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Graphic Design Seniors Do The WORK in May 5 Showcase

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins’ Graphic Design majors Chris Davidson, Lacy Frazier, and Sam Woolson will be in the spotlight for their senior exhibition WORK on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The senior show, on display one night only in the lakeside Cecy Reed Student Center, will coincide with the opening of the final Fine Art and Photography senior exhibition in the Currey Gallery.

Chris Davidson, Portishead album packaging

The portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce to the community three outstanding graphic designers and illustrators through print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, branding and identity, digital publishing and illustration.

Originally from Madison, Alabama, Chris Davidson is a designer and artist — and typographic fanatic — who creates products, packages, advertisements and brand identity that explore the honesty behind relations between the designer and the viewer. His mediums range from screen print, linocut, and paint marker, to scanners and adobe InDesign, and his work has been seen in Watkins’ all-school juried show and in Graphic Design’s Split & Twisted competition.

Lacy Frazier

Lacy Frazier, “Karl Marx”

Originally from Austin, Texas, Lacy Frazier will present illustration-based work mostly based in pen and ink, watercolor, and some vector art. The work ranges from illustration and character design, to packaging, branding, and advertising.

While at Watkins, Lacy’s work has been juried into the Split & Twisted show, as well as winning two local Addy awards in ad campaign categories. After graduating Lacy plans on returning to Austin, where she will be focused on illustration-based design.

Sam Woolson, postcard series

Sam Woolson, postcard series

 

 


Sam Woolson
will be presenting a style that combines printmaking techniques and illustration. She loves carving away at linoleum and woodblocks, intaglio, and screen printing, and enjoys experimenting with colors and type.

For more information, visit show website WorkWorkWorkWorkWorkWork.com [that’s six Works].

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Watkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). In a seven-school competition field at the 2016 AAF–Nashville Student ADDY Awards, Watkins graphic design students won 10 Gold Awards, nine Silvers, and one Judge’s Choice Award, and have claimed several prizes at the District level. At the 2015 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top awards than any other school competing (for the third consecutive year), claiming 12 Golds, 11 Silvers, two of four Judge’s Choice honors and Best in Show. In the next-level competitions, Watkins students won four Golds and four Silvers at the District level and two national Addys.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art.

 

Graphic Design Students Earn Praise and Prizes from ADDYs and Graphis

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Graphic Design students’ work in the classroom is reaching a wider audience: their talents have been recognized recently at two high-profile competitions. In a seven-school competition field at the 2016 AAF–Nashville Student ADDY Awards, Watkins graphic design students won 10 Gold Awards, nine Silvers, and one Judge’s Choice Award.

This year’s competition attracted almost 300 entries from Middle Tennessee, making it one of the largest student advertising competitions in the nation. These individual accomplishments are a testament to the strength of Watkins’ BFA program: 12 of the 20 Watkins students who entered the district ADDYs were juried into the competition, resulting in 20 total awards.

The school was well represented during the ceremonies, which were held at Play Dance Bar on February 23. “I’m blown away with the overall quality of student work emanating from our neck of the woods,” said department chair Dan Brawner. “The future looks bright and creative!

And, for the second year in a row, students of Watkins’ graphic design program have been juried into the prestigious Graphis New Talent Annual.  New York City-based Graphis Inc. is an international publisher of books on communication design; each year Graphis presents and promotes the best submitted work in graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration. Going up against some of the largest programs in the country, Watkins won an impressive 10 awards in their 2016 edition.

ADDYs 2016: (front, l to r) Professor Dan Brawner, Bobby Schindel, Christopher Adams, Yanet Mireles, alumnus Marty Potts, Jessi Knight, Grace Pavlic, (back row) Sara Schork, Steve Wilkison, Sean Walton, Noelle Grimes, Angelique Camacho, Matthew Erwin, Xavier Bond, Chris Davidson, Chris Fornal, professor Judith Sweeney O’Bryan
ADDYs 2016: Bobby Schindel, Kelsey Goessman, Sara Schork, Christopher Adams, Yanet Mireles, Melissa Mayhew, Jessi Knight, Noelle Grimes, Sean Walton
ADDYs 2016: Kelsey Goessman, Sara Schork, Yanet Mireles (holding Judge’s Choice Award), Melissa Mayhew

