Watkins Launches Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition Series April 11
Three shows in Currey Gallery will showcase work from four Photography and Fine Art students
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents a series of three Senior Thesis Exhibitions, April 11–May 8, celebrating the work of four graduating students in the Fine Art and Photography departments. The shows with receptions will be staged in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. All exhibitions and receptions are free and the public is invited.
Photography major Rachel Growden will kick off the series on Thursday, April 11, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Her work will be on display in the Currey Gallery through April 15.
Rachel Growden, Murfreesboro, TN
BFA in Photography
If I Could Only Win Ur Love
–photography, sculpture, installation
Rachel Growden is one half of The Country Music Preservation Society of America, a collaboration with Tyler Berrier 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)
The remaining schedule of Watkins Spring 2013 Senior Thesis Exhibitions in Fine Art and Photography follows:
April 18 – 22
Opening reception Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
BFA in Fine Art
Nothing is Unnatural, Everything is Degenerate
–kinetic and time-based sculpture
The heterogeneity of nature and culture endure the process of entropy as the boundaries between the projected concept of nature merges with the actual content of nature. Bornhoft explores aspects of entropy with in our landscape through technology and material.
Ann Catherine Carter, Birmingham, AL
BFA in Fine Art
My practice involves filtering materials, colors, shapes and signs found in current forms of consumer culture and creating alternative relationships and spaces through paintings and objects.
Advertising and packaging saturate everyday life. A new form of consumer culture have emerged as attempts to reduce, reuse and recycle. The work attempts to record and filter these elements by engaging and abstracting the materials, colors, symbols, and patterns. The work hopes to address how we interact with these types of products and create an alternate relationship with them.
Pictured at right: “Bimbo Cheerio,” acrylic and enamel on canvas, 2013
April 26 – May 8
Opening reception Friday, April 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Pam Jolly Haile
BFA in Fine Art
everything is everything
–sculpture, mixed media, installation
A creative thread runs throughout my life connecting my daily activities, spiritual practices, and art making. By challenging the popular existential belief th
Pictured at right: ”e = e,” mixed media, 2013
Updates to programming will be posted to the Watkins website: www.Watkins.edu.
Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.