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Co. H’s ‘Don’t Drink the Milk’ On View Through July 21

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the 2016 student summer show Don’t Drink the Milk, a mixed-media group show from Co. H and Friends, now through July 21 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.

Carly Piccione

Carly Piccione, from “living room” (oil and sculpy on panel)

Curated by members of the Watkins collective Co. H, Don’t Drink the Milk explores forms of communication and language. This body of work uses the structure of the gallery to demonstrate ways in which art works can simulate language. A prescribed format for a gallery is similar to the construction of a good fiction novel, or an informational document. These pre-existing frameworks in forms of communication are not employed as rigid guidelines, but templates for a new understanding each time. As fallible as language is, Don’t Drink the Milk speaks differently to every viewer, as personal experience and historical reference offer numerous routes for interpretation.

Rafer White, from "Corn" (acrylic on roll paper)

Rafer White, “Corn” (acrylic on roll paper)

The nine featured artists are:
Stevie Bailey (photography)
Kevin Dietz (screen print, drawing)
Holden Head (hydrographic)
Tristan Higginbotham (photography)
Corrina Joyner  (mixed media)
Kay Kennedy (mixed media)
Micah Mathewson (mixed media)
Carly Piccione (painting)
Rafer White (painting)

Don’t Drink the Milk is comprised of 16 pieces from Co. H council members, collaborators and studio mates in order to present a survey of some of the best work from Watkins students. Featuring current students and recent graduates from the Art, Fine Art and Photography departments, Don’t Drink the Milk showcases work across several disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and printmaking.

Holden Head, "Buildings Block" (hydrographic on rock)

Holden Head, “Buildings Block” (hydrographic on rock)

Kevin Dietz, from series "Always Crashing in the Same Car" (acrylic and graphite on paper). Top image also from series

Kevin Dietz, from series “Always Crashing in the Same Car” (acrylic and graphite on paper). Top image also from series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show title is referent to a phrase from an Our Gang comedy short in which the Little Rascals whisper, “Don’t drink the milk; it’s spoiled!” down the line, similarly to the telephone game, in which repetition can cause misinterpretation and loss or alteration of meaning. This transformation from the original message and meaning through time and individuals’ personal understandinga feels similar to methods of trying to “understand” an art exhibition, but ultimately, meaning is interpreted different to each viewer.

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Six Watkins Artists Chosen for Learning Lab Program

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the six Watkins’ talents selected to participate in the first Learning Lab Artist Training Program, professional development designed to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. Alumnus Xavier Payne, faculty Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Admissions staffer David Hellams, and adjunct/CE teaching artist Elizabeth Sanford are among the 25 Nashville-based artists in the  program, which is designed to help deepen knowledge around community-based work and create capacity for neighborhood activation through the arts.

The series of lectures, individual assessment exercises, group activities and one-on-one coaching will take place between June and October 2016 and is presented by national art leader and artist Michael Rohd of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, and local subject matter experts.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Learning Lab is a program of Metro Arts in partnership with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. Metro Arts is also supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The inaugural 2016 Learning Lab cohort:

David Hellams, Crappy Magic experience

David Hellams, Crappy Magic experience

Rebekah Alexander
Julia Whitney Brown
Kimberly Brown
Lexander V. Bryant
Michael Cooper
Tinsley Anne Dempsey
Jake Elliot
Michael Ewing
David Hellams, admission recruitment officer
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger
Elisheba Israel

Xavier Payne, "The Chosen Boy"

Xavier Payne, “The Chosen Boy”

Jay Jenkins
Courtney Adair Johnson
Megan Kelley
Ariel Lavery, assistant professor, Department of Fine Art
Jessika Malone
Bryce McCloud
Robin Paris, associate professor, Department of Photography
Xavier Payne, BFA in Graphic Design, 2013
Elizabeth Sanford, adjunct faculty, Department of Fine Art
Tara Thompson
Vadis Turner
Elizabeth Williams
Herb Williams
Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history, Department of General Education

WAG Goes with Mildred Jarrett’s ‘Without ‘Isms’ for June Show of Paintings

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Without ‘Isms, an exhibition of painting by Watkins alumna Mildred Jarrett, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m. and throughout the month by appointment.

