The world needs more dedication.
Reflecting on his 60-year relationship with Watkins College of Art, Walter Knestrick remains grateful for the class he took at Watkins as a 10-year-old. “It launched a love of art that has stayed with me throughout my life,” he says.
Appointed by the governor of Tennessee as one of school’s three commissioners, Knestrick is passionate about the quality of work being done at Watkins. “I believe that in the next 10 years, Watkins will be renowned as one of the country’s leading colleges of art, design, and film. I’m committed to giving my time, my energy, and my financial support toward reaching that goal, and I’m grateful for the many others who’ve joined me.”
Knestrick’s enthusiasm is shared by many luminaries of the regional arts, business, and philanthropy ecosystems, including:
- Susan Basham, Watkins commissioner, partner in Belle Meade Shoppes
- Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Watkins commissioner, philanthropist, and cofounder of Equitable Securities
- Laura Turner, trustee, board member of the Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation and the Stephen Turner Family Foundation
- Waddell Wright, trustee, founder of W. Wright, & Co.
- Mary Schatz, physician, yoga instructor, and best-selling author of Back Care Basics
- John Steele, HCA Healthcare
- Jim Kelley, Neal & Harwell
A “major cultural institution”
That’s the official designation granted to Watkins College of Art by local and state arts agencies. We receive funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We are deeply grateful for the numerous funders who provided support during the 2017 fiscal year; they can be found here, in our year-end review.
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