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Commencement To Feature Noted Arts Executive Karen P. Moynahan on May 16

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Karen P. Moynahan, one of the nation’s most accomplished arts executives in higher education, will be the keynote speaker for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s 2015 Commencement on Saturday, May 16. The graduation ceremonies will be held at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 Fifth Avenue North, at 2 p.m., and the public is invited.

Karen P. Moynahan

Karen P. Moynahan

Ms. Moynahan is executive director of four independent and autonomous accrediting organizations–the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance­–that work with more than 1,300 postsecondary institutions and programs throughout the United States by offering the service of discipline-specific peer review. She also oversees and manages the Higher Education Arts Data Services project, a joint effort of the four organizations to provide comprehensive management data on the arts in higher education.

Ellen L. Meyer, president of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, described Ms. Moynahan as “a tireless champion of the arts with an unrivaled view of the interconnectedness of the disciplines of art, design, film, music, theatre and dance.”

Based in Reston, Virginia, Ms. Moynahan is a trustee and the executive director of the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations, a forum for policy discussions regarding the arts, education, and accreditation. She also serves as the executive director of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools, a body established to review and accredit schools and programs providing non-degree instruction in the arts disciplines to children, youth, and adults. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. A member of the advisory board of Arts Education Policy Review, Ms. Moynahan consults regularly with specialized and regional accrediting bodies; state and federal offices; higher education and arts organizations; international institutions seeking information or assistance; and students, parents and the public regarding the work of the arts accrediting organizations and their programs.

After a welcome from Watkins President Meyer, Ms. Moynahan will deliver the Commencement address. Following her remarks, Vice President for Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie will present BFA, BA and Certificate candidates in art, film, fine art, graphic design, interior design and photography, and Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr., chair of the Watkins Board of Trustees, will confer the degrees and certificates.

The Class of 2015 will be the last to graduate under the leadership of President Meyer, who is retiring July 31 after seven years in office. Ms. Meyer began her work as the institution’s 15th president on August 1, 2008. Under her energetic leadership, she has led Watkins to a place of recognition and prestige among the best colleges of art in the country.

Commencement 2013 feature pic WwebAchievements include the realization of a decade-long goal of regional accreditation of the college through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC, in 2010) and re-accreditation of the Department of Interior Design by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. In 2011, Watkins gained acceptance into the prestigious Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 43 leading visual arts colleges in the United States and Canada.

Under President Meyer’s guidance, community partnerships expanded, the campus itself experienced significant transformation, and academic standards have consistently been raised in Watkins’ BFA degree programs in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography, BA in Art, and Certificate in Film and (added 2013) in Interior Design. Notably, in the midst of a national economic downturn, Watkins has remained fiscally sound, achieved high-level fundraising, and established a professional admissions office with increasingly sophisticated student recruitment efforts.

The historic Downtown Presbyterian Church, a national landmark noted for its Egyptian Revival motif, is located at 154 5th Avenue North (corner of 5th and Church Street).

‘Watkins on Paper’ YART Sale Unfolds April 29

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Watkins’ popular YART Sale of original, affordable artwork by students returns on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Cecy Reed Student Center.

“Watkins on Paper” will focus on original drawings, prints, collages, photographs and design work, priced at $50 and under.

All proceeds will benefit participating student artists and the student government association. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

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Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot. From the Heart Café, located in the student center, will be open for snacks, sandwiches, salads and homemade baked goods.

 

Kevin Dietz Draws Swaney Prize 2015

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Sophomore Fine Art major Kevin Dietz was awarded the 2015 Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression during judging held on March 12. 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.”

Jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, former associates of Mr. Swaney, praised Dietz’s black and white drawings.

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 2015 Swaney Prize nominees!

