About us

Successful artists focused on your professional and personal development

Watkins Community Education programs are taught by practicing artists—leaders in the creative community who have expert knowledge of artistic processes as well as of the broader art world environment. We offer courses that encourage creative thinking through instruction in a variety of visual arts media. Find out more about teaching with the Community Education Program.

Meet the administrative staff

Maggie Fansher, Director

BA, Centre College
MBA, Belmont University

Before Watkins, Fansher received her MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from the Massey School of Business at Belmont University, defying the idea that artists can’t do math. But before all the spreadsheets and financial calculations, she ran her own painting studio at Marathon Village after graduating with a BA in studio art and art history from Centre College. A creative at heart, she has worked for many of the arts organizations in town, from managing the summer programs at Cheekwood to grant writing and show installation with Seed Space.

Sydney Grimes, Coordinator

BA, Belmont University
After graduating from Belmont University in 2014 with a BA in art history, Grimes worked at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts as the summer camp manager. She is a Nashville native who knows our growing arts community well.

Meet the artistic staff.