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About the Watkins Core Studies program
About the Program

Watkins equips you to master a diverse set of digital and hands-on skills that 21st-century creative practice requires.

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Core Studies at Watkins College of Art
Curriculum

Fundamental principles of design, composition, art, and social science combined with studio research and practice set the stage for all your creative explorations at Watkins.

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Karla Stinger-Stein

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

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Faculty:
Full—and part-time faculty
along with professionals
in the field

Associate Professor

Director of General Education

Chair

Associate Professor

BFA Studio Art, Middle Tennessee State University
MFA Art, Montana State University
Following graduate school, Haston spent the next eight years in Chicago teaching at Columbia College before returning to Nashville. His shows include Paintings and Sketchbooks and Abstract Painting in Tennessee (Cheekwood Museum of Art), the Los Angeles Printmaking Society National Exhibition, The Portrait: An Investigation of the Self (Camberwell College of Art in London), Bacchanal (Appalachian Center for Crafts), Art Chicago, Intersection (Contemporary Artist Workshop in Chicago), Superstruct (PLUG Projects in Kansas City), and Up Close with Prints (Frist Center). Haston is the recipient of the 2016 Tennessee Arts Commission for painting and a 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee. He is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery of Nashville.

Appointed in 2008

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Director of General Education

BA English, University of Tennessee
MA English, Tennessee State University
Cary Beth Miller recognizes that artists are storytellers, and she encourages them to translate into their writing the same creative and critical thinking they invest in their studio practice. Teaching artists gives Miller the freedom to innovate her course offerings and assignments and transform the way she teaches literature and writing.

Appointed in 2008

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Chair

MFA, Pratt Institute
Karla Stinger-Stein is an artist and founder of Photosynthesis Projects. Working across a range of media, Stinger-Stein makes site-sensitive work to address ecological vulnerability in the era of the Anthropocene. Her work includes transforming waste into building materials that support native plants for threatened wildlife habitats. Stinger-Stein has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum's IDEAS CITY Festival, the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Art in Philadelphia, PA, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York. She also has shown her work at Lafayette College, Pratt Institute, New York, the University of Massachusetts, and the Banana Factory in Pennsylvania. Stinger-Stein has participated in the GO! Brooklyn Museum Open Studio Project and received grants from the University of Massachusetts Arts Council and the University of Massachusetts Art and Art History Department. Her prior professional roles include serving as the director of development at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey and the gallery director for the Student Union Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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