Jarrett’s work is firmly anchored in non-objective expressionism, with experimental searches following spontaneous intuitions without the distraction of subject matter or narrative; often the surfaces of the large acrylic canvasses are sanded, glazed, or scraped to further the transformation process.

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Mildred Jarrett_portrait_newA native of Oklahoma, Jarrett began formal art instruction at age 15 with private lessons at the Nashville Museum of Art, and, at 17, enrolled for additional instruction at Watkins Institute. She was considered too young for figure class, and so was directed to traditional painting.

Later, as a young wife and mother, she began to sell encyclopedias in order to buy paint and canvas. Selling door-to-door was an introduction to a 37-year career in corporate sales management that allowed her to travel the world as an international trainer and motivational speaker. As time permitted, she also continued her studies, taking courses at the University of Tennessee-Nashville, Vermont School of Art and Design, MTSU, and Volunteer State Community College.

After retiring in 1992, Jarrett returned to Watkins to earn her long-awaited art degree in 2001 (the Associate of Fine Arts degree). Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in solo and juried shows throughout Tennessee as well as in Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma, and are prized in numerous private collections (including the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Bob Corker).

"When Day Surrenders" (acrylic, 30" x 24")

“When Day Surrenders” (acrylic, 30″ x 24″)

“As an artist, I am willing to make self-revealing discoveries steered by intuition,” says Jarrett. “Facing a blank canvas in awesome fear that the first stroke is a revealing personal emotion, either conscious or subconscious, takes courage! The many experiences of the corporate world have given me the sureness needed to make powerful statements more moving than imitating nature. The way I see it, if I can travel over the jungles of Africa in an old DC-3, board a British submarine in Nova Scotia, be questioned by the police in China, slide around a mountain in New Zealand, drive in New York City without directions and all the other personal accumulations, I can attack this canvas!”

For more information, visit her website: MildredJarrett.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.

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.

President J. Kline congratulates Millie Jarrett
Diana Lee, Millie Jarrett, O Gallery’s Olga Alexeeva
Millie with Waddell Wright and his daughter, Eleanor
Professor Terry Thacker, contemplating
Millie with Lucy & Tom Botorff
"Explorations" (acrylic, 48" x 144")

“Explorations” (acrylic, 48″ x 144″)

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.

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Swaney 2016 Doubles Prize for S.T. Davis and Marlos E’van

Posted on: May 15th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

The 10th edition of the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression witnessed compelling work from 11 students across all disciplines — and for the first time, two winners were selected.

After intense deliberation by jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLC (both former associates of Mr. Swaney), Film School junior S.T. Davis, of Millington, TN, was awarded the $1,000 first place prize, and Art senior Marlos E’van, a Mississippi native who now calls Nashville home, received special recognition with an additional $500 award.

Swaney2016 room ph 1490 WwebEstablished in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the Swaney prize honors students who produce “visual designs and patterns that spoke to others.” Davis, whose concentration is cinematography, impressed with a film reel whose visuals and editing weaved a powerful narrative. E’van, who will earn a BA in Art with a concentration in painting, displayed two striking large-scale paintings on canvas and a collection of smaller works on paper.

Students were selected by their department chairs to participate in the annual competition, and brought examples of their work to display and discuss.

Congratulations to all the 2016 Swaney Prize participants!

