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Watkins and Hatch Celebrate ‘Good Design’ August 21

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host a reception for “The Vignelli Canon,” an exhibit celebrating the words of legendary designer Massimo Vignelli through posters designed by Watkins Graphic Design students and produced at Hatch Show Print, on Thursday, August 21, from 5 to 7 pm.

Hatch 2014 workshop skedThe show, which runs through August 29 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus, is the result of a continuing collaboration between Watkins and Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

In a one-day summer workshop, Watkins students were challenged to use Hatch’s landmark collection of typefaces, along with traditional letterpress methods, to create posters that expressed the ethos of influential Italian-born designer Massimo Vignelli.

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Massimo Vignelli

Vignelli, who died on May 27, 2014 at the age of 83, worked firmly within the Modernist tradition. His prolific body of work ranged from packaging (Bloomingdale’s Brown Bags) and identity (American Airlines, IBM) through houseware and furniture design to public signage, logos and publication design (New York City’s subway system, National Park Service).

In 2009 he released “The Vignelli Canon” a free e-book (available via vignelli.com). In the introduction he wrote, “I thought that it might be useful to pass some of my professional knowledge around, with the hope of improving [young designers'] design skills. Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best.”Hatch 2014 on floor

The Watkins students, using a variety of wooden type and wooden image blocks from Hatch’s extensive collection—including one rarely-used alphabet of a decidedly Modern style—created hand-set, oversized posters with phrases selected from Vignelli essays describing the principles and concepts behind “all good design.”

Hatch 2014 group

Dan Brawner, Celene Aubry, Matthew Erwin, Holly Carden, Ryan Arauza, Yanet Mireles, Marty Potts, Judith Sweeney-O’Bryan, Jim Sherraden and Ross Denton

Watkins Graphic Design faculty Dan Brawner and Judith Sweeney-O’Bryan organized the July 26 workshop, which was led by Hatch Master Printer Jim Sherraden and shop manager Celene Aubry. Participating students were Ryan Arauza, Holly Carden, Ross Denton, Matthew Erwin, Marty Potts and Yanet Mireles. Previous Watkins-Hatch summer workshop themes were the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

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.

hatch-logo-redEstablished 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

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 2014 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (for the third consecutive year), claiming nine Golds, eight Silvers and three out of four Judge’s Choice 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.

Hatch paint

Mise-en-place

Hatch 2014 proofing

The all-important proofing process

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Hatch 2014 inking up

Marty Potts inking up under Jim Sherraden’s direction

WAG’s June Show by Holly Carden Is ‘Rather Sketchy’

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Rather Sketchy: Sketchbooks, brainstorms and process-work by Graphic Design major Holly Carden at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Holly Carden stuff to NCRather Sketchy will feature a selection of Carden’s highly detailed illustrations along with all of the sketches and process-work associated with them. “When someone looks at one of my pictures, they are only seeing a portion of what I see. Whether I like it or not, I see the entire project: dozens of sketches, thumbnails, revisions, notes, late nights, pots of coffee, meetings, emails and phone calls. All the frustration of hitting a Holly Carden NvArtswall, the joy of making a breakthrough, the exasperation of going through yet another revision, or the excitement of marking the project ‘complete’ comes flooding back,” says Carden. “Sketchbooks are an arena of complete freedom, uninhibited by the demands of clients, the neurosis of the artist’s perfectionism, the fear of judgment. They are the most direct window into the mind of an artist. My goal is to show those who come out to see Rather Sketchy an honest, intimate view of ‘the work that goes into the work.’”

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.

Holly Carden pourhouse About Holly Carden
Holly Carden is an illustrator and a senior in the Graphic Design program at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Born and raised in the United Kingdom on the illustrated books of Roald Dahl and Jill Barklem, Holly has always loved drawing, specializing in dense, high-detail pictures. Her work, spanning a wide variety of styles and mediums, has won multiple awards including the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence and a National American Advertising Federation Award (ADDY). Holly can often be spotted drawing the people and places of the Nashville area in her sketchbook, inspired by being part of such a fun and creative city. For more information, visit www.hollycarden.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 [email protected] 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.

Rather Sketchy by Holly Carden June 2014 WAG evite

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Holly Carden triangle

Holly Carden plane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo of Holly Carden by Tamara Reynolds for Nashville Arts; read feature here

Graphic Design Aims ‘Out Of This World’ for May 1 Showcase

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the senior Graphic Design show “Out Of This World,” featuring work by Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Richard Cook, Chris Fowler, Cassie Isenhower-Coon, Katelyn Pennington and Marty Potts Jr., on Thursday, May 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the offices of Anode, Inc. in East Nashville.

