President’s Letter

J Kline Ph.D. Watkins headshot low-res WwebArt is an indispensable quality of the human experience.

It surrounds us, feeds us, enrages us, inspires us; it is provocative, messy, considered, spontaneous, intuitive, perfect, and incomplete.

It is human. Art is the reflection of our shared experience—Hamlet’s “mirror up to nature.” It comments upon the present and forecasts the future. Artists are the cartographers of the infinite and the scribes of the immediate.

At Watkins College of Art, Design & Film you will become the artist you are meant to be. You will never work harder and you will demand greater challenges. You will be fearless, vulnerable, generous, brilliant, and naive all at once. You will have a life of trial, success, failure, risk, and growth in every moment. You will have the privilege of leading life “all-in.”

Nashville is a city on the cutting edge of the creative economy and Watkins its shining star in art education. Your training at the college, and experience of the vast opportunities the city affords, will prepare you for a career in your discipline. You will meet legends of the art world, experience classic and contemporary masterpieces, and leave us prepared in technique, vision, aesthetic, and business savvy.

Watkins’ faculty members are leading practitioners in their fields. They will bring to you real life experience, based upon unparalleled professional success. Watkins professors all come to us at the height of their careers, wanting only to make such achievement happen for you. The college is beautiful; the equipment, studios, and technology are the best to be found.

At Watkins we—students, staff, and faculty—welcome you to the life of the mind and invite you into the community of artists. Here you will find that together, nothing is impossible.

J. Kline, Ph. D.
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photo by Kristy West