The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse
Aug 30 – Sep 29 all-day

The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse is an exhibition of eight local
painters attempting to give their ephemeral, storied experiences physical and social
bodies. They are critically aware of painting’s discursive conditions; consequentially, they
manifest various impulses that were exiled from modern painting throughout its
triumphal history such as allegory, mannerism, decoration, illusionism, eroticism, and
formal eccentricities. These painters recognize these conditions as latent in Modernism
and restore them, recovering a future for painting from the ruins of its past.

Participating Artists: Ron Buffington, Paul Collins, Patrick DeGuira, Brady Haston,
James Perrin, Karen Seapker, Kelly Williams, and Lain York

Curated by Watkins College of Art faculty member, Terry Thacker

Reception, Thursday, September 14, 5:00-6:30 PM followed by a panel

Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Tom Williams, professor of art history, Watkins College of Art
Terry Thacker, professor of studio art, Watkins College of Art

Visiting Artist in Film: Bob Raines
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Executive Director of the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, Bob Raines will visit Watkins on September 25th. Raines administers the state’s film and TV incentive program; negotiates film, television, and music projects; and markets the unique aspects of doing business in Tennessee to companies throughout the country and around the world. 

Visiting Artist in Film: Steve Gomer
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Steve Gomer is an American film and television director.He made his directorial debut with Sweet Lorraine (1987), starring Maureen Stapleton, and went on to direct Fly by Night (1993), Sunset Park (1996), starring Rhea Perlman, and Barney’s Great Adventure (1998). Gomer shifted into television directing in 2000 with the “Hanlon’s Choice” episode of Chicago Hope. He has since directed for Gilmore GirlsAlly McBealJoan of ArcadiaThe UnitPrivate Practice, and several other programs.

After a hiatus of six years, Gomer returned to feature directing with All Saints (2017), based on the true story of preacher Michael Spurlock and the All Saints church. The film proved to be his most critically and commercially successful film, earning a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a worldwide box office gross of $4.1 million.

Core Studies Visiting Artist Show
Oct 5 – Oct 27 all-day

On view, the works of artists Mary Mattingly, Alex Crawford, and Heather Sincavage.

Mary Mattingly: Working through varied forms of sculpture, photography, video, and performance, Mattingly focuses on environmental, economic, and political change. Her works include spherical living-systems incorporating rainwater, edible gardens, and solar panels. Her work has been exhibited at the Museo Nacional de la Bellas Artes de la Habana, Cuba; Green Papaya Art Projects; the DeCordova Museum; and others.

Heather Sincavage: An interdisciplinary artist using drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance, Sincavage explores durational mediations of the body. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, and has been a fellow at Can Serrat International Center, Arteles Creative Center, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others.

Alex Crawford: Combining elements of performance, sculpture, and photography, Crawford released his first solo show, Trophy, while living in New York. Crawford continues to make artwork dealing with his relationship to his home state of Texas. His commercial work led him to become the art director of menswear site, Articles of Style; he recently moved back to Nashville to continue work both commercially and in the fine art world.

WAG Show: Make by Tying Pieces Together
Oct 7 – Oct 28 all-day

“Make by Tying Pieces Together” consists of new works by three Watkins students: Parker Aycock, Tristan Higginbotham, and Sandra Ventura-Benitez. This collection of work is a meditation on each artist’s understanding of identity and tradition, requiring a filtering, sifting, and cycling through personal histories to create memorials both purposeful and accidental. Parker Aycock is a BFA candidate in Fine Art. Aycock is of Iranian decent with an expressed interest in issues of cultural Identity. Tristan Higginbotham is also a BFA candidate in Fine Art. A multidisciplinary artist from Nashville, Higginbotham is a co-curator at artist-run space Mild Climate. Sandra Ventura-Benitez is a BFA candidate in Fine Art concentrating in photography. She feeds her art by volunteering with diverse organizations on issues that are central to her practice as a photographer. The show will run from October 7-28 at Watkins’s new gallery space at the Packing Plant, with an opening reception on October 7th from 6-9 PM.

Nashville Public Television Indie Lens Pop-Up
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary / By John Scheinfeld

Set against the social, political, and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist.

Visiting Artist: Mary Mattingly
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Split and Twisted
Nov 2 – Nov 16 all-day

An annual review of juried work by Graphic Design students.

Visiting Artist: Heather Sincavage
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Anderson Design Show
Nov 30 – Dec 30 all-day

A look at the work of Watkins alumni who have worked at the famed Anderson Design Group studio, which is known for high-quality original illustrated prints and books.