Archive for the ‘Alumni Profile’ Category

Julian Vaca

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Since graduating with a concentration in film/screenwriting, Julian has published four novels. Julian‘s sophomore novel, “Running From Lions,” won the Novel Rocket Award for Best Young Adult book in 2013, and his third title, “The Surgers!” was a top pick in Amazon.com’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Julian‘s first three titles have been best sellers and highlighted in The Tennessean and, most recently, Nashville Nation. He currently divides his time between signings, speaking engagements, and as an instructor for A Novel Idea–an after school program that empowers middle and high schoolers to write.

Stephen Jones

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Stephen G. Jones is a Nashville-based graphic designer and brand strategist who’s crafted award-winning creative elements for a wide range of clients including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Toyota, National Guard, and Crowned Head Cigars. After a stint with the U.S. Navy as a designer/photographer, he completed an internship at Chen Design Associates in San Francisco, California. He is now operating out of his own studio in Nashville. He’s also involved as organizer/speaker wrangler for the Nashville Chapter of the Creative Mornings, the monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community now in 84 cities around the world.

Jim Blackstock

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

After graduation, Jim began working in film and television production. He worked on seven seasons on hit U.S. TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in the camera and audio departments. Other notable shows include: Steven Seagal: Lawman, Nashville Star, Jersey Shore, The Judds, The Great Food Truck Race, Find My Family, Tattoo Highway, Kid Nation, and Gone Country 1-3. He currently lives in Berlin and produces video work on a freelance basis for strategic consulting and research agencies.

Alicia Waters

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Since graduation, Alicia  has been one of the lead designers at Metova– a mobile app design firm. She has designed apps for Dropbox, Yelp, Slacker, eHarmony, and many more. She is also the co-owner of a local print shop called Monkey Ink Design where she has designed print posters, album artwork, and merchandise for artists such as Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Warpaint, and Jessica Lea Mayfield.

Abby Whisenant

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

After graduation, Abby became a National Teaching Fellow through AmeriCorps and the national education reform nonprofit Citizen Schools. Recently, she returned home to Nashville and is currently leading projects through Oasis Center’s Underground Art Studio, a program she helped develop and launch in February 2013. At Oasis Center, Abby engages at-risk and homeless youth in a variety of art activities, including painting, photo-voice, sculpture, upcycling, murals & street art.

Tyler Blankenship

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Tyler shoots about 1,500 images weekly as a full-time commercial product photographer for Nelson Mazda, a dealership with three locations throughout Nashville. In addition to his first love, photography, his interests have expanded to video, music, sound engineering, screenprinting, sculpture and installation work.

Zac Adams

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Zac has owned Skydive Films since 2004. They specialize in documentaries, music videos, and films. Their documentary, NASHVILLE RISES played on PBS stations across the country, won the 2011 Tennessee Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival, and was narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. Visit www.skydivefilms.com for more info.

Beth Haley

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Since 2000, Beth has owned Beth Haley Design, a boutique design firm in Nashville focused on remodeling and revitalizing established homes as well as creating stimulating, functional spaces in new homes. BHD projects have been highlighted in numerous publications, including HGTV Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows, At Home Tennessee, Southern Flourish, This Old HouseBetter Homes and Gardens’ Remodel MagazineBetter Homes and Gardens’ Do It Yourself Magazine.

Kendall Bennett

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Kendall has worked on many television series including Dexter, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Body of Proof. He is currently the art director for the show Nashville on ABC.

Trent Thibodeaux

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Trent has worked as a freelance designer for companies like Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Caterpillar, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He worked as an in-house designer for Third Man Records, a Nashville-based record label owned by musician Jack White. Trent is now a Senior Designer at Pandora Radio in San Fransisco.