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Adventures in Design’s Mark Brickey Rides into Watkins Sept. 30 For Lessons in Losing

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Mark Brickey — screen printer, illustrator, small business owner (Hero Handmade), and host of the Adventures In Design podcast – is bringing his Failure Tour 2014 to Nashville on Tuesday, September 30, for a live podcast recording in the Watkins Theater.

AID sq logo WwebAdventures In Design (AID), about the culture in and around design and illustration, is among iTunes’ top 10 design podcasts with 300,000+ downloads. On the national tour, Brickey and other distinguished creative professionals share their greatest failures, of times that everything went wrong and how they survived to make it all right. These lessons in losing will show there’s no reason to fear failing, because “when you’re not afraid to fail, you’re ready to win.”

Special guests for the Nashville stop are Derrick Castle of Straw Castle, Connie Collingsworth and Jim Madison of Print Mafia, and Drew Binkley of Monkey Ink Design.

Mark Brickey mic“Adventures In Design podcast with Mark Brickey is the rawest content out there helping young and experienced designers alike grab their creative careers by the horns,” says brand consultant and Watkins alumnus Stephen G. Jones, who is helping coordinate the event. “The creative community in Nashville will be getting a real treat as Brickey and company talk about falling face-first and the recovery that leads to success. This is a must for any student entering the workforce and for those looking to pave their own way through creative entrepreneurship.”

A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., and the live podcast recording at 7:30 p.m. (show runs 90 minutes).

Tickets begin at $12 and are available in advance online through adventuresindesignmarket.com and at the door.

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

The Failure Tour with Mark Brickey is sponsored in part by the Graphic Design department of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

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AID live podcast at Minot State University (Minot, ND)

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The Adventures In Design podcast (aidpodcast.com), hosted by Mark Brickey, regularly gets downloaded 20,000 times per month, each release appears in the top 10 of all design podcast on iTunes, and the show has now been downloaded 300,000+ times to date. This fall Brickey is launching a daily morning talk show for creatives, themed around people who have designed happiness into their lives through their careers. His honesty, integrity, humor and wit have been described as a breath of fresh air in the design community. Mark and his supporting cast of characters have created an environment where it’s possible to have so much fun talking about life, art and their careers, you can easily forget that you’re learning while laughing.

MEDIA: Twitter: @markbrickey & @AIDpodcast • Facebook.com/AIDpodcast • youtube.com/user/AdventuresInDesign

For inquiries: adventuresindesignmarketing.com/contact

Watkins Hosts FLEX IT! Gaming Workshops Sept. 18-21

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments

The living art exhibit FLEX IT! My Body My Temple, a show of social practice work addressing obesity prevention presented at The Parthenon Museum and Centennial Park (now through Jan. 10, 2015), is offering a variety of ways to participate in the exhibition in an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Watkins is pleased to be a programming partner as the location for two, two-day workshops (Sept. 18-21) on the art of gaming, led by Colorado-based new media artist Bryan Leister, who co-designed the Pygmalion’s Challenge app for FLEX IT.

The first workshop, on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. in lab #403 at Watkins, is titled “Creating 2D and 3D Content for Video Games.” This workshop is most appropriate for artists and designers.

The second workshop, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. in #403, is titled “Augmented Reality for All!” Leister designed this workshop for the general tech or game audience.

Participation in the workshops is free. Attendance at each workshop is limited to 17. To sign up, send an email titled FLEX IT to [email protected], with choice of workshop.

Bryan LeisterBryan Leister is assistant professor of visual arts in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado at Denver; read more about his work — in new media, installation artwork, interactive art, painting, animation, art games and video game design – here.

In addition to the workshops, Leister and colleague Becky Heavner, MLA–a designer and illustrator practicing illustration and landscape design in Denver–will present a talk at the Parthenon on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss their FLEX IT! project. “How the Heck Did We Do This?” is free with museum admission and reservations are not required.

Leister and Heavner’s FLEX IT! project is an app that works in conjunction with sculptural markers embedded in the grounds of Centennial Park. To play Pygmalion’s Challenge, players collect coins using their iPhone or Android by traveling from the markers in the park to the door located on the western side of the Parthenon. There they get a key that releases colorful animated characters from the sculptural markers.

Click here for more information on the project and workshop descriptions.

Upcoming FLEX IT event include playing Capture the Flag in Centennial Park with Adrienne Outlaw (Sept. 26), Public Doors and Windows One Mile Loop musical journey (Oct. 11), and yoga in the park with Nicole Cormaci (October TBD).

To see a full schedule of events, visit the Parthenon’s Facebook page or the blogspot 

In their efforts to make participatory works that promote health, FLEX IT! artists are connecting history, contemplation and action. Taking cues of community engagement from the historic Greek agora, FLEX IT! projects encourage participants to flex their minds and bodies to create a better future.

Acting within an evolving framework of collaborative artistic works, FLEX IT! is designed to develop over time as projects unfold and people participate. FLEX IT! artists began travelling to Nashville in May from as far away as Hong Kong to make art with and for the Nashville community. Their ongoing works may be viewed both inside the museum and on park grounds. Lueng Mee Ping’s Chronicle installation raises awareness of how the speed of contemporary life may affect individual and community health. Adrienne Outlaws MeetUp events and video installation promote health and harmony. Susan O’Malley’s Your Body is the Architecture encourages visitors to physically and playfully interact with the Parthenon. Bryan Leister and Becky Heavner’s Pygmalion’s Challenge rewards skill and athleticism. Nicole Cormaci’s Yoga for Truckers (+Everyone) incorporates yoga into sedentary lifestyles. The Public Doors and Windows collective encourages a musical journey along The One Mile Loop. Their second piece, the Highlander Spring Project, offers hydration of body and spirit. Moira Williams’ Socrates’ Wagon Sings with Demeter’s Torch invites consideration of food sourcing, standardization and production.

ABOUT THE PARTHENON: The Parthenon, owned and operated by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Parks and Recreation Department, is the city of Nashville’s oldest art museum. Opened as a museum in 1931, its galleries are the home of the distinguished Cowan Collection of American Art and feature several temporary exhibitions per year. The galleries are housed on the lower level of the Parthenon, the world’s only full-scale replica of the fifth-century BCE temple in Athens, Greece. Beloved symbol of civic pride to Nashvillians since its original manifestation as the art building for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians and visitors to the city per year. The Parthenon is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays 12:30-4:30 p.m. To learn more visit www.parthenon.org

Comics Legend John Porcellino Brings King-Cat Tour to Handmade & Bound

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments

As a featured event of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN) on October 3-4, acclaimed comics and graphic novel author/publisher John Porcellino will bring his national tour to town in support of a documentary about his life and work, “Root Hog or Die,” a graphic memoir, The Hospital Suite, and the 25th anniversary of his influential King-Cat Comics & Stories.

