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POSTPONED — Ashley Hunt Lecture & Screening — POSTPONED

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Owing to weather conditions, the Feb. 18 screening of Corrections and the Feb. 19 lecture by Ashley Hunt have been postponed. We’re working to find another date this semester for him to travel from LA to Nashville!

 

The original announcement follows.

The artist, activist and filmmaker Ashley Hunt—who merges art and politics in work concerned with questions of institutional power—will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, February 19, as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

The presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

AshleyHunt headshot WwebOver the past 15 years, through various projects employing video, photography, mapping and writing, Hunt has focused on ways people understand, respond to and conceive of themselves within systems of power. Rather than seeing art and activism as distinct pursuits, he approaches them as complementary, drawing upon social movements and contemporary cultural theory as his work addresses important trends towards documentary and participatory practices in contemporary art.

SPECIAL SCREENING: The day before Hunt’s visit—Wednesday, February 18—Watkins will present a free screening of Corrections (2001, 57 minutes) at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The film is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project The Corrections Documentary Project, in which Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. Corrections looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities which must deal with the consequences of high incarceration rates. Probing further to explore links between political campaign strategies and the increasing penalties for nonviolent crimes, Hunt uncovers a complex system of desires and incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system.AshleyHunt-1 Corrections promo Wweb

“Ashley Hunt has addressed some of the most pressing social issues of our era, and he has done so with political savvy and artistic sophistication,” said Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history at Watkins. “His work offers a permanent rebuke to anyone who still believes that the merger of art and politics means the triumph of politics over art.”

About Ashley Hunt

Ashley Hunt has played the role of an activist-journalist in his investigations of power and politics in contemporary society, using video, photography, mapping and writing to engage contemporary social movements and public discourse. His work addresses systems that enable certain people to accumulate power and those that disempower others.

Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project (and which includes footage he filmed in Tennessee), and his Prison Maps.

AshleyHunt-6 scribble man WwebOther investigations by Hunt have focused on community identity and the demise of welfare state institutions (Communograph), war and disaster capitalism (9 Scripts from a Nation at War, A World Map: in which we see…), documentary representations (As Flowers Turn Toward the Sun, Par Course A), and political activism (Undeliverable Address). His 2010 performance, Notes on the Emptying of a City, explored the first-person politics of being in New Orleans with a camera in the months following Hurricane Katrina, when he engaged with community activists to research the city’s refusal to evacuate the Orleans Parish Prison. 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 was also included in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and the 3rd Bucharest Biennial. In 2007, Hunt collaborated with Sharon Hayes and other artists on 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, a project that has been the subject of a number of exhibitions internationally.

Ashley Hunt at TEDxCalArts, March 2013

Based in Los Angeles, Hunt is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He is an alumnus of the University of California at Irvine (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Hear Ashley Hunt at TEDxCalArts: Liveness, performance, and this exact place in time

Now in its fifth year, The Watkins Visiting Artists Series (VAS), with support from the Humanities Tennessee Grant Program, welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. Watkins full house 9561 RHQuaytman lecture 1.29.14 WwebThe guest artists, whose work crosses many disciplinary boundaries, give public presentations, sharing their expertise and perspectives on their careers and providing insight into issues facing contemporary artists and designers. The VAS offers the area’s cultural community a rare opportunity to engage the work and ideas of trendsetting visual artists, designers, filmmakers and intellectuals. The critically acclaimed initiative has not only brought a number of internationally renowned artists to Nashville—like first-time visitors Harrell Fletcher, R. H. Quaytman, David Hilliard, Jonathan Katz, Alec Soth and Artemio Rodriguez—but it has also invigorated the local art scene by introducing artists working in new media and performance—artists like Nick Briz, Jon Satrom and Liz Magic Laser (2013 New York Armory Artist)—and those expanding the parameters of traditional media and art practice—such as Chris Sickels, Deborah Luster (2013 Guggenheim Fellow) and Natalia Almada (2013 MacArthur Fellow).

The 2015 Watkins VAS is a three-lecture initiative: the series kicked off with letterer/illustrator Jessica Hische on January 22 and will conclude with multiple-media artist/writer Martha Rosler on (tentatively) Thursday, March 12.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, including updates to programming and future series guests, visit this website or call 615-383-4848.

ht_colorFounded in 1973, Humanities Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, civil discourse, and an appreciation of history, diversity, and community among Tennesseans. Statewide programs include the annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠, the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops, a variety of History & Culture programs, Grants & Awards for teachers and community organizationsChapter16.org, among many others.

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Currey Jurors Tag David Anderson’s Work for Top Purchase Prize

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

2 viewers Currey2015 WwebDavid Anderson, a junior Fine Art major, claimed the top honor at the 2015 Currey Student Juried Show for his oil painting Untitled Map. As winner of the Anny Gowa Purchase Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize, Anderson’s work will be part of the permanent Watkins collection. A total of eight winners were announced by President Ellen Meyer during a February 5 reception in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. Students received cash prizes as well as gift certificates courtesy of Plaza Artist Materials and Picture Framing.

