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Sixth Edition of Handmade & Bound Unfolds Sept. 30-Oct. 1

June 21, 2016

Watkins presents the sixth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Free and family-friendly, H&BN focuses on  handcrafted and affordable book creations and features an interactive gallery exhibition and marketplace with dozens of vendors. The Nashville Scene described this unique gathering … (more)

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Watkins Artists Featured in OZ Pod Installation, June 21-25

June 17, 2016

One of the summer’s most anticipated arts events is the Modular Art Pods installation at Oz Arts, June 21-25 — and more than a dozen Watkins talents are participating. Curated by Tony Youngblood, MAPs (first presented in a one-night collaboration in 2015), allow artists to create individual “pod galleries” of various sizes.  In addition to the interactivity inherent within … (more)

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Six Watkins Artists Chosen for Learning Lab Program

June 13, 2016

Congratulations to the six Watkins’ talents selected to participate in the first Learning Lab Artist Training Program, professional development designed to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. Alumnus Xavier Payne, faculty Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Admissions staffer David Hellams, and adjunct/CE teaching artist Elizabeth Sanford are among the 25 Nashville-based artists in the  program, which is designed … (more)

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Stephen Jones’ ‘The Poke Show’ Plays at Summer WAG

June 6, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents The Poke Show: Inquiries for the Made-Up Mind, an exhibition of illustration work by alumnus Stephen G. Jones, at its downtown gallery WAG during the July 2 and August 6 editions of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m. Through linocut, letterpress and Risograph … (more)

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Co. H’s ‘Don’t Drink the Milk’ On View Through July 21

June 2, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the 2016 student summer show Don’t Drink the Milk, a mixed-media group show from Co. H and Friends, now through July 21 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. Curated by members … (more)

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“A Scene In Green” 2016: Recap

May 30, 2016

It was “A Scene in Green” when The pARTy, the annual event to benefit Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, returned to campus (4/23). Watkins’ president, Dr. J. Kline, and Board of Trustees chair Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr., welcomed 200 artists, educators, community and business leaders to the school’s Metro Center campus for cocktails … (more)

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WAG Goes with Mildred Jarrett’s ‘Without ‘Isms’ for June Show of Paintings

May 30, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Without ‘Isms, an exhibition of painting by Watkins alumna Mildred Jarrett, at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 4 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m. and throughout the month by appointment. Jarrett’s work is firmly anchored in non-objective expressionism, with … (more)

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Inauguration of Dr. J. Kline: Recap

May 23, 2016

Inaugural festivities celebrating Dr. J. Kline as the 16th president of Watkins were held on Friday, May 13 — the day before Commencement 2016 — in a 4 p.m. ceremony on campus attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni, academic colleagues, and friends from Nashville government and cultural organizations. We were most honored to welcome Nashville … (more)

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Watkins Commencement 2016: Recap

May 23, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! It was a beautiful day on the Watkins campus to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates from the Art, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography programs. Among the many highlights was an inspiring Commencement speech given by Callie Khouri, filled with personal reminiscences of her career struggles before … (more)

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Swaney 2016 Doubles Prize for S.T. Davis and Marlos E’van

May 15, 2016

The 10th edition of the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression witnessed compelling work from 11 students across all disciplines — and for the first time, two winners were selected. After intense deliberation by jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLC (both former associates of Mr. Swaney), Film … (more)