Root Hog or Die posterPorcellino will appear at the H&BN book arts festival, hosted by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, on Friday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. A 25-minute presentation about his work will precede a 45-minute version of “Root Hog or Die,” with Q&A and book signing to follow. H&BN is the only Southern stop on the 17-city itinerary (which begins September 13 in Bethesda, MD), and admission is free.

Currently living in South Beloit, Illinois, the Chicago native has been writing, drawing and publishing mini-comics, comics and graphic novels for more than 25 years. He is best known for his self-published, highly autobiographical series King-Cat Comics & Stories, a simply drawn, black & white comic/zine that investigates the essence of just being alive.

An artist committed to punk rock and DIY ethics – with a unique voice equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü – Porcellino seeks to illustrate the “moments-between-moments” that make up the majority of our lives: looking at snow falling, watching a bird turn its head, looking at the moon with your parents. From its beginning in the zine revolution of the late eighties/early nineties, King-Cat has been an inspirational template for a generation of alternative comics creators.

Porcellino’s collected stories have been published by Drawn and Quarterly, and his work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Best American Comics, Kramer’s Ergot, the Anthologies of Graphic Fiction, and countless other anthologies and collections.

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Dan Stafford and John Porcellino at Hollis Famous Ribs, Athens GA

“Root Hog or Die” is the culmination of a five-year project by director Dan Stafford, who also co-owns Kilgore Books & Comics. Following him on tour, on walks in the woods and through interviews with more than 20 friends and colleagues, “Root Hog or Die” illustrates how Porcellino manages, and occasionally struggles, to live and function as an uncompromising artist in 21st century America.

The film’s title comes from Porcellino’s personal motto in regards to creating King-Cat: the saying about self-reliance refers to the colonial practice of releasing hogs into the wild to fend for themselves or starve.

HOSPITAL SUITE cover The Hospital Suite, to be published September 23 by Drawn and Quarterly, is a response to a series of life-threatening health concerns Porcellino experienced in the late 1990′s. Publishers Weekly praised the memoir, told through bare-bones drawings, as “a clear-eyed, penetrating book about the helplessness of illness which should bring Porcellino a wider audience beyond his cult following.”

On the second day of H&BN–Saturday, October 4–Porcellino will be a vendor in the book arts marketplace, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with King-Cat zines, books, tee shirts and DVDs plus selections from his Spit and a Half zine and comix distribution service. (For a complete vendor listing, see handmadeboundnashville.com/marketplace/vendor-list-2014/.)

In conjunction with Porcellino’s visit, H&BN is bringing back Zine-O-Rama, a call for zines that has drawn donations from around the world. Submissions (with optional artist statement or bio) should be sent by September 22 to the Watkins Library, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228, Attn: Lisa Williams.

MORE ABOUT HANDMADE & BOUND NASHVILLE

The fourth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, will unfold Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The free, family-friendly event–part book convention, part literary event and part art show–is presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department and features a gallery exhibition, documentary screening, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors, and demos and hands-on activities.

10/3: Poetry and Prints exhibition opening reception • documentary and Q&A with zine legend John Porcellino • Zine-O-Rama

H&BN2012 Zine_o_rama readersOn Friday, October 3, the festival’s exhibition, Poetry and Prints, will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show (which takes its name from workshops presented by Watkins Community Education and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts) will showcase handmade books inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Frist (Sept. 26-Jan. 4, 2015).

Handmade and Bound: Poetry and Prints is funded in part by an Arts Access grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

The appearance by author/illustrator John Porcellino of King-Cat Comix & Stories and the screening of the “Root Hog or Die” documentary begins immediately after the gallery reception, at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater.

10/4: Book arts marketplace

H&BN 2012 shopper On Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists, indie publishers and distributors, and book aficionados will come together to sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the H&BN marketplace. The festival will also feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as food trucks. Vendor registration is open through September 22.

Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 4 is presented by the Library at Watkins and Watkins Community Education and is partially funded by the William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot.

For information on registering for the marketplace, submissions to the Poetry and Prints gallery exhibition or Zine-O-Rama, visit handmadeboundnashville.com, HBN’s Facebook page or contact the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427.

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

 

MORE ABOUT JOHN PORCELLINO

“…perhaps no comics artist since Charles Schulz has rendered so much psychological detail with so few lines.”                                   ––Rain Taxi Review of Books

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(photo by Christina Young)

http://www.king-cat.net

http://spitandahalf.blogspot.com

http://johnporcellino.blogspot.com

Link to “Root Hog or Die” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=autzPcnndlc

The Hospital Suite

Excerpt and book info: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/hospital-suite

Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-77046-164-2

 

H&BN photos by Samantha Angel

 

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Film School’s Fall Auditions Set for Sept. 13

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Fall 2014 student film projects on Saturday, September 13, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.

Casting call sign in 0010Directors of more than 20 productions–from the film programs at Watkins and, for the first time, Belmont University–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 headshots and résumés.

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) 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. – Children and youth, age range 8-18

Check this auditions page for more information. 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.

About The Film School at Watkins

WatkinsFIlm_NickRau setOffering one of the College’s oldest degree programs, The Film School at Watkins offers a demanding and immersive curriculum that explores the artistic, technical and business aspects of filmmaking to provide a truly hands-on experience for aspiring professionals. Students may pursue the four-year BFA degree or, for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, a Certificate in Film.

While rooted in dramatic narrative, the program encourages documentaries, commercials, music videos, experimental films, and television/web programs as students develop their technical skills and sharpen the focus on their unique artistic vision. Through deep study of the primary roles of writing, producing, directing, imaging, and editing; access to the latest—and next—technologies; a portfolio reel of increasingly complex projects, and opportunities to connect with the professional creative community, graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in film, video, news and entertainment.

 

CASTING BREAKDOWNS

NOTE: Audition date for INTRUSIONS is Sunday, September 7, at 2 pm.

