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Safety Report

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by Steve Wilkison

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (also known as the Jeanne Clery Act) requires colleges to disclose an Annual Safety Report (ASR). Each October, Watkins College of Art releases an ASR highlighting crime and fire statistics for the previous three years, updated safety and security procedures, and other information regarding campus crime and incidents.

View the report in PDF format.

A printed copy of this report is available at the front desk and the facilities office, or by emailing info@watkins.edu.

Dan Brawner Tapped for ‘Special’ Recognition

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Work by Department of Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner has been selected for a new book arts collection at Vanderbilt spotlighting Southern artists. Two sketchbooks and three limited edition books reflecting on Brawner’s life in Nashville and his annual road trips to Central Mexico are now included in VU’s Special Collections and University Archives of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia.

Dan Brawner (photo: David McLister)

Dan Brawner (photo: David McClister)

The Nashville-native, who holds an MA and MFA in illustration and joined Watkins in 2007, has published work for Children’s TV Workshop, Coca-Cola, Flannery O’Connor Review, and Simon & Schuster. He has earned recognition from American Illustration, Huntsville Museum of Art, Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, PRINT, and El Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca.

Brawner was part of the Frist Center’s Anthology: Visual Narratives from Nashville’s Print Communitya juried exhibition of handmade books, illustrated posters and poems, and intimate etchings by individual artists and small presses who use a variety of printing techniques to tell stories through images and text. On view through February 7, Anthology also includes work by Watkins alumni Mika Agari and Zack Rafuls.

Selected works for Vanderbilt Special Collections:

  1. Clutch y Frenos (Clutch & Brakes), 6″ x 6″, 12pp, edition of 20, silkcreen and stone lithography. Printed and and bound by Derli Romero, Julian Guerrero and Carolina Ortega at The Center for the Graphic Arts at the Old Jesuit College in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. (The book is also in Stanford University Library’s Special Collections.)VULKA-detail2 Dan Brawner Wweb
  1. Vulcanizadora Nino (Nino’s retread tire shop), 3″ x 3″, 12pp, edition of 10, silkscreen in silver and black ink on white cloth covers by Aspiring Gentlemen Farmers, printed by the artist with archival ink on Hahnemuhle William Turner Fine Art paper at Watkins College of Art. The books were bound by hand by Annie Herlocker at Paper Revival Press in Nashville.
  1. By Pass-detail Dan Brawner WwebBy Pass (el Libramiento), 3″ x 3″, 12pp, edition of 10, silkscreen in red and white ink on tan cloth covers by Aspiring Gentlemen Farmers, printed by the artist with archival ink on Hahnemuhle William Turner Fine Art paper at Watkins College.. The books were bound by hand by Annie Herlocker at Paper Revival Press in Nashville.
  1. West Nashville Sketchbook, 4″ x 4″.
  2. Anima, leather binding by Sean Dudley.
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Interior Design 2016 Winners Announced

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the winners of the 19th annual Interior Design Student Exhibition!

Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the Interior Design department, announced the winners during a reception on January 25.All Watkins Interior Design majors were eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2015) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability. Winners were chosen based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills.

BEST OF SHOW

1st Place: Aimee Spencer

2nd Place: Renee Johnson

3rd Place: Anna Caro

Intermediate Presentation Skills
Anna Caro (Junior)
Tennessee Cosmetic Surgery Center

Aimee Spencer
Renee Johnson
Anna Caro
Elizabeth McLemore
Laura Chytrowsky
Sophomore Lexi Ray Livington’s work was juried into the show
Print center manager Sam Angel and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie
The Spencer Clan was excited to be there!

Introductory Presentation Skills
Aimee Spencer (Sophomore)
Seattle Residence

Residential Design
Renee Johnson (Sophomore)
Downtown Residence Model

Commercial Design
Elizabeth McLemore (Junior)
Peak Cosmetic Surgery Center

Sustainable Design
Anna Caro (Junior)
Turnover Hill

Furniture Design
Laura Chytrowsky (Senior)
Luna’s Bassinet

Lighting Design
Elizabeth McLemore (Junior)
Feather Lighting System

Portfolio Design
Laura Chytrowsky (Senior)
Portfolio

Pictured at top: Cheryl Gulley [center] with Watkins ID alumnae Reinalisa Santoyo and Emily Hill.