Swaney2016 1513 Shofner painting review WwebArt:
Marlos E’van

Fine Art:
Mali Hamilton
Micah Mathewson

Film:
S.T. Davis
Emileigh Potter

Graphic Design:
Chris Fornal
Noelle Grimes

Interior Design
Anna Caro
Aimee Spencer

Photography:
Sarah Faith Taylor
Sandra Ventura-Benitez

President J. Kline, S.T. Davis, Martin Shofner, Marlos E’van, Walter Crouch
Aimee Spencer
Chris Fornal
Emileigh Potter
Sarah Faith Taylor
Mail Hamilton
Sandra Ventura-Benitez
Micah Mathewson
Noelle Grimes
Anna Caro
President J. Kline, S.T. Davis, Marlos E’van
Mali Hamilton, Martin Shofner
Chris Fornal, Martin Shofner
Martin Shofner
Martin Shofner, Micah Mathewson

Alumnae Showcase Healing Arts in May 7 show at Watkins Arcade Gallery

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final…

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

 Give me your hand.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Watkins presents Let Everything Happen, with work by artists of Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI), at its downtown gallery WAG during the May 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. Curated by Watkins alumnae Sharon Stewart and Sharyn Bachleda, the multi-media exhibition offers pieces that give visual language to the often unspeakable experiences of the inner human landscape.

HAPI (healingartsprojectinc.org) is a Middle Tennessee 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide “an avenue for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors…promoting understanding, acceptance, and success.”

Stewart and Bachleda are HAPI art instructors at the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association. The works on display have been selected from those submitted by Nashville-based HAPI artists at TMHCA, Park Center South, and Centerstone’s ReConnect Peer Support Center.

James Elwood Lewis, "The Music In the Background"

James Elwood Lewis, “The Music In the Background”

Let Everything Happen emphasizes that it is an inherent part of life to struggle for internal equilibrium; and at times to find oneself standing with one foot in a place of beauty and the other in terror, and, even so, to remain standing. In making visible their individual experiences of these line-blurring states of being, the HAPI artists offer viewers a place to consider their own, and to remember that no one has to be alone in any of this, that many things are better when shared.

A 2015 Watkins graduate with a BFA in Photography, Sharon Stewart has been involved with the Healing Arts Project, Inc. since 2013. Her work, collaborations and curatorial projects have been exhibited at Carlos Gallery, COOP, OZ, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and WAG, and have been featured in Hyperallergic, Nashville Arts Magazine blog, The Nashville Scene, The Contributor and on WTVF/NewsChannel 5. She is passionate about participating in work that creates opportunities for connection and transformation in the lives of individuals and communities.

Hilary Roemer, "Ancient Folktale Convenience"

Hilary Roemer, “Ancient Folktale Convenience”

Sharyn Bachleda was born in Deerfield Beach, Florida and moved to Nashville in 2012, graduating with a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins in 2015. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Tennessee including at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Knoxville Museum of Art, the Tipton Gallery, Tthe Bijou Theater, Track One, Lipscomb’s Gallery OPEN, and the Bagwell Gallery. Bachleda has worked as a pre-school teacher’s aid, works as a freelance photographer, and aspires to continue educating and inspiring individuals of all ages through art therapy, photography and fashion.

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.

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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

BFA Senior Shows Conclude with May 5 Triple

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins concludes its BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2016 with a triple offering from Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, the last in a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. The senior thesis projects – Hamilton’s Domestic Oblivion, Harper’s Garden Relay and Lindley’s Hiraeth – will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on Thursday, May 5, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and remain on display through May 15.

Mali Hamilton • Meridian, MS • malihamilton.net
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Domestic Oblivion (wax, household objects)

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Mali Hamilton

Mali Hamilton

Mali Hamilton is a multi-disciplinary artist, currently working in sculpture and installation. She’s a native Texan (who will never relinquish that title) but claims the South as her home, after traipsing through North Carolina to New Orleans over the last 20 years. She works in whatever medium is called for, but is partial to objects and their combinations. She won 1st place at the 2016 Watkins Currey Juried Student Show, as well as taking Best of Show and multiple other awards in 2014 from the juried student show at Meridian Community College.

Recent works consider middle-class, everyday environments of domestic space and the comforts found in “normal,” reproducible, repeatable, reinforced.  The constant aspiration and accumulation of objects creates the illusion of control over chaos. Urgency only occurs when the illusion becomes questioned; how can you determine if you are leaving an impression or if you are being impressed upon?

