Watkins College Film School Senior Presentations

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Join Watkins’s Film School as its seniors present their powerful capstone work.


Interior Design Senior Show

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Join Watkins’s interior design senior as they present their capstone work in the Currey Gallery.

Senior Show – Photography

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Photographers Annalyse Moncrief and Joshua Ungurait present their capstone work in two shows, the opening reception of which takes place on Thursday, April 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Annalyse Moncrief

Divination by Water

Divination by Water is an exploration into overwhelming experiences. It is designed to immerse the viewer in situations, from the deeply personal to the monumental, through the intimate narrative of the book. Viewers are encouraged to explore what it means to become lost in the enormity of an experience by interacting with the books in the show, creating through them small encounters with the immense.

Joshua Ungurait

Sit. Stand. Kneel.

The flag is the most prominent and ubiquitous symbol of the United States, yet its context and relationship to the viewer is in constant flux. As America grows and changes, so does the flag. Through an extensive body of documentary photographs, Ungurait asks the question, To whom does the flag belong, to the nation or to the people?




May at WAG – Patchbay

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Patchbay is a Nashville-based experimental art and new music program which commissions collaborations between visual artists and music composers. This installation is the collective effort of artists Chris Strachan and Kay Kennedy, and composer Matt Kinney.


HERE is a video and audio performance organized around the DIKW Pyramid, a hierarchical system of categorizing insight. The piece unfolds into four movements, one for each layer of the pyramid: data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. Each tier alters the performer’s interpretation of the world they perceive. As the world becomes more complex, so does language and individual experience. The performers drift farther and farther from objectivity until it disappears completely.

Senior Show – Fine Art

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Come view five emerging voices in the visual art world with this senior show:

Jazmin Lara

This work investigates childhood recollections through the use of photographs. Textiles will build the foundation of the works to create quilts of layers, allowing for a choice of discovery and mystery throughout the pieces. Delicate needlework guides through pools of confusion and solution in the investigation of comprehending the effects of pseudo-memory by using disturbances to fabricate truer versions of original reminiscences.


Kayla Miller

The exhibition is an exploration of the body of words built within the layers of a system, the act of the bodies that constructs the system, and the condition of the absurd crashing into the systems levels of power. Planning and chance within this relationship have no fixed identity; all that remains are obscured objects that assimilate around the concept of power in language, formed by the unexpected and the absurd and introduced through maintenance of labor as a performance.

Performance at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 13th in the Currey Gallery


Micah Mathewson

In Case You Forgot is an exhibition of new work by Nashville-based artist Micah Mathewson. These works are presented as three monuments, each carrying the responsibility of a monument – to remind and protect the specifics of an ideal or happening in time. Using the vernacular of a southern type 1 diabetic, Mathewson presents discussions surrounding themes of mortality and loss in the everyday.

Carly Piccione

January through April is an exhibition consisting of paintings and sculpture created between January and April of 2017. The body of work is an exploration of color, pattern, and imagery extracted from bits and pieces of an encountered environment. Through the use of easily accessible materials, the pieces are then reconfigured in a way that changes the context of their original setting, like joining together two pieces of a separate puzzle.


Hayley Vanhoy

This work investigates performative play as an offering of physical language where the process becomes the strategy of making and meaning is inferred by the doing.

Performance at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 13th in the Currey Gallery

Fragmentary Survey by Brady Haston

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Nashville’s obscure landmarks, urban reference points, and geology have informed Brady Haston’s work and provide the abstract structure for the paintings featured in this show. These paintings are not restricted to chronology and are aware of many different times at once.  “My work began with a casual search for images and ideas by drawing on online resources and from brief impressions of the Dickerson Pike area where I live. As this work progressed, I had the good fortune to come across Paul Clements’ book Chronicles of the Cumberland, a collection of letters and first-hand accounts of the people who lived in the Nashville area during the tumultuous early years of the territory. As I read about the struggles and stories of these late-eighteenth-century inhabitants, a deeper understanding of Nashville allowed my work to be in influenced by older memories and the specific histories of the places I pass through on a daily basis.”

Several of the paintings in Fragmentary Survey incorporate drawings based on the local environment. Tree House and The New, Old Forest reference the large, hollow sycamore tree in which Bigfoot Spencer, one of Middle Tennessee’s first white settlers, lived one winter. Meander Corner is influenced by the stories of early surveyors imposing order and geometry over an untamed wilderness. There is a definite conceit when a contemporary abstract painting refers to the past. At best the work will engage the audience through an elaborate metaphor and create a conversation that expands their knowledge of this specific area while helping to orient the viewer in a local, ongoing history.


Flux – Graphic Design Senior Show

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

View the capstone work of up-and-coming stars in the graphic design world: Lydia Jarvi, Elliot Hay, Chris Fornal, Lauren Vansickle, Derek Anderson, Melina Olivera, Marlon Marlborough.



April at WAG – “Dog Pile” by Kevin Dietz and Michael Hampton

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Dog Pile is an energetic drawing experiment between artists Kevin Dietz and Michael Hampton. The purpose of the experiment is to utilize the space with crossing narratives, and to occupy the wall. The wall will become a pile in the process; a pile will be formed through the process while the means of its construction is lost. Parts may be lost in the pile, a burial mound of cartoon context, but every vanished line offers an insight into another work, another narrative. Different stories come out on top. The story starts any where and ends anywhere. The writers block becomes the work. One page is over another, one mark is over another, and, one story is over another. The nature of drawing is in constant thrust. The eraser is the killer, and the pencil a knife! Cut and carve, mark and erase. Stack and stack. Sometimes an exact feeling is hard to place. So, just stare.

Japanese Film Festival at Watkins

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Friday – 7 April 2017

6:00 – Opening night receptions – Watkins cafeteria/deck overlooking pond

7:30 – Voices of a Distant Star – 25 min – 2002 – Animated (JF)

Japanese with English subtitles

The first major project by director Makoto Shinkai. who recently directed the movie ‘Your Name’ (Kimi no na wa), which overtook ‘Spirited Away’ to be the highest grossing anime film in history

Saturday – 8 April 2017

5:30 –  Miss Hokusai –Animated – 1 hour 33 minutes

Japanese with English sub-titles

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of- age tale.

Sunday – 9 April 2017

1:00 –  From Up on Poppy Hill – Animated – 1 hour 32 min

Japanese with English subtitles

Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house, Coquelicot Manor. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school’s clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider. Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, and produced by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1980 serialized Japanese comic of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written by Tetsurō Sayama.

3:00 –  The Gift from Beate – 92 min – 2004 – Documentary (JF)

This film first follows the story of Beate Shirota Gordon, who helped draft the Japanese constitution after WWII, particularly  the article which guarantees equality between men and women. The second half of the film follows a few Japanese women who used that newfound equality to embark on a number of ground-breaking projects.

5:00 – The Harimaya Bridge

English and Japanese

Daniel Holder’s father was killed fighting the Japanese during the Second World War…something he thought he had made peace with long ago, until a recent discovery opened up old emotional wounds. So when Daniel’s beloved artist son Mickey takes a job in Japan teaching English, it creates a rift between them. Mickey dies in a traffic accident, and Daniel’s profound regret at their estrangement is matched only by his increased resentment towards Japan…a country he thinks took not only his father, but now his only child as well. Despite these feelings, Daniel goes to Japan to retrieve Mickey’s final paintings. But despite the kindness he is shown and the evidence of the happy life his son led, he cannot let go of his negative feelings. But unexpected discoveries about Mickey’s life and legacy change everything for Daniel, forcing him to re-assess his feelings and the life he will henceforth lead.

Best of Watkins Student Films

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Brendan Tapley

Join us at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 27 for screenings of the best of Watkins student films. Admission is free but reservations are required. Write reservations@watkins.edu to reserve your seats for this event.



A camera crew follows around Marty, the General Manager, as he struggles to keep his restaurant in check.

DIRECTOR Jen Hartsel


PRODUCER(S) Jen Hartsel, Dalton Malone, Josh Landers


EDITOR Roxanne Nawrot



A young director leads his crew on a train wreck of a production.

DIRECTOR Cobi Noblin


PRODUCER(S) Cobi Noblin


EDITOR Roxanne Nawrot


BROKE (2:26)

Music Video for new group, Avenue Beat.

Making something out of nothing.

DIRECTOR Emileigh Potter

PRODUCER(S) Elliot Hay, Lauren VanSickle & Emileigh Potter






A young poli-sci major, David Dunkle, gets more than he bargained for when he goes on an interview for a Senate campaign internship.

DIRECTOR Ben Parsons


PRODUCER(S) Ben Parsons


EDITOR Ben Parsons



Set in 1984, STAR KILLER follows a 17 year old, Adam Anderson, who runs the Galaxy Arcade. When his world is threatened by local bully, Crash Boyd, Adam must find the strength within himself to beat Cash in his favorite arcade game, STAR KILLER, or lose everything.

DIRECTOR Aaron Scott




EDITOR Aaron Scott



Jacey is a poor, single mother indebted to her landlord, Roy, who extorts sexual favors from her. Her son, Harris, discovers what is happening and decides to take matters into his own hands.

DIRECTOR Jason Harper


PRODUCER(S) Jason Harper & Angel Brewer


EDITOR Emma Holyfield



Chaos ensues and secrets unravel when two men attempt to search for the perfect surrogate to bear their child all in hopes of starting a family together.

DIRECTOR Roxanne Nawrot


PRODUCER(S) Roxanne Nawrot & Krista Gail


EDITOR(S) Cobi Noblin & Ashlee Flint