INTRUSIONS

Director: Jason Harper = [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Shooting Location: Mt. Juliet and Hermitage
Shoot Dates: September 19-21
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay
Audition Location: Watkins • 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd (37228) in Metro Center, Room #501
Submission instructions: Email headshot and résumé to [email protected]

SYNOPSIS: Willis Chamberlain is a religious gun enthusiast. When he shoots and kills a home intruder, he struggles to reconcile his actions with his beliefs.

Characters:

  • MARSHALL (Supporting, late 50’s to mid 60’s, medium to large build): He is a vociferous Republican and avid hunter, and severely lacking in empathy.
  • MARTHA (Supporting, 50’s to 60’s, average build): Willis’ wife, who is always dressed to impress and never seen without make-up.
  • JANIE (Supporting, late 30’s to 40’s): A slim, unkempt woman with a noticeably Southern accent. She is a sad and lonely widow.

MY TWIN OR ME

Director: Matison Turner = [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project length: 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Empire, AL
Shoot Dates: October 3-5, 2014
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS:  Fraternal twins Jill and Jack are preparing for their first day of high school. As the twins struggle with normal teen issues their parents decide to break the news that one of them never made it home from the hospital. Jill and Jack must now decide who is the real twin and who is a figment of the other’s imagination.

Characters:

  • JILL (Lead, 14-15): An outgoing, athletic tomboy who isn’t afraid of what people think. She is Jack’s twin sister.
  • JACK (Lead, 14-15): A reserved, intelligent pretty-boy who doesn’t want to cause conflict of any kind. He is Jill’s twin brother.
  • MOM (Supporting, early 40s+): Mom just wants her child(ren) to be happy, but she knows they can’t keep living in a fantasy.
  • DAD (Supporting, early 40s+):  Dad is supportive in every way, but lets Mom do most of the talking.


SUMMER HAZE

Director: Blake Holland = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Production III, with dialogue
Project length: 20-30 min.
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 3-5, 2014
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals

SYNOPSIS: Devon, a young country club employee, loses his summer job after spending a reckless night with the “rich kids”—a tight group of friends who’d do anything for one another. As he spends his summer with kids raised on the empty lyrics of pop music, he finds himself falling for a crowd that seeks personal validation through the dangerous rejection of their inherited privilege.

  • DEVON (Lead): A young, 20-something born and raised in a small, suburban town. He comes from the working-class, but falls for the wealthy kids while working his summer job at the country club. After losing his job to a night of recklessness spent with the “rich kids,” he falls for them and their sense of freedom. As the summer goes on, he loses himself to their acts of defiance as they try to reject their inherited freedom. Devon reveals himself to be impressionable as he learns to compromise and abandon himself for them.
  • MOM (Supporting, 30s – 50s): All business, a confident wife and mother who balances her time between managing her husband’s political campaign and keeping an eye on her reckless children. Her phone often distracts her.
  • BOSS (Supporting, 30s – 50s): A well-groomed man who speaks a little too softly for someone with such strong words. When he curses his voice breaks. His collar always sits a bit too tight around his neck. He works at the country club.


DOTTIE AND THE LIVER

Director: Hunter Billings = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type:  Student (Production III) with dialogue
Project length:  Approx. 18 mins
Shooting Location:  Nashville, Williamson County
Shoot Dates: Oct. 24-26 (main unit/cast); Nov. 8 (fireside storyteller scene)
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital file, travel and meals

SYNOPSIS: “Dottie and the Liver,” a dark comedy based on an English folktale told fireside on a camping trip, is a story about a rebellious girl who cannot stand her nagging mother’s ridiculous quirks. Dottie is sent to the store to get a liver for supper, but spends all the money on candy. She does bring a liver home after a trip to the local cemetery. That night a corpse comes to the kitchen to reclaim the liver and the mother never finds out through a series of coincidences.

  • GROCER – An older gentleman who owns a local grocery store. He is interested in making fly-fishing flies and running a quiet store.  He is a man stuck in his ways, yet bends his own rules when he feels someone needs help.  He is also an incarnation of the storyteller and has some all-knowing qualities.
  • BILL – A young man digging a grave and waiting for the priest to show up so he and Frank (another gravedigger) can go home. He plays the opposite of Frank; Bill abides by the rules and wants to please everyone. The need to stay on everyone’s good side often gets him into trouble and constantly makes him worry about the decisions he makes.
  • CORPSE – A woman of any age. Looking for someone who can play a dead woman, killed in a grisly accident who is hellbent on getting her liver back from the girl who stole it from her. She is innocent but determined to do anything to gain back what was taken from her. Not so much a zombie as a wronged woman chasing what is rightfully hers, with a slight limp.
  • STORYTELLER – An older gentleman who loves telling stories to his grandkids and wishes his son would continue to listen to them. He loves to tease and cause the biggest gasps possible while maintaining a questionably family friendly approach. He has a dramatic flair and can summon images with just a twinkle in his eye.
  • SON – The son of the Storyteller, camping with his father and his two kids. He is more interested getting a good night of rest than the outside world. A very contemporary soul who, with the right nudge, can recapture his childhood.
  • NICK – The Storyteller’s grandson. He is of the age where fairy tales no longer excite him unless they involve scary details. He adores his grandfather’s stories and always begs for more.
  • CHRIS – A male or female child who loves hearing stories by the fireside. Although younger than his/her older brother, Chris is more mature and grasps the themes and concepts of what the Storyteller is really saying.


SUPERHERO SUPPORT GROUP

Director: Sydney Hood = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory (non-union are welcome)
Production Type: Student Production III With Dialogue
Project length: 12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville as well as Edwardsville, IL
Shoot Dates: October 17-21, 2014
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals.

SYNOPSIS: A group of superheroes rises to the challenge when they encounter a real life villain. The problem: they lack superpowers.