Students in all disciplines submitted 161 pieces this year, with 21 selected by two jurors: artist/curator Karen Seapker, who currently splits her time between Nashville and Brooklyn, and Pradip Malde, professor of art, Department of Art and Art History, University of the South, Sewanee.  The Currey Student show will remain on display through March 12.

David Anderson with President Ellen Meyer

David Anderson with President Ellen Meyer and his two paintings juried into the show

ANNY GOWA PURCHASE Award
David Anderson, Fine Art, junior
Untitled Map (oil on panel)

FIRST Place
Luisiana Mera, Fine Art, senior
“Gaby, Dora, and Little Lulu” (charcoal on paper)

SECOND Place
Ashley Doggett, Fine Art, sophomore
“In Ictu Occuli” (wood block)

THIRD Place
Casey Payne, Fine Art, senior
“Big Girl” (mixed media on paper)

HONORABLE Mention

Luisi Mera

Luisi Mera

Aaron Harper, Fine Art, junior
“Phases of God Baby” (oil on leather chessboard under a rock)

Noelle Grimes, Graphic Design, junior
Radiohead Poster (mixed media)

Heather Barrie, Fine Art, senior
“Family Project” (digital print)

Kayla Saito, Fine Art, senior
Injuries for the Settlement (mixed media)

 

 

 

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Casey Payne

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Ashley Doggett

Ashley Doggett

Heather Barrie

Heather Barrie

Aaron Harper

Aaron Harper

Kayla Saito

Kayla Saito

Watkins Welcomes Design Star Jessica Hische on January 22

Posted on: January 10th, 2015 by Caroline Davis
Jessica Hische (photo by Kari Orvik)

Jessica Hische (photo by Kari Orvik)

Letterer, illustrator and type designer Jessica Hische – at the age of 31, one of the most influential graphic designers in the world – will launch the 2015 Watkins Visiting Artists Series with a talk on Thursday, January 22, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater.

The event is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artist Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LECTURE TITLE: “My Illustrious Ascent Toward Less Exciting Work”
Designers try desperately to make work that’s impactful—to create work that will leave people breathless and hungry for more. Young designers in particular are endlessly trying to impress, their designs scream “Design!”, their type choices are bold, their color palettes are disruptive. Many designers carry this momentum throughout their careers, but there are a few people that begin to see differently. Instead of focusing on the flash, they hone in on the details, noticing things that others can barely perceive. Does this make their work better? Does it make it boring? Jessica will guide you through her own work and show you what happens when the small and imperceptible becomes even more exciting than the big, bright and flashy.

Seating in the Watkins Theater is limited, so please reserve online. Seats will be held until 6:15 p.m.

 

Known internationally for her award-winning lettering, illustrations and typefaces, Ms. Hische is also an avid “internetter,” with a special interest in the intersection of arts and technology through the lens of web typography (she has the word “Type” tattooed on her left triceps). A native of Charleston, S.C., who grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania, she graduated in 2006 from Tyler School of Art (at Temple University) with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design, then worked for Headcase Design (Philadelphia) and at Louise Fili Ltd. (New York). In 2009, at the age of 25, she launched her freelance career; her extensive and impressive credits include projects in advertising, books, identity, editorial, marketing/merchandise for The Atlantic, Harper Collins, Target, The New York Times, Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, Google, American Express, Nike, Samsung, OXFAM America, Speedo, Penguin Books, Neiman Marcus, Papyrus, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, MailChimp, Pinterest and Tiffany & Co., among numerous quirky and corporate others. She has been honored as an Art Directors Club “Young Gun” and in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 (twice).

Jessica Hische Minot font poster WwebWhile not primarily a web designer, many of her personal projects are web-centric and she has become as well known for her side projects as for her client work. In her project Daily Drop Cap (2009), she created a new illustrative letter daily, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times; at its peak, the site had more than 100,000 visitors per month. She has also created a number of educational micro-sites including “Mom, This is How Twitter Works,” “Should I Work for Free?” and “Don’t Fear the Internet” (with Russ Maschmeyer, whom she married in 2012), each as entertaining as it is practical. (She even coined the term “procrastiworking” to describe her tendency to procrastinate on client work by working on personal projects.)

Many of these sites reflect an engagement with new media and social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter (where she has over 88,000 followers), and they also demonstrate her advocacy for artists’ rights in an era of freelancing and liberal attitudes about intellectual property. Ms. Hische also embodies a new mode of presentation and marketing that rejects age-old distinctions between professional and personal identities. In all these respects, she is a designer whose career addresses the possibilities and predicaments of digital media for artists and creative people working today.

