B.S., Southern Adventist University
Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Character Animation in 2003. He has 9+ years broadcast television experience. He is currently the owner of Enthuse Studios where he provides animations, motion graphics, editing, and cinematography for faith-based ministries.
B.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., La Roche College
Matt is the owner and designer at Matthew Allison Graphic Design. He provides print design, web design, and social marketing services and is currently looking to help regional businesses with all of their communication, marketing and design needs. Matt’s experience includes designing for a publishing company, Waynick Book Group, and photo editing at Michael’s photography.
B.F.A., Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film
Sam earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2012. She currently works as a freelance photographer in the Nashville area. Sam works with local photographers such as Mark Tucker and Caroline Allison. While specializing in Fine Art photography, she has a passion for a variety of photographic mediums.
B.A., The University of Tennessee
Gloria Ballard is a native of Nashville, where she enjoyed a long career in journalism as a feature writer and editor at The Tennessean before leaving the newspaper business to become a freelance writer. During her career, she covered fashion, home design, gardening, travel and other features, and was travel editor at The Tennessean from 1998 until 2006. Currently, Gloria writes a monthly garden column for The Tennessean, garden and travel features, stories and essays, maintains two garden blogs, and leads creative writing workshops and gardening presentations. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Gloria also writes fiction, and was a 2004 participant at Sewanee Writers Conference. Her fiction has been published in Drafthorse literary journal.
Nursing, Excelsior College
B.F.A., Corcoran College
M.A., University of Florida
Mary Gwyn Bowen is an artist, registered nurse and art instructor. In her art, she focuses on a special place in her life translated onto canvas in oil. As a registered nurse, Mary Gwyn is concerned with art’s role in healthcare. She has taught botanical watercolor for a number of years. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
She received the Cecil Wallace Fordham Award for the Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Mary Gwyn is a former fellow in the Evidence Based Nursing Practice Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she completed a research project using art in the cardiac rehabilitation process. She recently presented a poster of the Art to Heart research project at Nursing Research Day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Tennessee Hospital Association’s annual conference. She will be presenting the Art to Heart Project as a poster to the University Hospital Consortium annual conference in Atlanta in October. The research findings of the Art to Heart Project will be presented at the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in San Diego, March 2014. Her art has shown in festivals, galleries, and is in private collections.
Born in Nashville, TN to a creative family, Richard was surrounded by a diversified collection of art which lead to his eclectic style and vivid imagination. Richard has worked as an illustrator, designer, art director and creative director. He has worked in several mediums over the years as a commercial artist and a fine artist. Through commercial work he has enjoyed changing with graphic design production, from paste-up to Macintosh based applications. His commercial works have exposed him to most forms of printing processes. He has designed environmental graphics, POPs, compact disk packaging, DVD packaging, journals, books, greeting cards, marketing materials and corporate identities. Richard talents have been noticed by the creative community with National Awards such as Print, ADDYs and The Printers Association of America.
M.F.A., Lousisian State University
Aimee Davis earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, she currently teaches creative writing courses in multiple genres at Louisiana State University. She has worked as Managing Editor of New Delta Review, an online literary journal, and also tutors at-risk high school students in the Baton Rouge area. Aimee will be living in the Nashville area and teaching with us during the 2013 summer.
Steve is an industrial designer, architectural illustrator and artist who has designed retail interiors, museum and trade show exhibits and promotional events. While living in New York City, He was Vice President, Design Principal, of one of the nation’s largest retail design firms. He relocated his own firm to Nashville ten years ago when he realized that design firms can be located everywhere, even on a home kitchen table with only a notebook computer, free easy-to-learn software and access to the internet. He believes that anyone, with basic training, can be an exceptional artist or a designer.
B.F.A., Concordia University
Amelia Garretson-Persans is a working draw-er, animator, and book maker and has 10 years of art teaching experience. Her BFA is from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec where she was very cold. She has produced many an adorable little book filled with vaguely sinister drawings and enigmatic warnings about the future, and since her emigration from New York state, she has had the pleasure of working with Nashville musicians on stop motion animation music videos.
