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Watkins Continues Visiting Artists Series on March 12 with Preeminent Contemporary Artist/Writer Martha Rosler

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

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, March 12 as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

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 established art 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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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 WwebMs. Rosler 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. Ms. 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.

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.

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

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

 

 

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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 art-scene destinations. 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, PLCOZ Arts Nashville and StudioEightDesign

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Pewter sponsor:

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

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

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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 No Comments

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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POSTPONED — Ashley Hunt Lecture & Screening — POSTPONED

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Owing to weather conditions, the Feb. 18 screening of Corrections and the Feb. 19 lecture by Ashley Hunt have been postponed. We’re working to find another date this semester for him to travel from LA to Nashville!

 

The original announcement follows.

The artist, activist and filmmaker Ashley Hunt—who merges art and politics in work concerned with questions of institutional power—will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, February 19, as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

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 is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

AshleyHunt headshot WwebOver the past 15 years, through various projects employing video, photography, mapping and writing, Hunt has focused on ways people understand, respond to and conceive of themselves within systems of power. Rather than seeing art and activism as distinct pursuits, he approaches them as complementary, drawing upon social movements and contemporary cultural theory as his work addresses important trends towards documentary and participatory practices in contemporary art.

SPECIAL SCREENING: The day before Hunt’s visit—Wednesday, February 18—Watkins will present a free screening of Corrections (2001, 57 minutes) at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The film is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project The Corrections Documentary Project, in which Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. Corrections looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities which must deal with the consequences of high incarceration rates. Probing further to explore links between political campaign strategies and the increasing penalties for nonviolent crimes, Hunt uncovers a complex system of desires and incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system.AshleyHunt-1 Corrections promo Wweb

“Ashley Hunt has addressed some of the most pressing social issues of our era, and he has done so with political savvy and artistic sophistication,” said Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history at Watkins. “His work offers a permanent rebuke to anyone who still believes that the merger of art and politics means the triumph of politics over art.”

About Ashley Hunt

Ashley Hunt has played the role of an activist-journalist in his investigations of power and politics in contemporary society, using video, photography, mapping and writing to engage contemporary social movements and public discourse. His work addresses systems that enable certain people to accumulate power and those that disempower others.

Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project (and which includes footage he filmed in Tennessee), and his Prison Maps.

AshleyHunt-6 scribble man WwebOther investigations by Hunt have focused on community identity and the demise of welfare state institutions (Communograph), war and disaster capitalism (9 Scripts from a Nation at War, A World Map: in which we see…), documentary representations (As Flowers Turn Toward the Sun, Par Course A), and political activism (Undeliverable Address). His 2010 performance, Notes on the Emptying of a City, explored the first-person politics of being in New Orleans with a camera in the months following Hurricane Katrina, when he engaged with community activists to research the city’s refusal to evacuate the Orleans Parish Prison. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He was also included in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and the 3rd Bucharest Biennial. In 2007, Hunt collaborated with Sharon Hayes and other artists on 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, a project that has been the subject of a number of exhibitions internationally.

Ashley Hunt at TEDxCalArts, March 2013

Based in Los Angeles, Hunt is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He is an alumnus of the University of California at Irvine (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Hear Ashley Hunt at TEDxCalArts: Liveness, performance, and this exact place in time

Now 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. Watkins full house 9561 RHQuaytman lecture 1.29.14 WwebThe 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 conclude with multiple-media artist/writer Martha Rosler on (tentatively) Thursday, March 12.

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 this website or call 615-383-4848.

ht_colorFounded 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.

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Currey Jurors Tag David Anderson’s Work for Top Purchase Prize

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

2 viewers Currey2015 WwebDavid Anderson, a junior Fine Art major, claimed the top honor at the 2015 Currey Student Juried Show for his oil painting Untitled Map. As winner of the Anny Gowa Purchase Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize, Anderson’s work will be part of the permanent Watkins collection. A total of eight winners were announced by President Ellen Meyer during a February 5 reception in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. Students received cash prizes as well as gift certificates courtesy of Plaza Artist Materials and Picture Framing.

Students in all disciplines submitted 161 pieces this year, with 21 selected by two jurors: artist/curator Karen Seapker, who currently splits her time between Nashville and Brooklyn, and Pradip Malde, professor of art, Department of Art and Art History, University of the South, Sewanee.  The Currey Student show will remain on display through March 12.

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David Anderson with President Ellen Meyer and his two paintings juried into the show

ANNY GOWA PURCHASE Award
David Anderson, Fine Art, junior
Untitled Map (oil on panel)

FIRST Place
Luisiana Mera, Fine Art, senior
“Gaby, Dora, and Little Lulu” (charcoal on paper)

SECOND Place
Ashley Doggett, Fine Art, sophomore
“In Ictu Occuli” (wood block)

THIRD Place
Casey Payne, Fine Art, senior
“Big Girl” (mixed media on paper)

HONORABLE Mention

Luisi Mera

Luisi Mera

Aaron Harper, Fine Art, junior
“Phases of God Baby” (oil on leather chessboard under a rock)

Noelle Grimes, Graphic Design, junior
Radiohead Poster (mixed media)

Heather Barrie, Fine Art, senior
“Family Project” (digital print)

Kayla Saito, Fine Art, senior
Injuries for the Settlement (mixed media)

 

 

 

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Watkins Hosts Tennessee Craft ‘Design for Survival’ Business Workshops Feb. 27-March 1

Posted on: February 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Artists ready to focus on the necessities of running a successful craft business are invited to join Tennessee Craft for a day-and-a-half long workshop to learn more about the entrepreneurial tools of the trade.