OOTW 5.1.14 poster

Click on poster for larger version (designed for 3-D by Richard Cook)

The one-night-only portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce five ‘out of this world” designers to the community. On display will be their work in print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, web design, branding, digital publishing and illustration.

Each graduating class of graphic designers at Watkins chooses a presentation theme for their group BFA show, and this year’s concept was inspired by conversations with local businesspeople and teachers. The phrase, “You will be entering the real world soon,” inspired Richard Cook to think, “We must be leaving a world and entering a new world.”

According to assistant professor Judith Sweeney O’Bryan, who serves as project advisor with Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design, “The ‘out of this world’ idea describes not only the impressive talents, skills and creativity of these graduates, but also how far they can go in their new careers.”

For more information, visit show website OutOfThisWorldSeniorShow.com.

  • Richard Cook (Goodlettsville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / squarecook.com
  • Chris Fowler (Shreveport, LA) – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in illustration / Canon-Thought.com
  • Cassie Isenhower-Coon – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in illustration and web development / cassieisenhower.com
  • Katelyn Pennington (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in web development / katelynpennington.com
  • Marty Potts Jr. (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / martypottsjr.com

The creative agency Anode, Inc. (anode.com) is located at 926 Main Street/37206 (near the corner of McFerrin Avenue) in East Nashville.

“Out Of This World” is supported in part by Anode, Dodat Communications, Skyline Exhibitor Services and Athens Paper.

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 2014 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (for the third consecutive year), claiming nine Golds, eight Silvers and three out of four Judge’s Choice 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.

Richard Cook report

Richard Cook

Richard Cook has been a graphic designer in Nashville for many years. He sought a BFA degree from Watkins to reinforce his work with digital technology, including web design and animation. Richard’s background encompasses logo design, branding, packaging, print collateral and illustration. His work has been printed and sold worldwide. In keeping with modern technology, his illustrations can be purchased at Illustrationsource.com. More original designs and illustrations can be purchased at redbubble.com and on his web site through the link “A History Of Horror Films.”  His work has been recognized by the Nashville Student ADDYS (Silver), the Houston Advertising Federation (Gold and Silver) and Print Magazine (two Design Excellence honor)

Chris Fowler moved to Tennessee in 2007, from Shreveport, Louisiana.  He received an Associate degree in Applied Art Sciences from Volunteer State Community College before transferring to Watkins to receive a BFA in Graphic Design with a focus in Illustration. He loves pen and ink, and enhancing them with digital color.

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Cassie Isenhower-Coon

Cassie Isenhower-Coon will be graduating with her graphic design BFA, with a concentration in illustration and web development. Her two greatest passions in life are to create and to travel (especially to Mexico). The adventure of travel inspires the creative side in her, and she is striving to find a career that encompasses both. An accomplished photographer, Cassie also enjoys integrating collage, texture and charcoal hand drawings into her design and web-based projects.  Her work has been recognized in the annual juried Graphic Design show, “Split & Twisted.”

Katelyn Pennington packaging

Pasta Trio packaging design by Katelyn Pennington

Originally from Michigan, Katelyn Pennington moved to Nashville five years ago and fell in love with the city. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in web development from Watkins, Katelyn’s dream is to work at a local agency as a front-end web developer. She has a graphic design history but has a real passion for web development. She lives for those moments when she builds something that functions flawlessly and the clients are overjoyed with the product.

Marty Potts Jr. is a Nashville native who has always been inspired by great typography, vintage and handmade items, and music that tells a story. He believes that good design is all about solving problems, provoking thoughts, and inspiring ideas. He strives to accomplish these goals with every project he is a part of, whether digging through code, sketching out visions for a current project, or sharing his latest idea for an app/business venture. His dream is “to use my skills as a designer and communicator to spread hope and love to people around the world.”

Swaney Prize Shines on Film School’s Christin Sites

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

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

Swaney 2014 win group

Walter Crouch, Christin Sites, Martin Shofner, Sharon Hels

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

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

 

Congratulations to all the 2014 Swaney Prize nominees!

Erin Lord

Erin Lord, Art

 

Emily Stout

Emily Stout, Art

Jeremy Bolden and Christin Sites

Jeremy Bolden and Christin Sites, The Film School

 

Alexine Rioux, Fine Art

Swaney 2014 judging

Martin Shofner discusses work by Fine Art’s Alexine Rioux

Kayla Saito

Kayla Saito, Fine Art

 

Xavier Payne

Xavier Payne, Graphic Design

Katelyn Pennington

Katelyn Pennington, Graphic Design

 

Amhad Freeman

Amhad Freeman, Interior Design

Whitney Garnier, Interior Design

 

Sharon Stewart

Sharon Stewart, Photography

Chelsea Wright

Chelsea Wright, Photography

 

Swaney 2014 MShofner XPayne

Martin Shofner with Graphic Design’s Xavier Payne

photos by Sam Angel

Watkins Wins Medal Count at 2014 Student Addy Awards

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Once again, Watkins’ Graphic Design proved itself a major creative force at the annual Nashville Student American Advertising Awards recognizing creative excellence: Watkins won the most awards–20 total–in the 10-school competition field. During a February 25 awards reception presented by redpepper and Play Nashville, 11 Watkins students collected nine Golds and eight Silvers, plus three out of four jurors’ special selection honors. Tyler Zenk (who graduated in Dec. 2013), led the Watkins delegation with four citations, including a Judge’s Choice. Triple winners were Johnny Whitman (Dec. 2013) and senior Xavier Payne, with each claiming a Judge’s Choice prize. Additional Watkins’ talent were double winners Ily Phelps and Yanet Mireles and Barbara Ball, Michael Cribbs, Richard Cook, Ann Gowan-Smith, Matthew Erwin and Marty Potts, Jr.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and sponsored by National Ad2, the Nashville competition is the first stage in a three-tier contest. Nashville Gold and Silver winners will next compete at the District level against winners from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Winners from the 15 AAF Districts then advance to National level competition.

Watkins Department of Graphic Design’s AFF Nashville 2014 Student Addy Awards:

Sales Promotion — Packaging

(Note:  Watkins claimed 4 of the 6 winners in this category!)

Addys 2014 Johnny Whitman

Johnny Whitman

 

Gold
Johnny Whitman, Thieve

Tyler Zenk, Mandate Set

 

 

 

 

 

Addys 2014 Ann Gowan Smith

Ann Gowan-Smith

 

Silver
Ann Gowan-Smith
, Batch

Xavier Payne, Perrault Wines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publication Design Book Design (Entire Book)

Gold
Johnny Whitman, Johnny Whitman process book

Direct Marketing

Gold
Ily Phelps, Neenah Paper samples

Consumer or Trade Publication Campaign

Gold
Yanet Mireles, Red Bull Edition campaign

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Yanet Mireles, Marty Potts, Matthew Ervin

Silver
Matthew Erwin, Hasbro ad series

Marty Potts, Jr., Gold Bond ad campaign

Newspaper Insert

Silver
Yanet Mireles, Bicycle Benefits and Awareness inforgraphic

Elements of Advertising, Visual Logo Design

Gold
Tyler Zenk, Tyler Zenk logo book
Silver
Ily Phelps, Ily Phelps logo collection

Addys 2014 Tyler Zenk

Tyler Zenk

 

Addys 2014 Ily Phelps

Ily Phelps

Elements of Advertising, Visual Illustration, Single

Gold
Barbara Ball, Flannery O’Connor

Silver
Xavier Payne, For Trayvon

Addys 2014 Xavier Payne

Xavier Payne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addys 2014  Michael Cribbs

Michael Cribbs

 

Elements of Advertising, Visual Illustration, Campaign

Gold
Michael Cribbs, How the Robin’s Breast Became Red

Tyler Zenk , Bruno the Brave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elements of Advertising, Visual Digital Creative Technology

Silver
Richard Cook, The History of Horror Films

Judges’ Choice

  • Xavier Payne, For Trayvon
  • Johnny Whitman, Process Book
  • Tyler Zenk,  Bruno the Brave

Good luck at Nationals!

Johnny Whitman, Thieve
Tyler Zenk, logo book  and Bruno the Brave
Barbara Ball, Flannery O’Connor

Michael Cribbs, How the Robin’s Breast Became Red

Addys-2014-group photo

Chair & associate professor Dan Brawner, Barbara Ball, Marty Potts, Yanet Mireles, Matthew Ervin, Richard Cook, Xavier Payne, professor associate professor Judith Sweeney-O’Bryan, Johnny Whitman, assistant professor Steve Wilkison, Michael Cribbs, Tyler Zenk, Ily Phelps

WAG’s ‘Illustration, too’ Show Continues at January 4 Art Crawl

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Illustration, too, an exhibition of recent picture book art by Watkins illustration students, at its downtown gallery WAG during the January 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. (The show premiered at the December crawl.)

A wide variety of traditional and digital mediums – both process work and finished art – are represented in this family-friendly exhibit, which features illustrations of Thumbelina, Froggie Went a-Courtin’, Moby Dick, The Wizard of Oz, The White Knight, How the Robin Got its Red Breast, Red Feather and others. All work was produced this semester by students from the Graphic Design, Fine Art and Bachelor of Art programs in Professor Dan Brawner’s Illustration II class, which explores character development, sequential imagery and visual storytelling as related to storyboards, picture books, game design, and animation.

Participating illustrators are Barbara Ball, Michael Cribbs, Ross Denton, J Greer, Casimira Guarini, Jarryd Harris, Cassie Isenhower, Don Mann, Brian Poteete and Jill Thompson.

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.

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 [email protected].

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.  Visit the First Saturday Art Crawl for more information.

Split & Twisted 2013 Winners Announced

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Senior Johnny Whitman (pictured at left) collected four awards, including Best of Show; junior Holly Carden and senior Tyler Zenk each scored with two winning entries.

All Watkins Graphic Design majors were eligible to submit projects (created since September 2012) in ten categories: Advertising, Books & Jackets, Identity, Illustration, Illustration Series, Package Design, Poster/Design, Publication Design, Multimedia, and Miscellaneous/Design.

Jurors for Split & Twisted 2013 were Watkins alumna Lindsey Armstrong, graphics goddess at redpepper; Kevin Tucker, design director at Anode, and alumnus Jim Valosik, senior art director at Lewis Communications.

Split & Twisted 2013 received support from Anderson Design Studio and Plaza Artist Materials.

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 2013 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (just as they did in 2012), claiming 12 Golds, 9 Silvers and a Judge’s Choice Award.

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.

Split & Twisted 2013 Awards

Best of Show: “Worlds Apart” exhibition by Johnny Whitman

Advertising: Hasbro ad series by Matthew Erwin

Books & Jackets: H. P. Lovecraft series by Kelsey Goessman

Identity: Olly & Otto logo by Tyler Zenk

Poster Design: “Worlds Apart” exhibition by Johnny Whitman

Publication Design:  Levi’s annual report by Ily Phelps

Illustration Flannery O’Connor by Barbara Ball 

Miscellaneous: Intern’s sketchbook by Holly Carden

Multimedia: Zinc web design by Tyler Zenk

Package Design: Thieve Cat Burglar Outfitters by Johnny Whitman

Faculty Choice:
Those Darlins (Jessi Darlin) illustrated portrait by Eric Andre

Faculty Choice:
Intern’s sketchbook by Holly Carden

Faculty Choice:
Portfolio website by Johnny Whitman

Seniors Dish Up ‘Hot Off the Grill’ Graphic Design Show December 5

Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the senior Graphic Design show “Hot Off the Grill,” featuring work by Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Francinne Carranza, Ann Gowan-Smith, Xavier Payne, Ily Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Alexa Sullivant, Johnny Whitman and Tyler Zenk, on Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ruby in Hillsboro Village.

The one-night-only portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce the “eight fresh designers, perfectly seasoned” to the community as graphic designers and illustrators through print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, web design, branding, digital publishing and illustration.

“Each graduating class of designers chooses a presentation theme for their group BFA show, and this year’s ‘Hot Off the Grill’ concept was inspired by a conversation the students had in class one day,” said assistant professor Judith Sweeney O’Bryan, who serves as project advisor with Dan Brawner, professor and chair of the Department of Graphic Design. “Prompted by Tyler Zenk, they each described their idea of the perfect burger and from this, the phrase ‘perfectly seasoned’ began to creep into the discussion. It turned out to be an appropriate description for this group of seniors. They are all highly skilled, confident designers who have won ADDY and juried competition awards and completed challenging internships – they’re definitely ready to serve!”

For more information, visit show website.

Francinne Carranza (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) – BFA in Graphic Design / francarranza.com

Ann Gowan-Smith (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / anngowansmith.com

Xavier Payne (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in illustration / xpayne.com

Ily Phelps (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design /ilyphelps.com

Courtney Spencer (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / psychiclemonade.com

Alexa Sullivant (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / alexazoe.com

Johnny Whitman (Port Angeles, WA) – BFA in Graphic Design / whitmankind.com

Tyler Zenk (Riverton, WY) – BFA in Graphic Design / tylerzenk.com

Ruby (rubynashville.com) is located at 2411 Blakemore Avenue/37212 (near the corner of 21st Avenue in Hillsboro Village, and surrounded by Fannie Mae Dees “Dragon” Park).

“Hot Off the Grill” is supported in part by Lithographics, Inc.

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 2013 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (just as they did in 2012), claiming 12 Golds, 9 Silvers and a Judge’s Choice Award.

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.

About the program: The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design at Watkins College 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.