B.F.A., Northwestern University
M.Ed., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
is an interdisciplinary artist who enjoys working in digital media, artist books, text, and Guerilla Art. She has worked in education and public programs at museums and nonprofits in the Chicagoland area and completed her Masters in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was previously the Director of Community Education at Watkins Community Education, and now works as an Art Educator at Akiva School in Nashville.
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Susannah Felts earned her MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and is the author of a novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record (Featherproof Books). Her book reviews and interviews with authors appear regularly in Humanities Tennessee’s Chapter 16, and she freelances for a number of national and local media outlets. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as the Oxford American, The Sun, Wigleaf, Quick Fiction, Quarterly West, Hobart (web), and others. She has received residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Ragdale Foundation. Susannah received the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction for FY2013.
Bob Giordano has had an active role in the Tennessee Screenwriters Association (TSA), serving as the President in 1998 and co-creating the Script Development Program which assists writers in developing their screenplays from concept to completion. In 1997 Mr. Giordano received an honorable mention at the Nashville Independent Film Festival for writing, directing and producing his short film Blind Spot. In 2002, he won the Hollywood Symposium Contest for his feature-length script Grendel and in 2001 was the winner of the Writer’s Network Screenplay competition for the feature-length script Resistance.
B.F.A., University of Georgia
Katie Gonzalez first studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy during the summer of 2006. Visiting a medieval bindery, working with luxurious materials, and learning to make paper by hand instilled a sense of traditional techniques into her work. She combines that background with her contemporary graphic design degree. Katie runs her own bindery, linenlaid&felt, creating one-of-a-kind journals, photo albums, guest books, and artist’s books. She lives and works in East Nashville with her husband and her brindle bullmastiff.
B.F.A., Middle TN State University & MTA, Austin Peay State University
Rachel is an alumna of MTSU where she studied painting and printmaking. She spent several years as an elementary school teacher while obtaining her Master’s degree in Teaching through Austin Peay State University. Rachel is currently working as a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer, concentrating mostly on children’s designs and themes.
M.A., Belmont University
Gronefeld is an independent artist working in mixed media and ceramics for the past 22 years. She teaches the Portfolio Class and Pre-College Program at Watkins College Young Artist Program. Recent projects include a commission to produce a copper reprosse relief sculpture of St. Matthew for St. Matthew’s School, Nashville, TN as part of a donor dedication wall. Wynonna Judd selected Barbara Gronefeld’s work in 2005 for the Nashville GuitarTown Sculpture Project. Barbara was awarded a commission in Cat Fish Out of Water Sculptural Project, Nashville, TN, 2004. Her work was juried and published in the Central South Art Exhibit, Belmont University, 2003.
Gronefeld was selected as a guest artist for the Middle Tennessee Art Education Association Fall Conference demonstrated heart themes in mixed media painting, July 2005. Barbara was nominated for the National Disney Teacher Award for 2006 and received the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005. Barbara has taught the Visual Arts Program at St. Cecilia Academy for 14 years and has completed her Master in Education from Belmont University
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sarazen is a printmaker, sculptor and bookbinder from Athens, TN. The work she makes attempts to better understand the communities, actions, objects, stories, and memories that maintain and create a sense of place. In 2011, Sarazen graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she enjoyed teaching printmaking and bookbinding courses while developing as an artist.
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Carolann has traveled extensively to perfect her craft in Sculpture and Stone Carving. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and has been featured in numerous publications. She has commissioned pieces in the Chicago, Dallas, and Italy.
B.A., University of Miami, FL
Certificate, Pacific Northwest Film Scoring
Scott Hallgren is a composer and audio producer with almost 2 decades spent creating award-winning sound tracks for movies, TV, video games, commercials, and the internet, for clients as diverse as: Exxon/Mobil, Enzyte, IcyHot, Scholastic, The History Channel, Reynolds American, NBC, and Ridiculous Software. Of note, “Sith’D”, a short Star Wars spoof, won Best Comedy at Comic-Con (2006); “Gracie: diary of a coma patient” (2007) won a Silver Medal for Music Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival; and the mid-South Emmy-nominated “We Shall Not Be Moved: the Nashville Sit-Ins” (2011), which also won both a Silver Telly & a Golden CINE Award. Scott’s music has also been featured on the movie soundtracks of Smart People and London Tango. Scott’s previous life includes live performances, world tours and/or studio recordings with: Donna Summer, Sir Elton John, Aaron Neville, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Skaggs, Eddy Arnold, Andrae Crouch, David Foster, Larry Gatlin, Margaret Becker, The Wilkinsons, Steve Wariner, and Fernando Ortega.