2016 Nashville Student ADDYs

Category: Packaging

Gold Award: Jessi Knight
“Botanifik”

Silver Award: Christopher Adams
“Say it”

Silver Award: Yanet Mireles
“Tea Society”

Category: Annual Report or Brochure

Silver Award: Jessi Knight
“The ABC’s of Astrobrights”

Category: Publication Design–Series

Gold Award: Christopher Adams
“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Gold Award: Carolina De Alba Garza
“Mystery Trilogy”

Gold Award: Grace Pavlic
“Kate Dicamillo Series”

Silver Award: Kelsey Goessman
“H.P. Lovecraft”

Category: Book Design

Gold Award: Sara Schork
“Process Book”

Category: Magazine Advertising–Single (Full Page or Less)

Gold Award: Bobby Schindel
“Jack Daniel’s: Gentleman Jack”

Silver Award: Noelle Grimes
“New Belgium ‘When Pigs Fly’”

Category: Magazine Advertising–Campaign

Gold Award: Yanet Mireles
“Morton Salt Ad Campaign”

Silver Award: Lacy Frazier, Kelsey Goessman, Yanet Mireles, Sara Schork
“Thistle Farms”

Silver Award: Melissa Mayhew
“Schermerhorn Campaign”

Category: Poster Campaign

Gold Award: Sara Schork
“The Empowered Series”

Silver Award: Yanet Mireles
“National Anthropological Museum of Mexico”

Category: Logo Design

Gold Award and Judge’s Choice Award: Yanet Mireles
“Morton Salt Redesign”

Category: Illustration–Single

Gold Award: Sean Walton
“Osean the Spaceman”

Silver Award: Grace Pavlic
“Wolf’s Bane”

Graphis New Talent Annual

Kelsey Goessman: Category: Packaging: Silver Award

Jayden Harmse: Category: Packaging: Gold Award

Cameron Lucente: Category: Illustration: Merit Award

Cameron Lucente: Category: Illustration: Merit Award

Yanet Mireles: Packaging: Gold Award

Yanet Mireles: Packaging: Merit Award

Drew Nguyen: Category: Book Design: Merit Award

Drew Nguyen: Category: Illustration: Merit Award

Sara Schork: Category: Poster Design: Merit Award

Hannah Strobel (Fine Art major): Category: Illustration

 

 

 

Winners Announced for Currey Show 2016

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Currey Juried Student Show! Roughly 100 pieces were submitted, with 26 pieces chosen by Christopher M. Lavery, art professor at Murray State University.

 

 

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Sandra Ventura-Benitez
Portrait, ink jet print

1ST PLACE
Mali Hamilton
Untitled (Vase), mixed media

2ND PLACE
Micah Mathewson
Slow Show, mixed media

3RD PLACE
Ernesto Stewart
Casas Para Los Que Flotan video

Lisa Harless, Mali Hamilton, Fine Art chair Kristi Hargrove, Kay Kennedy
Chris Davidson, “Opossum Man”
Micah Mathewson, Vice President of Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie, Sandra Ventura-Benitez, President J. Kline
Chase Lochamire, detail from “No, you can’t be in my movies” (video)
Visiting Assistant Professor Angelique Rabus, Mackenzie Maroney, Print Center’s Sam Angel. Fine Art’s Ariel Lavery
Chris Robertson, “Crow Spit” (digital print)
Professor Terry Thacker offers his perspective on two paintings by David Onri Anderson
Kara Kramer, “The Deathly Hallows” (cut paper book)
Chris Witsell, Untitled #20 (acrylic on paper)
Sandra Ventura-Benitez
Kay Kennedy, “From Without”
Meghan Daudrill, “Salt Skeleton”
Joe Nunez, Untitled (Sunblocker)
Holden Head and Fine Art’s Brady Haston
Micah Mathewson, detail of “Slow Show”
David Onri Anderson, “Veil of Maya”
Sarah Taylor, “The Dolphin Club”
Sarah Taylor
Kevin Dietz, “Horse Feathers” (oil on canvas)
Lily Adcock and Heather Barrie with Lily’s painting “Three Years”

