Year’s Best To Be Named at Friday, Jan. 25 Reception
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the 16th Annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, beginning January 10 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The show has been extended and will remain open through Sunday, February 3.
A reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, January 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:30 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and department chair. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
All Watkins Interior Design majors were eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2012) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.
Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement. Watkins won the 2012 student competition at the annual conference of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and, for the past two years, a Watkins student has received the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award for outstanding interior design student in the state.
Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design, with all members of the 2012 graduating class currently employed in the interior design arena.
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. Admission is free.
at right: Hannah Masterson, Hotel Repose
About the program
The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are impacting the twenty-first century. Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professionalpresentation techniques and technical skills, will be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand the application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses offered within the interior design major encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. Watkins’ Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing that the standards and education given are of the highest quality.
at left: Emily Hill, Actias chair
at right: Kecia Dorrity Evans, Sustainable kitchen