Graphic Design Seniors Sail into the “Uncharted” with December 3 Showcase

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the Senior Graphic Design Exhibition “Uncharted,” featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Kelsey Goessman, Jayden Harmse, Yanet Mireles and Sara Schork, on Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the event space ONE on Cannery Row.

Uncharted_eventimage r WwebThe one-night-only portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce to the community four outstanding graphic designers and illustrators through a showcase of print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, branding and identity, digital publishing and illustration.

Kelsey Goesmann (Jonesboro, IL) – kelseygoessman.squarespace.com

Kelsey Goessman_lovecraft_WwebRaised in the forests of southern Illinois, Kelsey Goessman quickly found an outlet through being creative, which led to her pursuing a career in graphic design in Nashville, Tennessee. Utilizing analog and digital techniques, she immerses herself in every project, and strives to be innovative in creative problem solving. Recognized and exhibited in a number of shows throughout her time at Watkins, Kelsey will present a number of projects that incorporate a wide spectrum of skills, including web design, illustration, packaging, and more.

Jayden Harmse (Antioch, TN) – jaydenharmse.com

JaydenHarmse Burleys-BBQ-brochure WwebOriginally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Jayden moved to the U.S. to pursue his passion for arts. He will present a strong variety of colorful and energetic projects from illustration, branding to packaging and web design.  When he is not at the computer, Jayden enjoys playing sports, traveling and exploring Nashville’s bar and food scene. He plans to reside in Nashville and become part of the thriving art and design community, while growing his freelance design business.

Yanet Mireles (Nashville) – yanetmireles.com

Yanet Mireles grrlganghero WwebAs a designer, Yanet’s primary passion is creating brand identities and packaging. She is inspired by hand-lettering, typography, vintage advertising, and all things printmaking. In her free time she likes to read, travel, photograph, and fill up her sketchbooks with anything and everything.

Sara Kathryn Schork (Nashville) – sarakdesigns.com

SaraKSchork Nashville Scene cover WwebSara moved to Nashville six years ago after pursuing her first degree in communications from Boston University. At Watkins she has explored her passion for typography and finding a clean, clever way to successfully organize any layout. She will be presenting a collection of work that includes advertising campaigns, logos, branding elements, and packaging. Her work has been recognized and exhibited in a number of juried competitions. When away from her computer she enjoys printmaking, illustration, collecting books, running and being inspired by the local Nashville community.

For more information, visit show website Unchartedshow.com or Watkins.edu/uncharted

The private event space ONE is located on the top floor of the Cannery Ballroom/Mercy Lounge, at 1 Cannery Row (off 8th Avenue South, near Palmer Place. Visit thecanneryballroom.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 2015 Nashville Student ADDYs,

Watkins won more top awards than any other school competing (for the fourth consecutive year), this year claiming 12 Golds, 11 Silvers, two of four Judge’s Choice honors and Best in Show and went on to claim multiple Regional and National ADDY 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

Fall 2015 BFA Series Concludes with Photography Opening December 3

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2015, a three-part series from six graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. Last in the series is work from Photography majors Devon Cummings and Laura Whitfield. Opening Thursday, December 3, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Cummings’
Sea Reel and Whitfield’s Dear Someone, will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
through December 15.

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BFA in Photography
Show title: Sea Reel (video and installation)

Laura Whitfield, Fayetteville, AR
BFA in Photography
Show title: Dear Someone, (photographs and performance videos)

Laura Whitfield utilizes public spaces as a way to communicate with a larger audience. Through the use of banners and signs, she attempts to reveal abstracted personal truths as a gesture for audience connection. Dear Someone, employs photography, video, viewer engagement, poetry and street art to initiate a conversation about everyday living.

Laura Whitfield 3929 WwebHer work has been seen in several exhibitions in Arkansas and in two local group shows: And living, at the Watkins Arcade Gallery, and Point of Reference, in the Currey Gallery (as well as at Kent State University).

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

The Fall 2015 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opened in the Currey Gallery November 5-15 with Photography seniors Rachel Gibson and Alanna Styer, followed November 19-29 with Fine Art seniors Mika Agari and Casey Tyler Payne.

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

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Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Devon Cummings and Laura Whitfield

Ross Denton and Emily Sue Laird Make Their Marks on WAG at June 6 Show

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Amour fo’ Phallus, a riotous and ridiculous show of drawings and animation by Watkins alumni Ross Denton and Emily Sue Laird, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Amour fo' Phallus ELaird_RDenton 6.6.15 WwebWith a goal of celebrating the absurd aspects of life in an innocent and fun format, Denton and Laird will fill the gallery from floor to ceiling with chalk images drawn directly on the walls and architectural fixtures of the space. The show will also feature their chalk animation of a budding, blossoming and decaying Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanium), one of the largest and most rare flowering plants on earth. (It’s also known as the corpse flower for an odor reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal.)

“Emily Sue Laird and Ross Denton are kindred spirits with a shared passion for wandering, drawing inspiration from serendipitous discoveries and the unlooked for,” said Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design. “Amour fo’ Phallus is the catalyst for a creative collaboration and offers a unique insight into the productive minds of two lovers of life.”

About the artists:

EmilySusanLaird WwebEmily Sue Laird is a Nashville-based visual artist, production designer and installation artist who earned a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2011. In the past few years, Emily Sue has designed custom work for brands such as West Elm, Janet’s Planet, My Gnome on the Roam, Holiday Inn Suites and Bongo Java, and custom art for multiple music festivals including Marathon Music Works’ Block Party and Nashville Scene’s 25th Birthday Bash. Since 2014 she has been owner and lead designer at Artist Nashville, providing a variety of creative services: mural projects, graphic design, illustration, chalk art and set design for film and television, fashion shows, music videos, tours and in-store retail displays. Her sculptures, textile art and paintings, which frequently incorporate reuse materials, have been shown in several downtown arcade and Wedgewood-Houston galleries and she has been featured by the Nashville Scene, Native Magazine, Lightning 100 and Nashville Arts Magazine. She’s currently working on the second edition of Replication, Nashville’s only juried 3D printing show, in September.

RossDenton WwebRoss Denton is a 2015 graduate of Watkins, earning a BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in illustration. He grew up on the South Harpeth River outside of Nashville, surrounded by forests and hills, where he never had to wear any shoes. Legend has it that Ross started to draw when he first held a pencil at the age of two and he never stopped. He has won local, district and national Student American Advertising Federation (Addy) awards for illustration, and his work has been published in the international design journal Graphis.

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.

Ross Denton for WAGAbout 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.

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

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

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

Karen P. Moynahan

Karen P. Moynahan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Class of 2015!

NEW DATE FOR MARTHA ROSLER LECTURE: APRIL 16!

Posted on: March 24th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

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

 

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

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

(Photo: Gabinete de Comunicación de la Diputación de Granada)

(Photo: Gabinete de Comunicación de la Diputación de Granada)

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

from "Bringing the War  Home"

“The Gray Drape” (2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay from e-flux, 2010: Take the Money and Run? Can Political and Socio-critical Art “Survive”?

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

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

RECOMMENDED READING & LISTENING

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

Art Pulse interview with Martha Rosler: “Feminism is a viewpoint that demands a rethinking of questions of power in society and thus has undeniable potency.”

Rear Window interview (2014)

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

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

New York Times article and New Yorker article

Culture Class part 1 (2010)

Semiotics of the Kitchen video and Semiotic of the Kitchen clip

ArtNet News Q&A (2013)

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

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

Joe Nunez, Untitled (2014)

Joe Nunez, Untitled (2014)

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

About the artists:

  • Rebecca Lindley (Florissant, MO)

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

  • Upreyl Mitchell (Detroit, MI)

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

  • Joe Nunez (Knoxville, TN)

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

  • Laura Whitfield (Fayetteville, AR)

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

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

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

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

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

About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG logo Watkins color rsz WwebWAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.

Rebecca Lindley, "Missouri River" (2014)

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

 

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