Cole Bankston, film maker, Loser by Birth
Braving the Greys

Cole Bankston wasn’t prepared for the complexity of an artwork that explored abuse, murder, and capital punishment. But that complexity created the artist in him.

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Jennifer Bonior

Award-winning director and producer, Jennifer Bonior struggles with self-motivation. But she has a mantra for that.

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Monday Motivation.
Wisdom from those who've been there.

In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn't read all the time. None, zero. Insist on time every day to just sit, read, and think. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

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Overheard.

The latest on social media
Overheard at Watkins

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Overheard at Watkins

Core Studies Chair Karla Stinger-Stein describes in her Dialogue what Colombian artist Doris Salcedo showed her as an artist, and how that changed her own self-perception: watkins.edu/dialogue/karla…

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Work.

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

The Historian

Ashley Doggett's work addresses racial history with stunning and searching emotion, but her best critic remains someone very close to her.

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The Historian
Ashley Doggett's work addresses racial history with stunning and searching emotion, but her best critic remains someone very close to her. See More

pARTners.
Explorations in collaboration

pARTners.
Explorations in collaboration

The Bettering that Comes from a Brother

Connecting first as artists, the bond between these young men has pushed them as people in profound and permanent ways.

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The Bettering that Comes from a Brother

Connecting first as artists, the bond between these young men has pushed them as people in profound and permanent ways.

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The best way to know if Watkins is right for you is to spend some time with us.

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Implements.

The must-have tools of the creative

Ashley Obel uses an eraser at Watkins College of Art
Eraser

Mod Podge used by Angel Iwanowski at Watkins College of Art
Mod Podge

Micropen used by Gilberto Acosta at Watkins
Micropens

Inkpen used by Abraham Lara at Watkins
Inkpen
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My615:
Journey Into
America’s "It" City
Tourist, Cheekwood

Tourist

When parents and friends are in town, you may want to play the tourist (and that's fine!). Fortunately, Nashville delivers even when there's a crowd.
Bells Bend Park
Bells Bend Park
Filmmaker Quinton Hickman heads here in Nashville to help him hone his "aesthetic of the sublime."
The Cumberland River Greenway
The Cumberland River Greenway
Photographer Sam Angel introduces us to her favorite place in Nashville: a biking trail of golden light and industrial charm.
Art Student
There will be times when you need to resupply your toolkit and times when you'll want to be inspired by the works of others. We have both covered. 
Insider
Sometimes, it takes a while to know a city. With our list, you don't have to wait. These are the cool places to have on your checklist.
Foodie
One reason Nashville has become the "It" City is its culinary excellence. We walk you through the high-end eateries and the cheap eats that feel just as decadent.
Parks/Nature
The color green has been shown to improve creativity. We give you the best spots to refresh your focus.
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Pipeline.
Watkins in the world

Pipeline.
Watkins in the world

The Many Artistic Lives of Mary Gwyn Bowen

The recently retired nurse reflects on her long history with Watkins’s Community Education program and how it shaped her life.

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The Many Artistic Lives of Mary Gwyn Bowen
The recently retired nurse reflects on her long history with Watkins’s Community Education program and how it shaped her life. Read More

News.
Stay current with Watkins

News.
Stay current with Watkins

On the Bravery of the Artist

Actor and director John Carroll Lynch gave a stirring speech on the bravery of the artistic life that perfectly mirrors the mission of the college.

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On the Bravery of the Artist

Actor and director John Carroll Lynch gave a stirring speech on the bravery of the artistic life that perfectly mirrors the mission of the college.

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Graphic design show, Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Ethos, Pathos, Logos

The graphic design show, Ethos, Pathos, Logos, transfers from the Nashville airport to Bohan Gallery. The show includes the work of alumni in the graphic design and illustration programs.

Watkins College of Art participates in Nashville Design Week
Nashville Design Week

Nashville Design Week is a weeklong, city-wide series of interdisciplinary programs and events to unite the design community, promote collaboration and idea sharing, engage the public, and elevate the impact of Nashville’s design economy.

Douglas Percy Bliss, Watkins College of Art
Schatz Art Collection Benefit

More than 50 pieces from the collection of Mary and her late husband Walt Schatz, a longtime Watkins trustee, will be available for purchase, through a silent auction.

Self Portrait with 12 Boxes, Sam Vernon
Visiting Artist: Sam Vernon

Sam Vernon is an assistant professor of printmaking at Cal Arts. She earned her MFA in painting/printmaking from Yale University in 2015 and her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009.

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