Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

“Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky” / By Laura Dunn

A cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.

Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

“Dolores” / By Peter Bratt

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who has tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice.

Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

“Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” / By Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams

Explore the pivotal role of historically black colleges and universities on our national identity.

Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

I Am Not Your Negro / By Raoul Peck

“Best Documentary Feature” nominee at the 2017 Academy Awards, this film uses James Baldwin’s unfinished book “Remember This House” to tell the story of race in America.

Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary / By John Scheinfeld

Set against the social, political, and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist.

The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse is an exhibition of eight local
painters attempting to give their ephemeral, storied experiences physical and social
bodies. They are critically aware of painting’s discursive conditions; consequentially, they
manifest various impulses that were exiled from modern painting throughout its
triumphal history such as allegory, mannerism, decoration, illusionism, eroticism, and
formal eccentricities. These painters recognize these conditions as latent in Modernism
and restore them, recovering a future for painting from the ruins of its past.

Participating Artists: Ron Buffington, Paul Collins, Patrick DeGuira, Brady Haston,
James Perrin, Karen Seapker, Kelly Williams, and Lain York

Curated by Watkins College of Art faculty member, Terry Thacker

Reception, Thursday, September 14, 5:00-6:30 PM followed by a panel

Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Tom Williams, professor of art history, Watkins College of Art
Terry Thacker, professor of studio art, Watkins College of Art

July at WAG: New Videos by Micaela Herrera and Henry Jeck

Posted on: June 12th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

In this new exhibit, Herrera and Jeck present videos that explore various themes. Herrera’s work examines identity as a Mexican American by limning the differences within each culture. In a satirical approach, her “Authentic Tamales” acknowledges consumerist America by altering her grandmother’s tamale recipe with American ingredients. “Puerta Abierta,” made in collaboration with Ernesto Stewart, is a charcoal animation that represents escaping inner turmoil.

Henry Jeck’s work addresses the saturation of sports imagery that exists in American culture. Using video installation, he combines sports and religion to comment on the mythicized role athletes attain among fanatics.

Micaela Herrera is native to Nashville with family from Celaya, Guanajuato. She currently studies Fine Art at Watkins with a fascination in wearable-sculpture and painting.

Henry Jeck was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Nashville. He studied music from a young age as a trumpet player. Having been raised in a family of artists, he shifted his focus to visual art. Jeck is also a student at Watkins with a special interest in sculpture and video.






Yakishime – Earth Metamorphosis

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Starting June 5, 2017, in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, the Currey Gallery at Watkins will present Yakishime-Earth Metamorphosis, a traveling exhibition that focuses on the Japanese ceramic technique known as “yakishime.” Firing unglazed wares at high temperatures, yakishime has developed in distinctive directions in Japan, with some of the earliest known wares dating to the fourth and fifth centuries. The exhibition showcases such pieces, as well as other applications of the process, including utensils used in the sacred Japanese tea ceremony, tablewares, as well as non-utilitarian objects. Yakishime is one the most ancient and unique ceramic processes, but also an ongoing and contemporary one. Its high temperatures bind clays together and vitrify them, making them waterproof. Contemporary artists have adopted yakishime, weaving together tradition and innovation in compelling ways. A sensibility and aesthetic unique to Japan, the exhibit offers powerful insights into art, craft, and the profound and constant interplay between history and our current time. Guests are encouraged to visit the Currey Gallery to view the exhibit during Watkins’s business hours. The show ends June 30th.


Watkins College Commencement

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Watkins College will celebrate the class of 2017 at its Commencement. To learn more about the speaker, Nashville entrepreneur, visit here; to learn more about the day, visit here.

Fine Art Senior Show

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Four Watkins seniors in fine art unveil their senior shows:

Hannah Strobel

The works in the exhibit titled, Do They Move?, focus on the artist’s personal exploration of movement through painting, sculpture, and time-based media. These works contain the broad spectrum of everything the word “movement” encompasses, from the laborious tasks of our hands to moving from one place to another. The exhibition Do They Move? serves as a lighthearted and tender query posed by the artist to ask viewers to contemplate the conditions of a move.

Ian Corvette

In Ian Corvette’s exhibition, he uses a sound installation to ask, “What catalysts guide consumption?” Listen to mechanical reproductions and consider a dystopian connection between emotions and their potential as capital.

Lisa Harless

There Will Be Monsters is an exhibition that explores and celebrates the legacy of classic literary monsters. The body of work consists of pieces inspired by Gothic literature, architecture, and theory. The artist takes on the role the scientist, stretching, pinning, and suturing materials together to bring to life a new cult of monsters.

Corrina Joyner

In Corrina Joyner’s exhibition titled, the distance of the horizon collapses without my gaze, the artist poetically addresses perceptions of darkness and spaces of absence. Using physical and nonphysical mediums, these new works communicate absence through presence, and the ethereal nature of this as a psychological case.