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Visiting Artists Spotlight

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

2015-6 Visiting Artists Series

Christian Moeller

April 11, 2016
7:00 pm
Watkins Theater on campus
Supported by the Metro Arts Percent for Public Art program

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Steve Tobin

Feb. 18, 2016
6:30 pm
Watkins Theater on campus
Special thanks to Cheekwood, presenting Steve Tobin: Southern Roots Feb.20-Sept. 4

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Carolyn Drake

Nov. 11, 2015
6:30 pm
Watkins Theater on campus

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Award-winning documentary photographer Carolyn Drake (Taylor-Lange Documentary Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, World Press Photo, POYi), works globally on personal projects and assigned commissions that explore the effects of modernity on individual and cultural freedoms. Her photographs demonstrate the power of art in documenting the lives of people living under conditions of precariousness and political repression, and through this work, she allows them to speak with their own voices. Read more.

2015 Visiting Artists Series

All of the individuals in the 2015 Visiting Artists Series at Watkins explore the role of the artist as a critical intellectual. Not only have these artists shifted the perimeters of their fields by exploring new media and new forms, but they have also contributed to some of the most important debates of the contemporary era, including addressing the rights and responsibilities of artists in an era where creative people are becoming instruments of branding and gentrification.

ht_colorThe 2015 Watkins Visiting Artists Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jessica Hische

Jan. 22, 2015
6:30 pm
Watkins Theater on campus

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Letterer, illustrator and type designer Jessica Hische–at the age of 31, one of the most influential graphic designers in the world–launches the 2015 Watkins Visiting Artists Series. For more information, read the news story.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Hunt
OWING TO WEATHER, 2/19 LECTURE POSTPONED; NEW DATE is FRIDAY, MAY 1 at 6 p.m.

Feb. 19, 2015
6:30 pm
Watkins Campus Theater

AshleyHunt headshot WwebAshley 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). Read the news story.

 

Martha Rosler
NEW DATE = Thursday, April 16
6:30 pm
Watkins Campus Theater

Martha-Rosler-cropped CUNY WwebMartha Rosler is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. Her work includes video, installation and performance. She is best known for a series of photomontages entitled House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967-1972) and for her early explorations of video as a medium, especially her famous Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975). Her photo-conceptualist project The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems (1975-1976) offered an important critical perspective on documentary photography in light of conceptual art. She is also a celebrated writer and critical voice, and has published over 15 books of her writings and art. Her collected essays, Decoys and Disruptions, was published by MIT Press in 2004. She has taught at Rutgers University and at Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Jonathan Katz

Renowned for his writings on postwar American art and queer art history, Katz curated the much-discussed 2010-11 exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is also a co-founder of Queer Nation in San Francisco, founder of the Harvey Milk Institute, and former director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Gay and Lesbian Studies at Yale University. His writings have appeared in Art in America, Art & Text, Art History, Art Journal, and numerous other publications. He is co-author with Moira Roth of Difference/Indifference: Musings on Duchamp and Cage.

Katz is currently an associate professor and director of the Ph.D. program in Visual Studies at University of Buffalo. He has previously taught at Smith College, Stony Brook University, University of Amsterdam, and Yale University. At the City College of San Francisco, during the 1990s, he was the first full-time, tenured faculty member in gay and lesbian studies in the United States.

Watkins VASlecture_JonathanD.Katz_10.3.13evite_fKatz’s scholarly work addresses why the American avant-garde in the Cold War era came to be dominated and defined by queer artists who remained silent about their sexuality in what was perhaps the single most homophobic decade in this nation’s history. His research and writing has focused on composer John Cage and painters Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, although he also has written about poet Frank O’Hara, French theorist and radical feminist Monique Wittig, artists Agnes Martin, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and others. Currently, he is co-curating “AIDS/Art/America,” a major 2014 international touring exhibition offering the first examination of the ways AIDS shifted post-modernist premises in the art world.

 

R.H. Quaytman

R. H. Quaytman

Painter R. H. Quaytman, whose work addresses the critical and institutional contexts of painting, will speak at Watkins on her first visit to Nashville. The lecture, second in the 2013-14 Visiting Artists Series, is free and open to the public.

In her recent work, the New York-based Quaytman has placed the language of painting into dialogue with the real world contexts of the museums or galleries where it appears. Her work aligns the aesthetics of painting with more austere and intellectual traditions of conceptual art and institutional critique.