Fine Art:
Kevin Dietz
Kay Kennedy

Film:
Alex Mattingly

Graphic Design:
Yanet Mireles
Sara Schork

Interior Design
Laurabelle Chytrowsky
Thera Barnes

Photography:
Joe Nunez
Alanna Styer

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Alanna Styer

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Laurabelle Chytrowsky

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Kevin Dietz

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Yanet Mireles

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Sara Schork

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WAG Does Time at April 4th Downtown Art Crawl

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present “The Video Show,” an exhibition of video work by current Watkins students, at its downtown gallery WAG during the April 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

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

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The 16 participating artists are

  • Sharyn Bachleda
  • Andrew Cox
  • Meghan Daughdrill
  • Ryan Duncan
  • Lisa Harless
  • Rebecca Lindley
  • Luisiana Mera
  • Upreyl Mitchell
  • Joseph Newsome
  • Carly Piccione
  • Christopher Robertson
  • Joshua Ungurait
  • Alexander Uselton
  • Hayley Vanhoy
  • Glen Vollmer
  • George Wise

“The Video Show” is curated by Assistant Professor of Fine Art Morgan Higby-Flowers, who teaches 4D design and digital imaging and is responsible for developing the curriculum for all Time-Based Media courses. He graduated with an MFA from the Electronic Integrated Arts program, NYSCC at Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and served as visiting faculty at Austin Peay State University and Ball State University (Muncie, IN) before joining Watkins in 2013. He is a member of COOP and his work—notably, new media projection art with a specific interest in discarded technologies—has been performed and exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Mexico City, Barcelona and Cairo.

(photo by Jess Williams for Native)

(photo by Jess Williams for Native)

Check out this recent article about Higby-Flowers in Native|Nashville’s Culture Magazine

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

About 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 logo Watkins color rsz WwebWAG 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.

 

Film School Partners with Nashville Film Festival for ‘Best Of’ Showcase April 17

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Caroline Davis
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In conjunction with the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival, the Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Friday, April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.

“The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of six short narratives (not in NaFF competition) selected by Film School faculty from all completed films in each of the four production classes from the 2014 spring and fall semesters. Additionally, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Film School, the evening will also feature work by an alumnus, writer/director Spenser Fritz (Class of 2010), who is in pre-preduction for his second feature film, Cecil (filming begins in April).

There is no admission charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged because seating is limited: email name and contact information to reservations@watkins.edu (limit 2 tickets per person).

The seven films, with directors, are:

  • Stuck on an Island by Matison Turner
  • A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me by Jocelyn Lyon
  • The Window East by Alexander Mattingly
  • The Dahmer Deal by Stephanie Adams
  • Where Are All The Birds, Abel? by Calen Smith
  • The Burial of Achmed Pleasantbottom by Travis Slagle
  • Murderer-erer by Spenser Fritz (2009)

Now in its 46th year, the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) runs April 16–25 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. Visit nashvillefilmfestival.org for the 200-film schedule of narrative and documentary shorts and features, world premieres and guest artists.

ABOUT

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“The Window East,” directed by Alexander Mattingly

The Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is distinguished by a film curriculum that explores the artistic, technical and business aspects of independent filmmaking. With a focus on dramatic narrative film, the Film School helps students find their personal voice and style in order to incorporate these elements into their narrative work. All film students take film courses their first year of study and begin production within their second year, depending on their program of study. Production courses are small, allowing for faculty mentoring and advising and close collaboration with colleagues.

The Film School offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Film with concentration in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography and Editing. In addition to the film curriculum, students are required to complete a Visual Arts Core of studies and a General Education Core, designed to create a program for a well-rounded filmmaker and visual artist.

Nashville FIlm Festival logoThe Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 16–25, 2015, presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in an extended 10-day celebration of film. NaFF’s hub is Regal Green Hills Cinemas with 200 competition films, educational presentations and parties.  NaFF is a public festival attended by filmmakers and industry insiders and an Academy Award Qualifying Event for short films.  In addition to Nissan, NaFF is sponsored by Comcast/Xfinity, Cabedge Design, Regal Entertainment Group, Southwest Airlines, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts of Nashville. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine. Visit nashvillefilmfestival.org.