HONORABLE MENTION

Joe Nunez
Untitled (Sunblocker), digital print and wheat paste

Sarah Taylor
The Dolphin Club, digital print

Lisa Harless
28 Vibrator Drawings, red pen on paper

Kay Kennedy
From Without, book arts

Students with work also juried into the show are Corrina Joyner, Kevin Dietz, Lily Adcock, Chris Witsell, Joe Nunez, Tristan Higginbotham, Meghan Doughdrill, David Onri Anderson, Joseph Newsome, Chris Davidson, Holden Head, Christopher Strachan, Chris Robertson and Haley Timmons. Mali Hamilton and Sarah Taylor each placed a second piece in the show.

 

Dan Brawner Tapped for ‘Special’ Recognition

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Work by Department of Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner has been selected for a new book arts collection at Vanderbilt spotlighting Southern artists. Two sketchbooks and three limited edition books reflecting on Brawner’s life in Nashville and his annual road trips to Central Mexico are now included in VU’s Special Collections and University Archives of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia.

Dan Brawner (photo: David McLister)

Dan Brawner (photo: David McClister)

The Nashville-native, who holds an MA and MFA in illustration and joined Watkins in 2007, has published work for Children’s TV Workshop, Coca-Cola, Flannery O’Connor Review, and Simon & Schuster. He has earned recognition from American Illustration, Huntsville Museum of Art, Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, PRINT, and El Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca.

Brawner was part of the Frist Center’s Anthology: Visual Narratives from Nashville’s Print Communitya juried exhibition of handmade books, illustrated posters and poems, and intimate etchings by individual artists and small presses who use a variety of printing techniques to tell stories through images and text. On view through February 7, Anthology also includes work by Watkins alumni Mika Agari and Zack Rafuls.

Selected works for Vanderbilt Special Collections:

  1. Clutch y Frenos (Clutch & Brakes), 6″ x 6″, 12pp, edition of 20, silkcreen and stone lithography. Printed and and bound by Derli Romero, Julian Guerrero and Carolina Ortega at The Center for the Graphic Arts at the Old Jesuit College in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. (The book is also in Stanford University Library’s Special Collections.)VULKA-detail2 Dan Brawner Wweb
  1. Vulcanizadora Nino (Nino’s retread tire shop), 3″ x 3″, 12pp, edition of 10, silkscreen in silver and black ink on white cloth covers by Aspiring Gentlemen Farmers, printed by the artist with archival ink on Hahnemuhle William Turner Fine Art paper at Watkins College of Art. The books were bound by hand by Annie Herlocker at Paper Revival Press in Nashville.
  1. By Pass-detail Dan Brawner WwebBy Pass (el Libramiento), 3″ x 3″, 12pp, edition of 10, silkscreen in red and white ink on tan cloth covers by Aspiring Gentlemen Farmers, printed by the artist with archival ink on Hahnemuhle William Turner Fine Art paper at Watkins College.. The books were bound by hand by Annie Herlocker at Paper Revival Press in Nashville.
  1. West Nashville Sketchbook, 4″ x 4″.
  2. Anima, leather binding by Sean Dudley.
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Watkins Graphic Design Talent Plays Key Part in Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Chris-Robertson-150x150The 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank is thrilled to partner for the ninth consecutive year with Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for its festival artwork. Select Watkins Graphic Design students competed to create a concept that captured the essence of the event, and this year, junior Chris Robertson’s design has been chosen to represent all Tin Pan South marketing, passes, posters and banners. Robertson is an artist and writer from Alabama who also holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Alabama.

Working on a tight, professional timeline, students from department chair Dan Brawner’s Illustration I class created finished art in three weeks. On November 13, TPS co-director Erika Wollam-Nichols and art director Libby Oellerich presented the history of the festival along with the project specifications and deadline; one week later students presented concepts and sketches to the client and received valuable feedback. Two weeks later, the students presented final art on December 4.

