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Swaney Prize Shines on Film School’s Christin Sites

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Christin Sites, a Film School senior from Hendersonville, was awarded the 2014 Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression during judging held on March 27. Established in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the $1,000 cash prize honors a student who produced “visual designs and patterns that spoke to others.”

Swaney 2014 win group

Walter Crouch, Christin Sites, Martin Shofner, Sharon Hels

Jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, former associates of Mr. Swaney, and Watkins alumna Sharon Hels praised the cinematography and editing major for the technical excellence, composition and visual impact of the three-minute showcase reel.  Christin is the first Film School student to receive the honor.

Each department chair nominated two students to participate in the annual competition, and the artists brought examples of their work to display and discuss.

 

Congratulations to all the 2014 Swaney Prize nominees!

Erin Lord

Erin Lord, Art

 

Emily Stout

Emily Stout, Art

Jeremy Bolden and Christin Sites

Jeremy Bolden and Christin Sites, The Film School

 

Alexine Rioux, Fine Art

Swaney 2014 judging

Martin Shofner discusses work by Fine Art’s Alexine Rioux

Kayla Saito

Kayla Saito, Fine Art

 

Xavier Payne

Xavier Payne, Graphic Design

Katelyn Pennington

Katelyn Pennington, Graphic Design

 

Amhad Freeman

Amhad Freeman, Interior Design

Whitney Garnier, Interior Design

 

Sharon Stewart

Sharon Stewart, Photography

Chelsea Wright

Chelsea Wright, Photography

 

Swaney 2014 MShofner XPayne

Martin Shofner with Graphic Design’s Xavier Payne

photos by Sam Angel

Painter R.H. Quaytman To Lecture January 29

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Painter R. H. Quaytman, whose work addresses the critical and institutional contexts of painting, will speak on Wednesday, January 29, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film as part of the school’s Visiting Artists Series.

Quaytman will discuss her career and creative process at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The event is free and the public is invited.

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.

Her work is currently on display in exhibitions in Vienna, Warsaw and Paris; access her CV here via MiguelAbreuGallery.com

R.H. QuaytmanThe Watkins Visiting Artists Series is an annual yearlong program that welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. The guest artists, whose work crosses many disciplinary boundaries, will give public presentations, sharing their expertise and perspectives on their careers and providing insight into issues facing contemporary artists and designers, as well as meet with relevant classes in which they will conduct a workshop and/or critique student work.

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.

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. Her book Allegorical Decoys was published in 2008, and a comprehensive artist book of her paintings is forthcoming.

R.H. QuaytmanQuaytman 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.

profile image from Boston.com

Photographer Deborah Luster Concludes Visiting Artists Series April 16

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Photographer Deborah Luster, known for the surprisingly soulful images in two documentary series about incarcerated murderers and homicide locations, will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Tuesday, April 16, to conclude the 2012-13 Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

After a reception beginning at 6 p.m., Luster will discuss her career and creative process at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The event is free and the public is invited.

Based in New Orleans and Galway, Ireland, Deborah Luster is best known for two, long-term documentary series: One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (1998-2003 with text from poet C. D. Wright), a collection of photographic portraits of prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola; and Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish (2008-2011), cityscapes of locations in New Orleans where homicides have been committed. Monographs from these projects were published by Twin Palms Publishing.

Luster’s awards include the Dorothea Lange—Paul Taylor Prize for Documentary Photography from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (with C.D. Wright), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, the John Guttman Award, the Bucksbaum Family Award for American Photography, and a Peter S. Reed Foundation Award.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pier 24, The Smithsonian Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and other notable public and private collections. She represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. For more info: www.deborahluster.com.

“In Deborah Luster’s images, we are confronted with our society’s violent culture in ways that we would never expect,” said Robin Paris, associate professor and chair of the department of photography. “Her beautifully lit tintype portraits of inmates and striking black-and-white cityscapes are images which invite us to look across the expanse of experience and circumstance and imagine who these people are, what happened to them and their community, and what went wrong—and ultimately, to consider our systems of justice and class and racial divides.”

The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is an annual yearlong program that welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. Updates will be posted to Watkins.edu/VisitingArtistsSeries.

Deborah Luster’s appearance is the final offering of the 2012-13 series, following video and performance artist Liz Magic Laser, 3-D illustrator/animator Chris Sickels, and social practice pioneer Harrell Fletcher.

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.

The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is made possible through a grant from the Memorial Foundation.