Imaginary Flaming Lips Album Cover by Chris Adams

Album Cover Art and Design

September 21, 2016

by Steve Wilkison Associate Professor, Graphic Design I still have the first album I ever bought. Snoopy vs The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen. (Hey, I was only 10 years old!) Shortly after that I joined the infamous Columbia Record Club (11 albums for $1.00!) and soon albums by Bob Dylan, The Doors, Smokey Robinson & … (more)

Food Fight Series-102

Stephen Jones’ ‘The Poke Show’ Plays at Summer WAG

June 26, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents The Poke Show: Inquiries for the Made-Up Mind, an exhibition of illustration work by alumnus Stephen G. Jones, at its downtown gallery WAG during the July 2 and August 6 editions of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m. Through linocut, letterpress and Risograph … (more)

Ariel Lavery, "Isms"

Six Watkins Artists Chosen for Learning Lab Program

June 13, 2016

Congratulations to the six Watkins’ talents selected to participate in the first Learning Lab Artist Training Program, professional development designed to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. Alumnus Xavier Payne, faculty Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Admissions staffer David Hellams, and adjunct/CE teaching artist Elizabeth Sanford are among the 25 Nashville-based artists in the  program, which is designed … (more)

S.T. Davis, Marlos E'van

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)

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)

Yanet Mireles: Gold Award and Judge's Choice

Graphic Design Students Earn Praise and Prizes from ADDYs and Graphis

February 26, 2016

Graphic Design students’ work in the classroom is reaching a wider audience: their talents have been recognized recently at two high-profile competitions. In a seven-school competition field at the 2016 AAF–Nashville Student ADDY Awards, Watkins graphic design students won 10 Gold Awards, nine Silvers, and one Judge’s Choice Award. This year’s competition attracted almost 300 entries from … (more)

Sandra Ventura-Benitez

Winners Announced for Currey Show 2016

February 4, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Currey Juried Student Show! Roughly 100 pieces were submitted, with 26 pieces chosen by Christopher M. Lavery, art professor at Murray State University.     ANNY GOWA PURCHASE AWARD Sandra Ventura-Benitez Portrait, ink jet print 1ST PLACE Mali Hamilton Untitled (Vase), mixed media 2ND PLACE Micah Mathewson Slow … (more)

By Pass chicken Dan Brawner Wweb

Dan Brawner Tapped for ‘Special’ Recognition

January 29, 2016

Work by Department of Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner has been selected for a new book arts collection at Vanderbilt spotlighting Southern artists. Two sketchbooks and three limited edition books reflecting on Brawner’s life in Nashville and his annual road trips to Central Mexico are now included in VU’s Special Collections and University Archives of rare books, manuscripts, … (more)

TinPanSouth banner image Wweb

Watkins Graphic Design Talent Plays Key Part in Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

January 12, 2016

The 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank is thrilled to partner for the ninth consecutive year with Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for its festival artwork. Select Watkins Graphic Design students competed to create a concept that captured the essence of the event, and this year, junior Chris … (more)

Watkins Graphic Design lab Wweb

Graphic Design Seniors Sail into the “Uncharted” with December 3 Showcase

November 23, 2015

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the Senior Graphic Design Exhibition “Uncharted,” featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Kelsey Goessman, Jayden Harmse, Yanet Mireles and Sara Schork, on Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the event space ONE on Cannery Row. The one-night-only portfolio showcase, … (more)