Characters:

  • THE WINGED GUARDIAN (Lead, male, early 20’s to 30’s): Acting out his inner child due to the death of his father, he is a strong leader in the support group.
  • SILENT SPECTRESS (Lead, female, 20s): Average sized woman who is trying to fill the dainty shoes of a mother who never gave her approval. She is very clumsy and looks to food for comfort.
  • THE VALIANT PROTECTOR (Lead, male, middle-aged): He has been teased throughout his life for being overweight. Now grown up, he tries to hide his insecurities with a costume.
  • MENTAL MAN (Lead, male, mid-20’s to early-30’s): He thinks having super powers would be cool. He is overly excited, even though he lacks the skill to move things with his mind.
  • DR.RIVIRA (Lead, male or female, 30’s to 60’s): S/he leads the community support group with as much professionalism and class as possible; takes the superheroes seriously and creatively tries to help them overcome their problems.
  • POLICE CHIEF (Lead, male or female, 30’s to 60’s): The serious job of protecting the city has become a ceremonial position over the years. However s/he is satisfied with making others feel happy with them.
  • GAS STATION ATTENDANT (Supporting, male or female, any age): S/he is stuck working a night shift at a gas station where nothing ever happens. However on this particular night the gas station is held up.
  • VILLIAN (Supporting, male, 20’s to 40’s): He takes on the persona of a villain to feel less horrible about himself as he commits crimes.
  • POLICE (Supporting, male or female, any age over 20)
  • PARAMEDIC #1 (Supporting, male or female, any age over 20)
  • PARAMEDIC #2 (Supporting, male or female, any age over 20)


HAROLD

Director: ST Davis = [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student (Production II)
Project Length: appx. 10 mins
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 4 -5, 2014
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file, and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS: After being diagnosed with stage 3 Alzheimer’s disease, Harold struggles to maintain his life operating his dry cleaners and taking care of his grandson, Oliver. It is only until Oliver comes up with the idea of finding a new brain does Harold find a sense of self and acceptance with his diagnosis.

Characters:

  • HAROLD (Lead, 60′s-70′s): A wise and confident man, floored by the news of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Usually very sure of himself and well ordered, but has been slowly getting worse and worse with his memory. In denial of it publicly, he knows internally that something is wrong.
  • OLIVER (Lead): The grandson of Harold, a happy-go-lucky boy around 7 years old. No reservations when it comes to asking intrusive questions about Harold’s personal life. Confident like Harold and takes on the mannerisms of an elder person; old for his age.
  • LORETTA (Supporting): The sassy assistant and longtime best friend of Harold. Quick to get Harold going on any number of topics and runs the laundry as if it were her own. Pushes his buttons and bickers often but loves Harold dearly. Very intuitive with Harold’s emotions.
  • HEATHER (Supporting, mid 20′s to early 30′s): The daughter of Harold and mother of Oliver. Her priorities are everywhere except where they need to be, with Oliver. Negotiates everything with Harold with the diligence and persistence of a chess player. Is never the one at fault and quick to blame the other party.

 

T.V. EYE

Director: Carter Luckfield = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: Oct. 20-21
Compensation: Deferred payment, plus DVD copy, digital file and meals

SYNOPSIS:  When the television eats Jim’s girlfriend, Jane, he finds himself on the brink of sanity. It’s up to his best friend David to make sacrifices to him get her out.

Characters:

  • JIM OYSTERBERGER (Lead): A musician in his early- to mid 20’s, battling to hold a grip on reality. He is normally a positive, but extreme character. However, he teeters on the edge of sanity with his drug use when his girlfriend gets stuck inside the television.
  • DAVID JONES (Lead): A cocaine-addicted, occult-obsessed man in his early- to mid 20’s. Very hardworking and driven, yet his obsessions currently pull him off track. When Jim calls him for help, he must sweep his struggles under the rug for a friend even deeper in heavy drug abuse.
  • JANE WINTERS (Lead): A beautiful, intelligent mid-20’s girl. As Jim’s girlfriend, she acts as the rock holding down their relationship until things go awry. She is driven and grounded.
  • SITCOM HUSBAND (Supporting): A man in his 20’s or 30’s, wholesome father/husband in hearty sitcom.
  • CRAIG (Supporting): “Vince from Shamwow”-type character: a quirky, upbeat TV infomercial spokesperson in his early- to mid-30’s.
  • MORMON MAN (Supporting): Clean-cut, well-dressed simple man in his 20’s or 30’s.


UPPER LEVEL MANAGEMENT

Director: Carter Glascock = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open for non-union)
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: TBA Tennessee
Compensation: Deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals.

SYNOPSIS: Tim Baker is applying for a managerial position at BrainWorks Resolutions. What awaits Tim is the most ridiculously awful job interview of his life, courtesy of Gerry Sullivan, GM of BrainWorks and possible international drug dealer.

Characters:

  • TIM BAKER (Lead, late 20’s): Quiet, polite and somewhat lazy, he has a general disdain for the cocky young professional types that surround him but he himself is too nervous and lackadaisical to fully grasp his own potential. He has an unused art degree, a little previous managerial experience, and nothing to lose.
  • GERRY SULLIVAN (Lead, mid 40’s): A blustering, ragingly insecure and utterly ridiculous man who presents himself to BrainWorks applicants underneath the icy veneer of an upper level executive. He’s fully unaware of how others perceive him. He also has many dark secrets that readily make their way into the most common of conversations.
  • ALEX GARCIA (Lead, mid 30’s): Garcia is an undercover FBI agent who has been trailing Antoine Navarre, the leader of an international drug ring, for months. He is easy to anger and strictly professional. However, when gallows humor presents itself, Garcia simply can’t help himself.
  • CHRISTINE (Supporting, early 40’s): Gerry Sullivan’s secretary, who is kept extraordinarily busy by his ludicrous demands.
  • FELLOW FBI AGENT (Supporting, male, mid 30’s): Garcia’s partner, whose heartstrings are easily pulled.
  • DELIVERY MAN (Supporting, early 20’s): A frequent visitor to Mr. Sullivan’s office, he is simultaneously thoughtful and vapid.
  • SUSPICIOUS LOOKING APPLICANT (Supporting, male, early 20’s): A shifty looking type is probably not in this office strictly for an interview — his knuckles are bloodied and his eyes are bloodshot.


HUMAN ARMS RACE

Director: Austin Cowan = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Tennessee TBA
Shoot Dates: Oct. 26
Compensation: Deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files and meals.

SYNOPSIS: A cannibalistic restaurant owner plans to kill a former investor who has escaped incarceration.

NOTE: This film contains strong language, violence and partial nudity.

Characters:

  • LUCAS PATTERSON (Lead): A smart, and desperate, restaurant owner.
  • AMED MALIK (Lead): An Arabic dictator from mid-Africa who is an investor in Lucas Patterson’s restaurant.
  • SHANNA VITAL (Lead): Amed Malik’s translator and lover.
  •  SCOTT MCADAMS (Supporting): Lucas’s longtime friend and accountant.
  • MAURIA NINSON (Supporting): A nervous news reporter.