About the artist

R. H. Quaytman was born in 1961 in Boston, and lives and works in New York. She received her B.A. in painting from Bard College (1983), and attended the post-graduate program in painting at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin (1984) and the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris (1989). She was subsequently awarded a 2001 Rome Prize Fellowship. Quaytman was director of Orchard, a cooperative gallery in New York, open from 2005 to 2008, and is currently faculty of Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College.

Watkins VASlecture_RHQuaytman evite 1.29.2014 fQuaytman incorporates optical abstractions, silkscreened photographs, diamond dust layers, and hand-painted trompe l’oeil elements into her works. Using these diverse techniques, she weaves personal, art historical, and formal narratives to explore the many contexts in which painting can be seen and understood. Presented in groups she considers “chapters,” Quaytman’s works invite the viewer to look from one painting to another, considering individual works within the context of the group.

Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted by Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany; Gladstone Gallery, Brussels; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Freidrich Pretzel Gallery and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York; Vilma Gold Gallery, London; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, among others.

In the past decade she has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world, including London, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, Rome, Berlin, Venice, Brussels, Antwerp, Stockholm, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis and Ft. Worth. She was also included in the 2011 Venice Biennale and the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Quaytman is the author of Allegorical Decoys (MER Press, 2008), inspired by her time as director of the Manhattan cooperative gallery Orchard, and Spine (Sternberg Press, 2011), which brings together all her paintings produced since 2001, the year she began conceiving and organizing her output in chapters (includes 20 chapters total).  She is also a contributor to Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism (Triple Canopy, 2013), a collection of conversations with innovative artists and poets addressing conceptual practices in contemporary art and poetry.

 


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 and Jon Satrom
Monday, March 3, 2014
6 p.m.
Watkins Theater
reception for Visiting Artists Exhibition RipZipRARLANd to follow from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Chicago-based new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Monday, March 3, in the final installment of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series. Their remarks about the ethics of saving/sharing, experimentation, conscious copying, hacking and collaboration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, followed immediately by a reception to celebrate the gallery show RipZipRARLANd, an exhibition of ripped work from artists working in a variety of genres including net.art, glitch art, video, and dirty new media.

The theme of the exhibition is based on the infinitely copyable nature of new media, lossy and corrupt works, and the intentions involved in their preservation and distribution. The show will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus through March 20.

RipZipRARLANd (which takes its combination name from several new media terms) is a utopist local area network inspired by experimental new media art, and guests are invited to bring their digital files to copy to the RipZipRARLANd Local Area Network Archive installed at Watkins for the run of the show.

Recognized internationally as leaders in the counter new media art movement known as glitch, Briz and Satrom undermine interfaces, bend data and provoke glitches in the arena of digital media. Their practices have grown out of the infinite copy-ability of data and inevitable decay of digital media. They hack, reclaim, remix and share in an effort to promote and preserve a genre/medium/culture.

About RipZipRARLANd

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As [users/artists] we consider ourselves [creators/producers], however, in the eyes of contemporary (networked) corporations, we are the product being sold for billions of dollars. These wide-spread software-as-service models don’t trade in their technology as much as they trade in humans. SoftwARE iz Humans.

Nick Briz is a new media artist, educator and organizer based in Chicago. He is an active participant in digital culture and experimental new media, specifically through his work/research/writing on glitch art, remix-culture and digital literacy, and he regularly organizes events related to these theories/practices as well as teaching at the Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Instructor in Contemporary Practices. His work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions such as the FILE Media Arts Festival (Rio de Janeiro), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Moving Image (NYC), Furtherfield Gallery (London); Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, and LEAP Berlin. Briz has been featured in on/off-line publications including Rhizome.org, Furtherfield.org, the Creators Project, Creativity Online, PSFK, and Neural Magazine. He works collaboratively/commercially as Branger_Briz, a digital interactive agency, and is co-founder/co-organizer of the GLI.TC/H international conference/festival/ gathering. His work is distributed through Video Out Distribution (Vancouver) as well as openly and freely on the web. Briz holds a BFA from the University of Central Florida and an MFA from SAIC. See more at nickbriz.com

