Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents The Terrible Three from Tennessee (…now in Chicago), featuring work by Graphic Design alumni Julian Baker, Andy Gregg, and Shelby Rodeffer, at its downtown gallery WAG during the October 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
According to Dan Brawner, chair of the Graphic Design department, even before graduation, these three amazing creatives were making their mark in Nashville through highly visible design projects for classwork, popular festivals, internships and freelance gigs. Immediately upon graduation, Julian Baker (’09) was hired as lead designer at Jack White’s Third Man Records; Andy Gregg (’10) was hired as illustrator/designer at Anderson Design Group and, after working part-time at Isle of Printing and freelancing for Anderson Design Group, Shelby Rodeffer (’11) joined redpepper as designer/illustrator.
After a couple of insanely productive years, Andy quit his job to follow his heart (and girlfriend) to Chicago, and in no time, the global marketing and technology agency Digitas, offered him a design position. A short time later he recommended Shelby for a job there. She accepted, and her boyfriend, Julian Baker – who had, arguably, the most coveted design position in Nashville – faced a stay-or-go decision…but love won and he relocated with her. In addition to being a designer at Chicago-based BBDO Worldwide, he and Shelby also founded The Finer Things, a small business dedicated to the production of artful artifacts.
About the artists
Nashville native Andy Gregg is a graphic designer and illustrator working in Chicago. While on the full-time design staff at Anderson Design Group, Andy created work for such Nashville greats as the Grand Ole Opry, Vanderbilt University and the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Additional clients have included Ram Trucks, Creative Artists Agency, Gibson Guitar and Denny’s. Andy has received local and regional ADYY awards and has enjoyed attention from many cool design forums like Print, HOW, The Dieline, Design Work Life, and Laughing Squid. Visit his site for Writ Large Studio.
Shelby Rodeffer’s aesthetic is the result of growing up in Nashville, where she ate a lot of hot chicken, saw a lot of live music and learned a lot about letterpress. She a embraces evidence of the human hand in her work with fondness for art that merges typography and imagery. In the future, she hopes to go on adventures with her sign painting kit, then settle down to open up a print-studio-slash-pizza-place-slash-bicycle-repair-shop. Visit ShelbyRodeffer.com
Julian Baker is a graphic designer on paper, but likes to dabble in as many industrious crafts as his hands can handle. The Finer Things, a small studio of artful artifacts which he co-founded with Shelby, is a way for him to balance all the time spent hunkered over a computer screen with the important practice of creating things that are real and tangible. When there is left over time after that, you can expect to find him tinkering with something on two wheels or fiddling with old cameras. Visit JulianSBaker.com
About the name
During the 1940s, The Chicago Tribune editorial cartooning staff consisted of three Nashville Tennessean cartoonists, Carey Orr (Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist), Joseph Parrish and Ed Holland, referred to as “The Terrible Three from Tennessee” by then-publisher Colonel McCormick.
WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.
WAG joins approximately 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 nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
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. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery,the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.
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