Jessica Hische at Title Case photo John Madere WwebMs. Hische works out of Title Case, a by-appointment-only collaborative studio in San Francisco (with fellow letterer and designer Erik Marinovich) as well as the Pencil Factory illustration and design collective in Brooklyn. An engaging, spirited presenter, since 2010 she has spoken at 50+ conferences and seminars all over the world—Auckland, Oslo, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Guadalajara, Melbourne, Manila, Vancouver, Copenhagen and Capetown, for starters. She serves on the board of directors of the Type Directors Club, the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on screen.

“Jessica Hische is one of the most influential letterers on the planet, inspiring our design students and faculty, in equal measure, with her prolific output of brilliant typography, illustration and pearls of wisdom,” said Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Watkins. “We are very proud to welcome her to Nashville to share her perspectives on art and design, the technologies she’s embraced in her unique way, and the rights and responsibilities of creative people.”

Examples of Ms. Hische’s work, writings, FAQ and more can be found at her website jessicahische.is, or follow her via twitter.com/jessicahische.

Jessica Hische OrchardParkMall ad head turner WwebThe Watkins Visiting Artists Series, now in its fifth year, 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, give public presentations, sharing their expertise and perspectives on their careers and providing insight into issues facing contemporary artists and designers.

The VAS offers students and the larger cultural community a rare opportunity to engage the work and ideas of trendsetting visual artists, designers, filmmakers and intellectuals. The critically acclaimed initiative has not only brought a number of internationally renowned artists to Nashville—like first-time city visitors Harrell Fletcher, R. H. Quaytman, David Hilliard, Jonathan Katz, Alec Soth and Artemio Rodriguez—but it has also invigorated the local art scene by introducing artists working in new media and performance—artists such as Nick Briz, Jon Satrom and Liz Magic Laser (2013 New York Armory Artist)—or those expanding the parameters of traditional media and art practice—such as Chris Sickels, Deborah Luster (2013 Guggenheim Fellow) and Natalia Almada (2013 MacArthur Fellow).

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; plentiful, free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, including updates to programming and future guests, visit Watkins.edu or call 615-383-4848.

Jessica Hische Neiman Marcus gift tag WwebKey series participants from Watkins are Gallery Committee members Dan Brawner, professor and department chair of graphic design; Caroline Davis, director of external relations and assistant director of development; Mary Beth Harding, director of community education; Brady Haston, assistant professor of fine art and studio facilities manager; Morgan Higby-Flowers, assistant professor of fine art; Robin Paris, assistant professor and department chair of photography; Terry Thacker, professor of fine art; Tom Williams (committee chair), assistant professor of art history, and student representatives Holly Carden (Graphic Design) and Weng Tze Yang (Fine Art).

Jessica Hische Starbucks latte 04 WwebAbout Humanities Tennessee

Founded in 1973, Humanities Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, civil discourse, and an appreciation of history, diversity, and community among Tennesseans. Statewide programs include the annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠, the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops, a variety of History & Culture programs, Grants & Awards for teachers and community organizationsChapter16.org, among many others.

Mission: Humanities Tennessee nurtures the mutual respect and understanding essential to community by enabling Tennesseans to examine and critically reflect upon the narratives, traditions, beliefs, and ideas — as expressed through the arts and letters — that define us as individuals and participants in community life.

To learn more, visit HumanitiesTennessee.org.

 

RECOMMENDED READING

Jessica offers a comprehensive listing of design, typography and web dev resources on her website: //jessicahische.is/heretohelp

Check out a couple [of the many] great interviews with Jessica in Rookie (2012) and Design Boom (2014)

Design sites to peruse =

Design Observer = Features news and critical essays on design, urbanism, social innovation and popular culture

I Love Typography = “It’s just about impossible to imagine a world without type, but at the same time type’s ubiquity has most of us taking it for granted. So take a closer look.”

The Type Directors Club = promoting excellence in typography for over 65 years

The Dieline and Lovely Package have featured several Watkins Graphic Design alumni, including
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Julian Baker
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Julian on Lovely Package

Andy Gregg
on the Dieline

Lindsey Armstrong, Shelby Rodeffer and Katie DeSouza
on the Dieline

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAG Shows Kayla Saito’s ‘On Screen’

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents On Screen, a multimedia installation by Watkins Fine Art senior Kayla Saito, at its downtown gallery WAG during the February 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

For her exhibition, Saito interprets the way people display themselves in social media, then transforms what she sees into physical form. On Screen aims to investigate the repre-sentation of individual identity in social media as well as question the artist’s role as seer and interpreter. An interactive element will invite the audience to offer live feedback on the exhibition and the artist.

