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Inauguration of Dr. J. Kline as Watkins President: May 13

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Watkins is excited to officially recognize a new chapter in our illustrious 131-year history with the inauguration of the institution’s 16th President, Joseph (J.) Kline, Ph.D, on May 13. Join us in celebrating Watkins and its commitment to our students, alumni, faculty and the entire arts community!

Dr. J. Kline

Dr. J. Kline

Dr. Kline was named president in July 2015, bringing nearly 20 years of higher education administrative experience to his role at Watkins, with expertise in student recruitment, interdisciplinary programming, fundraising and strategic partnerships. Prior to Watkins, he served Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), and held professor and department chair positions at the Savannah College of Art and Design and at DeSales University (Center Valley, PA). Dr. Kline has a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University, a Master of Fine Arts from the Catholic University of America, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.

Read more about Dr. Kline

The inauguration will begin promptly at 4 p.m. on lucky Friday, May 13, led by Board chair Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr. Immediately following, a reception will be held in the Cecy Reed Student Center.


This second weekend in May will be a momentous one for Watkins! The day after the inauguration festivities — Saturday, May 14Commencement for the Class of 2016 will begin at 10 a.m. Noted writer/director/producer Callie Khouri (creator of Nashville, Oscar-winner screenwriter of Thelma and Louise) will deliver the Commencement address. Both ceremonies will be held in a tent on the Watkins campus. Free parking is available in the front lot, and guests will be directed to the proper entrance.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (37228) in the Metro Center area, just north of downtown (approximately three miles from the Tennessee State Capitol), and easily accessible via I-65. See Google map for directions.

For questions, please contact Maggie Fansher: or 615-277-7402

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Graphic Design Seniors Do The WORK in May 5 Showcase

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

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.


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

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

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

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

 Give me your hand.
Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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

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

James Elwood Lewis, "The Music In the Background"

James Elwood Lewis, “The Music In the Background”

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

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

Hilary Roemer, "Ancient Folktale Convenience"

Hilary Roemer, “Ancient Folktale Convenience”

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

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

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WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit

BFA Senior Shows Conclude with May 5 Triple

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

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

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

Read the feature in the Meridian Star

Mali Hamilton

Mali Hamilton

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

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

Mali Hamilton

Mali Hamilton

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

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

Aaron Harper

Aaron Harper

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

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

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

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

The triple exhibition and opening are free.

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

Callie Khouri To Deliver Watkins Commencement Address at May 14 Ceremonies

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise and creator/executive producer of the hit television series Nashville, will be the keynote speaker for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 14.

The graduation ceremonies will be held on the Watkins campus, beginning at 10 a.m., and the public is invited.

Ms. Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie Thelma and Louise–her screenwriting debut–which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She won the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award, and a PEN Literary Award for best original screenplay. Her second film, released in 1995, was Something to Talk About, starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. She made her directorial debut in 2002 with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (which she also adapted for the screen), featuring Sandra Bullock and Maggie Smith, followed by the 2008 caper comedy Mad Money with Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah.

Callie Khouri with "Nashville" stars Charles Esten and Connie Britton

Callie Khouri with “Nashville” stars Charles Esten and Connie Britton

Currently, Ms. Khouri is writer, director and executive producer of the ABC/Lionsgate music drama Nashville (which she also created), in its fourth season.

Dr. J. Kline, president of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, described Ms. Khouri as, “a role model and inspiration, not just for our film students, but all our students. Through the course of her career she has pursued various avenues of success, while all the time remaining an engaged member of the artistic community on a national and a local level. She has created opportunities for Nashville artists of all stripes and afforded many of our students their first professional experience. We are thrilled and honored to have her as our commencement speaker.”

Producer Mimi Polk Gitlin, actress Geena Davis, journalist Anne Thompson and writer Callie Khouri at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 20th anniversary screening of "Thelma & Louise" (August 25, 2011)

Producer Mimi Polk Gitlin, actress Geena Davis, journalist Anne Thompson and Callie Khouri at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 20th anniversary screening of “Thelma & Louise” (2011)

After graduating from high school in Paducah, Kentucky, Callie Khouri attended Purdue University, taking classes in landscape architecture and drama. She lived in Nashville for a time before heading to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue a theater arts career, studying at the Strasburg Institute. In 1985 she shifted her focus to film production, beginning as an assistant on commercials and music videos and eventually becoming a music video producer. During this time she wrote the script that would become Thelma and Louise. In addition to its success Hollywood success, it earned the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year and a nomination for Best Original Screenplay from the British Academy of FIlm and Television Arts. Ms. Khouri has served on the Writers Guild of America’s board of directors and on the Writer’s Guild Foundation’s board of trustees, and was a member of Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting Women’s Media Watch Project.