Jon Satrom is a Chicago-based artist, educator and designer who performs realtime audio/video, makes kludgey work-flows, creates colorful glitch-ware, and enjoys working within collaborative projects and open systems. He spends his days fixing things and making things work, and spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits. By over-clocking everyday digital tools, Satrom kludges abandonware, funware, necroware, and artware into extended-dirty-glitchy-systems for performance, execution, and collaboration. His time-based works have been enjoyed on screens of all sizes; his Prepared Desktop has been performed in many localizations. Satrom organizes, develops, and performs with I ♥ PRESETSpoxparty, and GLI.TC/H, in addition to other initiatives with talented dirty new-media comrades. Currently Instructor in New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Satrom holds a BFA in Video/Sound/Art and Technology from SAIC. See more at jonsatrom.com and watch his TedxDePaulU talk, “Creative Problem Creating” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFwNtXpuMq4

Ways To Give

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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The pARTy

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Please join Commissioners Susan Basham,
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. and Walter Knestrick
on Saturday, April 23

Cocktails • Dinner • ARTworks and eARThworks
Art Walk on the Watkins campus

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host the school’s annual fundraising event, The pARTy: A Scene in Green, on Saturday, April 23, with the 2016 edition returning to the Watkins campus.

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The pARTy, which celebrates the creative in Watkins students and the Nashville community, includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and dinner from The Chef and I. The Karlton Taylor Quartet will provide music for The pARTY, thanks to sponsorship by Arts at the Airport. The evening will also feature a “gallery tour” of art from the Watkins collection and student work for sale.

This year’s Scene in Green theme reflects efforts to support a campus greening initiative (the first phase in a long-range plan for campus enhancement), in addition to benefiting the school’s education and outreach programs.

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(You can email scanned reply card to mfansher@watkins.edu or fax page to 615-383-4849.)

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, with a special alumni rate of $125 per person ($250 per couple).

See our “wish list” donation levels at Watkins.edu/green-list 

To learn more or request an invitation, contact Maggie Fansher, 615.277.7402.

Now in its 131st year of service and inspiration to the community, Watkins is a regionally and nationally accredited college of the visual arts, granting BFA degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, interior design and photography, a BA in art, and an MFA in Film Production. Through their mission of preparing young artists, designers and filmmakers realize their creative potential, Watkins offers the community programming, continuing education and other opportunities that enrich Nashville’s dynamic cultural life.

Support and sponsorship from the following are the “Life of the pARTy”:

  • Gold Program pARTner: SunTrust Foundation
  • Silver sponsors: AmSurgHCA/TriStar Health and Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver
  • Bronze sponsors: Concord Building GroupKPMG LLC, McCarthy Jones & Woodard LLCNeal & Harwell, PLCPiedmont Natural Gas
  • Pewter sponsor: Beth Scott Clayton Amos, LUTCF, CLTC, Insurance & Financial Services.
  • Lipman Brothers, LLC and R.S. Lipman Company are providing wine, spirits and beer
  • Arts at the Airport (through Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority) are underwriting musical performers

Special thanks to Graphic Design alumnus Michael Korfhage for creating the invitations, signage and other event materials.

Watkins’ 13-acre lakeside campus is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks in Metro Center.

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, with a special rate for Watkins alumni of $125/$250 per couple. To learn more or request an invitation,  contact Maggie Fansher at 615.277.7402.

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Support and sponsorship from these businesses and individuals are truly the “Life of the pARTy!”

Gold Program pARTner:

SunTrust Foundation

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Silver sponsors:

AmSurg • HCA/TriStar Health • Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver

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Bronze sponsors:

Concord Building Group • KPMG LLC • McCarthy, Jones & Woodward LLC • Neal & Harwell, PLC • Piedmont Natural Gas

Pewter sponsor:

Beth Scott Clayton Amos, LUTCF, CLTC, Insurance & Financial Services

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Wine, spirits and beer courtesy of Lipman Brothers, LLC and R.S. Lipman Company

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Supporting Watkins

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Donate Now

There are a variety of giving opportunities at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film: Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, Named Gifts and Memorials. These opportunities are described in detail below. To make an online donation by credit card, please use the online donation form. Or, to make a donation by check, print a copy of the form and mail it to the address listed above the form.

For more information on any type of giving, please contact:

Autumn Parrott
Vice President for Advancement and Board Relations
Phone: 615-277-7401
Fax: 615-383-4849
Email: aparrott@watkins.edu

 

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has been designated as a major cultural institution by local and state arts agencies and receives funding from the the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC)the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

 

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Support the arts through a purchase of one of three Tennessee specialty license plates, offered through the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Click for more info.

Alumni Participate

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison
 
  • Hello Alumni! We would love to know what you've been up to. Fill out the form below to share your story.
 

