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Watkins Artists Find A Show ‘Place’ at Global Mall

June 29, 2015

In Place, a group exhibition organized and curated by Watkins Fine Art senior Mika Agari and Fine Art alumnae Alexine Rioux ( ‘14) and Kayla Saito (‘15), has found an unusual location for its July 10-12 showing: Storefront #122 of The Global Mall (formerly Hickory Hollow Mall) in Antioch, Tennessee. Featuring work from 26 artists from across the … (more)

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‘Number’ Chooses Watkins Senior David Anderson for Cover Art

June 12, 2015

Congratulations to Fine Art senior David Anderson, whose artwork  graces the cover of the Spring 2015 issue of the independent arts journal Number.  Distance, an 8″x10″ oil paint on panel, is a meditation on organic and patterned structure, and references clothing, textile, and the body. Check out Number: 82 for interviews and reviews, including one of the March … (more)

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WAG’s July 3 Show Salutes Paintings by Casey Payne

June 12, 2015

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present paintings by Watkins senior Casey Payne at its downtown gallery WAG during the July edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. This year, the crawl will be held on Friday, July 3, to avoid conflicts with Independence Day activities. A native of Amherst County, Virginia, Payne is … (more)

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Ross Denton and Emily Sue Laird Make Their Marks on WAG at June 6 Show

May 19, 2015

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Amour fo’ Phallus, a riotous and ridiculous show of drawings and animation by Watkins alumni Ross Denton and Emily Sue Laird, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. With a goal of celebrating the absurd aspects of life in … (more)

Burt Blackwood, "Holy 3" (video triptych, 2014)

Artists Explore Feminist ‘Point of Reference’ in Currey Show Opening May 28

May 15, 2015

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Point of Reference,  a student-organized, mixed media show exploring definitions of feminist ideals, from May 28 through July 18 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The exhibition’s opening reception on Thursday, May 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. … (more)

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Watkins Visiting Artists Series Concludes May 1 with Artist/Activist Ashley Hunt

April 22, 2015

The artist, activist and filmmaker Ashley Hunt—who merges art and politics in work concerned with questions of institutional power—will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Friday, May 1, as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series. The presentation, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the … (more)


Mati Hays and Blake Holland Take ‘Victory Laps’ at WAG’s May 2 show

April 13, 2015

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Victory Laps, an exhibition by Watkins students Mati Hays and Blake Holland, at its downtown gallery WAG during the May 2 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. Victory Laps – integrating sculpture, photography, and video – examines anxieties about youth. While Mati (a Fine Art sophomore) … (more)

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Kevin Dietz Draws Swaney Prize 2015

March 26, 2015

Fine Art major Kevin Dietz, a sophomore from Memphis, was awarded the 2015 Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression during judging held on March 12. 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 … (more)