Saito was inspired in part by a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Kayla Saito (by Tamara Reynolds for Nashville Arts)

Kayla Saito (by Tamara Reynolds for Nashville Arts)

Saito was graduated with honors from Nashville School of the Arts and is a Dean’s List Fine Art senior with a special interest in sculpture and printmaking. A council member of the Watkins-led art collective Co. H, she is a collaborator on many of their social practice projects and has previously exhibited at WAG in the printmaking show Staying the Course (February 2014) and Co. H’s Seven Types of Play (April 2014). Her work has also been seen at Cheekwood and TPAC and in Co. H’s summer 2014 exhibition, Mystic Truths (Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery), named by the Nashville Scene “Best Student Show” in their recent Best of Nashville issue.

"Identities, Mixing," 2014

“Identities, Mixing,” 2014

Saito interned with Seed Space and currently is a studio assistant for local artist Adrienne Outlaw. She was also an assistant for The Parthenon’s FLEX IT!, My Body My Temple exhibition (September 2014 through January 2015).

To see more of Kayla Saito’s work, visit kaylasaitoart.tumblr.com.

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

Art Crawl logoWAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

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About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.

Watkins Serves Best Work at Currey Juried Show, Opening February 5

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present the 2015 Currey Juried Student Show, featuring outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 5–March 12 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Currey 2014 gallery viewer 0072 WwebAn opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Serving as Currey Show jurors are artist/curator Karen Seapker, who currently splits her time between Nashville and Brooklyn, and Pradip Malde, professor of art, Department of Art and Art History, University of the South, Sewanee.

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COOP Gallery cooperative member/curator since 2013, she holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York City and a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and has been in residence at Chashama North in Pine Plains, NY. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Shanghai, with two solo shows earlier this year, in London (Canal Projects) and Nashville (Zeitgeist).

Malde has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Tennessee since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980. He has exhibited in Europe and the US and has works in numerous collections including the Princeton University Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh). He teaches classes in photography, documentary photography and electronic media and is currently working with students and alumni on ways of using photography for community development in Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Grundy County, TN.

All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2014, with eight winners­–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award­–announced by President Ellen L. Meyer.

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.

 

WAG Brings in 2015 with Paintings by Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents paintings by juniors Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper at its downtown gallery WAG during the January 3 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Marlos E'van, "Primer," 2014, 36”x 108” (overall triptych), oil on canvas

Marlos E’van, “Primer,” 2014, 36”x 108” (overall triptych), oil on canvas

Marlos E'van Instgram pic WwebMarlos E’van, studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Art, has titled his show Funkhaus,“an element of style, grace, violence, disorder and anything bordered. I intend to capture the grace of existence and present it in its elemental nature.” A native of Mississippi, he moved to Nashville in 2012 to begin his studies at Watkins, and his work has been shown in several shows in the downtown arts district and through public installations. In 2014 he co-founded the Wonderland Museum, where public spaces become art events. E’van is also a composer, and was a co-organizer of the July 2013 Music Moves Festival, Nashville’s first large-scale mobile music festival hosted on public transportation. To learn more, find him on Instagram at VELVET_CASTLES.

Aaron Harper, "King Cowboy," 2014, 11”x 12”, oil on canvas

Aaron Harper, “King Cowboy,” 2014, 11”x 12”, oil on canvas

Fine Art major Aaron Harper, from Corpus Christi, TX, offers Space Between Things, featuring works derived from the experience of walking and driving around the city of Nashville during the night. Months of on-and-off exploration inspired the creation of numerous oil paintings that function as thoughts concerning the effects that darkness can have on the psyche. The work of artists such as Merlin James, Mary Heilmann and Forrest Bess, the writings of Plato, Nietzsche and Bataille, the music of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and Don Cherry, as well as a background in the Pentecostal Church, are prominent influences in his work. A member of the Watkins-led Co. H collective, Harper was part of their highly praised Mystic Truths show (summer 2014), and he has also exhibited in group shows at the Packing Plant, Track 13, Fort Houston, Chestnut Gallery and Cummins Station. His personal hobbies include collecting rocks, cooking, fishing and hunting for earthworms. For more information, visit aaronwharper.tumblr.com.

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

Art Crawl logoWAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

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About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.

WAG Doubles Up with Luisiana Mera and Jazzmyne Sims in December Show

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins presents a double exhibition at its downtown gallery WAG during the December 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl, with new work from junior Luisiana Mera and senior Jazzmyne Sims.

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“Gaby, Dora and Little Lulu” by Luisiana Mera (22’x30′, charcoal on paper)

Fine Art major Luisiana Mera’s Relevant Distance features delicately rendered charcoal drawings based on images sent to Mera via iPhone from relatives in her native Panama. Through exquisite technique, dramatic lighting and gridded and cropped theatrical spaces, Mera reframes baroque pictorial conventions to deploy a personal and contemporary narrative, creating work that is tactile, velvety and dreamlike. “We experience the world largely through today’s technologies, images that are edited and composed by others on screens and in print. What can be lost is the pre-edited, individual, personal experience,” said Mera. “The sensual quality of the charcoal medium makes it possible to convey an immediate physical experience from these detached images.”