“Handcrafting Your Business: Design for Survival,” presented by noted New Orleans-based jewelry designer Thomas Mann, will take place Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

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During the first day of the workshop, attendees will learn how to use planned marketing, write and speak about their brand and establish the most effective price point for their products. Day two will be dedicated to real-life critiques of attendees’ current business strategies.

Tennessee Craft is also providing a tax workshop for new businesses the day prior, on Friday, February 27 at Watkins. Admission is free, but a separate registration for this workshop is encouraged.

“We are excited to bring Thomas Mann to Nashville to help our creative community grow,” Teri Alea, executive director of Tennessee Craft, said. “With his knowledge, experience and expertise as a craft artist running a business, his advice is exactly what many makers need to take the next step in their careers.”

Registration for the workshop is $170, discounted to $150 for Tennessee Craft members. Students receive a special rate of $50.

Tennessee Craft
Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) is celebrating 50 years in 2015. Since 1965, the organization has worked to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition by building understanding and appreciation for craft. With more than 500 members throughout the state, Tennessee Craft serves as the connecting point for local, independent makers and their audiences through its Craft Fairs, exhibitions and educational programs.

 

ThomanMann headshotAbout Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann has been an active participant in the contemporary American Craft movement for over forty years as an artist, gallery owner and educator. He describes himself as an artist working in the medium of jewelry and sculpture. The primary design vocabulary which he employs in the making of jewelry objects combines industrial aesthetics and materials with evocative themes and romantic imagery. He calls this design system “Techno-Romantic.” Though it’s not the only design mode in which he works, it is the one for which he and his work is best known. Mann lives and works in New Orleans where he oversees a jewelry design and production studio, a sculpture studio, a gallery and an educational workshop space. Visit thomasmann.com.

 

Film School Invites Local Talent to Audition on February 7 for Spring Productions

Posted on: February 1st, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Spring 2015 student film projects on Saturday, February 7, at the Watkins campus in MetroCenter.

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Orson Welles on the set of “MacBeth,” 1948

Directors of approximately 20 productions from the BFA film program at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement and therefore all current union members are allowed to participate. Actors are asked to bring résumés and headshots (or a photo can be taken at the reading).

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (with on-camera readings at the discretion of each director). Casting breakdowns and proposed shoot dates (usually over a 3-day/Friday–Sunday period) for individual productions will be posted to this page as available and distributed on site.

Audition slots will be divided according to gender and age throughout the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); individual appointments are not available.

  • 10 to 11 a.m. – Leading men, age range 19-40
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Leading and character men, age range 40 and up
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Leading women, age range 19-40
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Leading and character women, age range 40 and up
  • 3 to 4 p.m. – Young men and women, age range 8-18
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Amy Heckerling filming “Clueless,” 1995

Visit this site for more information or email auditions@watkins.edu.

An additional opportunity for actors to work on camera will be offered at the February 7 call: Professor Richard Gershman’s Advanced Directing Class is looking for males and females, ages 20-50, for scene work. More details below.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center (across from the Looby). Free parking is available in the campus lot.

All cast members will be invited to a screening of projects at the end of the semester and will have access to an online copy of the film and a quick-time file (without music) to cut into a reel.

EXTRA OPPORTUNITY: Film School Actor/Director Workshop

The Film School is looking for male and female actors, 20 -50 years old, to participate in an 8-week session (Feb 12 through April 9) in conjunction with our Advanced Directing Class. The actors would work on at least two scenes, which would be rehearsed and filmed during this period. Attendance at all sessions is not required. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.. There is no cost to the actors and each actor will have access to an electronic copy of his/her scene.

The instructor is Richard Gershman, Chair of the Film School, who has directed nationally for theatres like the Mark Taper Forum and Seattle Repertory Theatre and for CBS dramas Chicago Hope and Judging Amy, working with notable actors including Adam Arkin, Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly and Mark Harmon, among many others.

Scenes from the following films will be used: Misery, Night Moves, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Silver Linings Playbook, Zodiac and others.

Sides will be available at the casting call for those who would like to audition for this workshop project.

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PRODUCTION BREAKDOWNS

PAPI’S STORY

Director: Angel Brewer = abrewer@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II, With Dialogue
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 8, 15-16
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-union: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Kellen’s fathers, Abel and Chad, are already struggling to keep his viral load under control when life, culture and family complicate things. What lengths will Abel go to keep his family together?

