Rachel Growden Kicks Off BFA Thesis Exhibition Series April 11
‘If I Could Only Win Ur Love’ Offers Unique Spin on Country Music Culture
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film launches its Spring 2013 BFA Thesis Exhibitions with If I Could Only Win Ur Love by Bachelor of Photography degree candidate Rachel Growden. The first in a three-part series of work by four graduating students in the Fine Art and Photography departments, the show opens Thursday, April 11, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and runs through April 15 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.
Growden offers photography, sculpture and installation in If I Could Only Win Ur Love under the auspices of the Country Music Preservation Society of America, a fictional historical society addressing the mythologizing that surrounds country music culture.
The exhibition and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; plentiful free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615-383-4848.
Rachel Growden, Murfreesboro, TN
BFA in Photography
Show title: If I Could Only Win Ur Love
photography, sculpture and installation
Statement: Rachel Growden is one half of The Country Music Preservation Society of America, a collaboration with Tyler Berrier [a former Watkins student now at Cooper Union] that is dedicated to identifying and preserving the evolving history and traditions of Country Music and to educating its audiences. Functioning as a local historical society and as an international arts organization, the Country Music Preservation Society of America serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, non-fans, students, non-students, scholars, non-scholars, and members of the music industry, affording them the opportunity to enjoy the treasures of America’s music and continue the tradition of the preservation of the image of Country Music.
Examining the space between the real and the constructed, the work of CMPSOA establishes an artificiality that contradicts the truth-claims often made by the culture surrounding country music, a genre that prides itself on its authenticity but is entrenched in commercialism.
“The Country Music Preservation Society of America is the brainchild of artists Tyler Berrier and Rachel Growden. The artists’ fictional historical society offers a display of bogus memorabilia, phony recording studio equipment, sculpture and manipulated imagery to poke a finger at the mythologizing that surrounds country music culture” – Joe Nolan, “January’s Art Crawl Looks Back While Moving Forward,” Nashville Scene (Jan. 5, 2013)
Updates to programming will be posted to the Watkins website: Watkins.edu.
The Spring 2013 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions will continue with work from BFA candidates Kellie Bornhoft and Ann Catherine Carter, April 18–22, and Pam Jolly Haile, April 26–May 8.
Public presentations by these BFA degree candidates will be held on Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m. in the Watkins Theater.
Regular 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 top — Loretta, inkjet print, 2012
At right — Dolly and Miley (wax figures), inkjet print, 2013
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