Jazzmyne Sims, studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Art, offers pop up wood sculptures in her show, The Capricious Bend. Tension, mobility and reconstruction play very heavily in these works of Baltic birch, cherry and cedar. “Since the structures of my sculptures are constructed by the tension of the wood being bent, I tend to use little to no hardware, with the exception of clamps,” said Sims. “The installation of my work is also dependent on, and responsive to, the surrounding architecture. With the use of clamps the work is mobile and can easily be reconstructed and turned into some other structure.”

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

Art Crawl logoWAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

About Luisiana Mera
Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, Luisiana Mera moved to Nashville in 2011 to attend Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, where she is a Fine Art major with an emphasis in painting, drawing and figurative studies. Her work has been exhibited extensively on campus and at Cheekwood, Cummins Station and WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery). She has won multiple awards including the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression and first place at the Currey Juried Student Exhibition; recently her work was selected for inclusion in INDA 9 (9th International Drawing Annual), a competitive publication of works of contemporary drawing. Visit luisianamera.tumblr.com.

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Untitled sculpture by Jazzmyne Sims (cedar, Baltic birch, 12′ clamp)

About Jazzmyne Sims
A Tennessee native, Jazzmyne Sims is a senior at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in sculpture. She is heavily focused on woodworking, using clamps, tension and, in many sculptures, architecture to create her work, which she describes as “very in the moment and set type based.” She holds several scholarships (including the BA achievement award). She has recently ventured into furniture design where she is incorporating her sculpture style with other mediums.

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The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.

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‘Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1’ Celebrates Community and Connections

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1,” featuring new work by 10 alumni in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography and opening Thursday, November 20, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The exhibition will run through December 12.

Participating artists in “Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1″ are Jeremy Adams (Film, 2003), Alicia W. Binkley (Graphic Design, 2008), Chris Doubler (Fine Art, 2006), Patricia Earnhardt (Fine Art, 2008),  Jennifer Georgescu (Photography, 2008), Derek Gibson (Fine Art, 2004), Pam Jolly Haile (Fine Art, 2013), Joshua Brent Montgomery (Film, 2008), Jaime Raybin (Fine Art, 2006) and Trent Thibodeaux (Graphic Design, 2006).

This inaugural show, organized by the newly formed Watkins Alumni Committee, is the first in an ongoing series that intends to demonstrate the diverse and continued explorations of art across departments among the alumni community.

The exhibition 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.

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. (Watkins will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving.) Admission is free.

About the Artists

Director and cinematographer Jeremy Adams (coroflot.com/jeradams) lives and works in Los Angeles. A 2003 graduate of the Film School at Watkins, he has worked in a variety of roles in film/video production, ranging from art department assistant on ABC’s “Pushing Daises” to storyboarding acclaimed music video director Joseph Kahn’s second feature film, “Detention.” Jeremy has directed and photographed documentaries, commercials, music videos, short films and a feature film. In 2012, he directed an award-winning spot for Marine Corps Special Operations Command/MARSOC and in 2013, shot and edited the webisode “You Ought To Know Nashville” for PBS Digital.

  • Grid of 9 (3 across, 3 down), archival digital prints, iPhone photography (12″x20″)

    JJeremy Adams, "Pacific Stranger"

    Jeremy Adams, “Pacific Stranger”

“I have always viewed the ordinary world in cinematic widescreen. For the longest time I tried to develop a photographic style to reflect this, without any real success, but having an iPhone in my pocket at all times and taking pictures on a phone just for the hell of it has allowed themes of simplicity and space to emerge, one photo after another. My eye is now naturally drawn to unique, natural landscapes that sometimes feature inhabitants. Most times though, the landscapes themselves are characters in their own right that tell a story without ever saying a word. It’s this aspect that attracts me the most, especially in this modern and ever-complicating world where we are constantly bombarded with information.”

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Alicia W. Binkley, “Him Her”

Alicia Waters Binkley (adubsyall.com) describes herself as a “designer and doer who loves to find creative ways to help others.” Running her own business since earning her BGA in Graphic Design Watkins in 2008, she currently co-runs MID, a print and design company, with her husband, Drew. On top of illustrating she has a great passion for UX and problem solving — worked with many clients around the world on UX/UI solutions for web and mobile — and enjoys serving as the Creative Director at AlienFast, LLC. Earlier this year she became a host of the Nashville chapter of the monthly global creative networking series CreativeMornings.

  • “Him Her,” 2-color screen print with metallic gold ink printed on #110 Smart White French paper (12″ x 18″). Open editions.

“My work tugs at the heartstrings of sentiment and nostalgia. My illustrations often include pattern work with an update to traditional elements and icons.”