 

BFA Thesis Series Continues with April 9 Reception for Sharyn Bachleda and Sharon Stewart

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film continues Spring 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions with a Thursday, April 9 opening by Sharyn Bachleda and Sharon Stewart. After a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the work will remain on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery through April 20.

This double exhibition is the second in a four-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography.

Sharyn Bachleda, self portrait with projection

Sharyn Bachleda, self portrait with projection

Sharyn Bachleda, Knoxville, TN • sbachleda.tumblr.com
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Extracted Relics (photography, video projection installation, film, found objects, collage/assemblage, digital scans)

Sharyn Bachleda is a multi-media fine artist, collector and photographer. Bachleda’s work brings awareness to the inconsistencies in the recollection process of memory and challenges its authenticity by constructing and manipulating relationships through photography, video, and object-relations. She uses new media technology as a filter to translate and transcend the footage into space. Bachleda calls attention to real vs. fabricated remembrance by juxtaposing photographs with objects/relics. The work is in dialogue with ideas concerning identity, culture, materiality and the contrast between the physical and mental residue imposed upon the body and mind. It embodies what is absent, preserved, processed and collected in everyday life.

Born in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Bachleda grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and moved to Nashville in 2012. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Tennessee including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Knoxville Museum of Art, the Tipton Gallery, the Bijou Theater, Track One and the Bagwell Gallery, and has been featured in two issues of Thorizine. WBIR-TV/Knoxville interviewed her for being the youngest to exhibit in the history of the Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Art Exhibition in 2011, and she has received several merit-based scholarships and awards. Bachleda has worked as a teachers aid at ELC Faith Lutheran Church and aspires to continue educating children and young adults in the arts.

Sharon Stewart • sharondgstewart.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: 
Perpetual Dream Home(video, sound, photography, stop motion, installation)

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Sharon Stewart, “In the Middle of the Night in a Dark House Somewhere in the World”

Statement: My work depicts the psychology of domestic space, recreating the quiet drama of the slow passage of daily time that unfolds in our most intimate environments through our interactions with ourselves, others, and the spaces, objects and ideas of home.

Born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, Sharon Stewart has lived in Nashville since 2007. She works primarily in photography and time-based media. Her personal work, collaborations and curatorial projects have been exhibited at WAG, Carlos Gallery, COOP, OZ and the Tennessee Board of Regents; and they have been featured in Hyperallergic, Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine blog, The Contributor and on Nashville News Channel 5. She is a two-time nominee for the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression and the recipient of multiple merit-based scholarships. She has participated in volunteer work with community organizations that utilize art as a means of self-discovery and healing in areas of mental health and addiction recovery. Through these experiences, and her involvement in art collaborations with death row prisoners (as part of the ongoing Watkins students and faculty collaborations with Unit 2 at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution), she has become passionate about artistic endeavors that challenge society’s perceptions of individuals who are often stigmatized. She hopes to use art, and photography in particular, as a therapeutic treatment tool in her future career as an art therapist.

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The exhibitions and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.

Updates to programming will be posted to Watkins.edu.

The Spring 2015 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis series opens March 16 in the Currey Gallery with the group show Absence by Elizabeth Courtney, Cassey Honeycutt, Kayla Saito and Luke Weir, and will continue April 23–May 4 with Heather Barrie, Jill Schumann and Robin Sinnett and May 7–18 with Zack Rafuls, Luisiana Mera, Weng Tze Yang.

The Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery is located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus. Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Watkins Kicks Off BFA Thesis Exhibition Series March 26

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

First of four group shows features Elizabeth Courtney, Cassey Honeycutt, Kayla Saito and Luke Weir

 

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2015, a four-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. First up is work from four students–Elizabeth Courtney, Cassey Honeycutt, Kayla Saito and Luke Weir–who have titled their group effort Absence. Opening Thursday, March 26, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Absence will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery through April 6.