She has also taught filmmaking and theater arts, including a writing and directing course through the Arts Initiative at Columbia University.

Read 25th Thelma and Louise anniversary interview with Geena Davis and  Susan Sarandon  

Following the welcome from Watkins President Kline, Ms. Khouri will deliver the Commencement address. Vice President for Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie will then present BFA and BA 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.

The Class of 2016 will be the first to graduate under the leadership of President Kline, who began as the institution’s 16th president in July 2015. In February, Watkins launched its first graduate-degree program, the Master of Fine Arts in Film Production, a two-year course of study designed on a flex schedule for working professionals (

Callie Khouri, interviewed for "Makers"

Callie Khouri, interviewed for “Makers”

More about Callie Khouri:

• Multi-part interview with Makers, the largest video collection of women’s stories

• Syd Field: The Art of Visual Storytelling: Callie Khouri on Creating Character: ‘Thelma and Louise’ 

• Chicago Tribune, July 1, 1991: Callie Khouri Answers Critics of ‘Thelma and Louise’


Film School’s Spring Projects Screen May 2-5

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

The Film School presents its Spring 2016 final projects from May 2-5 in the Watkins Theater, with more than two dozen narrative and experimental projects from four production classes. The screenings are free, and Q&As with the directors will follow.  Parking is free in the campus lot.

Watkins Spring 2016 Student Screenings

Monday, May 2, starting at 7 p.m. = Production One, with 11 films

P-1 Production 1 Screenings

Download the .pptx of Production 1 Spring 2016 winners

Tuesday, May 3starting at 6:15 p.m. = Production Two, with 6 films

P-2 Production 2 Screenings

Download the .pptx of Production 2 Spring 2016 winners

Wednesday, May 4starting at 7 p.m. = Production Three, with 5 films

P-3 Production 3 Screenings

Thursday, May 5, from 12:45 to 4:15 p.m. = Senior Presentations from 9 students

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Watkins Scores on the Big Payback Clock May 3

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

You may have heard there were major technological troubles with The Big Payback this year, and the initiative ended early. The Community Foundation is currently assessing the situation. Click to read their press release.

For the third consecutive year, Watkins is taking part in The Big Payback, a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continue their work, which directly improves the community around them.

Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Big Payback begins at midnight on Tuesday, May 3. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit or and make donations to Watkins and other participating nonprofits, including schools and religious institutions that serve the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

Big Payback 2016 banner crGifts from the public will be boosted with funds from sponsors of The Big Payback. Watkins will vie for financial incentives and additional prizes through the online leaderboard, which will track donations in real time.

Public donors will be able to view and select from participating nonprofits based on location and focus area, such as animals, education, healthcare and more. Donors can support multiple nonprofits and make gifts of any size, from $10 and up.

To make a donation to Watkins, click on this direct link, or contact Watkins’ Office of Institutional Advancement at 615-277-7202.

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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 1,000 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 24 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $685 million to community programs and institutions. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

Interior Design Seniors Stage May 13 Showcase

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Caroline Davis
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Darissa Schilli, Laura Chytrowsky, Thera Barnes

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the BFA senior thesis exhibition from the Department of Interior Design, featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates Thera Barnes, Laura Chytrowsky, Darissa Schilli on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Fine Art/Photography exhibit node.

The exhibition with reception (free and open the public) showcases portfolios of residential, commercial, lighting/furniture and sustainable design work as well as thesis projects.

Thera Barnes • White Pine, TN

Thera’s senior thesis, titled the Passion Project, is a study in providing a unique way of life for entrepreneurs.

Thera Barnes, Science Art Project exterior

Thera Barnes, Science Art Project exterior

Among her Watkins accomplishments are 1st place residential design and 1st place furniture design in the annual juried Interior Design exhibitions; 1st place in the Watkins Restroom Renovation competition; nomination for the 2015 Robb Swaney Prize for Visual Expression; and 2015-2016 ASID/IIDA Student Chapter Secretary.