CASTING NOTE for the following roles: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to dark nature of the script

  • DYING WOMAN #1 (Supporting, 20-25): Dying woman in a bathtub
  • DYING WOMAN #2 (Supporting, 20-25): Dying woman in a field (nudity required)
  • DIAN FOSSEY (Supporting, 35-45): Zoologist.
  • CAMERAMAN (Supporting, 20-35)
  • GUARD #1 (Supporting, 18-21): mid-African rebel.
  • GUARD #2 (Supporting, 18-21): mid-African rebel.
  • GUARD #3 (Supporting, 18-21): mid-African rebel.

 

EMI & MIMI

Director: Emileigh Potter = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open to non-union)
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 24-26
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital files and meals. (Non-union: DVD copy, digital file and meals; no pay)

SYNOPSIS: After losing her younger sister Mimi, Emi undergoes symptoms of denial the day of Mimi’s funeral.

NOTE: This film contains strong language.

Characters:

  • EMI (Lead, early 20’s): College student, in denial of her sister’s death.
  • MIMI (Lead, 14): A freshman starting high school, she puts the blame of her death on her sister, but knows that it wasn’t Emi’s fault. She’s depressed and alone.


THE WINDOW EAST

Director: Alexander Mattingly = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student (Production III) with dialogue
Project length: 30 min.
Shooting Location: Cookeville, TN
Shoot Dates: Oct. 24-26 & Nov. 7-9
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS: A wartime thriller set in small town Nebraska: two strangers find each other among the chaos. With a potential invasion on the horizon, and the uncertainty of the future growing every day, George and Susan find a glimpse of happiness in each other. However, their time together is momentary before they must face the reality of the world around them.

Characters:

  • GEORGE HENSLEY (30’s): Charming single father, and transcoder for the military.
  • SUSAN BARNES (late 20’s): Single mother and singer/performer; strong and independent. Loving, yet untrusting of the world and the people in it.
  • DANNY BARNES (7): Susan’s son; full of energy and love for his mother.
  • CAROL LUCERO (late 40’s): Italian American; Susan’s caring neighbor.
  • TOM LUCERO (late 40’s-50’s): Italian American; Carol’s husband.
  • CAPTAIN ARNOLD HAYNES (late 40’s-50’s): Military official tasked with finding George. Stern but understanding.
  • ERIN HENSLEY (late teen): George’s daughter, and window decorator.
  • MPS (late 20’s-30’s): Military officials
  • CHRISTMAS CAROLERS (various ages)

 

CREEP

Director: Hayley Montague = [email protected] • (865) 679-2723
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open for non-union)
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 3-5
Compensation: Deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals

SYNOPSIS: A young couple gets spooked when they find pictures they did not take on their camera.

Characters:

  • AUBREY (Lead): A young, outgoing photographer in her early to mid twenties.
  • KYLE (Lead): A kindhearted, funny young man in his early to mid twenties. Aubrey’s protective boyfriend.
  • KATHERINE (Supporting): A troubled woman in her mid to late twenties. Aubrey’s “creepy” neighbor.

 

COUCH SURFER

Director: Nicholas Sokol = [email protected] • (615) 870-2136
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Film
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 10-12
Compensation: DVD and Digital copy of final product

SYNOPSIS: A young man is letting his hippie uncle stay on his couch. He becomes a nuisance, but the nephew learns to appreciate his crazy uncle.

Characters:

  • THOMAS (Lead, 25): Professional and hardworking, he comes across as a doormat most of the time. He is too nice for his own good but gets frustrated when his uncle messes up his plans.
  • UNCLE JERRY (Lead, 60s): A hippie who hasn’t had anything to do since the Dead stopped touring. He’s living with his nephew. His favorite things to do are eat and sleep. He is very simple, in a zen state of mind, kind of like Winnie- the-Pooh.
  • KATELYN (Supporting): Overly flirtatious, but a good-hearted person.


THE FINAL

Director: Lyncia Smith [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Shooting Location: Nashville area
Shoot Dates: October 10-12
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay
Submission instructions: Email headshot and résumé to [email protected]

SYNOPSIS: Andy, a soon-to-be high school graduate, is fed up with his small town and their views. For his final research paper, assigned by conservative, closed-minded teacher, the topic is the growth of America in the last 50 years. Working on his paper, Andy is conflicted on speaking his mind or holding his tongue to fit in with his conservative community.

  • ANDY (Lead): Handsome but outspoken high school athlete who is quite popular amongst his peers. Normally cool and collected, he is fed up with his community, either by their close-minded viewpoint or stereotypes. While working on his assignment he struggles whether he should voice his opinion or go along with the crowd.
  • MR. WILLIAMS (Lead): In his early-to- mid 60’s, a proud, conservative history teacher. He is headstrong, and straight to business–it’s his way or the highway.
  • GEORGE (Supporting): Quirky best friend of Andy, basically his sidekick. He is the reason that Andy hasn’t lost his mind; through thick and thin, George sticks by Andy no matter what the circumstances.
  • SANDY (Supporting): Andy’s mother, late 40’s to early 50s. Fun and sassy, she is able to give advice and understanding to her son. She supports him in everything and refuses to believe her son isn’t capable of anything.
  • JOCK #1 (Supporting): Conservative student athlete
  • JOCK #2 (Supporting): Conservative student athlete

 

NOTE: Audition date for HITCH ME is Friday, September 19, fro 10 am to 8 pm. Contact director to schedule a later audition

HITCH ME

Director: Thomas Chi = [email protected] = 615-689-5808
SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project length: 15 min.
Shooting Location: Greater Nashville Area
Shoot Dates:  October 31 – November 2
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals; DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS:  Jay and Elaine are two “friends with benefits” who’ve had a relationship in the past. Jay, Elaine, and their Indian friend Bashir are out at a bar to celebrate Jay going overseas with the military. Bashir is excited because he just got licensed to marry people. He comes up with the idea that Jay and Elaine should be the first couple he marries. Jay tries to get Elaine to agree before time runs out.

NOTE: This film contains strong language, violence and/or nudity.

