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Seniors Dish Up ‘Hot Off the Grill’ Graphic Design Show December 5

November 13, 2013

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the senior Graphic Design show “Hot Off the Grill,” featuring work by Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Francinne Carranza, Ann Gowan-Smith, Xavier Payne, Ily Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Alexa Sullivant, Johnny Whitman and Tyler Zenk, on Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ruby in Hillsboro Village.

The one-night-only portfolio showcase, which is free and open to the public, will introduce the “eight fresh designers, perfectly seasoned” to the community as graphic designers and illustrators through print and multimedia projects in advertising, packaging, web design, branding, digital publishing and illustration.

“Each graduating class of designers chooses a presentation theme for their group BFA show, and this year’s ‘Hot Off the Grill’ concept was inspired by a conversation the students had in class one day,” said assistant professor Judith Sweeney O’Bryan, who serves as project advisor with Dan Brawner, professor and chair of the Department of Graphic Design. “Prompted by Tyler Zenk, they each described their idea of the perfect burger and from this, the phrase ‘perfectly seasoned’ began to creep into the discussion. It turned out to be an appropriate description for this group of seniors. They are all highly skilled, confident designers who have won ADDY and juried competition awards and completed challenging internships – they’re definitely ready to serve!”

For more information, visit show website.

Francinne Carranza (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) – BFA in Graphic Design / francarranza.com

Ann Gowan-Smith (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / anngowansmith.com

Xavier Payne (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design with concentration in illustration / xpayne.com

Ily Phelps (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design /ilyphelps.com

Courtney Spencer (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / psychiclemonade.com

Alexa Sullivant (Nashville, TN) – BFA in Graphic Design / alexazoe.com

Johnny Whitman (Port Angeles, WA) – BFA in Graphic Design / whitmankind.com

Tyler Zenk (Riverton, WY) – BFA in Graphic Design / tylerzenk.com

Ruby (rubynashville.com) is located at 2411 Blakemore Avenue/37212 (near the corner of 21st Avenue in Hillsboro Village, and surrounded by Fannie Mae Dees “Dragon” Park).

“Hot Off the Grill” is supported in part by Lithographics, Inc.

Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2013 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (just as they did in 2012), claiming 12 Golds, 9 Silvers and a Judge’s Choice Award.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art.

About the program: The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design at Watkins College begins with a strong foundation in the basic principles and elements of design and typography. The curriculum then builds in complexity until students graduate with a professional, high quality, entry-level portfolio. Coursework effectively covers art, design, typography, technology, professional practices and the history of art and design. Small class sizes allow for each student to have individual consultations with faculty at every stage of assigned projects. Graphic design electives, including internships with area advertising and design agencies, enhance each student’s education. The curriculum culminates in the capstone course, Senior Portfolio Development, where each graduating senior works with senior faculty to polish his/her portfolio. Finally, the graduating class, as a team, puts together a senior exhibition that features their portfolios.