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BFA in Photography
Individual show title: Families Keeping the Past Alive (digital photographs and a book)

Families Keeping the Past Alive is an autobiography of Elizabeth’s life as a Civil War Reenactor and why she continues to reenact 20 years after starting with her family. Throughout her years reenacting, Elizabeth as gained a second family; her reenacting group has seen her grow up, graduate high school, navigate the world and will soon watch her graduate college. This body of work is a depiction of those connections and how her “family” keeps the past alive.
Note: Elizabeth will also present an off-site show, March 27-28, at the Masonic Lodge (corner of 7th and Broadway); opening night reception is 6-8 pm.
Cassey Honeycutt, "Bedroom"

Cassey Honeycutt, “Bedroom”

Cassey Honeycutt, Knoxville, TN • casseyhoneycuttphotography.net
BFA in Photography
Individual show title: Distance (medium-format photography and book)

Cassey Honeycutt is a photographer who focuses on portraiture with a photojournalistic approach. The work in her show Distance focuses on her relationship with her fiancé, Josh Golden, as he decides to join the U.S. Navy. The images follow time passing as Josh prepares to join the Navy, leaves and graduates Boot Camp and trains for an IT job in Pensacola, Florida, while Cassey remains in Nashville.

Kayla Saito, Nashville kaylasaito.com
BFA in Fine Art
Found objects, carpet, audio and video surveillance, monitors, photography

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Kayla Saito, still from “Aquarium”

Kayla Saito is a sculptor and printmaker who focuses on installation work. The theme of her senior thesis show is documenting and re-representing intimate behaviors within public spaces, and she incorporates manipulated surveillance-type documentation with manipulated found materials to create a falsified home environment within the gallery. Saito juxtaposes voyeuristic images she’s captured in public with images mined from social media profiles in order to evaluate representation of individual identity within very opposed public spaces.

Luke Weir, Mt. Carmel, ILlukeweir.tumblr.com
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: No Nothing (book, thoughts, and what would be regarded as empty space)

Luke Weir tumblr_ WwebStatement: “We as individuals are fundamentally inseparable from the totality of Existence. The nature of art parallels the interdependence of Existence in that the viewer is as crucial to art’s existence as the artist. One cannot be a viewer without being an artist, for the act of viewing—and the thoughts it evokes—becomes a distinct and creative expression whether or not one chooses to verbalize it or not. In this way, we all have an inherent creative capacity within us, but many of us have long been under the illusion that the artist is a sort of cultural mystic; this perceived cultural role becomes a polarizing structure that often suppresses an individual’s awareness of their own creative capacity. Due to the relatively large number of graduating seniors, I am declining to show any of my work, by doing so I wish to draw attention to the community component of art and the interconnectedness of the creative experience.”

The exhibitions and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.

Updates to programming will be posted to Watkins.edu.

The Spring 2015 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions will continue in the Currey Gallery April 9–20 with Sharyn Bachleda and Sharon Stewart; April 23–May 4 with Heather Barrie, Jill Schumann and Robin Sinnett; and May 7–18 with Zack Rafuls, Luisiana Mera, Weng Tze Yang.

The Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery is located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus. Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Cassey Honeycutt, "Processing"

Cassey Honeycutt, “Processing”

 

Cassey Honeycutt, "Ceremony"

Cassey Honeycutt, “Ceremony”

 

 

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NEW DATE FOR MARTHA ROSLER LECTURE: APRIL 16!

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins Continues Visiting Artists Series on APRIL 16 with Preeminent Contemporary Artist/Writer Martha Rosler

 

The artist and writer Martha Rosler–one of the leading figures in contemporary art during a four-decade career–will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, April 16 as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series. Please note: April 16 is a re-scheduled date for her appearance (lecture was originally set for March 12).

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

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Through work that includes video, installation, performance and text, Martha Rosler has been an incisive critical voice in almost every debate in the art world for the past 40 years. She has been the subject of several high-profile solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Dia Art Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and other institutions, but early in her career was considered an underground artist for combining different media like photography, video, installation and performance in innovative ways.

