Watkins College of Art MFA Student working
Eye Opening

Designed by two artists, Watkins’s MFA in Visual Arts is allowing working men and women to discover, or rediscover, their callings as creatives.

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Seek.

Karla Stinger-Stein

Artist Doris Salcedo changed Stinger-Stein’s attitude about art.

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Bring your vision. We'll provide knowledge, resources, and mentors to help bring it to life. Deal?

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

I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.

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Start your journey by speaking with an artist in the Admissions office.

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Overheard.

The latest on social media
Overheard at Watkins

For the artist on your list... see the link in our bio for more information!

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Work.

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

Unframed.
Up close with the artists

The President

Trained as an actor, J. Kline sees art everywhere, as well as how to make it a lifelong devotion.

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The President
Trained as an actor, J. Kline sees art everywhere, as well as how to make it a lifelong devotion. 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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Visit Campus

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
Hatch, Nashville.

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. 
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.
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.
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.
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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Reveal.

Give to Watkins

Breakthroughs begin here. Support where the creative economy begins.

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Pipeline.
Watkins in the world

Pipeline.
Watkins in the world

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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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. Read More

News.
Stay current with Watkins

News.
Stay current with Watkins

The Artist on Your List

Don’t be stumped for the holidays. We have recommendations from the best of sources.

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The Artist on Your List

Don’t be stumped for the holidays. We have recommendations from the best of sources.

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Visit Watkins for Portfolio Day
Watkins Portfolio Day

Want to take the first step in your artistic journey but aren’t quite sure how? Join us for Watkins Portfolio Day and meet with faculty and other artist-professionals.

Tennessee Craft Professional Workshop
Tennessee Craft Professional Workshop

Tennessee Craft offers an annual, one-day professional development workshop, hosted and co-sponsored by Watkins College of Art, to help artists grow their craft careers.

Watkins College of Art MFA Open House
MFA Open House 

Watkins’s film MFA is immersive and the MFA in Visual Arts is low-residency. Take the first step with either program by joining us for this event, meeting faculty and fellow artists, and exploring your interests.

Butterfly Garden, Watkins College of Art
Spring Open House

Join us for our Spring Open House where you can take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, attend presentations about the college and its offerings.

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