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Graphic Design Aims ‘Out Of This World’ for May 1 Showcase

April 28, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the senior Graphic Design show “Out Of This World,” featuring work by Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Richard Cook, Chris Fowler, Cassie Isenhower-Coon, Katelyn Pennington and Marty Potts Jr., on Thursday, May 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the offices of Anode, Inc. in East Nashville.

OOTW 5.1.14 poster

Click on poster for larger version (designed for 3-D by Richard Cook)

The one-night-only portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce five ‘out of this world” designers to the community. On display will be their work in print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, web design, branding, digital publishing and illustration.

Each graduating class of graphic designers at Watkins chooses a presentation theme for their group BFA show, and this year’s concept was inspired by conversations with local businesspeople and teachers. The phrase, “You will be entering the real world soon,” inspired Richard Cook to think, “We must be leaving a world and entering a new world.”

According to assistant professor Judith Sweeney O’Bryan, who serves as project advisor with Dan Brawner, chair of the Department of Graphic Design, “The ‘out of this world’ idea describes not only the impressive talents, skills and creativity of these graduates, but also how far they can go in their new careers.”

For more information, visit show website OutOfThisWorldSeniorShow.com.

  • Richard Cook (Goodlettsville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / squarecook.com
  • Chris Fowler (Shreveport, LA) – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in illustration / Canon-Thought.com
  • Cassie Isenhower-Coon – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in illustration and web development / cassieisenhower.com
  • Katelyn Pennington (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in web development / katelynpennington.com
  • Marty Potts Jr. (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / martypottsjr.com

The creative agency Anode, Inc. (anode.com) is located at 926 Main Street/37206 (near the corner of McFerrin Avenue) in East Nashville.

“Out Of This World” is supported in part by Anode, Dodat Communications, Skyline Exhibitor Services and Athens Paper.

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.

Richard Cook report

Richard Cook

Richard Cook has been a graphic designer in Nashville for many years. He sought a BFA degree from Watkins to reinforce his work with digital technology, including web design and animation. Richard’s background encompasses logo design, branding, packaging, print collateral and illustration. His work has been printed and sold worldwide. In keeping with modern technology, his illustrations can be purchased at Illustrationsource.com. More original designs and illustrations can be purchased at redbubble.com and on his web site through the link “A History Of Horror Films.”  His work has been recognized by the Nashville Student ADDYS (Silver), the Houston Advertising Federation (Gold and Silver) and Print Magazine (two Design Excellence honor)

Chris Fowler moved to Tennessee in 2007, from Shreveport, Louisiana.  He received an Associate degree in Applied Art Sciences from Volunteer State Community College before transferring to Watkins to receive a BFA in Graphic Design with a focus in Illustration. He loves pen and ink, and enhancing them with digital color.


Cassie Isenhower-Coon

Cassie Isenhower-Coon will be graduating with her graphic design BFA, with a concentration in illustration and web development. Her two greatest passions in life are to create and to travel (especially to Mexico). The adventure of travel inspires the creative side in her, and she is striving to find a career that encompasses both. An accomplished photographer, Cassie also enjoys integrating collage, texture and charcoal hand drawings into her design and web-based projects.  Her work has been recognized in the annual juried Graphic Design show, “Split & Twisted.”

Katelyn Pennington packaging

Pasta Trio packaging design by Katelyn Pennington

Originally from Michigan, Katelyn Pennington moved to Nashville five years ago and fell in love with the city. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in web development from Watkins, Katelyn’s dream is to work at a local agency as a front-end web developer. She has a graphic design history but has a real passion for web development. She lives for those moments when she builds something that functions flawlessly and the clients are overjoyed with the product.

Marty Potts Jr. is a Nashville native who has always been inspired by great typography, vintage and handmade items, and music that tells a story. He believes that good design is all about solving problems, provoking thoughts, and inspiring ideas. He strives to accomplish these goals with every project he is a part of, whether digging through code, sketching out visions for a current project, or sharing his latest idea for an app/business venture. His dream is “to use my skills as a designer and communicator to spread hope and love to people around the world.”