A Middle Tennessee native, Chris Doubler received his BFA in Fine Art from Watkins in 2006. Since that time he has applied his skills and education to become an exhibition designer, preparator, graphic designer and art handler at institutions including Cheekwood Museum & Botanical Gardens, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

  • Silkcreen print on paper (approx 16″x19″)
Jennifer Georgescu, "The Veil"

Jennifer Georgescu, “The Veil”

Jennifer Georgescu’s (jengeorgescu.com) work describes instinctual aspects of humanity correlating to and differing from societal structuring. With a background in painting and photographic arts, she utilizes medium format film photography, installation, and digital technology. Her projects analyze dualisms in language, relationships, mythologies and control. “I often search for the balance that exists in between these dichotomies. This is how I view humanity; always teetering on the line between fiction and reality, domination and submissiveness, self and other.”

After obtaining a BFA in Photography from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2008, Georgescu was awarded a yearlong residency at Vanderbilt University’s “Gallery F.” She has received numerous honors from Artist Portfolio Magazine, the Camera Obscura Journal of Literature and Photography, and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award.  Her works have recently been exhibited in the Masur Museum of Art, the Detroit Museum of New Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and PhotoCenter NW. She lives in San Francisco.

  • “Star Gazers” (the veil) (20”x20,” 2014) and “Star Gazers” (night walks) (15”x15,” 2014)

I wish I could believe that something was out there waiting for me in the cosmos. I find the thought of forever incapacitating. Then I think of the alternative; of being nothing ever again. We all have a self-proclaimed importance that renders our being obsolete, impossible. This is part of what makes us human. We hold the idea of our importance despite our insignificance and mortality.

Jennifer Georgescu, "Night Walks"

Jennifer Georgescu, “Night Walks”

I long for a time, somewhere in the past, when it was thought that all information was just out of reach and all we had to do was find it. I feel that in present time, the more information we know, the more we realize that we’ll never know it all. We now have a vastly expanding wealth of information at our fingertips, yet we are no closer to “knowing” the most important answers.

The most wonderful idea I can think of, the thing that truly comforts me, is the possibility of time being warped beyond our current perception. I find comfort in the idea of parallel universes; where little holes allow for one world to briefly experience the next. When you make a decision in one world, an alternate decision would be made in the next, and so on. This idea has always allowed me to think that when I am gone in one world, I may continue in the next.

“Star Gazers” addresses the things that are hard to think about (i.e. death, mortality, insignificance) through imagination and narrative easy to be confronted with. Fiction and awe weave together antique imagery, scientific imaging, and medium format film photography to tell a far-fetched tale that is factually possible.   This is a story where worlds can communicate, where past and present can connect, and the cosmos contain meaning.

Patricia Earnhardt, film still from "Accepted"

Patricia Earnhardt, film still from “Accepted”

Patricia Earnhardt (patriciaearnhardt.com) is a multimedia visual artist working primarily with video and installation art. Her work, which focuses on social and political issues as well as personal internal struggles, has been exhibited in Berlin, Germany and in numerous venues in Nashville. She graduated from Watkins in 2008 with a BFA in fine Art. She is also a filmmaker and, for the past 20 years, has run Earnhardt Films, LLC with her husband, David Earnhardt.

  • Digital video, “Accepted” (2:36, looping)

“In the video, ‘Accepted,’ soft, ripe fruit falls onto the back of a woman reclining peacefully in a field. The fruit splays as it hits the quiet and unflinching body — flesh meeting flesh. The image depicts an acceptance of nature and its effects on the body over time, showing the beauty in aging — something that is often considered grotesque.”

A Murfreesboro native, Derek Gibson (derekgibson.see.me) has exhibited locally, regionally and nationally in a variety of group and juried shows in Fort Collins (CO), Cincinnati, Atlanta and New York City since graduating from Watkins with a BFA in Fine Art in 2004. His work has included sculpture, photography, installation and video installation. He stays involved in the local art community, volunteering as a studio teaching assistant and exhibit preparator in two local non-profit organizations and maintaining his own artistic practice while keeping a day job.

  • Mixed media sculpture of various domestic and exotic hardwoods (approx. 6-8’ tall, 4-5’ in length and width)

“My work is informed by the idea of place. This could be a physical place where I have been or where I shared an event with a significant other. It could also be a spiritual place I have been as part of my meditation practice and continuing journey of personal development.

Pam Haile - Her Mark 1

Pam Haile, “Her Mark 1″

Pam Jolly Haile processes ideas of space and place using a variety of visual languages, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. Her focus on nature’s benevolence and the experiences it provides is the thread she follows, weaving abstract ideas and theory into her art practice. She earned her BFA in Fine Art from Watkins in 2013 and currently lives and works in Nashville.