Tin-Pan-South-194x300“There were so many strong solutions, not a weak piece in the bunch,” said Professor Brawner. “Chris Fornal, Shelton Jackson, Jessi Knight, Emma Lawrence, Drew Nguyen, Samantha Starr, Hannah Strobel, and Clayton Weber participated. Ultimately, Chris Robertson’s bold digital image of hands embracing a worn, Willie Nelson-inspired guitar was chosen to celebrate the warmth and intimacy of the festival.

“The value of the Tin Pan South project is immense and connects the dots for the students between a client’s problem and the illustrator’s desire to solve that problem while also producing a personally gratifying work of art,” he continued. “We are grateful to Erika and the TPS team for this opportunity, which supports our commitment to our students’ design education while preparing them for the professional world.”

The popular Tin Pan South Fast Access Passes are scheduled to go on sale at tinpansouth.com on March 8. Information about venues, lineups, schedules and more will also be available at tinpansouth.com. Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South reigns as the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. Last year close to 350 talented songwriters performed 92 shows at ten of Nashville’s top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed.

Graphic Design Seniors Sail into the “Uncharted” with December 3 Showcase

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the Senior Graphic Design Exhibition “Uncharted,” featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Kelsey Goessman, Jayden Harmse, Yanet Mireles and Sara Schork, on Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the event space ONE on Cannery Row.

Uncharted_eventimage r WwebThe one-night-only portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce to the community four outstanding graphic designers and illustrators through a showcase of print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, branding and identity, digital publishing and illustration.

Kelsey Goesmann (Jonesboro, IL) – kelseygoessman.squarespace.com

Kelsey Goessman_lovecraft_WwebRaised in the forests of southern Illinois, Kelsey Goessman quickly found an outlet through being creative, which led to her pursuing a career in graphic design in Nashville, Tennessee. Utilizing analog and digital techniques, she immerses herself in every project, and strives to be innovative in creative problem solving. Recognized and exhibited in a number of shows throughout her time at Watkins, Kelsey will present a number of projects that incorporate a wide spectrum of skills, including web design, illustration, packaging, and more.

Jayden Harmse (Antioch, TN) – jaydenharmse.com

JaydenHarmse Burleys-BBQ-brochure WwebOriginally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Jayden moved to the U.S. to pursue his passion for arts. He will present a strong variety of colorful and energetic projects from illustration, branding to packaging and web design.  When he is not at the computer, Jayden enjoys playing sports, traveling and exploring Nashville’s bar and food scene. He plans to reside in Nashville and become part of the thriving art and design community, while growing his freelance design business.

Yanet Mireles (Nashville) – yanetmireles.com

Yanet Mireles grrlganghero WwebAs a designer, Yanet’s primary passion is creating brand identities and packaging. She is inspired by hand-lettering, typography, vintage advertising, and all things printmaking. In her free time she likes to read, travel, photograph, and fill up her sketchbooks with anything and everything.

Sara Kathryn Schork (Nashville) – sarakdesigns.com

SaraKSchork Nashville Scene cover WwebSara moved to Nashville six years ago after pursuing her first degree in communications from Boston University. At Watkins she has explored her passion for typography and finding a clean, clever way to successfully organize any layout. She will be presenting a collection of work that includes advertising campaigns, logos, branding elements, and packaging. Her work has been recognized and exhibited in a number of juried competitions. When away from her computer she enjoys printmaking, illustration, collecting books, running and being inspired by the local Nashville community.

For more information, visit show website Unchartedshow.com or Watkins.edu/uncharted

The private event space ONE is located on the top floor of the Cannery Ballroom/Mercy Lounge, at 1 Cannery Row (off 8th Avenue South, near Palmer Place. Visit thecanneryballroom.com.

Watkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2015 Nashville Student ADDYs,

Watkins won more top awards than any other school competing (for the fourth consecutive year), this year claiming 12 Golds, 11 Silvers, two of four Judge’s Choice honors and Best in Show and went on to claim multiple Regional and National ADDY honors.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art

Comics by Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente On View at WAG for December & January Art Crawls

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Death Panels: The Comics and Art of Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente, an exhibition of graphic storytelling from Watkins Graphic Design talent, at its downtown gallery WAG during the December 5 and January 2 editions of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Through sophisticated text and precise imagery, Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente craft clear visual narratives of the anxious and the moribund. Their art and comics, including web comics, animations and risograph printed books, provide an insight into the particular minds of two vigorous graphic storytellers,” said Dan Brawner, chair of Watkins’ Department of Graphic Design.