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“The Gray Drape” (2008)

As part of the “San Diego Group” (along with Fred Lonidier, Allan Sekula and Phel Steinmetz), she was instrumental in reshaping the discussion around documentary photography. She is best known for a series of photomontages entitled House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967-1972) and for her early explorations of video as a medium, especially her famous Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975). Her photo-conceptualist project The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems (1975-1976) offered an important critical perspective on documentary photography in light of conceptual art.

Martha Rosler Semiotics of the Kitchen still WwebRosler is also a prolific author (15+ books and dozens of essays, many published internationally) and, in both her work and writings, has contributed immensely to discussions about feminism, art and politics, and gentrification. Her collected essays, Decoys and Disruptions, was published by MIT Press in 2004. Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the International Center for Photography, and numerous other institutions. Rosler has been included in the Venice Biennale and several Whitney Biennials, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City hosted her Meta-Monumental Garage Sale in 2012. Based in Brooklyn, she has taught at Rutgers University and at Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Martha Rosler offers an indispensable critical voice,” said Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history at Watkins and chair of the Watkins Gallery Committee, which oversees the VAS. “Any account of the art world today that ignores her work and writing will almost inevitably be hopelessly narrow and foolishly naïve.”

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

The 2015 Watkins VAS is a three-lecture initiative: the series kicked off with letterer/illustrator Jessica Hische on January 22 and will continue with artist/activist Ashley Hunt in a rescheduled appearance [TBD].

About the Artist
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Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women. Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification.

A retrospective of her work has been shown internationally, and her writing is published widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst.

Martha Rosler_garagesale WwebIn 2012, she presented a new series of photographs, taken during her trip to Cuba in January 1981, and the Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA in New York. In 2013, her book of essays, Culture Class, which deals with the role of artists in cities and gentrification, was published by e-flux and Sternberg Press. Most recently, she produced the exhibition and public project Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.martharosler.net.

RECOMMENDED READING & LISTENING

Creative Times Reports — Making Art in a World of Ferment: A Conversation with Martha Rosler (2013)

Art Pulse interview with Martha Rosler

Rear Window interview (2014)

Martha Rosler Discusses Art, Politics, and the Social Life of Photographs (2014)

Meta-Monumental Garage Sale (2012): MoMA event and MoMA exhibition site

New York Times article and New Yorker article

Culture Class part 1 (2010)

Semiotics of the Kitchen video and Semiotic of the Kitchen clip

ArtNet News Q&A (2013)

House Beautiful exhibition at Worcester Art Museum and Boston Globe article on House Beautiful

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

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

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

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Watkins Has “Designs on You” for The pARTy 2015!

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by Caroline Davis

 

 

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Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host The pARTy, the school’s annual fundraising event, on Saturday, April 25, with the 2015 edition returning to the striking contemporary art space OZ Arts Nashville.

pARTy chairs Kandace Wigington and Cathy Holland, Metro Nashville Airport Authority’s Rob Wigington and Watkins President Ellen Meyer

Leading the planning are event chairs Cathy Holland and Kandace Wigington. The pARTy, which celebrates the creative in Watkins students and the Nashville community, includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, dinner from The Chef and I, and a silent auction as well as a live auction segment featuring travel packages to  Italy, Santa Fe, and New York.  Chef and I hires logo WwebReflecting the art and design theme, The Chef and I’s gourmet menu will include a chARTcuterie display and an elaborate dessert station with truffles and tARTs.

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Acclaimed pianist/vocalist/bandleader Teri Reid — renowned for her vast and eclectic range of material — will provide music for The pARTY, thanks to sponsorship by Arts at the Airport.

The pARTy benefits the education and outreach programs of the independent, nonprofit, four-year baccalaureate college, now in its 130th year of service and inspiration to the community. Part of an elite consortium of 41 art and design colleges across the country and Canada, Watkins is a regionally and nationally accredited college of the visual arts, granting BFA degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, interior design and photography, a BA in art, and certificates in film and in interior design. Watkins also offers affordable classes, workshops and camps for youth and adults through its Community Education department.

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, and invitations will be mailed in early March. To learn more or request an invitation, visit this page or WatkinsTheParty.com or contact Michelle Klaes,  615.277.7402.