Characters:*

  • JAY (Lead, mid to late 20′s): A down-to-earth young man who has enlisted in the military and is scheduled to deploy overseas. He has had many relationship problems with his ex-girlfriend Elaine, though he would not mind working things out. (Partial nudity – undergarments)
  • ELAINE (Lead, 20′s): Indecisive, ignorant, and lives in the moment. She is the cause of the failed relationship between her and Jay. (Partial nudity)
  • BASHIR (Lead, 20′s): An Indian young man, a best friend of both Jay and Elaine. He is extremely energetic and dramatic. (Partial nudity – undergarments)
  • JEFF (Supporting, late 30′s to early 50′s): Elaine’s father, a tough and intimidating man. Although he is a short-tempered person with strangers, he is the opposite when it comes to those who are close to him.
  • TRACY (Supporting, late 20′s to early 30′s): A seductive woman, the stereotypical pick-up in a bar or club.

*Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred owing to the dark nature of the script.

 

WAG Celebrates First Anniversary with September 6 ‘Iconophilia’ Show

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Caroline Davis
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Kevin Dietz, “Fetch” (woodcut)

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film marks the first anniversary of its downtown gallery WAG during the September 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl with Iconophilia, featuring summer studio work in multiple media from Fine Art majors Heather Barrie, Kevin Dietz and Ashley Doggett.

The show include prints, woodcuts, etchings, photography, sculpture and mixed media that reflect an interest in symbols and iconographic imagery. All three artists create work that challenges aspects of the human norm, from fixations with the modern to the superimposed need by society to implore fetishism over distinctive, manipulative imagery – the iconophilia.

WAG’s inaugural season has presented work by students and alumni in painting, installation, sculpture, printmaking, photography, illustration, film/video, plus an original curatorial exhibition. Of the 11 shows (one ran December/January), six have been group efforts, two duo, and three solo.

“The first year of WAG has been a rousing success,” said Fine Art assistant professor Brady Haston, “because of our students’ commitment to presenting thoughtful, focused exhibitions that show real insight into contemporary art trends. The diversity of their work and its high quality have raised the profile of young artists in Nashville’s cultural scene and led to several additional creative opportunities for them.”

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Heather Barrie, ‘Clench’ [print]

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 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 [email protected]. 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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Kevin Dietz, “The Secret Handshake” (woodcut)

Kevin Dietz: The work that I’ve created closely relates to the graphic narrative, metaphor, and reinterpreting the everyday through traditional methods of print and mark making. I draw a similar line through history as Ashley and Heather from religious medieval prints such as the Nuremberg Chronicles, but I also reference romantic symbolism, Guston, and underground comics from the 60′s and 80′s. The images harbor reflections from the immediacy of everyday: from the job market, academia, and the ever present tension between our social state of affairs.

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Ashley Doggett

Ashley Doggett: This current oeuvre has its preoccupations with the graphic narrative found in a world engrossed in modernity, racial identity, sexuality, and profound interpretations of history that challenge the audience to consider the extreme harshness of what has been accomplished in the modern American world, both past and present.

All three artists are offering the regalia of the iconic by creating the ultimate iconoclasm; by bringing forth their controversial ideals on the higher spheres of social, political, and religious institutions, they are in fact making commentary on cultural fetishism, the preoccupation of unveiling the obscure to a general audience, and challenging the social tension between race and religion.

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Heather Barrie, “My Tribe”

 

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Ashley Doggett

 

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Watkins Collects “Monuments, Hotel Soap and Linear Progressions”

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Opening reception for faculty show is September 4 in Currey Gallery

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “Monuments, Hotel Soap and Linear Progressions,” a multiple media exhibition featuring recent work by faculty artists Mary Addison Hackett, Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, from September 4–26 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

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Mary Addison Hackett, “Hotel Soap” (50″ x 39″), 2014, oil on canvas

The exhibition’s opening reception, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, is free and open to the public.

An adjunct instructor in Watkins’ Department of Fine Art, Mary Addison Hackett is a painter who has recently returned to the South after an extended leave of absence. The paintings for this show are the result of fieldwork and were painted from direct observation of objects in-situ around her childhood home (which is also her current studio) as well as a recent camping trip. Progressing through the seasons they capture the nuances of day-to-day life as revealed in domestic, work and leisure spaces.

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Ariel Lavery, “As We Continue to Move Forward,” 2012, found objects and mixed media

 

 

 

 

Ariel Lavery, who joined the Watkins Fine Art department this semester as Assistant Professor of Sculpture, is exhibiting two sculptures that install together: “As We Continue to Move Forward” (found objects and mixed media) and “Linear Progression of Chest, Wall Shelf, Shoe Organizer, Broiler Pan, and Napkin Rings.” Lavery’s assembled sculptures and installations reflect on a concept of Middle America as it is defined in domestic goods. She borrows from American domestic vernacular to create mutated versions of home living spaces, “sampling” from her immediate surroundings as she collects detritus found in thrift stores, at garage sales, on Craigslist, and on the side of the road.

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Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Statue of Abraham Lincoln by Adolph Alexander Weinman, Hodgenville, KY (installed 1909), 2014, archival pigment print

Associate Professor of Photography Robin Paris, in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Art History Tom Williams, will show photographic abstractions of figurative monuments made throughout the South and elsewhere. Paris and Williams set aside the lessons of “good” photography to transform the subjects into shadowy, indeterminate figures. These photographs obliterate the likenesses and context of these statues, but simultaneously emphasize their strident poses and emphatic gestures. In this way, they draw focus away from individual monuments and towards the generalized rhetoric of political monumentality, addressing the subtle persuasions of sculptures that often seem little more than props in the mise-en-scène of everyday life.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.  Free parking is available in the campus lot.

About Mary Addison Hackett
Born and raised in the South, Hackett migrated to Los Angeles via Chicago, and has been exhibiting in commercial, non-profit and university galleries in the United States and abroad since the early 90′s. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work alludes to the ever-shifting construction of meaning, memory and representation in day-to-day life. In her current work, Hackett hones her focus on a sense of place by engaging primarily in the practice of observational painting while still acknowledging her roots in abstraction. Recent exhibitions include Tinney Contemporary and Leu Gallery at Belmont University (Nashville); ACME and WEEKEND (Los Angeles); Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); and John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY). Her debut solo exhibition at Kristi Engle Gallery (2008) in Los Angeles was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, and she has been featured in numerous other publications. She is represented by David Lusk Gallery; her first solo with the Nashville gallery opens October 1, 2014.