Characters:

  • ABEL (Lead, 25-35) Foreign-born gay man. He is an author and stay at home dad. His main motivation is family. He is the emotional center of the piece. He succumbs to cancer over the course of the story. Accent required and bilingual preferred. Special consideration will be given to Spanish, Asian or Eastern European performances.
  • CHAD (Lead, 25-40) American gay man who is left to pick up the pieces with a sick child and dying partner. A slap stunt will be required.
  • KELLEN (Supporting, 7-12) Adopted son of Abel and Chad. He was born HIV positive. He begins the film in decline. He is a charming, courageous and hopeful big-eyed child.
  • AUDREY (Supporting): Partly Native American post-op transsexual. She is the writing partner and best friend to Abel and Chad. She embodies the fable of the Changing Woman from Native American folklore. This can be played by a masculine female or effeminate male.
  • DR. JUNE (Supporting): She is a Pediatric AIDs specialist; well-fed, shorter woman with a huge Southern personality. She prefers the company of children and speaks directly to them rather than the parents.
  • MRS. LEON (Supporting, 50+): Mother of Abel. She is foreign woman of means and class. Accent required and bilingual preferred. Special consideration will be given to Spanish, Asian or Eastern European performances. A slap stunt will be required.
  • BOB (Supporting): Father of twin girls at a birthday party.

NOTE: Extra children and parents needed for a birthday party.

 

TAYLOR’S RAID

Director: Joseph Hemphill = jhemphill@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project Length: Short film (15 minutes)
Shooting Location: Columbus, OH
Shoot Dates: March 13-17
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files, meals, travel and lodging. Non-union: No pay, DVD copy, digital files, meals, travel and lodging

Synopsis: Gene Taylor, challenging for the state seat in Ohio’s infamous 19th Senatorial District, finds himself in the midst of an unhealthy partnership with wealthy land developer Jim Wilson. In exchange for political support and campaign funds, Gene’s sister Molly is forced to use her small, lakeside marina as a port for laundering Jim’s profits from the hijackings of local cigarette trucks. But as the primary nears, Gene learns his campaign is about to be audited by the state election committee, and as a result must decide whether to continue the platform…and risk losing everything he and his sister have worked for.

Characters:

  • GENE TAYLOR (Late 30’s, average size, blue-collar years catching up to him): Though he’s a born politician, he prefers to spend his time outside ritzy society as much as possible. This doesn’t quell is frustrations of being powerless, and his growing realization that he’s becoming a political puppet. His mild, Midwest demeanor is put to the test when he learns of the campaign audit.
  • JIM WILSON (Late 50’s-early 60’s, clean-shaven, slow moving, suffers from a moderate case of emphysema): He’s rich, powerful and always expects to get his way. His political footprint has helped Gene remain a contender in the primary race, something he’s exploited to help with his seedy truck-jacking operation. When threatened, Jim will strike without mercy with everything he’s got.
  • MOLLY TAYLOR (Late 30’s): Gene’s older sister. She’s calm, fun, and will do anything to support her brother, even if that means allowing Jim to use her marina as a means of cleaning his money. She loves the lake, and is often the voice of reason in Gene’s life despite her growing fear of the looming campaign audit.
  • MICHAEL DiPRONIO (Early 40’s): An intuitive, vicious politician; current incumbent for the district and Gene’s opponent. He loves to win and gloat, and will use the extent of his power to keep it that way. A run at congress seems inevitable.

 

THE CONFESSIONAL

Director: Sergio Ramos (210-273-8291) = sramos@watkins.edu
Production Type: Production 4 (written in conjunction with Hannah Strobel)
Shoot Dates: March 6-8
Compensation: Meals and gas reimbursement available for shooting days.

Synopsis: When Saul comes in for a confession, Father Josh, a young priest just out of the seminary, must use his faith and own wisdom to help prevent a tragic ending.

Characters:

  • FATHER JOSH: A 32-year-old priest with a deep connection to his faith and vow to the church. New to the priesthood, he has a strong desire to help Saul overcome frustrations with the life that Saul believes has taken a turn for the worse.
  • SAUL: A man in his mid 50’s struggling to overcome several major obstacles and tests. Recently divorced and without the company of or contact with his child, he finds the loneliness is overwhelming. With the loss of his job he is pushed over the edge, leading him to contemplate suicide. He goes to the church with the hope that maybe something can restore his faith in humanity.
  • MR. WILLIAMS (Mid 40’s): Owner of a small insurance company that only wishes to increase productivity and profit. He fires Saul because of his consistent care for the customers’ budgetary needs rather than the company’s want for selling the most expensive insurance package.
  • MARK (21 years old): Saul’s son, currently in college. Coping with the divorce of his parents he has grown independent from his parents and more focused in succeeding in his studies. This has caused a rift in the communication and relationship he has with his father.

 

THE COMMISSION

Director: Corey Miller = CRMiller@Watkins.edu
Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory Eligible
Production Type: Student Production IV
Project Length: Short Film (25 minutes)
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 13-15
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment (if applicable), DVD Copy, Digital File, Meals, and Gas Compensation (if applicable)

Synopsis: Andrew North, a fairly successful painter, is commissioned by Ben Alessi to make a piece of art for him. Ben offers Andrew an inordinate amount of money, which Andrew can’t turn down. The deal turns out to be too good to be true, and things become complicated when Andrew’s wife, Emory, and Ben’s assistant, Miranda, get involved.

Characters:

  • BEN ALESSI (Lead): A man in his 30’s; tall, strong, somewhat intimidating but charming and handsome. On the surface Ben appears to be an accomplished and respectable man, but has an edge of untrustworthiness. Ben works at an online publication as a part-time art critic and goes to Andrew’s art gallery opening. He asks Andrew, who does not usually work for commission, to paint him a piece of art. Andrew agrees because of Ben’s promise of paying him a great amount. Ben has ulterior motives to the deal, which reveal themselves after Andrew has agreed.
  • EMORY NORTH (Lead): A woman in her late 20’s / early 30’s, married to Andrew. Emory is somewhat shy and coy, but has a forceful way about her. She is growing frustrated with her husband’s job and his lack of financial support. She works a full time job at the same publication as Ben, and gets caught up in the deal he strikes with Andrew.
  • MIRANDA LINCOLN (Supporting): A woman in her 20’s; works as Ben’s assistant in his home. Miranda plays a vital role in ensuring that Andrew gets the commissioned artwork done. While she is distant with Andrew at the beginning of the process, she becomes a great aid to him along the way.
  • CLINTON RAMSEY (Supporting): A man in his 20’s; an eager but naive recent college graduate. He works for Andrew as his assistant, and informs Andrew of Ben’s offer.
  • COLIN CAMPOS (Supporting): A man in his 40’s; curator of a large museum. He meets with Ben regarding a favor that he owes Ben, and helps him with the scheme he has with Andrew.
  • REPORTER (Supporting): Can be male or female, in his/her mid 30’s; speaks with Andrew about his experience with Ben and the commissioned artwork offer.

 

THE PROPOSAL

Director: Alison Goedde = agoedde@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Project length: Aprox. 10-15 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 20-22
Compensation: No pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals or SAG deferred.

Synopsis: A dramatic comedy where an over analytical woman named Pam finds that knowledge is power when her brother is going to propose to his girlfriend of four months. Pam knows some things about his soon-to-be fiancé that her brother doesn’t.

Characters:

  • PAM FETTERS (Lead): A woman in her 30’s, traumatized by her own love life. Always overthinks everything and is a bit of a control freak, but does has a sense of humor.
  • JULIAN FETTERS (Lead): Pam’s successful, yet bumbling brother in his late 30’s. Grateful to have his heart chained up by his über hot girlfriend, but is clueless as to the real reason she’s dating him: money.
  • CHAD SHACKS (Supporting): Julian’s best friend, in his late 30’s. Over-confident womanizer, dresses well, is very laid back.
  • FRANCESCA VEGA (Supporting): Julian’s well-endowed fashionista girlfriend. Mid 30’s and oblivious to most everything, though very charming and well aware of her looks.
  • ANNA BLANCO (Supporting): Francesca’s tag-along and a Francesca wannabe, in her 30’s, though not as well endowed as Francesca.
  • LELAND FETTERS (Supporting): Typical adolescent boy, 14; is only really happy when gaming on his phone. Brother of Pam and Julian.
  • EDITH FETTERS (Supporting): Pam, Julian and Leland’s mother, in her 50’s. Oblivious, Chatty-Cathy mother who loves her boys and puts pressure on Pam to succeed in life and produce her some grandchildren ASAP.
  • ELMER FETTERS (Supporting): Pam, Julian and Leland’s father, in his late 50’s, loves his wife; aware of her chattiness and has a humor about it.
  • WAITER/WAITRESS (Featured): Works at the restaurant.
  • Other silent bits: OLDER LADY, CAB DRIVER

 

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Director: Jerome Hooks = Jhooks@watkins.edu
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production III
Project Length: Short Film (10 minutes)
Shooting Location: Franklin
Shoot dates: March 15–March 22

Synopsis: A small town boy named Brian finally gets his dream jobin the Big Apple. Brian’s journey is cut short when his 1976 Coupe de Ville breaks down on the open road, and he is ambushed by a group of thieves in a painters van.

Characters:

  • BRIAN JACKSON (Lead): Black male in his 20’s. Brian is ambitious with lots of fight; he is also humorous and enjoys the little things in life.
  • VAN DRIVER (Supporting): Rugged Caucasian male in his 40’s; scary but humble and can get over on just about anyone.
  • NUN (Supporting): Quiet and calm Spanish woman in her late 30’s.
  • WISE COUPLE (Supporting): Older white man and woman, filled with wisdom; both are timid and quite funny together.
  • POLICE OFFICER (Supporting): A Caucasian male in his 40s with a thick country accent, he is loud and sort of humorous.

 

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Director: Jonathan Terry =  jterry@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Production II with dialogue
Project length: 5-10 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 27-29
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-union: no pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A college student wants to find closure with his ex-girlfriend, but the world gives him answers he doesn’t see coming.

Characters:

  • DONNIE JOHNSON (Lead, 18 years old): Has had all summer to deal with his breakup, now wants to move on to college to get a change in his life. Donnie still misses Mary, his ex,  as he feels that he was given no clear explanation as to what went wrong. Donnie is intelligent, thoughtful and makes careful decisions; obsessed with burning matches.
  • MARY TURNER (Lead, 18 years old): Donnie’s ex-girlfriend. Mary is a trapped soul who does whatever is cool just to fit in. She is soft spoken and although she gives off a cold impression, is very hwarmhearted and filled with emotion. Smoker.
  • ANDREW WATSON (Supporting, 18-19): Cool,  popular teen who persuades his way into and out of every situation. His words are sharp and calculated. It is without a doubt that Andrew should be a lawyer.

 

THE BASEMENT

Director: Robin Summer = robinsummer.productions@gmail.com
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II with Dialogue
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 20-22
Compensation: No pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals or SAG deferred.

Synopsis: Mark suddenly wakes up in a decrepit basement. He has no idea how he got there or why. The only thing he knows is that there is a mysterious man watching him through the keyhole, and a broken rotary phone rings constantly. He is actually in a coma, and now a prisoner of his own mind.

Characters:

  • MARK (Lead): An everyday guy, 25-30 years old. He has a good job and a beautiful girlfriend who is expecting their first child. Even though Mark’s life doesn’t sound very exciting, that is how he likes it: stable and under control. Unfortunately, some parts of life are not in our control. When he wakes up in the basement, he thinks he is a victim of a kidnapping.
  • SARAH (Supporting): Mark’s girlfriend; the most honest and kind person you can find. She has had a rough childhood, and thought for a long time that she would never find a good life for herself. When she met Mark, she partially fell in love with his stability. She hopes to put her childhood behind her and build a new life, the one she always wanted. She couldn’t be happier about her relationship with Mark and their future child. That is, of course, before Mark fell into a coma.
  • DR. LADOUCEUR (Supporting): Can be played by male or female. A successful doctor, 50’s, originally from New Orleans.
  • NURSE #1* (Supporting): A nice 20-something nurse.
  • NURSE #2* (Supporting): A 35-year-old nurse, therefore more experienced.
    *NOTE: At least one of the nurses will be female; males can read for these roles.

 

INTERPERSONAL

Director: Travis Slagle = tslagle@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production IV
Project Length: Short Film (18 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville and surrounding areas
Shoot Dates: Feb 27-28, March 1
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-Union: no payment DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Chuck, a young college student on the autism spectrum, decides to sell his virginity online with the assistance of his best friend, Sarah. As his website grows in popularity, his disorder and social inability will be put to the ultimate test.

Characters:

  • CHUCK (Lead): A 20-30-year-old male with Asperger’s syndrome. Chuck is a jazz guitar genius but a social disaster. Chuck’s obsession with sex and his inability to find a willing partner leads to his decision to sell his virginity. To those that don’t know him Chuck seems emotionless and cold.
  • SARAH (Lead): A 20-30-year-old female; long-time friend of Chuck. Sarah’s doesn’t have a healthy family life and has therefore become a sister-type figure to Chuck. She uses fierce toughness to hide her delicacy. She also knows how to handle Chuck at his worst.
  • ETHAN (Supporting): A 20-30-year-old male who lacks life experiences and has little guilt about being selfish. He wants his relationship with Sarah to be strictly a sexual one.
  • WAITER (Extra [4 lines in the script]): A 40-50-year-old server at a fine dining restaurant. Waiter has an air of importance about himself and the food that he serves.

 

OF BOOZE & SEX

Director: Rose Hook = rhook@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Production II) With Dialogue
Project length: 10 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 17-19
Compensation: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals or union deferred payment.

Synopsis: Ben, an alcoholic, loses his fiancée, Lila. His best friend, Jay, helps him through this troubling time.

Characters:

  • BEN (Lead, late 20’s): Loves his fiancée dearly, but jeopardizes his relationship constantly due to his non-stop struggles with alcohol. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • JAY (Lead, early 20’s): Ben’s best friend and often-times partner in crime. Serves as something of a guiding force to Ben, despite his own struggles with loving women overly much. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • LILA (Lead, early 20’s): Ben’s fiancée. She’s stuck with him through years of ups and downs, but has finally had enough. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • GIRL #1 (Supporting, early 20’s): Victim of Jay’s seduction. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • BARTENDER (Supporting, early 30’s, male or female): Present for (and annoyed by) Jay’s shenanigans.
  • GIRL #2 (Featured): Girl #1’s friend, at the bar with her. Non-speaking.
  • GIRL #3 (Featured): Girl #1’s friend, at the bar with her. Non-speaking.
  • GIRL #4 (Featured): Gets checked out by Jay and Ben on the street. Non-speaking.
  • GIRL #5 (Featured): With Girl #4, gets checked out by Jay and Ben on the street. Non-speaking.

 

LAURYN

Director: Natalia Nové
 = nnove@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Film (Production II); with dialogue
Project length: 12 minutes
Shooting Location: TBA (within TN; minor travel)
Shoot Dates: March 6-8
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment or non-union DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A coming-of-age story about a young girl named Lauryn who is stoic in nature and must deal with the realization that her mother has left her and her two younger brothers to fend for themselves. Many seemingly unmovable obstacles are placed before her, and her unconditional love for her brothers may not be enough to help them stay together. This film may contain mild profanity.

Characters:

  • LAURYN (Lead, 12-14 years old): A stoic young girl; reserved and silent in nature, she writes poetry in place of her distant voice. One day her mother mysteriously disappears and Lauryn must take up the role as caretaker for herself and her two younger brothers.
  • MISS LANDLADY (Supporting, 30-40):  She owns the property where Lauryn and her family reside. She is unaware of the situation that Lauryn and the children face but the first of the month is approaching and she demands her rent.
  • OCTAVIUS (Supporting, 8-10 years old): One of Lauryn’s brothers. He deals with anger and throughout the course of the film begins to rebel against his sister, developing a destructive behavior.
  • JOAQUIN (Supporting, 6-7 years old): Youngest of the three siblings. He is good-natured and the heart of the family. He suffers with diabetes and ultimately that becomes another obstacle Lauryn must face.
  • XAVIER (Supporting, 30): Lauryn’s estranged father. He works construction and has no emotional connection to his daughter.
  • BUS STOP DAVIS (Extra, 30-50):  Homeless man who sits at the bus stop in the neighborhood.
  • SOCIAL WORKER #1/SOCIAL WORKER #2 (Extras, 20’s and up):  Male or female.

 

ANDIE

Director: Shiori Cartwright Sheldon
 = vsheldon@watkins.edu

Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Production II) With Dialogue
Project length: 8-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 13-15
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-union: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Andie runs out of the house after her foster father, August, smacks her. While trying to get away, she runs into a woman named Charlie who attempts to help her, but Andie flees before she can. Lost in the woods, Andie pulls out matches to light a fire and something magical happens.

Characters:

  • ANDIE (Lead, female): A 14-year-old orphaned girl who has experienced a lot of mental and physical hurt. She is very stoic, strong and wise beyond her years, but when she talks about her family she is very emotional.
  • CHARLIE  (Supporting, female, 30’s):  A career woman and mother; very caring.
  • AUGUST (Supporting, male, 40’s): Andie’s abusive and alcoholic foster father. He is a washed up police officer who likes to relive his glory days.

 

“BOSS-HOG SCRIPT”

Director: Derek Newell Estes = destes@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: Union or Non-Union
Production Type: Production II  with dialogue
Project length: 8-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: Feb. 27-March 1
Compensation: Food, DVD copy of final project, as well as digital copy for reels or Union deferred.

Synopsis: Tiberius Maximus (“Tim”) Wilcox is the Sheriff of Plainview, Texas, a small ranching community where nothing much happens — except when the annual county fair comes to town. Then Plainview comes to life as farmers across the county bring their prized livestock to show off. Two weeks prior to this year’s ACF, ranchers around Plainview report their livestock being stolen. The sheriff and his deputy, Jonathan Wurth, begin to investigate the thefts, and find something big happening in a tiny town.

Characters:

  • TIM WILCOX (Lead, 50’s): Well respected sheriff. Retirement is around the corner, an idea he isn’t agreeable with. He is a cowboy in the 21st century, wearing a ten gallon hat, cowboy boots, gold star on his chest, and packing a Colt revolver. He was born and raised in Plainview. He trusts his deputy with his life, which eventually gets him into trouble.
  • JONATHAN WURTH (Lead, 30’s) The deputy of Plainview. Seems a bit naive,  constantly wears aviators. He has a cold stare, which keeps his underlings quiet. He runs a newly established black market of stolen cattle under the nose of the Sheriff.
  • DOTSON (Supporting, male):  Local farmer who has recently reported his prized cow missing, merely to throw the sheriff off.
  • MS. O’DONNELL (Supporting): Wealthy “Southern Belle” widow. Has a prized bull that has not been stolen, pegging her as a suspect.
  • DANIEL (Supporting): Teenager who finds himself as a witness. Unlike the adults, Daniel dresses as a punk, prefers heavy metal and doesn’t have a Southern drawl. His nerves from talking to the sheriff get to him.
  • MR. COBB (Supporting, 50’s): Lost his wife to a hit-and-run incident and the killer nearly got away, but was caught by Wilcox trying to cross into New Mexico. To thank Wilcox, he brings coffee to the office every afternoon.

 

CEDAR POINT

Director: Krista Gail = khill@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: TBD
Shoot Dates: March 27-29
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non Union: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A young man and his father reunite after three years apart. He soon learns that the accusations against his father are true and has to make the hardest decision of his life.

Characters:

  • GRAYSON (Lead, early 20’s): A modest, pleasant and ambitious, yet slightly cynical, young man. He has no family left in his life and tries to focus on everything but himself.
  • DAVID (Supporting, early 50’s): Grayson’s father. Sentimental and negligent man who was accused of credit card fraud. After being caught, he fled to protect himself and his son.
  • PETER (Supporting, early 20’s): Intelligent and genuine young man.
  • TRENT (Supporting, early 20’s): Energetic and frivolous young man.

 

DY’ER MAK’ER 

Director: Garret Macpherson = gmacpherson@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production III With Dialogue
Project length: 10-15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: late March
Compensation: No info provided.

Synopsis: James meets a girl named Katie on an online dating site. After dinner and a dance in the sheets, he finds out Katie lives with her dad and she’s only 16. James needs to find a way to get out of the house without waking up her monstrous father.
Characters:
  • JAMES (early 30’s): Has a dark sense of humor; hates how the world is progressing. He gives an online dating site a try to see if there is anyone out there for him.
  • KATIE: (16-years-old, but actress must be 18 or older): Despises her classmates in school, especially the boys, so she tries the online dating site to find someone more mature.
  • DAD (late 40’s): Big and bear-like; very protective of his daughter.

JENNIFER, JENNY AND I

Director: Patrick Cowan = pcowan@watkins.edu

 

Interior Design Tabs Year’s Best at January 23 Reception

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will recognize the best of the year at an awards reception for the 18th annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring works by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, on Friday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

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image of waiting room from project for the Lovela Oncology Clinic by junior Laurabelle Chytrowsky

Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:30 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the interior design department. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins Interior Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2014) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.

The show opens January 9 and will close after the awards reception on January 23.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.

Watkins Interior Design majors are consistently recognized for their creativity and professionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement. Watkins students have been honored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ with the Jane D. Reagor scholarship prize (2011-13) and with first prize in the 2012 student competition. Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design 

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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. Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, will be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand the application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses offered within the interior design major 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. Watkins offers an optional concentration in Sustainable Design as well as a Certificate in Interior Design (CID), a series of introductory courses that make up the foundation year of the college’s undergraduate degree (BFA). Watkins’ Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing that the standards and education given are of the highest quality.

 

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Watkins Welcomes Design Star Jessica Hische on January 22

Posted on: January 10th, 2015 by Caroline Davis
Jessica Hische (photo by Kari Orvik)

Jessica Hische (photo by Kari Orvik)

Letterer, illustrator and type designer Jessica Hische – at the age of 31, one of the most influential graphic designers in the world – will launch the 2015 Watkins Visiting Artists Series with a talk on Thursday, January 22, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater.

The event is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artist Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LECTURE TITLE: “My Illustrious Ascent Toward Less Exciting Work”
Designers try desperately to make work that’s impactful—to create work that will leave people breathless and hungry for more. Young designers in particular are endlessly trying to impress, their designs scream “Design!”, their type choices are bold, their color palettes are disruptive. Many designers carry this momentum throughout their careers, but there are a few people that begin to see differently. Instead of focusing on the flash, they hone in on the details, noticing things that others can barely perceive. Does this make their work better? Does it make it boring? Jessica will guide you through her own work and show you what happens when the small and imperceptible becomes even more exciting than the big, bright and flashy.

Seating in the Watkins Theater is limited, so please reserve online. Seats will be held until 6:15 p.m.

 

Known internationally for her award-winning lettering, illustrations and typefaces, Ms. Hische is also an avid “internetter,” with a special interest in the intersection of arts and technology through the lens of web typography (she has the word “Type” tattooed on her left triceps). A native of Charleston, S.C., who grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania, she graduated in 2006 from Tyler School of Art (at Temple University) with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design, then worked for Headcase Design (Philadelphia) and at Louise Fili Ltd. (New York). In 2009, at the age of 25, she launched her freelance career; her extensive and impressive credits include projects in advertising, books, identity, editorial, marketing/merchandise for The Atlantic, Harper Collins, Target, The New York Times, Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, Google, American Express, Nike, Samsung, OXFAM America, Speedo, Penguin Books, Neiman Marcus, Papyrus, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, MailChimp, Pinterest and Tiffany & Co., among numerous quirky and corporate others. She has been honored as an Art Directors Club “Young Gun” and in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 (twice).

Jessica Hische Minot font poster WwebWhile not primarily a web designer, many of her personal projects are web-centric and she has become as well known for her side projects as for her client work. In her project Daily Drop Cap (2009), she created a new illustrative letter daily, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times; at its peak, the site had more than 100,000 visitors per month. She has also created a number of educational micro-sites including “Mom, This is How Twitter Works,” “Should I Work for Free?” and “Don’t Fear the Internet” (with Russ Maschmeyer, whom she married in 2012), each as entertaining as it is practical. (She even coined the term “procrastiworking” to describe her tendency to procrastinate on client work by working on personal projects.)

Many of these sites reflect an engagement with new media and social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter (where she has over 88,000 followers), and they also demonstrate her advocacy for artists’ rights in an era of freelancing and liberal attitudes about intellectual property. Ms. Hische also embodies a new mode of presentation and marketing that rejects age-old distinctions between professional and personal identities. In all these respects, she is a designer whose career addresses the possibilities and predicaments of digital media for artists and creative people working today.

Jessica Hische at Title Case photo John Madere WwebMs. Hische works out of Title Case, a by-appointment-only collaborative studio in San Francisco (with fellow letterer and designer Erik Marinovich) as well as the Pencil Factory illustration and design collective in Brooklyn. An engaging, spirited presenter, since 2010 she has spoken at 50+ conferences and seminars all over the world—Auckland, Oslo, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Guadalajara, Melbourne, Manila, Vancouver, Copenhagen and Capetown, for starters. She serves on the board of directors of the Type Directors Club, the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on screen.

“Jessica Hische is one of the most influential letterers on the planet, inspiring our design students and faculty, in equal measure, with her prolific output of brilliant typography, illustration and pearls of wisdom,” said Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Watkins. “We are very proud to welcome her to Nashville to share her perspectives on art and design, the technologies she’s embraced in her unique way, and the rights and responsibilities of creative people.”

Examples of Ms. Hische’s work, writings, FAQ and more can be found at her website jessicahische.is, or follow her via twitter.com/jessicahische.

Jessica Hische OrchardParkMall ad head turner WwebThe Watkins Visiting Artists Series, now in its fifth year, 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 students and the larger 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 city 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 such as Nick Briz, Jon Satrom and Liz Magic Laser (2013 New York Armory Artist)—or 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).