  • Archival UV direct print on dibond substrate (20″x15″)

“There is a seamless rapport between my everyday life and art making. The work I create is a recording of my ordinary experiences. I aim to engage the audience with sensory and poetic qualities in works that question what it means to consciously observe, and therefore wholly experience being human.”

Joshua Brent Montgomery, "Shine"

Joshua Brent Montgomery, “Shine”

Joshua Brent Montgomery (joshuabrentmontgomery.com) is an artist from Goodlettsville, TN. A 2008 graduate of the Film School at Watkins, he works as a casting associate in the entertainment industry and spends his free time writing and drawing.

  • Three acrylic on canvas: “Boy in Snow” (24”x36”), “Scared Boy in Field” (18”x24”), “Shine” (36″x36″)

“My work is culled from a wide variety of personal interests and curiosities, none of which share a locus worth mentioning.”

Alethea Norene holds a BFA in Photography in 2008 from Watkins and MFA in 2010 from Maine College of Art in Portland. She has exhibited her work nationally in solo and group exhibitions and alternative venues such as clothing boutiques. Co-founder of SOUP, a community based micro-grant program for artists in Portland, Alethea is currently expanding her creative practice and is in school in Nashville to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, hoping to utilize her creative experiences to positively empower women.

  • Archival pigment print from digital scan of film (30×30″)

“My work celebrates friendship, co-dependence, magic, healing, faith, and mistake making. My images and drawings memorialize moments of togetherness and independent voyages.”

Jaime Raybin, "For Owen"

Jaime Raybin, “For Owen”

Jaime Raybin (jaimeraybin.com) earned a BFA in Fine Art in 2006 from Watkins, where she currently works as an admissions recruiter. Her exhibition history includes Northwestern University, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville), Swanson-Reed Contemporary (Louisville, KY), the Foundry Art Centre (Saint Charles, MO), Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), the Renaissance Center (Dickson, TN) and the University of the South (Sewanee, TN).

  • Acrylic on canvas “Bathroom” (28″x37″) and “Can Phone” (17″x42″); digital micrography collage “For Owen” and “For Kalina” (each approx. 18”x24″)

“My paintings deal with themes of social isolation and escapism. They are set in the workplace and in shared living spaces. This work is figurative and personal, often featuring myself as a character in narrative metaphorical vignettes.”

Originally from Louisiana, Trent Thibodeaux (thedesign13.com) has been a resident of Nashville for the past 14 years, since coming to Watkins to study graphic design; he earned his BFA in 2006. He has worked in many facets of the design world and currently is lead designer at Third Man Records.

  • Graphite and wall paper on paper (10×20); color photo (8×10), wall pasted illustration in corner (3’x4’)

“My work deals with the transformation from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Using drawings, textures, & found images that evoke nostalgia, i create new images that tell an unintended story. At first glance these new images look familiar and deliver a sense of comfort. Through further exploration, the comparison of unfamiliar and unexpected elements creates sense of uneasiness. The conflict created by the unexpected change in narrative, caused by the combination of disparate elements challenges the viewer to rethink the idea of normalcy and expectation.”

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About the Watkins Alumni Committee

The Watkins Alumni Committee preserves the spirit of the Watkins community for alumni, locally and nationally, beyond graduation by cultivating opportunities for professional growth and support as well as social connectivity. As artists and makers, we promote the value of the arts beyond the walls of Watkins through collaborations with community organizations and local businesses, advocating for arts access and art education, and developing a culture of philanthropy in the arts. For more information, contact committee chair Abby Whisenant at awhisenant@watkins.edu

WAG Catches David Anderson’s ‘Desire Trap/pings’ for November Art Crawl

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Desire Trap/pings, a multiple media installation by Fine Art junior David Anderson at its downtown gallery WAG during the November 1 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Desire Trap/pings will feature oil paintings, sculptures, found objects, and modified found objects, and each piece is considered as a different scene or trap that suspends a desire, one that could be transformed into something new.

David Anderson Loose Gate

“Loose Gate,” 2014 (57″x65″ oil on canvas)

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

Statement:
Hybrid forms and processes locate desire between the cool, fetishized ironies of glam culture and sincere ritual; between consumer aesthetic and human touch; between cereal box and retablo (altarpiece). Desire Trap/pings combines hyper color, invented graphic forms, and grungy, tactile, shimmering surfaces to suggest a space analogous to a near future church of Philip K. Dick’s (and David Anderson’s) imagination.

"Bleeding," 2014 (oil, silk screen, appropriation)

“Bleeding,” 2014

Anderson, a Nashville native, has previously exhibited at WAG in Abstraction’s Imaginative Fictions (November 2013), the printmaking show Staying the Course (February 2014), and Co. H collective’s Play (May 2014). He was also part of the summer group shows Bruised Anvil (at the Packing Plant) and Co. H’s Mystic Truths (Watkins’ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery), named by the Nashville Scene “Best Student Show” in their recent Best of Nashville issue.