Thera Barnes, Hotel Emprise main lobby

Thera Barnes, Hotel Emprise main lobby

Thera plans to remain in Nashville and would like to concentrate on large-scale corporate headquarters, businesses and hospitality.

Laura Chytrowsky • North Aurora, IL

Laura’s area of specialty is computer drafting and rendering, and her work has been juried into the department’s annual exhibit for three years, earning her two 1st place honors at the 2016 show, in Portfolio and Furniture Design. She was a 2015 nominee for the Robb Swaney Prize for Visual Expression.

Laura Chytrowsky, crib

Laura Chytrowsky, crib

Her senior thesis project, a Sustainable Safe Haven for the Displaced Population of Nashville, combines the innovation of minimal space of the tiny house movement, the ecofriendly objectives of sustainable design, and pre-existing urban landscaping to provide a new way to offer a calm, welcoming community for the displaced residents of the new developing Nashville.

After graduation, Laura will begin a full-time job with Nashville Office Interiors downtown.

Darissa Schilli • Bloomsdale, MO

With special interests in space planning and computer modeling, Darissa Schilli designed a destination restaurant for her senior thesis:  The Hillside, an oddly shaped dining venue considered not just a restaurant but a destination, for city residents and tourists.

Treasurer of the ASID/IIDA student chapter, Darissa plans on staying in Nashville and working in the many layers of commercial design, ultimately working in restaurant design.


Darissa Schilli: Allay Hotel seating area

Allay Hotel guest room model






Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professsionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement, winning student competitions at the annual conference of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award, for outstanding interior design student in the state. Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design.

About the program

The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are shaping the twenty-first century. 

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. 

Student Sale of Original Art Work Returns April 28

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins’ popular yArt Sale of original, affordable artwork by students returns on Thursday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the #400 hallway, between the Currey Gallery and the Cecy Reed Student Center.

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Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein, “Young Lady with Drawing Utensils” (1816)

The sale will focus on original drawings, prints, collages, photographs and design work, priced at $50 and under.

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

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot. Snacks and drinks will be available.

For more information, contact the Student Life department.

Make the ‘Scene in Green’ at The pARTy 2016!

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Caroline Davis


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Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host the school’s annual fundraising event, The pARTy: A Scene in Green, on Saturday, April 23, with the 2016 edition returning to the Watkins campus.

The pARTy, which celebrates the creative in Watkins students and the Nashville community, includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and dinner from The Chef and I. The Karlton Taylor Quartet will provide music for The pARTY, thanks to sponsorship by Arts at the Airport. The evening will also feature a “gallery tour” of art from the Watkins collection and student work for sale.

This year’s Scene in Green theme reflects efforts to support a campus greening initiative (the first phase in a long-range plan for campus enhancement), in addition to benefiting the school’s education and outreach programs.

See how you can help with our wish list of donation items: Wish List for A Scene in Green 

To learn more, contact Maggie Fansher, 615.277.7402.

Now in its 131st year of service and inspiration to the community, 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 an MFA in Film Production. Through their mission of preparing young artists, designers and filmmakers realize their creative potential, Watkins offers the community programming, continuing education and other opportunities that enrich Nashville’s dynamic cultural life.

Support and sponsorship from the following are the “Life of the pARTy”:

  • Gold Program pARTner: SunTrust Foundation
  • Silver sponsors: AmSurg, HCA/TriStar Health and Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver
  • Bronze sponsors: Concord Building GroupKPMG LLC, McCarthy Jones & Woodard LLC; Neal & Harwell, PLC; Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Pewter sponsor: Beth Scott Clayton Amos, LUTCF, CLTC, Insurance & Financial Services.
  • Lipman Brothers, LLC and R.S. Lipman Company are providing wine, spirits and beer
  • Arts at the Airport (through Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority) are underwriting musical performers

Click to download!  pARTy2016_digital invitation and PARTy_2016_digital_rsvp card
(You can email scanned reply card to or fax page to 615-383-4849.)

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, with a special alumni rate of $125 per person ($250 per couple).

Special thanks to Graphic Design alumnus Michael Korfhage for creating the invitations, signage and other event materials.

Watkins’ 13-acre lakeside campus is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks in Metro Center.
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Support and sponsorship from these businesses and individuals are truly the “Life of the pARTy!”

Gold Program pARTner:

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Silver sponsors:

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Pewter sponsor:

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Wine, spirits and beer courtesy of Lipman Brothers, LLC and R.S. Lipman Company

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