Mali Hamilton

Mali Hamilton

In Domestic Oblivion, she considers obsessive fixations on repetitious details of everyday life. These fixations are fabricated for hypnosis and used to consume through mass-produced aesthetics of an elaborately arranged life. Materials include wax and assorted domestic objects considered to inhabit everyhouse.

Aaron Harper • Corpus Christi, TX
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Garden Relay (painting, drawing, ceramics, knickknacks)

Aaron Harper

Aaron Harper

Garden Relay is a visual poem about the mysterious powers of nature and life’s fragility. The poem thinks about thinking, contemplates cycles, and lives with ghosts. Visual information is obsessively weaved together and destroyed, becoming at once a deeper understanding and a lack thereof, a self-destructive growth, a schematic with no legend, a continuous metamorphosis lit and exploded from dreams and toys, rivers and voids.

Rebecca Lindley • Florissant, MO
BFA in Photography
Show title: Hiraeth (photography, artist books, installation)

Rebecca Lindley, who hails from the St. Louis suburb of Florissant, first studied at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley before transferring to Watkins. Her installation piece Reflecting Memories was part of two St. Louis exhibitions, and her work has been seen in Nashville: “and Living, ” which featured a book she made about her birth mother, and The Video Show.

She creates work about adoption, hoping her experience on being adopted will create more of an adoptee’s voice in the process, as that voice is often overlooked.  Hiraeth, which reflects Rebecca’s search to find her birth parents, includes photographs, artist books, installation, and the alternative photography processes cyanotypes and kailotypes. The show’s title is a Welsh word with no direct English translation and conveys a homesickness for a home which never was; to feel hiraeth is to experience a deep sense of incompleteness.

The triple exhibition and opening are free.

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Additional participants in this Fine Art and Photography thesis series in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; Joseph Newsome, April 7 (in the lighting studio); david onri anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan, April 7-17; and Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, April 21-May 1. The Currey Gallery is located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus.

BFA Senior Shows from Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson Open April 21 In Currey Gallery

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins’ BFA Thesis Exhibitions continue with a triple offering from Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, the fourth in a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. The senior thesis projects – Adcock’s Inhabit, Mitchell’s ‘cuz they ain’t make ‘em like you and Stevenson’s high-gloss – will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on Thursday, April 21, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and remain on display through May 1.

The triple exhibition and opening are free.

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Lilith Ivy, “Room”

Lily Adcock
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Inhabit (silicone sculptures, photography)

Lily Adcock, who creates under the name Lilith Ivy, is a fine artist who specializes in silicone sculptures and bodily photographs. Lilith Ivy’s work concentrates on isolating spaces, gender binary, and control. Through the use of photography, duct tape installation, and silicone mixed with various formulas of make up, Inhabit displays an anxious view of how one sees self through an occupied space.

Upreyl Mitchell, "Knots Back"

Upreyl Mitchell, from the Mannequin Heads series

Upreyl Mitchell, Detroit, MI • upreyl.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: ‘cuz they ain’t make ‘em like you (metal, sound, mold making, cotton)

An interdisciplinary artist who primarily works with photography, sculpture, and sound, Upreyl Mitchell focuses her work on issues of race, class, and gender. Her show, ‘cuz they ain’t make ‘em like you, addresses issues surrounding the image of black women and their bodies, using sculpture and sound to create a dialogue for the experiences shared by black women.

Sophia Alana Stevenson, Nashville
BFA in Fine Art
high-gloss (sculpture, performance)

Sophia Alana Stevenson has an extensive background in ceramics which led her to work primarily in sculpture. high-gloss uses sculpture, video, and audience performance to explore products that are inherently gendered feminine. Specific materials like latex, leather, and fur conjure up feelings of desire but can constrict the body to submission. Her work displays the fetishization of objects and how they alter our original functionality. She has shown work with a Nashville-based feminist group and curated the 2015 exhibition Point of Reference, which was first staged at Kent State University and later at Watkins’ Currey Gallery.