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Alumni Benefits and Resources

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Benefits

The Career Services Coordinator fosters professional networking opportunities between alumni and employers in the Nashville visual arts community.  Alumni are encouraged to participate in career-related events, workshops and seminars hosted by Watkins.  Alumni can utilize the many professional development resources that are available to them through the Career Services Office.

Free Course

Beginning with the Fall 2013 graduating class, alumni who have completed a baccalaureate program at Watkins may take up to two degree-program classes — one per semester — tuition-free, on a space-available basis, within two years of their graduation date.  Alumni will be responsible for any fees associated with the classes. Registration will take place each semester after degree-program, certificate, and regular special-status students have completed the registration process.  Alumni may choose either to audit or enroll in courses for college credit. Fill out the Special Status – Alumni form and submit it to the Admissions Office.

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Other Alumni Benefits

 

Atomic Learning…

Did you know that, through your Watkins email account, you can access Atomic Learning, an online technology  training and professional development tool, absolutely free?!  Contact the Watkins IT department for more information at support@watkins.edu.

Weekly Opportunities Listing

Are you receiving the weekly opportunities listing put out by the Career Services Office?  If not, sign up with the “Participate” form and get an email every week detailing jobs, both full-time and gigs, notices of grants, residencies, and other listings of interest to artists, designers and filmmakers.

Résumé Consultation

Need help with your résumé?  Alumni can contact the Career Services Office to set up an appointment.

Current Jobs in Art

The National Employment Bulletin for the Visual Art Professions publishes a monthly resource of job listings for graduates in the visual arts field. This bulletin is available to Watkins Alumni.  To get on the list to receive this newsletter, contact the Student Life Office.

Resource List

Online resources for Alumni

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AIGA-The Professional Association for Design

ART DEADLINES THE ARTIST’S GUIDE 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

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ART LOG

ARTS OPPORTUNITES

ART JOB ONLINE

ARTIST PLACEMENT

ART SEARCH

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NEW GRAD LIFE

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State Regional and National Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) – Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing arts in America. AFTA is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of arts. Supports arts and culture through private and public resource development, serving more that 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund  (CERF+) – CERF+ is committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States. Through business and career-strengthening programs, emergency relief support, advocacy and research, CERF+ helps professional craft artists strengthen and sustain their careers so that they can thrive and, thus, contribute to the quality of life in our communities.

Grantmakers in the Arts  (GIA) – Provides leadership and service to advance the use of philanthropic resources on behalf of arts and culture. GIA is the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations in America.

Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC) – Serves arts organizations, individual artists, and the general public as a facilitator, technical assistance provider and partner-collaborator with other arts groups. Artist registry available, workshops on arts-related issues, grant programs, public art programs and artist resources.

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) – A non-profit organization formed in 2006 to advance the creation, awareness and understanding of sculpture in our communities. MSA is only the second affiliate of the International Sculpture Center (ISC) and serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Its membership is open to anyone anywhere with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture, including sculptors, art educators, patrons, collectors, galleries, suppliers, architects, developers, journalist, critics, historians, curators and museums.

Nashville Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity. Employment resources, Internship listings and job boards are available online.

National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) – Promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artist with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. Resource directories, list serv, funding, call for entries and networking opportunities.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) – The most extensive directory of awards, services and publications for artists. National listing for jobs in the arts.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – An independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations.

Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) – State agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences for the citizens of Tennessee.

Tennesseans For the Arts  (TFTA) – Supports the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission as it promotes and supports artists and arts organizations in every city and county within the state.

Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) – A non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance and education to low-income artists of all disciplines and emerging non-profit arts organizations located in the greater Nashville area.

Southern Arts Federation (SAF) – Supports and promotes arts in the South.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) – National directory of Lawyers for the Arts.

Alumni News

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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The Art Scene

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The Frist Center, Downtown

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in downtown Nashville, makes art interesting for everyone with exhibits from around the world, an interactive gallery and educational programs. The Parthenon, the center of the art and architecture in Nashville, focuses on a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American artists and leading traveling exhibits. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Fine Arts Center features a Japanese garden, regional flower gardens and a remarkable outdoor sculpture trail, as well as a contemporary gallery featuring the best of local, national, and international artists.

Art galleries thrive in Nashville’s creative setting and serve as an accessible venue for Watkins’ faculty and students to exhibit their work. Some of the local favorites include Tinney Contemporary, Coop, Twist Gallery, Cumberland Gallery, Rymer, The Arts Company and Zeitgeist. Every month, downtown Nashville comes to life with more than 1,000 visitors who participate in the First Saturday Art Crawl, an event that features exhibits and receptions at multiple local galleries.