B.F.A., University of Georgia
Heinsohn has shown repeatedly in group shows at Allan Stone Gallery, most notable of which was the Summer Group Show of 1995 where he was included along with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and other historically important painters. Recently he received the ” Critic’s Pick ” From The Nashville Scene, as well as a feature in the Tennessean, for his solo exhibit at Estel Gallery in Nashville. In 2010 his work was shown at Preston Contemporary Art Center in New Mexico and at The Lowe Gallery in Atlanta and featured in Nashville Arts Magazine. Heinsohn was also selected to teach a workshop in conjunction with the ” Modern Masters ” abstract painting exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum at Cheekwood Art and Gardens in Nashville.
B.F.A., Georgia State University
M.Ed., Georgia State University
Heather Hilley is a local photographer specializing in weddings and portrait photography. She often combines traditional and photojournalistic approaches to her work. In addition to photography, Hilley works as a high school art educator.
B.F.A., Watkins College & Art, Design & Film
Luke has been working in the design/ illustration world for about 4 years now. He graduated from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film with a BFA in Graphic Design. He loves what he does and would love for you to be involved. He also drinks an unreasonable amount of coffee every day.
M.A., New York University
Allison Jarrett is an artist educator with a passion for the handmade. She returns to her hometown of Nashville after living and working in New York City for two years. During this time, she developed her artistic practice while completing her Masters in Art Education at New York University. Her work explores traditional craft techniques and their intersection with personal narratives of family, tradition, and humor. She has taught a wide variety of art media to students ages 4-20, and is eager to join the burgeoning art and educational community in Nashville.
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Christina King graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Elementary Education and a second major in Studio Art. Since then, she has been in Washington DC teaching art at a Montessori School, as well as at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery during weekend family programs. She gained experience teaching students of all ages (3 to adult) in this museum setting, as well as during an internship at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Christina has exhibited her art in North Carolina and in Washington DC. Her most recent work combines photography and collage, but she also enjoys painting, papermaking, and learning new processes.
Shawn Krise has been a working, selling and teaching artist for over 30 years in and around Nashville. She teaches most any media but specializes in drawing and painting methods and concepts that extend beyond the particular medium. Shawn holds a BS in Art Education and has written and facilitated art programs for such organizations as Girl Scout Council of Middle Tennessee, Senior Citizens, Inc., and Metro Parks and Recreation. She has also had an extensive career as a commercial illustrator/graphic artist as well as her ongoing work as a commissioned portrait painter.
Michael is a professional Art Director for print and television with over 10 years experience, mostly in the field of animation for such clients as Nickelodeon and Sesame Street. More recently, he has become a published comic book illustrator and taught a workshop on comic history and craft at the Nashville Public Library. He is currently a teaching artist for teens at The Frist Center as well as teaching with Watkins Community Education.
O. A. Lindsey
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
O. A. Lindsey’s writing has appeared in the Iowa Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, the Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction, Fourteen Hills, Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in southern studies from the University of Mississippi. Lindsey has taught writing and literature at Loyola University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and led a veterans-only English/writing course at Austin Community College, Austin, Texas.
B.F.A., East Texas State University
M.F.A., Texas A&M University
Rob McClurg received his M.F.A in Ceramics from Texas A&M University. He began teaching in 1986 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago spending many years teaching various ceramics, firing and kiln building techniques. Mr. McClurg later began teaching at Oxbow School of Painting in Michigan, where he also the coordinated the ceramics program. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film teaching both ceramics and 3D design. In addition to teaching Mr. McClurg shows his fine ceramics at galleries such as Sarratt and Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center.
B.F.A., Middle Tennessee State University
GT finds peace and inspiration in the parts of the old machines. A length of rope, a few links of an old chain, and some random old nuts and bolts provide him with not only the materials he needs to work, but also the reason for his work. He has always believed that an object, no matter its complexity or simplicity, is so much more than a sum of its individual parts. GT received his B.F.A in sculpture from MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN.
B.F.A., Appalachian Center for Craft
Certificate, College of the Redwoods
Stephan is a woodworker and object-maker living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his training at the Appalachian Center for Craft where he received a BFA in furniture design. He continued his training at the College of the Redwoods, where he earned a certificate under the direction of Michael Burns, Greg Smith, Jim Budlong and Eijler Hjorst-Westh—-who were themselves graduates of the same program under direction of founder James Krenov. He received his MFA from East Carolina University in 2011.
Jackie has had a 35 year life-long passion for oriental rugs. Originally from Baltimore, MD she began buying, selling, and repairing oriental rugs after seeing many beautiful rugs that needed repair. This experience led full timework in the business. Seen as art for the floor, this field directly complimented her love of painting and art. Jackie believes that incorporating oriental rugs into our environment is a way to bring beauty to our homes and add personality, warmth and style.
B.A., Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., The Ohio State University
Over the last five years, Carmen’s art making experiences have been varied ranging from abstract paintings, to experimentation with video art, to a stop motion installation show at Vanderbilt’s Space 204. She has spent the majority of the past five years in a classroom setting starting, developing, and teaching in the art program at LEAD Academy Charter School. She currently works with high schoolers in Art I, II, and III and am developing the Art IV and AP Art curriculum. What she enjoys most about teaching is also what she enjoys most about making art: developing and exploring complex ideas.
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
After graduating from the Illustration Department of The Rhode Island School of Design, Lauren’s artwork has charmed audiences of all ages in editorial, products, and publishing. When not doing freelance work, she is actively showing her work in galleries across the country. Lauren taught Illustration at Montserrat College of Art and The Rhode Island School of Design before starting a new chapter at C.R. Gibson in Nashville, TN. As part of their creative team, she uses her love of pattern, color, and whimsical illustration to bring an array of fun products to the public.
B.F.A., Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film
M.F.A., Maine College of Art
Alethea Norene is an interdisciplinary-artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Centered around a debilitating disease that runs in her family, her work explores healing traditions and modes for accepting diverse bodies via representations of the body in images. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from Maine College of Art in 2010 and is a 2008 alumni of Watkins College of Art’s Photography Department. She has taught art history, drawing, photography, and new media courses.
B.F.A. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
I’m a Watkins BFA grad of 2009, and although I love all creative outlets, I’m happiest when my hands are in clay. I also have a passion for helping those with special needs, and I have taught ceramics at TN School for the Blind and at BrightStone, a center for adults with disabilities. The two things I’ve learned from all of my artist endeavors are that “Art is a Verb” and that everyone has a need for self expression.
Elizabeth has been designing clothing since 2008 for her eponymous line, Elizabeth Suzann. With a special focus on vintage style and construction techniques, she is experienced in repairing, updating, and restoring garments from the past. In 2010, she began experimenting with fabric manipulation techniques such as acid and resist dyeing, silk painting, screen-printing, and block printing. Working almost exclusively with the natural fibers of silk, linen and cotton lends itself to these forms of alteration. In addition to the study and manipulation of fiber, she is also interested in garment construction techniques. She is constantly refining her process to utilize the most efficient techniques that result in the highest quality finished garment. Her approach to fashion design is hands on and appreciative of the craft – she drafts and develops patterns, dyes and prints fabric, and handles production. Every aspect of making clothing offers an opportunity for learning, and Elizabeth thoroughly enjoys creating something that is so intimately close to our bodies each day.
B.F.A., Murray State University
M.F.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lesley Patterson-Marx was born and raised in Louisville, KY and has lived in Nashville, TN since 2001. She received a BA degree in Fine Art from Murray State University in 1997 and an MFA from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2001. Her favorite mediums are artist’s books, printmaking, and mixed media. She has exhibited her work locally in such venues as The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Tag Gallery, and Zeitgeist Gallery. She has shown her work in many galleries, art centers, colleges, and universities across the nation, including Cynthia Broan Gallery in Chelsea ,NYC, The Kohler Center in Kohler, WI, and The Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, CA. Her work has been featured in local publications such as The Nashville Scene and Nashville Arts Magazine, and national publications such as Craft Magazine, and Readymade Magazine. She also works as a teaching artist and illustrator, having taught at Watkins College, Art and Soul, University School of Nashville, and Sarratt Art Studios.
B.A., Western Kentucky University
M.Div., Lexington Theological Seminary
M.Ed., Belmont University
Completing Doctorate at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Steve Reed has been an instructor with Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for over twenty years. His experience as a photographer and as an instructor brings a high level of professionalism to the classroom. Mr. Reed has been a freelance and commercial photographer for over 30 years and currently serves as the University Registrar at Belmont University and an adjunct professor in the School of Religion.
B.A., University of Virginia
M.F.A., East Carolina University
Sanford is a watercolor painter who was seduced by the book arts and now creates watercolor sculptures. She has been teaching art for more than twenty years and is currently an instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville. Her many awards include First Place in both the Tennessee and Kentucky Watercolor Society Exhibitions. Museum collections containing her paintings include the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the Tennessee State Museum and the Parthenon. Publications include Maxine Masterfield’s Painting the Spirit of Nature and the exhibition catalog for Pop-up Now.
Artist and puppeteer Chris Seiter’s work has consistently reflected his strong conceptual design focus through illustration, sculpting, model making, puppet creations, and architectural venues requiring the use of varied media and fabrication techniques. Chris, originally from Colorado, lives in Nashville, TN and holds a Degree in Industrial Design and Technology and has studied at the Colorado Art Institute and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and holds a degree from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College.
B.F.A., University of Maryland
M.A., New York University
A freelance writer, film critic and specialist in Japanese and other Asian cinemas, Chuck Stephens is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, and has been teaching Film Studies since 1988. A Contributing Editor to Film Comment magazine, former West Coast Editor of Filmmaker magazine, and a former columnist for Kinema Jumpo (Japan’s oldest and leading film periodical), Chuck has written for the Village Voice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Interview, Cinema Scope, The New York Daily News and publications around the world. He is also a frequent contributor to Criterion.com and has authored numerous essays for laser discs and DVDs in The Criterion Collection.
B.F.A., Graceland University, Iowa
B.A., Ottawa University, Arizona
Doug Stevenson was raised in Western Colorado and received his BFA from Graceland University in Iowa. His junior year was spent studying in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He attended the Insitutio de Allende, and traveled all over the country. Doug has lived in several cities before settling in Nashville. He has shown his work in galleries and shows in Scottsdale, AZ, Prescott, AZ, Durango, CO, and Nashville, TN. Doug feels that his influences come from all the time he has spent in the west and Mexico.
B.F.A., Emerson College
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
John Warren moves between narrative and non-narrative filmmaking traditions. His short films have screened at festivals across the country, and his feature-length screenplays have won accolades. His video editing for PBS was nominated for a daytime Emmy. He earned a BFA from Emerson College in Boston and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond VA
M.A., California State University of Dominguez Hills
Sara Wilhelm has been teaching art at Stratton Elementary, a Nashville Public School, since she relocated
here from Richmond, VA in 1998. While in college she had the opportunity to study abroad in London and
learn about Contemporary Art and Photography through the American College of London. Sara’s paintings
and photographs have been shown at the Anderson Gallery of Richmond, VA, as well as the Ultimate Art
Gallery in Nashville, TN. In 2006, Sara completed her Master’s degree in Art History through the California State University of Dominguez Hills. Her aspiration is to teach Art History at the collegiate level.
B.F.A., Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Jammie is a painter and sculptor with nine years (over 800 hours) of open studio figure sculpting and figure drawing experience . He has given many private lessons and has led his own open studios and workshops in drawing and sculpture at LeQuire Gallery, Brick Factory Nashville, and the Renaissance Center in Dickson Tennessee.