LukeHoward DeadEndRob Cover WwebAn illustrator, printmaker and cartoonist living in Nashville, Luke Howard (lukehoward.net) is a 2010 graduate of Watkins’ BFA Graphic Design program. He designs and screenprints posters by hand, and prints comics and zines on a temperamental old risograph copier. His style is simplistic and leans towards the darker side. He strongly believes in self-publishing and getting his hands dirty.

Howard’s ongoing comic Dead-End Rob is a slice-of-life comic about a ghost, a tiny desert town, and friendship. On display at WAG will be pages from the comic as well as glimpses behind the scenes in the form of sketches, character sheets and process photos.

Cameron Lucente roomZER0promocover WwebA sophomore graphic design student at Watkins, Cameron Lucente is an illustrator and comic artist. His style is influenced by graphic novels, spooky stories and graphic pops of color.

roomZER0​ is a passion project of Lucente’s that has been fleshing itself out over the past five years. It tells the story of Alan, a rude man with strange dreams, and Evalyn, a woman who seeks to right the wrongs of her family. Selected pages, GIFs and a variety of process work will be on view at WAG.

A limited edition poster will be available at the Death Panels show, courtesy of Brainfreeze Comics, a popular resource for alternative and small press comics and zines located inside The Groove in East Nashville (BrainfreezeComics.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.

firstsaturdayartcrawl-bordered WwebWAG 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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Cameron Lucente roomZERO portrait WwebAbout 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.

Graphic Design’s Juried ‘Split & Twisted’ Opens October 22

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Split & Twisted, the school’s annual juried graphic design student exhibition, from October 22–November 2 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Split & Twisted’s opening night reception, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, is free and the public is invited.

All Watkins Graphic Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since September 2014) in 10 categories: Advertising, Books & Jackets, Identity, Illustration, Illustration Series, Package Design, Poster/Design, Publication Design, Multimedia, and Miscellaneous/Design.

Department of Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner, recognized as a “top instructor” by the international visual communications journal Graphis, will announce the category winners as well as best in show and faculty choice awards.

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Watkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2015 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top awards than any other school (just as they did in 2012, 2013 and 2014), claiming 12 Golds, 11 Silvers, two (of four) Judge’s Choice, and Best in Show. At the AAF District ADDYs (five-state district), Watkins students earned four Gold awards and five Silvers (more Golds than any other school), and then, up against every advertising, design and illustration school in the U.S., at the National ADDYs Watkins claimed two Golds and a Silver. And, competing against 70 schools representing 10 countries, Watkins students were juried into the 2015 Graphis New Talent Annual; everything they submitted was accepted, with eight entries receiving merit awards.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot
Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as special-issue Nashville Scene cover art.

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. Admission is free. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center. For more information, visit www.watkins.edu.

2014 S&T winners

Happy Split & Twisted 2014 winners

About the program
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design at Watkins begins with a strong foundation in the basic principles and elements of design and typography. The curriculum then builds in complexity until students graduate with a professional, high quality, entry-level portfolio. Coursework effectively covers art, design, typography, technology, professional practices and the history of art and design. Small class sizes allow for each student to have individual consultations with faculty at every stage of assigned projects. Graphic design electives, including internships with area advertising and design agencies, enhance each student’s education. The curriculum culminates in the capstone course, Senior Portfolio Development, where each graduating senior works with senior faculty to polish his/her portfolio. Finally, the graduating class, as a team, puts together a senior exhibition that features their portfolios.