Sophia Alana Stevenson

Sophia Alana Stevenson, “Shed”

Additional participants in this Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; Joseph Newsome, April 7 (in the lighting studio); david onri Anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan, April 7-17; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. These shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus.

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Next Stop in Watkins’ BFA Series Is April 7 Triple Opening

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film continues its BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2016 with a triple offering from david onri anderson, Andrew Cox, and Christopher Strachan, the third in a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. The senior thesis projects – anderson’s What’s In My Soup?, Cox’s Looking Glass and Strachan’s Through Milk and Oil – will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on Thursday, April 7, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and remain on display through April 17.

david onri anderson, Nashville • davidonri.tumblr.com
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: What’s In My Soup? (found material and paint)

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david onri anderson, “Tracer” (mixed media)

Nashville native david onri anderson is an interdisciplinary artist who creates paintings that involve minute detail, vibrant material play, off-centered logic, and chance-based compositions that seek to create openness in the viewer’s experience. His work has been shown extensively in Nashville as well as in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. He took top honors at Watkins’ Currey Juried Student Show 2015 (the Anny Gowa Purchase Award) and provided the cover artwork for Number magazine’s November 2015 issue.

What’s In My Soup? is a show about navigating material, questioning the hierarchies of everyday living, and swimming in puddles of lost and found imagery. Most of the work revolves around the idea and tradition of painting, while at the same time reassessing the conventions and traditional modes of painting by using found artist’s material, vibrant trash, peeled food matter, and collaged imagery from junk mail. The works reflect visions of material narrative and object-specific investigations that re-invent the familiarity of material that is easily disposed of and re-used.

Andrew Cox, Knoxville, TN • drewcoxphoto.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: Looking Glass (inkjet photographs, sound elements)

A photographer who specializes in portraiture, Andrew Cox focuses his exploration of identity through portraits of strangers and acquaintances. He uses the portraits as a looking glass, or mirror, to analyze himself. In each photograph there is an element of disarray to question the authenticity of the perception. His work has been published in Nashville Arts Magazine and The Nashville Scene.

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Andrew Cox

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Andrew Cox


Christopher Strachan
, Decatur, GA • cargocollective.com/cstrachan
BFA in Fine Art
Through Milk and Oil (film, looping videos, soundscapes)

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Christopher Strachan, video still

Christopher Strachan is a visual and auditory artist whose current focus is in CGI imagery and sound. Through thought experimentation and quasi-narratives, his work explores the limits of individuality from both psychological and technological perspectives. Issues of globalization and cyberization also influence his work and come together to create an atmosphere of introspection as he poses the question “Where does the ‘you’ that is you begin.”

Strachan’s film Through Milk and Oil (20 min.) will be screened in the Watkins Theater on Tuesday, April 5  at 7 p.m., with an artist talk/Q&A following. During the Thursday, April 7 opening, the film will be shown in the theater at the following times: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.

The triple exhibition is free and the public is invited.

Additional participants in this Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; Joseph Newsome, April 7 (in the Watkins lighting studio); Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, April 21-May 1; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. The shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus.

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david onri anderson, “Lagoon” (mixed media)

 

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Joseph Newsome Debuts BFA Show “Cope” on April 7

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s Spring 2016 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition series continues with a solo show opening Thursday, April 7, by BFA in Photography degree candidate Joseph Newsome: Cope, a fractal memory installation confronting childhood sexual abuse. The second installment of five shows from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography, Cope will be staged one night only, April  from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Photography department’s lighting studio. This show runs concurrently with the opening reception for a triple exhibition from David Anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

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Joseph Newsome
, Calhoun County, FL • jnewsomefineart.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: Cope (installation and sculpture)

Cope is a large-scale memory installation comprised of fractal architecture, objects, and performance. The work serves as a mediator for the conversation about male childhood sexual abuse and mental health issues related to those experiences. The space itself exists in the construct of a large white “cube,” with a hallway entrance and two rooms.