To see more of his David Anderson’s work, visit davidonri.tumblr.com

About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.

Scene’s ‘Best of Nashville’ Praises Watkins students, alumni and faculty

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

We appreciate the attention that the Nashville Scene shows to the city’s arts and culture community all year long and their support of Watkins’ talents, events and programming. And we’re grateful for the “Writers’ Choice” recognition of several Watkins students, alumni and faculty in their annual Best Of Nashville issue!

Best Student Show: Co. H’s Mystic Truths at Watkins

Art exhibits by college students tend to be spotty affairs. But the Mystic Truths show at Watkins was a thoroughly excellent display and the crowning achievement to a busy year for the Co. H collective, whose multiple exhibitions in multiple venues all over the city this year recalled the glory days of the Secret Shows founded by Watkins students. We need young, hardworking artists to energize and challenge our scene, and these kids are all right. –Joe Nolan

Best Art Collaboration: Watkins and Death Row Unit 2NvScene Bestof2014 arts_culture image Wweb

A series of art installations at Watkins Arcade Gallery created by students from the school in collaboration with death row prisoners at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, the latest Unit 2 exhibition opened in July. Social practice art is all the rage, but when the privileged decide to create with the disenfranchised, exploitation is often the result. Not so here. This heartbreaking wonder of a series exemplifies that one-word answer to this question: “How might artists best ply their trade in the name of social progress?” Service. – Joe Nolan

Anne Catherine Carter

Anne Catherine Carter (photo by Michael W. Bunch)

Best New Curator: Ann Catherine Carter at the Packing Plant

Whip-smart and talented, Ann Catherine Carter was a regular fixture at art events when she was a Watkins student, and after taking over from Veronica Kavass as The Packing Plant’s curator, she’s positioned to prove herself as a conduit between Nashville’s old guard and its new. — Laura Hutson

Best Abstract Art Show: Abstractometry at the Frist [featuring Watkins Fine Art Professor Terry Thacker]

Abstractometry graced the Frist’s Conte Community Arts space with a display that functioned as a survey of some of Nashville’s best abstract artists while simultaneously examining the manner in which our city defines itself through album art, letterpress printing, vintage signs and other graphic means. Terry Thacker, James Perrin and Alex Blau all showed stand-out work in the exhibition, setting a high bar for nonfigurative art that wasn’t surpassed in Nashville in 2014. – Joe Nolan

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Patrick DeGuira, “Hue and Weight”

Best Solo Show: [Fine Art Adjunct Faculty] Patrick DeGuira at Zeitgeist 

Patrick DeGuira has become one of Nashville’s best artists by bringing his meticulous craftsmanship to a broad understanding of the current contemporary art conversation and marrying both to his own personal mythology. DeGuira’s Shade Models at Zeitgeist included photography, models, paintings and even a full-sized rowboat. The show opened last fall after our 2013 Best of Nashville issue, but it still resonates. – Joe Nolan

Best New Gallery: David Lusk Gallery Nashville [featuring Watkins Fine Art Adjunct Faculty Mary Addison Hackett]

David Lusk is a skilled art dealer with a proven record of connecting artwork with buyers, and news that he was opening a Nashville outpost of his successful Memphis gallery was met with almost immediate praise. The gallery’s opening exhibition, which featured work from local favorites like Mary Addison Hackett and Kit Reuther, all but solidified its Wedgewood-Houston locale as the most interesting part of the First Saturday art openings. – Laura Hutson

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Best Art Programing: Seed Space
Watkins Fine Art student Kayla Saito works at Seed Space

A nonprofit contemporary art laboratory is an ideal space for experimentation, and Seed Space brings that mindset into public talks and some of the most exciting programming in town. An example of their innovative programming is the recent monthlong visit from New York gallerist Andrea Zieher, who hosted workshops and portfolio reviews for Nashville-based artists hungry for national exposure. – Laura Hutson

 

Best Arty Hang: Nashville Artists Drinking Beer (Coop Gallery)
Coop Gallery features Watkins faculty Kristi Hargrove, Terry Thacker, Morgan Higby-Flowers and Tom Williams

This sporadic event with a deceptively blunt title is actually a fairly focused addition to Nashville’s teeming storytelling gatherings (Research Club, That Time of the Month, Pictures of Fireworks) that sets itself apart by name-checking booze, so you know what kind of party it’s going to be. Led by the Coop Gallery cooperative and hosted at Craft Brewed, NADB is frequented by some of the most interesting artists in town, who show off their knowledge of everything from bearded ladies to karaoke in short, three-minute presentations. This is irreverent, arty fun at its beer-soaked best. – Laura Hutson

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The Readers’ Poll named First Saturday Art Crawl as Best Art Happening — WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery) just celebrated its first anniversary as part of the monthly event!