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Support and sponsorship from these businesses and individuals are truly the “Life of the pARTy!”

Gold Program pARTner:

SunTrust Foundation

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Silver sponsors:

AmSurg, HCA/TriStar Health and KPMG LLC 

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Bronze sponsors:

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority/Arts at the Airport; Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver; Neal & Harwell, PLC; McCarthy, Jones & Woodward; OZ Arts Nashville and StudioEightDesign

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Pewter sponsor:

Beth Scott Clayton Amos, LUTCF, CLTC, Insurance & Financial Services

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Oz_LogoFinal_6.30.14 smallOZ Arts Nashville is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, near the John C. Tune Airport (OZNashville.com). The venue, boasting a grand salon, patio lounge, several gallery and garden spaces, and one of the world’s largest walk-in cigar humidors, has established itself as a magnet for world-class talents through its innovative visual and performing arts programming.

Watkins Senior Photography Students Preparing ‘and Living’ for WAG’s March 7 Show

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents and Living, an exhibition by senior Watkins Photography students Rebecca Lindley, Upreyl Mitchell, Joe Nunez, Alanna Styer and Laura Whitfield, at its downtown gallery WAG during the March 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Joe Nunez, Untitled (2014)

Joe Nunez, Untitled (2014)

The work in and Living – including photography, installation, sound and book art – emerges from the socio-cultural and harsh economic realities of 21st century America and is about being born, living, dying, struggling, embracing, remnants and deterioration. All five students are candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree. Watkins Assistant Professor of Photography Christine Rogers is curator of the show.

About the artists:

  • Rebecca Lindley (Florissant, MO)

Rebecca uses a variety of photography processes in producing work about adoption. For this show she will offer Kallitypes [via iron-silver method] handprinted onto printmaking paper and presented in a book. “Each page has a description word for word from my adoption file and a Kallitype photograph print that corresponds to the text.“

  • Upreyl Mitchell (Detroit, MI)

Upreyl focuses primarily on self-portraiture and lighting but works in other mediums besides photography, including alternative processes and sound. Her work is theatrical and emotional and often involves her experiences in life and her upbringing.

  • Joe Nunez (Knoxville, TN)

Alanna specializes in black and white photography and dark room processes. She will present selected pieces [medium-format, black-and-white photographs, archival pigment prints] from her series, Where it Happened. “Each photograph represents a victim of police violence. I researched incidents and then went to and documented locations where interactions with law enforcement resulted in a civilian death.”

  • Laura Whitfield (Fayetteville, AR)

Laura works with panoramic images to imitate signage with messages that address the marginality of women. Some of the pieces exhibited in this show were included in a solo exhibition titled Dear Someone (2013) and will also be involved in a feminist group exhibition at Kent State University (March 2015). “Although my work is more personally driven, there’s still an indirect connection with marginality and class struggle. I subtly address economic issues by choosing environments that are left behind and abandoned by our society and consumer needs for newness, while the feminist undercurrent of my work addresses the marginality of women in our culture.”

A project-based artist who works primarily in photography and video, Christine Rogers joined Watkins in 2013 as assistant professor, Photography, and teaches foundational black-and-white and color photography classes and senior thesis and professional practices. Over the past two years she has enjoyed acclaim for several stagings of her photography project The Switzerland of India, created during travels as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar and artist-in-residence at 1 Shanthi Road Gallery in Bangalore, India (where the show was originally presented). Holder of an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College, she has taught photography and digital imaging at Wellesley College and participated in exhibitions in New York City, Boston and Santiago, Chile.

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Alanna Styer, “Charles Livingston III: Shot and killed by Memphis Police Officers on December 27, 2012″ (medium-format black-and-white photograph, archival pigment print, 2014)

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.

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 logo Watkins color rsz WwebWAG 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.

Rebecca Lindley, "Missouri River" (2014)

Rebecca Lindley, “Missouri River” (Kallitype, 2014)

 

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