents HELL IS HOT, an exhibition of new work by Fine Art junior Zack Rafuls, at its downtown gallery WAG during the May 3 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. HELL IS HOT, featuring sculpture, painting and printmaking, examines the schematization of individuals’ direct and indirect relationships … (more)

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Photography by Ray Palumbo and Chelsea Wright Plays at Fort Houston April 18

April 1, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers the third in a five-part series of senior thesis exhibitions with work from Ray Palumbo and Chelsea Wright, candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. The double show will be on display Friday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m at Fort Houston in … (more)


Nashville Japanese Film Festival Debuts at Watkins April 4-6

March 28, 2014

The Nashville Japanese Film Festival premieres April 4–6 in the Watkins Theater, with a nine-film line-up showcasing the rich style and diversity that have made Japanese cinema popular worldwide. From comedy to drama, anime to documentary, the inaugural festival will spotlight new and classic Japanese-made films, including legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams” (4/4); the uplifting … (more)

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Crystal Petrina and Alexine Rioux Double Up for Thesis Shows Opening April 10

March 19, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers the second in a five-part series of BFA Thesis Exhibitions from the Departments of Fine Art and Photography, with work from Crystal Petrina and Alexine Rioux. The double show will open Thursday, April 10, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m, and remain on display in … (more)

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Watkins Wins Medal Count at 2014 Student Addy Awards

March 13, 2014

Once again, Watkins’ Graphic Design proved itself a major creative force at the annual Nashville Student American Advertising Awards recognizing creative excellence: Watkins won the most awards–20 total–in the 10-school competition field. During a February 25 awards reception presented by redpepper and Play Nashville, 11 Watkins students collected nine Golds and eight Silvers, plus three … (more)