Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Martha Rosler

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
March 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:
Watkins Theater, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA

Martha-Rosler-cropped CUNY WwebThe artist and writer Martha Rosler–one of the leading figures in contemporary art during a four-decade career–will speak at Watkins on Thursday, March 12 as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

The presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series (VAS) is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Through work that includes video, installation, performance and text, Martha Rosler has been an incisive critical voice in almost every debate in the art world for the past 40 years. She has been the subject of several high-profile solo exhibitions at established art institutions, but early in her career was considered an underground artist for combining different media like photography, video, installation and performance in innovative ways.

For more info, visit this story on Watkins.edu or MarthaRosler.net

“Dear White People” Screening and Discussion in 500 Theater

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
February 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:
500 Theater

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Watch trailer here

Sponsored by Student Life

 

WAG March show: ‘and Living’

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
March 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents and Living, an exhibition by senior Watkins Photography students Rebecca Lindley, Upreyl Mitchell, Joe Nunez, Alanna Styer and Laura Whitfield, at its downtown gallery WAG during the March 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

The work in and Living – including photography, installation, sound and book art – emerges from the socio-cultural and economic realities of 21st century America and is about being born, living, dying, struggling, embracing, remnants and deterioration. All five students are candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree. Watkins Assistant Professor of Photography Christine Rogers is curator of the show.

  • Rebecca Lindley (Florissant, MO)
  • Upreyl Mitchell (Detroit, MI)
  • Joe Nunez (Knoxville, TN)
  • Alanna Styer (St. Louis, MO) – alannastyer.com
  • Laura Whitfield (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Christine Rogers, curator of and Livingcerogers.net

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

Film School Spring Auditions

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
February 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Spring 2015 student film projects on Saturday, February 7, at the Watkins campus in MetroCenter.

Directors of approximately 20 productions from the BFA film program at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement and therefore all current union members are allowed to participate. Actors are asked to bring résumés and headshots (or a photo can be taken at the reading).

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (with on-camera readings at the discretion of each director). Casting breakdowns and proposed shoot dates (usually over a 3-day/Friday–Sunday period) for individual productions will be posted online as available and distributed on site.

Audition slots will be divided according to gender and age throughout the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); individual appointments are not available.

  • 10 to 11 a.m. – Leading men, age range 19-40
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Leading and character men, age range 40 and up
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Leading women, age range 19-40
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Leading and character women, age range 40 and up
  • 3 to 4 p.m. – Young men and women, age range 8-18

An additional opportunity for actors to work on camera will be offered at the February 7 call: Professor Richard Gershman’s Advanced Directing Class is looking for males and females, ages 20-50, for scene work.

Go to watkins.edu/auditionsspring2015 for more details.

 

Screening of ‘Corrections’ by Ashley Hunt

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
February 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where:
Watkins Theater, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA

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Owing to weather conditions, the Feb. 18 screening of Corrections and the Feb. 19 lecture by Ashley Hunt have been postponed. We’re working to find another date this semester for him to travel from LA to Nashville!

 

Original announcement follows…

In conjunction with Ashley Hunt’s February 19 lecture, Watkins will present a free screening of Corrections (2001, 57 minutes) on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The film is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project The Corrections Documentary Project, in which Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. Corrections looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities which must deal with the consequences of high incarceration rates. Probing further to explore links between political campaign strategies and the increasing penalties for nonviolent crimes, Hunt uncovers a complex system of desires and incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system.

Ashley Hunt is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist best known for his activist projects in video, photography and graphic design which engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project, and his Prison Maps. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

HumanitiesTN logo smAshley Hunt’s lecture is part of the 2015  Watkins Visiting Artists Series, which received grant funding from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Ashley Hunt, artist/activist

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
February 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:
Watkins Theater, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA

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Owing to weather conditions, the Feb. 18 screening of Corrections and the Feb. 19 lecture by Ashley Hunt have been postponed. We’re working to find another date this semester for him to travel from LA to Nashville!

 

Original event listing follows…

Ashley Hunt is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist best known for his activist projects in video, photography and graphic design which engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project, and his Prison Maps. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Ashley Hunt’s lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Preview Day and Portfolio Reviews

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice No Comments
When:
January 31, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where:
Watkins Campus, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA

Schedule:  11am  Registration and Campus Tours

11:45  Information Presentations:
College Programs, Financial Aid, and Careers

 1:00  Department Meetings

1:30  Campus Housing Tours (optional)

1:30-3  Portfolio Reviews (optional)

At this event you can:

  • Tour the Watkins campus and meet current students
  • Learn  about Nashville, the programs offered at Watkins as well as see examples of student work from a presentation given by our Admissions Reps.
  • Learn about Financial Aid and Career Services.
  • Bring your portfolio to have it reviewed by Watkins.
  • Split into groups based on what you want to study at Watkins and have an in-depth meeting with faculty from that department.

 









Currey Juried Show Opening & Awards Reception

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
February 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where:
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA

The 2015 Currey Juried Student Show features outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 5–March 12 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Currey 2014 gallery viewer 0072 WwebAn opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2014, with eight winners­–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award­–announced by President Ellen L. Meyer.

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18th Annual Interior Design Exhibit & Awards Reception

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
January 23, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where:
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA

interior-design-course-11 test pencil WwebWatkins College of Art, Design & Film will recognize the best of the year at an awards reception for the 18th annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring works by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, on Friday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:30 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the interior design department. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins Interior Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2014) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.

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WAG February show: Kayla Saito

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments
When:
February 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where:
WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery), Arcade Alley, Nashville, TN 37219, USA

WAG Feb 7 2015 KaylaSaito evite WWebWatkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Identity on Screen, a multiple media installation by Watkins Fine Art senior Kayla Saito, at its downtown gallery WAG during the February 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

An exhibition committed to an exploration of individual identity as mass identity, Identity On Screen will display works based on information gathered from a social media space–such as large acrylic glass sculptures as well as other sculptures, video, prints and text–that are all forms of documentation of both found information and information from experience.

Identity on Screen aims to convey the uncontrollable quality of an identity and question the role of the artist as seer and interpreter. An interactive element will invite the audience to document and analyze the artist’s identity as well, admitting to the compulsion to evaluate. Saito was inspired in part by a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”