“By re-fabricating architecture and objects from childhood memories, I create a physical catharsis. Dealing with a history of sexual abuse and trauma is difficult but I think it is important for people to find solace in the chaos of darkness. There is always hope; it is just locked away deep in our minds. This installation is an attempt to help myself and others who may be struggling to find their way there.”

For more information on Cope, including blueprints and renderings, visit jnewsomefineart.com/cope.

Joining Newsome in this spring Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; david onri anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan, April 7-17; Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, April 21-May 1; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. These four shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus. All series exhibitions and receptions are free.

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Christian Moeller Picks Up “Stix” in April 11 Lecture

Posted on: April 2nd, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Artist Christian Moeller, whose large-scale, site-specific works are found around the globe, will speak at Watkins on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m., in conjunction with the celebration of Stix, the Metro Arts-commissioned project located downtown at the Korean Veterans Boulevard Roundabout.

Mr. Moeller will offer a free presentation in the Watkins Theater about the inspiration for Stix, in addition to speaking about his other public artworks and career. His appearance is part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series and is supported by the Metro Arts Percent for Public Art program.

Christian_Moeller headshot WwebStix, which occupies almost the entirety of the available space at the roundabout and creates an overall volume of urban dimensions, is 70’ tall and made of 27 wooden poles spaced in an irregular pattern. Made of red cedar, the poles are painted in stripes of various heights in colors of red, orange, light blue, dark blue, and light green. Fifteen up-lights are embedded into the landscaping to illuminate the sculpture at night, resulting in a vibrant display of color, light and shadow.

A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Christian Moeller studied architecture at the College of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt) and at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). After working in the Stuttgart architect’s office of Günther Behnisch, he commenced as guest artist in the Institute for New Media in the Städelschule, Frankfurt, under Peter Weibel. In 1990 he founded his own artist studio and media laboratory in Frankfurt. From 1995 to 1997, Moeller headed the ARCHEMEDIA research institute at the College of Design in Linz, Austria. He was a professor at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, until he moved to the United States in 2001. Currently he is professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA and operates his studio in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Stix by artist Christian Moeller

Stix by artist Christian Moeller

His large-scale, site-specific works interrogate and explore the synergies between architecture and sound, technology and moving image. He works with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative and intense physical events, realized from hand-held objects to architectural scale installations. Over the past two decades, he has increasingly focused on the field of public art; his work can be viewed at Changi Airport (Singapore), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum (London), Frederieke Taylor Gallery (New York City), Phaeo Museum (Wolfsburg, Germany), SEATAC Airport (Seattle), Centro Cultural Candido Mendes (Rio de Janeiro), and in Santa Monica, Calif., among other notable locations. His 2012 sculpture, Verdi, in Bothell, Wash., received a 2012 Year in Review award from the Public Art Network of the Americans for the Arts.

MNAC logo smWwebStix is part of Metro Arts’ Percent for Public Art Program, a larger initiative designed to build Nashville’s public art collection and deepen cultural access and participation for all Nashvillians. In 2000, a Metro ordinance was passed that earmarks one percent of the net proceeds from general obligation bonds issued for new or major renovation construction of Metro facilities to be set aside for the creation of new public art projects. Stix is the 43rd artwork to be added into the collection.

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts), a commission of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, drives a more equitable and vibrant community through the arts. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at www.artsnashville.org.

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Now in its sixth year, the Watkins Visiting Artists Series offers the area’s cultural community a rare opportunity to engage the work and ideas of trendsetting visual artists, designers, filmmakers and intellectuals. 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 critically acclaimed initiative has not only brought a number of internationally renowned artists to Nashville—like first-time visitors Harrell Fletcher, R. H. Quaytman, Martha Rosler, 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 Jessica Hische, Ashley Hunt, Chris Sickels, Deborah Luster (2013 Guggenheim Fellow) and Natalia Almada (2013 MacArthur Fellow). Documentary photographer Carolyn Drake (Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, Lange-Taylor Prize) launched the 2015-16 series last fall, which continued with sculptor Steve Tobin (Cheekwood’s Southern Roots).