Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Illustration, too, an exhibition of recent picture book art by Watkins illustration students, at its downtown gallery WAG during the January 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. (The show premiered at the December crawl.)
A wide variety of traditional and digital mediums – both process work and finished art – are represented in this family-friendly exhibit, which features illustrations of Thumbelina, Froggie Went a-Courtin’, Moby Dick, The Wizard of Oz, The White Knight, How the Robin Got its Red Breast, Red Feather and others. All work was produced this semester by students from the Graphic Design, Fine Art and Bachelor of Art programs in Professor Dan Brawner’s Illustration II class, which explores character development, sequential imagery and visual storytelling as related to storyboards, picture books, game design, and animation.
Participating illustrators are Barbara Ball, Michael Cribbs, Ross Denton, J Greer, Casimira Guarini, Jarryd Harris, Cassie Isenhower, Don Mann, Brian Poteete and Jill Thompson.
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.
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 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. Visit the First Saturday Art Crawl for more information.