On the performing arts scene, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center houses three stages which are booked nearly every day of the year with Broadway touring companies and local performing arts groups including the Nashville Opera and Nashville Ballet companies. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center opened in 2006 as the state-of-the-art home of the Nashville Symphony. Nashville also features multiple music venues presenting all kinds of sounds, from new artist showcases to top-level tours.

 

Nashville by the Numbers

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

#1 – Best Music Scene

#3 – Friendliest City

#4 – Best Bar B Que

#6 – Best Vintage Stores and Flea Markets

#7 – Safety and Popularity

#8 – America’s Best Nightlife

#14 – Best City for Jobs

#16 – Best Sports City

 

Other rankings Nashville can boast about:

  • BusinessWeek.com ranked Nashville as #7 on its list of the “10 Best Places for Artists in America.” This “top 10” list includes Los Angeles (as #1), New York and San Francisco.
  • One of the “50 Best Cities to Live and Play” (National Geographic Adventure)
  • One of the “Top 10 Cities in the Nation for Live Music and Concerts” (Travel + Leisure)
  • No. 12, “List of Cities Where the Most People Would Like to Live” (Harris Poll)
  • One of the “Best Cities for Young Professionals” (Forbes.com)
  • One of the “Top 25 Big Cities Arts Destinations” (AmericanStyle)
  • One of the “Top 25 Places to Live and go to School” (RelocateAmerican.com)

The City

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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With a big-city vibe and small-town character, Nashville offers students an abundance of professional and social opportunities. Located on the Cumberland River and home to 16 colleges and universities, the state capital is a vibrant location to live, learn and grow. Affectionately known as Music City, with stages, clubs and recording studios throughout the area, Nashville is respected for a thriving arts scene that blends traditional perspectives with new ideas and fresh points of view. The Metropolitan Area’s parks, theaters, galleries, sports arenas and trendy neighborhood hot spots blend to create a culturally relevant and exciting community for students to experience and explore.

AREAS TO EXPLORE

Hillsboro Village

Hillsboro Village, commonly known as “The Village,” offers a complete line of neighborhood services, retail stores, and entertainment. Specialty stores and restaurants — including Pancake Pantry (a Nashville breakfast tradition) as well as the French Provence Cafe — and the historic Belcourt Theatre make Hillsboro Village the perfect destination for a day’s stroll.

Music Row and West End

If you have any interest in the entertainment industry, this is a place where you should spend at least a day. Every major recording label in the United States has an office here. The nearby West End area is home to Centennial Park, The Parthenon, many dining choices and shopping and entertainment. Also located nearby is the “Elliston Place Rock Block,” a block-long section of Elliston Avenue that is home to some of the hottest music venues in town including  Exit/In and The End. This is not the place to go if you are interested in quiet conversation!

East Nashville

East Nashville offers an urban neighborhood with a small-town feel. Recently almost two-dozen restaurants and bars have opened, many in recycled architecture, exploiting the district’s funky character. An old gas station is now Café Margot, and a 1930s pharmacy houses Eastland Cafe. Bongo Java roasts coffee in a former electronics repair shop, and Family Wash serves pub food in an old laundromat. Turnip Truck—the auto-body-shop-turned-health-food-grocery—offers Provence bread and homemade soup. Crowds gather at the Garage Mahal, the former tow truck shed that’s home to the annual Tomato Art Festival. The side east of the Cumberland River is also home to Nashville’s first dog park.

Green Hills

Green Hills is one of Nashville’s shopping and entertainment destinations. The Mall at Green Hills featuring top-of-the-line department stores, Regal Theater, Whole Foods, the Hill Center shopping village, and the historic Bluebird Café are just some of the attractions you will find in this part of town.

Downtown

Downtown Nashville is the hub of the entertainment that defines Music City. Within mere city blocks, visitors can experience world-class art at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, enjoy Nashville’s Grammy award-winning symphony at the beautifully designed Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and see world-class concerts and events at the Bridgestone Arena. And the history — the legendary Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum are within walking distance of one another.

Wash it all down while enjoying some of the world’s greatest live music – offered free 24/7/365 – at one of the city’s many honky-tonks that line Lower Broadway, including Tootsie’s, Silver Dollar Saloon, Robert’s Western World, The Stage, and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn.