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Co. H’s ‘Don’t Drink the Milk’ On View Through July 21

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the 2016 student summer show Don’t Drink the Milk, a mixed-media group show from Co. H and Friends, now through July 21 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.

Carly Piccione

Carly Piccione, from “living room” (oil and sculpy on panel)

Curated by members of the Watkins collective Co. H, Don’t Drink the Milk explores forms of communication and language. This body of work uses the structure of the gallery to demonstrate ways in which art works can simulate language. A prescribed format for a gallery is similar to the construction of a good fiction novel, or an informational document. These pre-existing frameworks in forms of communication are not employed as rigid guidelines, but templates for a new understanding each time. As fallible as language is, Don’t Drink the Milk speaks differently to every viewer, as personal experience and historical reference offer numerous routes for interpretation.

Rafer White, from "Corn" (acrylic on roll paper)

Rafer White, “Corn” (acrylic on roll paper)

The nine featured artists are:
Stevie Bailey (photography)
Kevin Dietz (screen print, drawing)
Holden Head (hydrographic)
Tristan Higginbotham (photography)
Corrina Joyner  (mixed media)
Kay Kennedy (mixed media)
Micah Mathewson (mixed media)
Carly Piccione (painting)
Rafer White (painting)

Don’t Drink the Milk is comprised of 16 pieces from Co. H council members, collaborators and studio mates in order to present a survey of some of the best work from Watkins students. Featuring current students and recent graduates from the Art, Fine Art and Photography departments, Don’t Drink the Milk showcases work across several disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and printmaking.

Holden Head, "Buildings Block" (hydrographic on rock)

Holden Head, “Buildings Block” (hydrographic on rock)

Kevin Dietz, from series "Always Crashing in the Same Car" (acrylic and graphite on paper). Top image also from series

Kevin Dietz, from series “Always Crashing in the Same Car” (acrylic and graphite on paper). Top image also from series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show title is referent to a phrase from an Our Gang comedy short in which the Little Rascals whisper, “Don’t drink the milk; it’s spoiled!” down the line, similarly to the telephone game, in which repetition can cause misinterpretation and loss or alteration of meaning. This transformation from the original message and meaning through time and individuals’ personal understandinga feels similar to methods of trying to “understand” an art exhibition, but ultimately, meaning is interpreted different to each viewer.

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

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Fight Series-101

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

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

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

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

 

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Sixth Edition of Handmade & Bound Unfolds Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Watkins presents the sixth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Free and family-friendly, H&BN focuses on handcrafted and affordable book creations and features an interactive gallery exhibition and marketplace with dozens of vendors.

The Nashville Scene described this unique gathering as “one of the most eagerly awaited art events of a season that’s packed to the gills with good stuff. By combining literary and artistic elements with highbrow and lowbrow techniques, [H&BN] has something for everybody…Bring your wallet — this is the perfect place to buy something weird and unique for your favorite hard-to-please friend, and you’ll probably want to take something home with you, as well.”

H&B_2016_SaveTheDate poster WwebComplete exhibition and festival information is available at handmadeboundnashville.com. Deadline for gallery show submissions and marketplace vendor registration is August 30.

9/30/16: Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception
On Friday, September 30, the festival’s exhibition, Stitches + Stories, opens in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Stitches + Stories will showcase handmade books of poetry and collage work inspired by the healing power of art, memory and storytelling. The exhibition is the culmination of a series of collaborative workshops with various local community groups and will remain on display through October 14.

Call for Artists: Nashville artists are invited to submit work that fits the theme of Stitches + Stories. Special consideration will be given to artists who incorporate fiber art and/or personal essay into their creative practice. Submission details, with August 30 deadline, here.

10/1/16 Handmade & Bound Nashville Festival

H&B2015 9448 Terry Sledd WwebOn Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Watkins’ main academic building, artists and indie publishers will sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the book arts market-place. Vendors will also lead demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults.

Call for Vendors: Marketplace tables are available to creators of artists’ books or other printed media; independent publishers of zines, mini-comics, chapbooks, etc.; small distributors of zines, graphic novels and other printed media; and producers of book arts, handmade journals, one-of-a-kind book objects, paper and book-themed jewelry, gifts and accessories, and sellers of book, art and printmaking materials.

Register for a table in the marketplace by August 30 here.

The Handmade & Bound Nashville festival is an official event of Artober, a broadly collaborative initiative designed to highlight, inform and inspire the community’s participation in a wide range of arts activities offered in the Nashville area during October (artobernashville.com).

H&B2015 9269 reader WwebHandmade & Bound Nashville, 6th Edition is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and funded in part by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Watkins receives funding from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center. Free parking is available in the campus lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watkins Artists Featured in OZ Pod Installation, June 21-25

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

One of the summer’s most anticipated arts events is the Modular Art Pods installation at Oz Arts, June 21-25 — and more than a dozen Watkins talents are participating.

Curated by Tony Youngblood, MAPs (first presented in a one-night collaboration in 2015), allow artists to create individual “pod galleries” of various sizes.  In addition to the interactivity inherent within each pod, audiences will be given multiple opportunities to “choose their own adventure” within the journey through dozens of unique pods, each designed and constructed by a different artist or collective.

Tony Youngblood’s Modular Art Pods are part of the Oz Arts Festival.

60 pods by 80+ artists including work by

Watkins alumni and faculty
Mika Agari, Alexine Rioux & Kayla Saito
Tyler Blankenship & Sarah McDonald
Paul Cain
Patricia Earnhardt & Elizabeth Sanford
Rhendi Greenwall
Brandon Greer
Jaime Raybin
Emily Holt
Jennifer Knowles
Emily Sue Laird
Ariel Lavery
Marlos E’van
plus incoming student Abbey Skojec

•  Tuesday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE
•  Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE
•  Thursday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE
•  Thursday Night Things, June 23, 6 to 9 p.m., featuring special interactions, Tickets: $15
•  Friday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., $20 (includes admission for both Fri & Sat)
•  Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., $20 (includes admission for both Fri & Sat)

Friday and Saturday admission includes access to the entire OZ Arts Fest.

OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle (37209); click for parking info.

Six Watkins Artists Chosen for Learning Lab Program

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the six Watkins’ talents selected to participate in the first Learning Lab Artist Training Program, professional development designed to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. Alumnus Xavier Payne, faculty Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Admissions staffer David Hellams, and adjunct/CE teaching artist Elizabeth Sanford are among the 25 Nashville-based artists in the  program, which is designed to help deepen knowledge around community-based work and create capacity for neighborhood activation through the arts.

The series of lectures, individual assessment exercises, group activities and one-on-one coaching will take place between June and October 2016 and is presented by national art leader and artist Michael Rohd of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, and local subject matter experts.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Learning Lab is a program of Metro Arts in partnership with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. Metro Arts is also supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The inaugural 2016 Learning Lab cohort:

David Hellams, Crappy Magic experience

David Hellams, Crappy Magic experience

Rebekah Alexander
Julia Whitney Brown
Kimberly Brown
Lexander V. Bryant
Michael Cooper
Tinsley Anne Dempsey
Jake Elliot
Michael Ewing
David Hellams, admission recruitment officer
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger
Elisheba Israel

Xavier Payne, "The Chosen Boy"

Xavier Payne, “The Chosen Boy”

Jay Jenkins
Courtney Adair Johnson
Megan Kelley
Ariel Lavery, assistant professor, Department of Fine Art
Jessika Malone
Bryce McCloud
Robin Paris, associate professor, Department of Photography
Xavier Payne, BFA in Graphic Design, 2013
Elizabeth Sanford, adjunct faculty, Department of Fine Art
Tara Thompson
Vadis Turner
Elizabeth Williams
Herb Williams
Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history, Department of General Education

“A Scene In Green” 2016: Recap

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

It was “A Scene in Green” when The pARTy, the annual event to benefit Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, returned to campus (4/23). Watkins’ president, Dr. J. Kline, and Board of Trustees chair Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr., welcomed 200 artists, educators, community and business leaders to the school’s Metro Center campus for cocktails on the lakeside boardwalk, a “gallery tour” of art from the Watkins collection, and the opportunity to buy original work from students and instructors. This year’s Scene in Green theme reflected efforts to support a campus greening initiative, and guests were invited to purchase items from a “wish list” of trees, flowers, benches, picnic tables, and a butterfly garden.

pARTy_16_logo_web1 WwebIt was a perfect night for outdoor entertaining, and, under a tent by Amulet Lake, dinner by The Chef and I featured an elaborate chARTcuterie bar, buffet stations, and hand-dipped ice creams and sorbets.

After a reveal by President Kline of upcoming campus enhancements, guests kept the pARTy going by dancing to the music of the Karlton Taylor Quartet.

The pARTy benefits the education, outreach and enhancement programs of Watkins, the independent, nonprofit, four-year baccalaureate college now in its 131st year of service and inspiration to the community.

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: KPMG 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 provided wine, spirits and beer

Invitations, signage and other event materials were created by Graphic Design alumnus Michael Korfhage.

Tim Amos, Beth Scott Clayton Amos, Dollye Clayton
Susan Basham, Steve & Cathy Holland, Ellen L. Meyer
Waddell Wright & Tové Gunnarson, Debbye & Hunt Oliver
Stacy & Adrian Ivasic
Dee & Doug Altenbern, Adrienne & Bob Knestrick
Alumna Heather Barrie
Kristina Krau Waymire and Patrick DeGuira
Sam & Jane Stumpf, Taylor & Phyllis Henry
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn & Chuck Blackburn
Debby Dale Mason, Sarah Knestrick, Doug and Dee Altenbern, Walter Knestrick
Alison Miyauchi, Watkins President J. Kline, Rick Urbano, Mary Ellen Lothamer
Paige and Kandace Wigington
David Garner, Mildred Jarrett
Lang and Lisa Aston, Emme and Butch Baxter, Christian Currey
Vicki Zeigler, Tom Carnell, Austine Fleenor
Pam Thomas, Sherry Fleming, LaTishia Jordan, Betty Malone, Donzleigh Weatherford
Reggie Hill, Patsy & Matt Powers, Laura & Hunter Rose
Cary Beth Miller, Kristi Hargrove, Lisa Williams, Angelique Rabus, Ariel Lavery, Jenna Maurice
Tony Thompson, Jennifer Johnson, Dalton Johnson
The pARTy tent!
Gov. Winfield Dunn, Pam Trella, Betty Dunn
Sam Stumpf
Brad Garner, Sandra McDonald, Ryan Fleenor
Gov. Winfield Dunn
J. Kline
Jenna Maurice, Candace & Richard Gershman, Kristi Hargrove, Cary Beth Miller, Angelique Rabus, Arial Lavery, Robin Paris
Karlton Taylor
Everybody dance now!

WAG Goes with Mildred Jarrett’s ‘Without ‘Isms’ for June Show of Paintings

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Without ‘Isms, an exhibition of painting by Watkins alumna Mildred Jarrett, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m. and throughout the month by appointment.

Jarrett’s work is firmly anchored in non-objective expressionism, with experimental searches following spontaneous intuitions without the distraction of subject matter or narrative; often the surfaces of the large acrylic canvasses are sanded, glazed, or scraped to further the transformation process.

Click for feature on WPLN-FM and interview The News Mildred Jarrett interview 6.2.16

Mildred Jarrett_portrait_newA native of Oklahoma, Jarrett began formal art instruction at age 15 with private lessons at the Nashville Museum of Art, and, at 17, enrolled for additional instruction at Watkins Institute. She was considered too young for figure class, and so was directed to traditional painting.

Later, as a young wife and mother, she began to sell encyclopedias in order to buy paint and canvas. Selling door-to-door was an introduction to a 37-year career in corporate sales management that allowed her to travel the world as an international trainer and motivational speaker. As time permitted, she also continued her studies, taking courses at the University of Tennessee-Nashville, Vermont School of Art and Design, MTSU, and Volunteer State Community College.

After retiring in 1992, Jarrett returned to Watkins to earn her long-awaited art degree in 2001 (the Associate of Fine Arts degree). Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in solo and juried shows throughout Tennessee as well as in Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma, and are prized in numerous private collections (including the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Bob Corker).

"When Day Surrenders" (acrylic, 30" x 24")

“When Day Surrenders” (acrylic, 30″ x 24″)

“As an artist, I am willing to make self-revealing discoveries steered by intuition,” says Jarrett. “Facing a blank canvas in awesome fear that the first stroke is a revealing personal emotion, either conscious or subconscious, takes courage! The many experiences of the corporate world have given me the sureness needed to make powerful statements more moving than imitating nature. The way I see it, if I can travel over the jungles of Africa in an old DC-3, board a British submarine in Nova Scotia, be questioned by the police in China, slide around a mountain in New Zealand, drive in New York City without directions and all the other personal accumulations, I can attack this canvas!”

For more information, visit her website: MildredJarrett.com

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.

President J. Kline congratulates Millie Jarrett
Diana Lee, Millie Jarrett, O Gallery’s Olga Alexeeva
Millie with Waddell Wright and his daughter, Eleanor
Professor Terry Thacker, contemplating
Millie with Lucy & Tom Botorff
"Explorations" (acrylic, 48" x 144")

“Explorations” (acrylic, 48″ x 144″)

About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact 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.

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Inauguration of Dr. J. Kline: Recap

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Inaugural festivities celebrating Dr. J. Kline as the 16th president of Watkins were held on Friday, May 13 — the day before Commencement 2016 — in a 4 p.m. ceremony on campus attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni, academic colleagues, and friends from Nashville government and cultural organizations.

President J. Kline and Mayor Megan Barry

President J. Kline and Mayor Megan Barry

We were most honored to welcome Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, and in appreciation for her support of the arts, she was presented with an artists’ book created for this occasion, featuring contributions from 43 artists, including students, alumni, faculty, adjuncts and staff. The original work included paintings, drawings, collages, printmaking and photography. Many pages offered a unique, artistic perspective on Nashville locations, and there were even a few pages featuring the Mayor herself!

Noted bookbinder Katie Gonzalez of linenlaidfelt, a Watkins teaching artist, bound the pages to create a one-of-a-kind reminder of the incredible visual arts talent studying and teaching at Watkins.

Read the order of events: Dr. Kline Inauguration program 5.13.16

Special thanks to Graphic Design junior Noelle Grimes for designing the Inauguration invitation and program

Dr. J. Kline, Sam Stumpf and Mayor Megan Barry, before the processional
Board member Reggie Hill, Commissioner Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Trustee emeritus Ward DeWitt and [back to camera] board member Larry Papel
Board member Waddell Wright, ready to march
Faculty Senate President Steve Wilkison, carrying the mace and leading the academic procession
Watkins faculty members
Faculty Senate President Steve Wilkison, representing the faculty
Vice President for Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie, representing staff
Photography junior Haley Nicole Carter, representing students
Alumna Lee Ann Hawkins, ’06, representing alumni
Commissioner Currey, representing the board and commissioners
Sam Stumpf presents an artists’ book to Mayor Barry
Mayor Megan Barry
Sam Stumpf presents the mace to Dr. Kline
Dr. J. Kline, 16th president of Watkins
Sam Stumpf, Mayor Barry, President Kline
Silver Strings provided music for the ceremony and reception
Board member Pam Thomas, Financial Aid’s Regina Gilbert
Mayor Barry, President Kline, TICUA President Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr.
Commissioner Susan Basham, board member Robert Hebert, Joy McKenzie, board member Anna Jaap
Larry Papel, Hatch Show Print’s Jim Sherraden, Allen DeCuyper, Hatch’s Celene Aubry
Faculty members Robin Paris and Tom Williams, OZ Arts Nashville’s Lauren Snelling
Valerie Kyle, Dr. J. Kline
OZ’s Tim Ozgener, Commissioner Walter Knestrick, Elizabeth Papel, board member Samantha Saturn
Allen DeCuyper, board members Steve Sirls, Judge Carol McCoy, Reggie Hill and Jim Kelley
Faculty family!

(photo credit: Susan Adcock)

 

Watkins Commencement 2016: Recap

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

President J. Kline and Callie Khouri

President J. Kline and Callie Khouri

It was a beautiful day on the Watkins campus to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates from the Art, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography programs. Among the many highlights was an inspiring Commencement speech given by Callie Khouri, filled with personal reminiscences of her career struggles before — and after — finding success by writing the Thelma and Louise screenplay.

“You are glorious and brave in what you are about to attempt. Do me a personal favor…Make me think. Make me feel. Make me experience something I could never have experienced if you didn’t show me. Your capacity to love and to show love to people you will never meet is the soul of generosity. Generosity is the hallmark of an artist. Show up for the muse.”

COMM_2016 Lily AdcockRead the entire speech here: Callie Khouri Watkins Commencement Address May 14 2016 r

Sara Kathryn Schork, a Graphic Design major from Nashville, was named recipient of the annual Samuel Watkins Award for Excellence, given to the graduate possessing the highest GPA.

See the list of graduates in the Commencement 2016 program

Photo credit: alumnus Tyler Blankenship.

Student Life Director Tina Waymire shares final instructions and encouragement
Watkins’ Class of 2016!
President J. Kline, Callie Khouri, VIce President for Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie, Board of Trustees Chair Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr.
A happy Joy McKenzie
President J. Kline and Board Chair Sam Stumpf present Callie Khouri with the doctoral hood, in recognition of her Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts
Dr. Khouri delivers the Commencement Address
Upreyl Mitchell getting her diploma
David Anderson surprises with a cap full of confetti
Mika Agari hugs Fine Arts Chair Kristi Hargrove
Off to the reception!
The BFA in Fine Art and BA in Art gang
Graphic Design students and faculty
Gloria Avila, Callie Khouri and Garrett Macpherson
Hayley Montague with Callie Khouri

 

Swaney 2016 Doubles Prize for S.T. Davis and Marlos E’van

Posted on: May 15th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

The 10th edition of the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression witnessed compelling work from 11 students across all disciplines — and for the first time, two winners were selected.

After intense deliberation by jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLC (both former associates of Mr. Swaney), Film School junior S.T. Davis, of Millington, TN, was awarded the $1,000 first place prize, and Art senior Marlos E’van, a Mississippi native who now calls Nashville home, received special recognition with an additional $500 award.

Swaney2016 room ph 1490 WwebEstablished in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the Swaney prize honors students who produce “visual designs and patterns that spoke to others.” Davis, whose concentration is cinematography, impressed with a film reel whose visuals and editing weaved a powerful narrative. E’van, who will earn a BA in Art with a concentration in painting, displayed two striking large-scale paintings on canvas and a collection of smaller works on paper.

Students were selected by their department chairs to participate in the annual competition, and brought examples of their work to display and discuss.

Congratulations to all the 2016 Swaney Prize participants!

Swaney2016 1513 Shofner painting review WwebArt:
Marlos E’van

Fine Art:
Mali Hamilton
Micah Mathewson

Film:
S.T. Davis
Emileigh Potter

Graphic Design:
Chris Fornal
Noelle Grimes

Interior Design
Anna Caro
Aimee Spencer

Photography:
Sarah Faith Taylor
Sandra Ventura-Benitez

President J. Kline, S.T. Davis, Martin Shofner, Marlos E’van, Walter Crouch
Aimee Spencer
Chris Fornal
Emileigh Potter
Sarah Faith Taylor
Mail Hamilton
Sandra Ventura-Benitez
Micah Mathewson
Noelle Grimes
Anna Caro
President J. Kline, S.T. Davis, Marlos E’van
Mali Hamilton, Martin Shofner
Chris Fornal, Martin Shofner
Martin Shofner
Martin Shofner, Micah Mathewson