 

Watkins Graphic Design and Hatch Show Print Count to ‘130’

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host a closing night reception for 130, an exhibit celebrating Watkins 130th anniversary through posters designed by Watkins Graphic Design students and produced at Hatch Show Print, on Thursday, August 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

130, which opens August 7 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus, is the result of a spirited summer collaboration between the Department of Graphic Design at Watkins (est. 1885), and Hatch Show Print (est. 1879), one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

Watkins students and faculty carved original linoleum blocks and hand set wooden type in recognition of Watkins’ 130 years of education and the arts. The exhibition includes hand printed posters — irreverent, thoughtful and naughty– process materials, photographs, and carved blocks.

Watkins Graphic Design faculty Dan Brawner and Judith Sweeney O’Bryan organized the July 19 workshop, which was led by Hatch Master Printer Jim Sherraden and shop manager Celene Aubry. Participating students were Chris Davidson, Lydia Jarvi, Jessi Knight, Sara Schork, Heidi Sprouse, Samantha Woolson. Previous Watkins-Hatch summer workshop themes included the ethos of influential Modern designer Massimo Vignelli, the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Hatch logo black Wweb“It is always a privilege to spend the day at Hatch with Celene and Jim as our guides, having a rare opportunity to embrace letterpress and its inky physicality. We measured in picas, got ink on our hands, and listened to Sherraden’s sage advice about printing and life.” He also mentioned a connection through their long histories: Mai Cook Fulton, who was the bookkeeper for Will T. Hatch from the mid-1930s to early the ‘50s, also taught accounting at Watkins, which at the time was only a few blocks away from Hatch, on Sixth Avenue between Commerce and Church.

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 pm.  Admission is free.

Established in 1879 in downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print is a division of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information, visit hatchshowprint.com or check out this Hatch_Education Resource.

Watkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2015 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (for the fourth consecutive year), and claimed multiple Regional and National ADDYs as well.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art.

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Ross Denton and Emily Sue Laird Make Their Marks on WAG at June 6 Show

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Amour fo’ Phallus, a riotous and ridiculous show of drawings and animation by Watkins alumni Ross Denton and Emily Sue Laird, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Amour fo' Phallus ELaird_RDenton 6.6.15 WwebWith a goal of celebrating the absurd aspects of life in an innocent and fun format, Denton and Laird will fill the gallery from floor to ceiling with chalk images drawn directly on the walls and architectural fixtures of the space. The show will also feature their chalk animation of a budding, blossoming and decaying Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanium), one of the largest and most rare flowering plants on earth. (It’s also known as the corpse flower for an odor reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal.)

“Emily Sue Laird and Ross Denton are kindred spirits with a shared passion for wandering, drawing inspiration from serendipitous discoveries and the unlooked for,” said Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design. “Amour fo’ Phallus is the catalyst for a creative collaboration and offers a unique insight into the productive minds of two lovers of life.”

About the artists:

EmilySusanLaird WwebEmily Sue Laird is a Nashville-based visual artist, production designer and installation artist who earned a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2011. In the past few years, Emily Sue has designed custom work for brands such as West Elm, Janet’s Planet, My Gnome on the Roam, Holiday Inn Suites and Bongo Java, and custom art for multiple music festivals including Marathon Music Works’ Block Party and Nashville Scene’s 25th Birthday Bash. Since 2014 she has been owner and lead designer at Artist Nashville, providing a variety of creative services: mural projects, graphic design, illustration, chalk art and set design for film and television, fashion shows, music videos, tours and in-store retail displays. Her sculptures, textile art and paintings, which frequently incorporate reuse materials, have been shown in several downtown arcade and Wedgewood-Houston galleries and she has been featured by the Nashville Scene, Native Magazine, Lightning 100 and Nashville Arts Magazine. She’s currently working on the second edition of Replication, Nashville’s only juried 3D printing show, in September.

RossDenton WwebRoss Denton is a 2015 graduate of Watkins, earning a BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in illustration. He grew up on the South Harpeth River outside of Nashville, surrounded by forests and hills, where he never had to wear any shoes. Legend has it that Ross started to draw when he first held a pencil at the age of two and he never stopped. He has won local, district and national Student American Advertising Federation (Addy) awards for illustration, and his work has been published in the international design journal Graphis.

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.

firstsaturdayartcrawl-bordered WwebWAG 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.

Ross Denton for WAGAbout 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.