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

Jessica Hische Neiman Marcus gift tag WwebKey series participants from Watkins are Gallery Committee members Dan Brawner, professor and department chair of graphic design; Caroline Davis, director of external relations and assistant director of development; Mary Beth Harding, director of community education; Brady Haston, assistant professor of fine art and studio facilities manager; Morgan Higby-Flowers, assistant professor of fine art; Robin Paris, assistant professor and department chair of photography; Terry Thacker, professor of fine art; Tom Williams (committee chair), assistant professor of art history, and student representatives Holly Carden (Graphic Design) and Weng Tze Yang (Fine Art).

Jessica Hische Starbucks latte 04 WwebAbout Humanities Tennessee

Founded 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.

To learn more, visit HumanitiesTennessee.org.

 

RECOMMENDED READING

Jessica offers a comprehensive listing of design, typography and web dev resources on her website: //jessicahische.is/heretohelp

Check out a couple [of the many] great interviews with Jessica in Rookie (2012) and Design Boom (2014)

Design sites to peruse =

Design Observer = Features news and critical essays on design, urbanism, social innovation and popular culture

I Love Typography = “It’s just about impossible to imagine a world without type, but at the same time type’s ubiquity has most of us taking it for granted. So take a closer look.”

The Type Directors Club = promoting excellence in typography for over 65 years

The Dieline and Lovely Package have featured several Watkins Graphic Design alumni, including
Stephen Jones
for J. D. Howard Reserve Cigars, Ignite Salsa and Manifique shaving kit

Julian Baker
on the Dieline
Julian on Lovely Package

Andy Gregg
on the Dieline

Lindsey Armstrong, Shelby Rodeffer and Katie DeSouza
on the Dieline

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Ellen Meyer Announces August 2015 Retirement

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film President Ellen L. Meyer has announced that she will retire on August 1, 2015, after serving in the office for seven years.

“It has been and continues to be a privilege to steward Watkins, to participate in its evolution, and to be part of this community of vitally engaged students, faculty, staff, board, alumni and friends,” said President Meyer. “Watkins is a college on the move—a beacon in art, design and film education in Nashville and beyond.”

Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr., chair of the Board of Trustees, applauded President Meyer and her contributions to the college. “Ellen is retiring at the end of a long and distinguished career in arts education,” Mr. Stumpf said. “Thanks to her outstanding leadership and numerous accomplishments during her tenure at Watkins, the college is well positioned to attract a strong successor who will continue the college’s growth and development as a nationally recognized, independent college of art, design and film.”

The board has established a presidential search committee, chaired by trustee Larry Papel, and a national search process is underway.

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. Achievements 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 & 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, the campus itself has also experienced significant transformation, such as expansion of and improvements to the main academic building, including a 10,000-square-foot addition/renovation featuring student center with café, computer lab, meeting rooms and individual studio space, and development of the campus lakeside.

At The pARTy 2014: Board Chair Sam Stumpf, President Ellen Meyer and Commissioners Susan A. Basham, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. and Walter Knestrick (photo by Jeremy Ryan)

At The pARTy 2014: Board Chair Sam Stumpf, President Ellen Meyer and Commissioners Susan A. Basham, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. and Walter Knestrick (photo by Jeremy Ryan)

During her tenure, 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. The strengthening of nationally competitive programs has included the addition of concentrations in illustration, web design and sustainable design and a commercial focus in photography, as well as the opening of an off-site student gallery, WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery), in downtown Nashville. Watkins has also established an academic partnership with Belmont University and fostered numerous professional and community collaborations. Through the Community Education department, the Pre-College Program was created to introduce high school students to a college-like experience and careers in art, design and filmmaking.

And 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.

Click on image to read Nashville Arts Q&A (May 2010)

Click on image to read Nashville Arts Q&A (May 2010)

Ms. Meyer has brought much visibility of Watkins to the community through involvement in a number of service and professional organizations. A board member of the Arts at the Airport Foundation, she holds membership in the Rotary Club of Nashville, the Tennessee Women’s Forum, the Education Council of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and serves on the OZ Arts Advisory Board and the National Museum of African American Music Education Advisory Council. She is an alumna of Leadership Nashville (Class of 2011) and Leadership Music (Class of 2013), as well as Leadership Atlanta (Class of 1994).

Regionally and nationally, she is an active member of the art, design and business communities. She has served on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, as chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, on the Board of Trustees of the John C. Campbell Folk School, on the Board of Trustees of the Midtown Alliance in Atlanta, on the Board of Directors of the National Black Arts Festival, and on selection panels for the Art-in-Architecture Program of the U.S. Government’s General Services Administration

Before coming to Watkins, Ms. Meyer was president of Atlanta College of Art for 14 years. Earlier in her career, Ms. Meyer was Director of Continuing Education and Special Programs at Rhode Island School of Design and Vice President of Marketing and Extension at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her wide and varied experience in the arts, art education and arts management also includes director of a ceramics program for the National Parks Service, instructor in art history and ceramics, college gallery director, and researcher and lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution. President Meyer has conceived, developed and managed more than 75 special programs and symposia in art and design, architecture, and community planning.

A native of Philadelphia, she earned both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Art History and Theory from George Washington University and pursued additional graduate studies at the Visual Art Center, Antioch University, in ceramics. She received a Leadership in Public Policy Certificate from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and a Certificate from the Executive Education program at the School of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology.