Watkins will be a host for the Nashville Print Revival, a new printmaking symposium set for Feb. 21-23. The Revival, which is free and open to the public, will bring together many of the area’s premier art programs and professional print shops to explore the possibilities of contemporary printmaking within the context of Nashville’s unique graphic heritage. Participating schools from the Central Tennessee area joining Watkins are Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University School of Nashville (K-12).
The symposium’s daily events will consist of visiting artists from around the country working with students at participating institutions. Special public events will include live printing demonstrations, artist’s lectures, exhibitions and an open portfolio exhibition, where print enthusiasts at all stages in their career can display their work and receive feedback from their peers.
Visiting artists include Midwest Pressed (Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson) of the University of Northern Iowa, Laura Berman from Kansas City Art Institute, Brandon Sanderson of the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and Matt Hopson-Walker of CSU Fresno, College of the Sequoias. Artists will give workshops and participate in print performances and lectures at Belmont and Watkins.
The events culminate on Saturday with a “Spectacular Poster Printacular Print Fair!” and sale, featuring the best and brightest area letterpress, poster and print artists.
Nashville Print Revival was organized by printmakers and educators including Mark Hosford of Vanderbilt University; Andrew Kosten and Meghan O’Connor of Middle Tennessee State University; Jennifer Leach of Tennessee State University; Brady Haston of Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film; Jessica Owings of Belmont University, and Blake Sanders and Hannah Sanders of Murray State University.
This event received additional support from Nicole Hand and Jim Bryant of Murray State University, Cynthia Marsh and Jesse Shaw of Austin Peay State University, and Lesley Patterson-Marx of the University School of Nashville.
Updated schedule follows
Visit the Nashville Print Revival site for the latest news and to sign up for the open portfolio at Watkins.
Thursday, February 21
At Vanderbilt University
Print project with Midwest Pressed: Tim Dooley & Aaron Wilson
from 9 am to noon
E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Room 314
Midwest Pressed will be working on a 3-D print project with art students at Vanderbilt. Drop on by and take a gander at the project in progress.
at Belmont University
Belmont’s Department of Art presents the print-installation works by the Kansas City-based artist Laura Berman. Inspired primarily by her vast rock collection, Berman composes digital and traditional prints into colorful arrangements that are as vibrant and playful as they are purposeful and sincere. Exhibition runs February 18 – April 5.
Also, enjoy live printing events by Austin Peay State University and by Midwest Pressed’s Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson of the University of Northern Iowa (visiting artists at Vanderbilt University)
Friday, February 22
at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, in Metro Center
free parking available in the campus lot
- Open portfolio, 3 to 4:30 p.m . Sign up here. Visiting Artists’ work will also be on display
- Dinner break, 4:30 to 6 p.m. (eat at local restaurants)
- Visiting Artist talks, 6 p.m. Artists from local insitutions will give short, back-to-back lectures for the public! Line-up here.
poster designed by Johnny Whitman, Graphic Design ‘13
Saturday, February 23
Hatch Show Print
Got some free time in between events? Check out the legendary print shop
from 10 am to 5 pm
222 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville 37203
Screen-Print Mono-Types with Mike Martino
from 10 am to noon
Plaza Artist Materials
633 Middleton Street, Nashville 37203
The Nashville-based printmaker Mike Martino of Blue Fig Editions will be conducting a printmaking demonstration teaching the technique of screen-print mono-types.
PLATETONE OPEN HOUSE: Postcards from a Print Revival
from noon to 4 pm
Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts
535 4th Avenue South, Nashville 37210
A collaborative printing project with members of Platetone: Printmaking, Paper & Book Arts. Participants will create postcards from discarded prints, adding colors and textures through relief, monotype and screen printing. Postcard portfolio books will be available for a small donation, and participants may also self-address their postcard to be sent once dry. We’ll round up a food truck or two, and have light snacks and libations to celebrate the event.
Notes: 4th Avenue South is a one way street, heading south, and Platetone is located at the corner of 4th Avenue South and Lea Avenue, just north of Rocketown. Parking is available at the front of the building, along Lea Avenue, in the alley behind the building, or in the parking lot between Platetone and neighbor’s.
The Spectacular Poster Printacular Print Fair
from 7 to 10 p.m.
at Barista Parlor
519 Gallatin Ave, Nashville 37206
An exhibition plus poster/print sale (reminiscent of a mini Porter Flea). Local Nashville print shops and artists such as Isle of Printing, Hatch Show Print, Boss Construction, Sawtooth Printhouse, Laura Baisden will also be present and participating!