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The pARTy

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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Join us on Saturday, April 25 at OZ Arts Nashville

Cocktails • Dinner •  Silent Auction • Live Auction
featuring domestic and international trips to fabulous art-scene destinations

2015  Co-chairs: Cathy Holland and Kandace Wigington


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Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host The pARTy, the school’s annual fundraising event, on Saturday, April 25, with the 2015 edition returning to the striking contemporary art space OZ Arts Nashville.

pARTy chairs Kandace Wigington and Cathy Holland, Metro Nashville Airport Authority’s Rob Wigington and Watkins President Ellen Meyer

The pARTy, which celebrates the creative in Watkins students and the Nashville community, includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, dinner from The Chef and I, and a silent auction as well as a live auction segment featuring travel packages to  Italy, Santa Fe, and New York. Reflecting the art and design theme, The Chef and I’s gourmet menu will include a chARTcuterie display and an elaborate dessert station with truffles and tARTs.

Teri Reid

Teri Reid

Acclaimed pianist/vocalist/bandleader Teri Reid — renowned for her vast and eclectic range of material — will provide music for The pARTY, thanks to sponsorship by Arts at the Airport.

The pARTy benefits the education and outreach programs of the independent, nonprofit, four-year baccalaureate college, now in its 130th year of service and inspiration to the community. Part of an elite consortium of 41 art and design colleges across the country and Canada, 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 certificates in film and in interior design. Watkins also offers affordable classes, workshops and camps for youth and adults through its Community Education department.

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, and invitations will be mailed in early March. To learn more or request an invitation, visit this page or or contact Michelle Klaes,  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 and KPMG LLC 

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Bronze sponsors:

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority/Arts at the Airport; Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver; Neal & Harwell, PLC; McCarthy, Jones & Woodward; OZ Arts Nashville and StudioEightDesign








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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Oz_LogoFinal_6.30.14 smallOZ Arts Nashville is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, near the John C. Tune Airport ( The venue, boasting a grand salon, patio lounge, several gallery and garden spaces, and one of the world’s largest walk-in cigar humidors, has established itself as a magnet for world-class talents through its innovative visual and performing arts programming.


Supporting Watkins

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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:

Hilrie Brown
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Phone: 615-277-7401
Fax: 615-383-4849

Caroline Davis
Director of External Relations and Assistant Director of Development
Phone: 615-277-7403
Fax: 615-383-4849


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
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Alumni Benefits and Resources

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


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

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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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:

  • 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” (
  • One of the “Top 25 Big Cities Arts Destinations” (AmericanStyle)
  • One of the “Top 25 Places to Live and go to School” (

The City

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


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.


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 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.

Security Report

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Annual Report

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison