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The ADDYs Go “MADDY” for Watkins

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Steve Wilkison

At the student ADDY awards this year, held at Play in Nashville, Watkins made an impression. A big impression. According to Dan Brawner, chair of the graphic design department, “This was our best year to date in terms of number of awards, number of juror’s choice awards, diversity of categories, and number of students juried into the competition. And I’m certain this was the first year Watkins won an ADDY for photography.” A list of the winners and the categories follows:

Watkins College of Art

Watkins College of Art Student Addy Winners

Chris Adams

Student Gold ADDY in Packaging for The King’s Black Whiskey
Student Silver ADDY in Stationary Package for The Garden’s Melody

Derek Anderson

Student Gold ADDY in Packaging for Mohawk Loop
Student Gold ADDY in Magazine Advertising Campaign for Netflix Ad Campaign

Derek Anderson - Netflix Ad Campaign

Derek Anderson – Netflix Ad Campaign

Team​ of ​Chris Davidson, Lacy Frazier, Samantha Woolson

Student Gold ADDY in Poster, Single for Work 2016 Senior Exhibit Poster

Chris Fornal

Student Gold ADDY in Packaging for The Birds of Astrobrights
Judge’s Favorite for The Birds of Astrobrights

Noelle Grimes

Student Gold ADDY in Packaging for Inline Self-Care Box
Student Gold ADDY in Book Design for Call to Act

Nikki Horton

Student Silver ADDY in Illustration Campaign for Story Without Words

Chris Hughes

Student Gold ADDY in Website for Watkins Design Senior Show 2016
Student Gold ADDY in Logo Design for Tennessee State Parks Logo Series
Student Gold ADDY in Photography Campaign for “Miniature Kingdom” Photo Series
Student Silver ADDY in Poster, Single for Pearl Jam “Ten” Anniversary Poster

Taylor Karnes

Student Silver ADDY in Illustration, Single for Songwriter Festival

Jake Kennedy

Student Gold ADDY in Packaging for Lumen, the Lights Out Buddy
Student Silver ADDY in Printed Annual Report or Brochure for The Mystery of the Murdered Body
Student Silver ADDY in Poster, Single for 10th Annual Hot Chicken Festival
Judge’s Favorite for Lumen, the Lights Out Buddy

Abraham Lara

Student Silver ADDY in Publication Design – Cover for John 1, 2, and 3

Natalie Miles

Student Gold ADDY in Poster, Single for Student ​ADDY Poster
Student Silver ADDY in Poster, Single for Hangout Festival Poster

Watkins College of Art

Natalie Miles – Student Addy’s Poster, Chris Hughes – Pearl Jam Poster

Drew Nguyen

Student Gold ADDY in Cover/Editorial Spread or Feature – Series for The Hunger Games Series
Student Silver ADDY in Magazine Advertising, Single for Denim for Days
Student Silver ADDY in Illustration, Single for Self-Care

Grace Pavlic

Student Gold ADDY in Illustration, Single for Beast
Student Silver ADDY in Magazine Advertising, Single for Stories
Judge’s Favorite for Beast
Student Rising Star Scholarship Winner

Jeremy Searcy

Student Silver ADDY in Packaging for Apothic Red Wine

Alina Van Oostrom

Student Silver ADDY in Direct Marketing for American Traditional on Translucent
Student Silver ADDY in Printed Annual Report or Brochure for Small Stakes: Jason Munn

Lauren VanSickle

Student Silver ADDY in Direct Marketing for Ampersand Personality – Mohawk

Amber Woolson

(Photography major)
Student Gold ADDY in Photography Campaign for Standing Rock

Watkins College of Art

Chris Hughes, Natalie Miles, Jake Kennedy – Judge’s Award Winners

Making Space

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Steve Wilkison

Students in Watkins’s graphic design program talk about the drafting that went into their senior show.

By Dan Brawner

One of the first tasks for graphic design seniors at Watkins is to develop a concept for their senior exhibition, one that promotes the group. The selected concept and design inform the show’s poster, website, and physical exhibition. The process involves discussing the merits of solutions from prior years before students explore potential ideas individually; then the students make proposals to their classmates and faculty. Interestingly, this semester’s seniors presented multiple design proposals that probed a singular theme: space. Literal and figurative, real and absolute, physical, synthetic, curved, digital, outer, inner, negative, private, and public space.

A pivotal moment in this year’s discovery sequence occurred when one student presented the work of Bruce Nauman and James Turrell as artists she was studying in another class and ones who were guiding her thinking. I asked if she and the class had seen the Turrell room “Blue Pesher” at Cheekwood. They hadn’t, so off we went. After a group lunch, we walked into Turrell’s subterranean chamber and gazed up and out the circular hole above us. Through it we saw distant jets, cloud formations, and a Mourning Dove—then suddenly the sky cleared and the opening appeared to become a flat blue dot on the ceiling. The sky came down and perceptual space became subjective, an illusion—art.

As a professor, it is this investment in the creative process—which includes interdisciplinary inspiration, labor, mindfulness, time, and space— that becomes central to the education and formation of the artist and, in our case, the designer. Research, experimentation, failures, and discoveries are integral to turning the development of an idea that lives only in one’s mind into a work of art. “The aim of the poet is to inform and delight,” as the philosopher Horace once said, and the same is true for the designer. The selected senior show concept succeeds by combining the two without explanation; and the poster the class eventually chose (the third one below) is an invitation to an event and an invitation to think. How artists get “there,” though, is an equally important discovery.

That’s why, looking back on the evolution that was “Space,” I asked each senior to offer a short meditation on his or her initial concept. Here is what they said:

Annabelle Arnold

“While discussing the theme for our senior show, we talked a lot about space. We contemplated both the literal interpretation of this word, the great expanse that is the universe, as well as a more conceptual interpretation, in terms of space in relation to design. I decided to pursue a more conceptual path, and worked with the name ‘whitespace.’”

— Annabelle Arnold

Angelique Camacho

“All of the seniors decided they wanted the theme to involve space in some way, whether outer space or conceptual space. My idea for the senior show was ‘moonshot minds.’ Referencing outer space by invoking the moonshot, which is defined as launching of a spacecraft to the moon, this was a metaphor for the seniors launching themselves into the market as designers.”

— Angelique Camacho

Noelle Grimes, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

“I began thinking about this project at the same time I was researching Bruce Nauman for another class. Nauman is an artist who works fluidly across mediums and questions society’s expectations of artists and of art itself. A quote of Nauman’s that really struck me was this one: ‘What I am really concerned about is what art is supposed to be—and can become.’ Reading into his process led me to ask questions about graphic design. What does design mean? What role do designers play in society, and do we have an obligation to fulfill those expectations?

“I explored the idea of space in the literal sense, and looked into artists like James Turrell who work with perception and light. The senior show is an opportunity to work with a space that will host a large part of Nashville’s creative community. I intended to address this audience and the experience of the location’s physical space. By exploring the concept of space in different mediums like installation, animation, and interactivity, I wanted to challenge preconceived notions about design. My senior show concept aspires to start a conversation with the creative community about what design is and could be.”

—Noelle Grimes

Chris Hughes

“My concept for our senior graphic design show was to explore and combine spaced typography with a designer’s natural environment to create a look and feel of contemporary, relevant design—modern, elegant, minimalistic, and simple. My goal with this simple design concept was to use typography as the foundation and allow the viewer to spend time observing how space can be used in design. I’ve always liked the saying, ‘A simple concept is hard to forget.’”

—Chris Hughes

Jessi Knight

“Space is representative of the wide unknown, limitless potential and possibility; going ‘into orbit’ in terms of beginning our careers and the next phase of our lives. Exploring space as a frontier also seemed metaphoric for the stage we are in. Finally, space is representative of the concerns of physical space we deal with as designers. Exploring space as a means to a creative solution is critical in our work.”

—Jessi Knight

Dan Brawner is an associate professor and chair of Watkins’s graphic design department. Watkins’s graphic design senior exhibition “Space_” features Annabelle Arnold, Angelique Camacho, Noelle Grimes, Chris Hughes, and Jessi Knight. It will be held at redpepper on November 30, 2016, from 5 to 8 PM. 

Pushing the Needle

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Steve Wilkison

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by Steve Wilkison
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

I still have the first album I ever bought. Snoopy vs The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen. (Hey, I was only 10 years old!) Shortly after that I joined the infamous Columbia Record Club (11 albums for $1.00!) and soon albums by Bob Dylan, The Doors, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and more were being delivered to my turntable. I was never the same.

Over the years my collection has grown to the point where I now have more than 4,000 vinyl albums, 2,000 vinyl 45 rpm singles, and around 13,000 CDs. While the music has certainly been my main interest, I’ve also always been fascinated with the artwork on album covers. In fact, I’ve bought more than a few albums that I never had any intention of listening to, I just wanted the cover art.

When I began teaching full-time at Watkins in 2011, I had an idea. Most of the students who pass through our program today listen to music online where “cover artwork” is practically non-existent. Why not offer a class on the history of album cover design, something most students are unfamiliar with?

I proposed my idea to Dan Brawner, the chair of the graphic design department. My basic premise was that every single one of the “principles of graphic design” could be taught via the rich and vibrant history of album covers. Photography, illustration, typography, color, texture, layout, and composition are all things that can be explored via album covers. Concepts like points, lines, shapes, unity, emphasis, pattern, perspective, light, shadow, and so much more are all represented in thousands of different 12″ by 12″ canvases. You can literally study the history of graphic design in the later part of the 20th century by examining album covers.

Dan approved and we’ve now offered “History of Record Album Cover Art” four times. Over the course of 15 weeks during a semester we explore various genres and time periods. For instance, one week we might study “psychedelic rock covers from the late 1960s.” Another week we explore “jazz covers from the 1950s and 1960s.” Or “punk covers from the late 1970s.” Or “heavy metal covers from the 1980s.” We work our way through the various decades from the 1940s up until the 1980s, the end of what we generally think of as the “golden age” of album covers.

Each week the students are given an assignment to design an album cover with the look and feel of the particular genre and/or period we are studying. I give them three artists related to the era and then they design an album cover for one of those artists. For example, when we studied “singer-songwriters from the 1970s” they could choose between Carole King, Carly Simon, or Cat Stevens. They are responsible for the title of the album, which gives them some creative leeway in each project. The goal is that I should be able to place their cover design in with a mix of other actual covers from the period and most people should not be able to pick out the “counterfeit.”

The course has been one of the most popular at Watkins. Take a look through our gallery where we share some of the highlights of the students’ work.

Stephen Jones’ ‘The Poke Show’ Plays at Summer WAG

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents The Poke Show: Inquiries for the Made-Up Mind, an exhibition of illustration work by alumnus Stephen G. Jones, at its downtown gallery WAG during the July 2 and August 6 editions of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m.Stephen Jones b_w headshot Wweb

Through linocut, letterpress and Risograph prints from digital and traditional means, The Poke Show is dedicated to questioning different societal programs, systems, individual beliefs and the status quo in our daily lives. The heaviness of these themes is subdued by the approachable nature of the storytelling mechanisms. From food systems and gun control to armed conflict and other government policies, the work straddles the lines of commentary, incitement and self-evaluation.

Hailing from bourbon country and thirsty for new experiences, Stephen G. Jones explored the world as a U.S. Navy Photographer prior to his branding and design career. Armed with a strong work ethic and empathy for different spices of life, he’s taken those experiences and applied them toward his creative practice. A 2011 graduate of Watkins’ Graphic Design BFA program, he is owner/creative director of GoGo Jones, a Nashville-based branding studio.

He has partnered with great organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crowned Heads Cigars, Mill Creek Brewing Company, West Coast Wine • Cheese (San Francisco), Marcus Whitney, and the Unlikely Co. He was also an instrumental part in getting Creative Mornings Nashville, a monthly breakfast lecture series, off the ground with counterparts and fellow Watkins alumni Kristin Schleihs and Alicia Waters Binkley.

“Stephen is a force to be reckoned with: a principled, smart-as-hell artist/designer who assists clients by listening, distilling, discussing, then making,” said Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design. “He’s a force for good, improving the visual landscape one well-kerned phrase, one well-crafted, well-positioned brand at a time.

“This new work is evidence of a powerful voice, proof that one working within the commercial realm, untethered, has a similar agenda of promoting truth, beauty, and goodness as a personal/political agenda. Go, man, go.”

Food Fight Series-101

FYI: Risograph is a high-speed digital printing system designed mainly for high-volume photocopying by means of an internal stencil. Manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation, it was first released in Japan in 1986.

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

CREDITS: Images from the Food Fight Series (digital collage/Risograph) by Stephen G. Jones


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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

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

S.T. Davis
Emileigh Potter

Graphic Design:
Chris Fornal
Noelle Grimes

Interior Design
Anna Caro
Aimee Spencer

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

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 [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

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.



Sandra Ventura-Benitez
Portrait, ink jet print

Mali Hamilton
Untitled (Vase), mixed media

Micah Mathewson
Slow Show, mixed media

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”


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.