Watkins College of Art

A Room of Their Own

April 12, 2017

Watkins’s new silo studios are poised to become the most creative spaces in Nashville. Although much has been made lately of colleges and universities tearing down their “silos”–spaces that keep disciplines from talking to one another–an important virtue of the silo can be overlooked. Spaces that allow allow artists and thinkers to go inward and … (more)

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The ADDYs Go “MADDY” for Watkins

March 3, 2017

At the student ADDY awards this year, held at Play in Nashville, Watkins made an impression. A big impression. According to Dan Brawner, chair of the graphic design department, “This was our best year to date in terms of number of awards, number of juror’s choice awards, diversity of categories, and number of students juried … (more)

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W. is for Watkins

February 9, 2017

The college undertakes a rebranding and in the process makes a new case for itself. By Ron Wagner Watkins. That’s how students and alumni know it. That’s how Nashville knows it. And, with the completion of a six-month rebranding collaboration with the advertising agency GS&F, that’s how Watkins College of Art, Design & Film now … (more)

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Film School’s Spring 2017 Auditions Set for February 5th

January 27, 2017

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Spring 2017 student film projects on Sunday, February 5th, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.  Directors of productions from the BFA and MFA film programs at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films can be made under the … (more)

Anna Jaap

Women of Abstraction

January 6, 2017

Opening January 7, 2017, Tinney Contemporary Gallery in Nashville’s Arts District presents, Women of Abstraction, an exhibition of new work that features Watkins alumna Mildred Jarrett and Watkins trustee Anna Jaap. “The common thread among these artists is their commitment to abstraction,” says the gallery. “Anna Jaap’s new body of work is full of emotion, … (more)

Virtual Reality by Sean Walton

Reel Disruption

November 11, 2016

As virtual reality changes the language of film, where it leaves the filmmaker has become an open question. By Richard Gershman Disruptive art may be a redundant term since arguably all art, in forcing us to look at the world differently, disrupts. But traditionally, when we think about art that disrupts, what we’re really thinking … (more)

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Making Space

October 17, 2016

Students in Watkins’s graphic design program talk about the drafting that went into their senior show. By Dan Brawner One of the first tasks for graphic design seniors at Watkins is to develop a concept for their senior exhibition, one that promotes the group. The selected concept and design inform the show’s poster, website, and physical exhibition. … (more)

Imaginary Flaming Lips Album Cover by Chris Adams

Pushing the Needle

September 21, 2016

< a href="http://www.watkins.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/thompson.jpg"> by Steve Wilkison Associate Professor, Graphic Design I still have the first album I ever bought. Snoopy vs The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen. (Hey, I was only 10 years old!) Shortly after that I joined the infamous Columbia Record Club (11 albums for $1.00!) and soon albums by Bob Dylan, The … (more)

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Film School’s Fall 2016 Auditions Set for September 10th

September 2, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Fall 2016 student film projects on Saturday, September 10th, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.  Directors of approximately a dozen productions from the BFA film program at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made … (more)

Professor Steve Womack Publishes a New Book

July 6, 2016

Long-time Watkins Film School Professor Steven Womack writes a lot more than screenplays. With eleven novels under his belt, he’s now started a small independent press and has just published his first nonfiction work on American politics. Called Why Politics Sucks With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little … (more)