About Ariel Lavery 
Ariel Lavery graduated magna cum laude with her BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder (2007) and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013). She has exhibited nationally in Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington, DC. Recent solo exhibitions include Project 1 at Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, KY and Detritus In Situ at the Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Recent group exhibitions include Fresh at the AVA Gallery (Chattanooga, TN), Best of the Northeast at the Helen Day Art Center (Stowe, VT), and Ice Breaker 5 at the Ice Cube Gallery (Denver). She is also a recent recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Statue of Coach E.A. Diddle by Russ Faxon, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, (installed 2005), 2014, archival pigment print

About Robin Paris
Currently chair of the Photography department at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Robin Paris earned a BA in Studio Art from the Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) and studied visual anthropology and creative writing before earning her MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She spent a year as a resident artist at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, where she assisted such artists as Keith Smith and Jerry Uelsmann. She has worked in marketing and as a photo editor for small publishing companies in Georgia and Colorado. She currently works in historical processes, digital imaging and book works, and exhibits them nationally.

About Tom Williams
Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, is a graduate of the University of West Florida (BA, Art History), the State University of New York, Stony Brook (MA and PhD, Art History) and of the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has also taught at the School of the Visual Arts, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Vanderbilt University, and his writings have appeared in Art in America, Grey Room and other publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Handmade & Bound’ Returns to Watkins October 3-4

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Exhibition & zine entries and marketplace vendor registration now open!

H&BN2013_6777 accordian card bldg front Wweb The fourth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, will unfold Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The free, family-friendly event–part book convention, part literary event and part art show–is presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department and features a gallery exhibition, film screening, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors and distributors, and demos and hands-on activities.

H&BN2013_6718 gallery viewers WwebOn Friday, October 3, the festival’s exhibition, Poetry and Prints, will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery show takes its name from a series of community workshops to be presented this summer by Watkins Community Education, with assistance from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Poetry and Prints workshops, led by professional artists, poets and printmakers, will allow community members to produce handmade books inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Frist (Sept. 26-Jan. 2, 2015).

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Wassily Kandinksy, “Black Grid,” 1922

The H&BN exhibition, on view through October 17, will showcase handmade books created by workshop participants as well as those from local artists and creative professionals.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Submissions of artists’ books with prints or poetry, or of individual poems and prints, will be accepted through September 22. The work’s title/description, artist’s name, address, phone, email and occupation should be included with each piece and sent to Watkins Community Education, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN  37228, Attn: Mary Beth Harding.

Handmade and Bound: Poetry and Prints is funded in part by an Arts Access grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. Root Hog or Die poster

PREMIERE SCREENING: Also on October 3, Watkins will welcome acclaimed zine author/publisher John Porcellino for the Nashville premiere of “Root Hog or Die,” a 2014 documentary about his life and work. Currently living in South Beloit, Illinois, the Chicago native has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics and graphic novels for more than 25 years; his self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of alternative comics creators.

With equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, Porcellino’s comics showcase the “moments between moments” which make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. The title phrase is John Porcellino’s personal motto in regards to creating King-Cat: the saying about self-reliance refers to the colonial practice of releasing hogs into the wild to fend for themselves or starve.

“Root Hog or Die” (90 min., dir. Dan Stafford) will screen at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, followed by a Q&A with Porcellino. [See trailer here.]

In conjunction with Porcellino’s visit, H&BN is bringing back Zine-O-Rama, a display of community-submitted zines in all formatsH&BN2012 Zine_o_rama readers5625 Wweb and on all subjects. According to Library Director Lisa Williams, “Zines make the underground publishing world go round; they’re about form, content and the distribution of ideas in a non-corporate medium. Our first Zine-O-Rama in 2012 introduced the world of zines to the broader Nashville community and we are anxious to show off new zine discoveries: personal zines, cookzines, fanzines, artiness, cut and paste, comics, minis, mental health.”

ZINE ENTRIES: Zine submissions should be sent by September 26 to the Watkins Library, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228.

On Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists, indie publishers and distributors, and book aficionados will come together to sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the book arts marketplace. The day will also feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as food trucks.

VENDOR SIGN-UP: Vendor registration is currently open via the event website handmadeboundnashville.com, Handmade & Bound Nashville on Facebook, or by contacting the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427. Reservation deadline is September 22.

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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 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.

Check out our frequently updated 2014 vendor list here.

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

SPONSORS: Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 4 is hosted by the Library at Watkins and Watkins Community Education and is partially funded by the William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Additional sponsors include Jerry’s Artarama, Plaza Artists Materials and the Nashville Scene.

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

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  • What’s in the marketplace? More than three dozen vendors with artists’ books, small press items like comics, mini-comics, graphic novels and zines, blank books, limited-edition prints, handmade paper, art supplies, literary journals, book flair, jewelry, ephemera packs, paper cut and letterpress cards and postcards – plus demos on bookbinding, paperfolding, printmaking, paper cuts and art-making activities for children. Participants will be posted in the “Our Vendors” section of handmadeboundnashville.com.
  • What’s an artist’s book? An artist’s book is a work of art realized in a book-like format. They are usually one-of-a-kind creations or published in small editions, and can employ a form other than bound printed sheet.
  • What’s a zine? A zine (pronounced “zeen,” as in “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines range from small photocopied booklets, to handwritten or handmade booklets, to magazine-like publications.
  • What’s a chapbook? Traditionally, a small pamphlet containing tales, ballads or tracts, sold by peddlers. It’s generally a small paperback booklet, typically containing poems or short fiction or narrative.

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ABC Offers IP and Copyright Law Workshop at Watkins Aug. 28

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Caroline Davis

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville is partnering with Watkins to present a workshop addressing the basics of intellectual property and copyright law on Thursday, August 28, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Room 804.

“Yours, Mine & Ours: Copyright & Intellectual Property Fundamentals” will cover copyright laws’ exclusive rights and protections and offer perspective of both the law and the creator in this workshop suitable for all levels and artists of all disciplines. Co-facilitators are Carl Eppler of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and Tennessee Repertory Playwright-in-Residence Nate Eppler.

Cost is $10 for ABC members, $15 for nonmembers. CLE Credit cost is $35 for ABC member attorneys, $50 for nonmembers.

To register, visit www.abcnashville.org/what-we-do/register/

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is located in Metro Center at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Free parking is available in the campus lot. Room 804 is on the second floor of the Cecy Reed Student Center.

About the presenters

Carl Eppler is an associate attorney at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation Services Team. Carl handles a variety of intellectual property matters, including litigation and transactions in the areas of copyright, trademark, and patents. He has published articles on music copyright issues and trademarks with the University of Memphis Law Review and nashvillepost.com. Carl is also an accomplished musician, having performed and taught percussion throughout the United States for over 15 years.

Nate Eppler is a playwright and teaching artist based in the southeastern United States. His plays include 2011 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award semi-finalist Long Way Down (3PS 2011), Sextape & Other Stories (Playhouse Nashville 2013), Larries (Tennessee Repertory Theatre 2013) and Good Monsters. Nate is one of the curators of The Ten Minute Playhouse, a quarterly festival of new plays by Tennessee Playwrights, and is a co-founder of Playhouse Nashville, an organization devoted to producing new works for the stage and elevating the voices of playwrights in the South. Nate currently serves as Playwright-in-Residence for Tennessee Repertory Theatre. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville (ABC) educates individual artists, creative professionals, and arts nonprofits to help them master the business of art. Through monthly offerings and intensive trainings, ABC creates opportunities for the Nashville community to learn the most progressive, effective, and creative techniques to bolster business and expand the arts.

Watkins and Hatch Celebrate ‘Good Design’ August 21

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host a reception for “The Vignelli Canon,” an exhibit celebrating the words of legendary designer Massimo Vignelli through posters designed by Watkins Graphic Design students and produced at Hatch Show Print, on Thursday, August 21, from 5 to 7 pm.

Hatch 2014 workshop skedThe show, which runs through August 29 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus, is the result of a continuing collaboration between Watkins and Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

In a one-day summer workshop, Watkins students were challenged to use Hatch’s landmark collection of typefaces, along with traditional letterpress methods, to create posters that expressed the ethos of influential Italian-born designer Massimo Vignelli.

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Massimo Vignelli

Vignelli, who died on May 27, 2014 at the age of 83, worked firmly within the Modernist tradition. His prolific body of work ranged from packaging (Bloomingdale’s Brown Bags) and identity (American Airlines, IBM) through houseware and furniture design to public signage, logos and publication design (New York City’s subway system, National Park Service).

In 2009 he released “The Vignelli Canon” a free e-book (available via vignelli.com). In the introduction he wrote, “I thought that it might be useful to pass some of my professional knowledge around, with the hope of improving [young designers'] design skills. Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best.”Hatch 2014 on floor

The Watkins students, using a variety of wooden type and wooden image blocks from Hatch’s extensive collection—including one rarely-used alphabet of a decidedly Modern style—created hand-set, oversized posters with phrases selected from Vignelli essays describing the principles and concepts behind “all good design.”

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Dan Brawner, Celene Aubry, Matthew Erwin, Holly Carden, Ryan Arauza, Yanet Mireles, Marty Potts, Judith Sweeney-O’Bryan, Jim Sherraden and Ross Denton

Watkins Graphic Design faculty Dan Brawner and Judith Sweeney-O’Bryan organized the July 26 workshop, which was led by Hatch Master Printer Jim Sherraden and shop manager Celene Aubry. Participating students were Ryan Arauza, Holly Carden, Ross Denton, Matthew Erwin, Marty Potts and Yanet Mireles. Previous Watkins-Hatch summer workshop themes were the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

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 pm.  Admission is free.

hatch-logo-redEstablished in 1879 in downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print is a division of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information, visit hatchshowprint.com

Watkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2014 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (for the third consecutive year), claiming nine Golds, eight Silvers and three out of four Judge’s Choice honors.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art.

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Marty Potts inking up under Jim Sherraden’s direction

Jenna Maurice and John Whitten ‘Get Lost’ at WAG’s August Show

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents A Field Guide to Getting Lost, featuring video work by alumni Jenna Maurice and John Whitten, at its downtown gallery WAG during the August 2 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Taken from the title of the 2006 book by Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a video-based exhibition about Maurice and Whitten’s relationships with nature, the unknown, and their search for the unfamiliar. These artists champion being lost. It is a goal for which they strive. Their research happens deep in secluded areas where isolation and solitude are desirable characteristics. Having relocated from Nashville to geographic regions offering some of the United States’ most diverse landscapes (Maurice to Colorado and Whitten to Oregon), their work deals with the subtleties of communication amid isolation, and their interpretation of the natural world. Fueled by a desire to discover a deeper level of connectedness to their environment, the two artists employ a range of tactics from subtle, poetic gestures of mimicry to spectacular displays of signals designed to attract help. In this work, both artists question their sense of place in the natural world, what it means to make one’s way through life, and what it means to be a lost soul.

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“Interacting with the Lowest Point in North America”

Jenna Maurice (JennaMaurice.com) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Denver, CO. Relationships, relational dynamics, communication and problems with language are the things she questions, ponders and experiments with in her work. She is interested in the human experience of empathetic response, as well as the subtleties of the body as a tool for non-verbal communication.

She received a BFA in Photography from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her current studio practice centers around dabbling in whatever makes sense for solving the problems she wants to address. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, Canada, and the Contemporary LivingGallery in Lecce, Italy. 

Jenna Maurice: three images from the 2013 series “Concerning the Landscape: A Study in Relationships” 

 

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Jenna Maurice Bush

 

John Whitten (JohnWhitten.com) excavates the meditative and philosophical implications of what it means to wander. The question of what it means to be a lost soul frames his practice as he searches for the unfamiliar. Driven by a passion for the outdoors and our cultural fascination with survivalism, his drawings and videos investigate what it means to make one’s way through life.

Whitten grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by corn, animals, and a fundamentalist belief system. He majored in studio arts as an undergraduate, receiving his AS from Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and BFA in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. He went on to receive his MFA from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Whitten’s work has been screened/exhibited nationally in galleries, museums and raw exhibition spaces. His work has been included in exhibitions at Disjecta in Portland, OR; the University of Oregon’s Laverne Krause Gallery; Clatsop Community College in Astoria, OR; and in Nashville at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Rymer Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery and Belmont University’s Leu Art Gallery. He spends his time in the South, Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

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John Whitten, “Signal” (2013)

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John Whitten, “Smoke and Mirrors” (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG 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 [email protected]. 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.

About Rebecca Solnit 
Field Guide coverWriter, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of 15 books, as well as numerous essays in numerous museum catalogs and anthologies, about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, the power of stories and hope. A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Penguin, 2006) is an investigation into loss, losing and being lost. Taking in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting, Solnit combines memoir, history and philosophy to explore the challenges of living with uncertainty while shedding glittering new light on the way we live now.

 

 

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