Watkins College of Art, Design & Film continues Spring 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions with a Thursday, April 9 opening by Sharyn Bachleda and Sharon Stewart. After a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the work will remain on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery through April 20. Please note: A portion of Sharon Stewart’s work is an installation that will be viewable on opening night only.
This double exhibition is the second in a four-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography.
Sharyn Bachleda, Knoxville, TN • sbachleda.tumblr.com
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Extracted Relics (photography, video projection installation, film, found objects, collage/assemblage, digital scans)
Read her post on NASHVILLE ARTS
Sharyn Bachleda is a multi-media fine artist, collector and photographer. Bachleda’s work brings awareness to the inconsistencies in the recollection process of memory and challenges its authenticity by constructing and manipulating relationships through photography, video, and object-relations. She uses new media technology as a filter to translate and transcend the footage into space. Bachleda calls attention to real vs. fabricated remembrance by juxtaposing photographs with objects/relics. The work is in dialogue with ideas concerning identity, culture, materiality and the contrast between the physical and mental residue imposed upon the body and mind. It embodies what is absent, preserved, processed and collected in everyday life.
Born in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Bachleda grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and moved to Nashville in 2012. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Tennessee including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Knoxville Museum of Art, the Tipton Gallery, the Bijou Theater, Track One and the Bagwell Gallery, and has been featured in two issues of Thorizine. WBIR-TV/Knoxville interviewed her for being the youngest to exhibit in the history of the Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Art Exhibition in 2011, and she has received several merit-based scholarships and awards. Bachleda has worked as a teachers aid at ELC Faith Lutheran Church and aspires to continue educating children and young adults in the arts.
Sharon Stewart • sharondgstewart.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: Perpetual Dream Home (video, sound, photography, stop motion, installation)
Statement: My work depicts the psychology of domestic space, recreating the quiet drama of the slow passage of daily time that unfolds in our most intimate environments through our interactions with ourselves, others, and the spaces, objects and ideas of home.
Born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, Sharon Stewart has lived in Nashville since 2007. She works primarily in photography and time-based media. Her personal work, collaborations and curatorial projects have been exhibited at WAG, Carlos Gallery, COOP, OZ and the Tennessee Board of Regents; and they have been featured in Hyperallergic, Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine blog, The Contributor and on Nashville News Channel 5. She is a two-time nominee for the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression and the recipient of multiple merit-based scholarships. She has participated in volunteer work with community organizations that utilize art as a means of self-discovery and healing in areas of mental health and addiction recovery. Through these experiences, and her involvement in art collaborations with death row prisoners (as part of the ongoing Watkins students and faculty collaborations with Unit 2 at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution), she has become passionate about artistic endeavors that challenge society’s perceptions of individuals who are often stigmatized. She hopes to use art, and photography in particular, as a therapeutic treatment tool in her future career as an art therapist.
The exhibitions and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.
Updates to programming will be posted to Watkins.edu.
The Spring 2015 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis series opens March 16 in the Currey Gallery with the group show Absence by Elizabeth Courtney, Cassey Honeycutt, Kayla Saito and Luke Weir, and will continue April 23–May 4 with Heather Barrie, Jill Schumann and Robin Sinnett and May 7–18 with Zack Rafuls, Luisiana Mera, Weng Tze Yang.
The Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery is located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus. Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.