Welcome, WAG: Watkins Announces Offsite Gallery in Downtown Arcade
WAG will debut at September 7 Art Crawl
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will debut its first offsite gallery, WAG, located in the downtown Arcade, during the September edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
The gallery’s opening show – A Larger Hole — on September 7 will feature work from six BFA-seeking students: Mika Agari (Fine Art), Robert Grand (Photography), Calen Smith (The Film School), Sharon Stewart (Photography), Hannah Taylor (Fine Art) and Johnny Whitman (Graphic Design).
WAG – an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery – is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and will be open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.
“With our inaugural show, comprised of students from a cross section of the departments at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, WAG hopes to immediately support a sense of community and cross-discipline representation for student artists,” said Kristi Hargrove, Fine Art department chair and WAG faculty liaison. “This gallery offers students a first-hand experience with all aspects of professional development as they learn what is involved in developing a publically viewed exhibition space. The young artists contributing to A Larger Hole will bring a unique perspective to the greater Nashville art community by showcasing the skilled and insightful minds at work at Watkins and by offering our students direct access to a space for public, critical and artistic conversation.”
The Watkins Arcade Gallery – WAG – is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists.
A Larger Hole on view Saturday, September 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Mika Agari (Fine Art)
Robert Grand (Photography)
Calen Smith (The Film School)
Sharon Stewart (Photography)
Hannah Taylor (Fine Art)
Johnny Whitman (Graphic Design)
WAG joins approxmately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus. Currey presents a year-round schedule of two- and three-dimensional artwork, as well as multi-media installations including sound, video and performance, by students, faculty and visiting artists. Admission and parking are free.