Watkins College photography students exhibit in North Wing Gallery May 1-June 7

Release Date: 4/23/2008. Expired: 6/7/2008

At the end of each school year, the students at Watkins College of Art & Design are left with a mass of newly created works of art. Many of them will take them home to be hung on walls, some are sold and others are even appropriately disposed of -- all usually determined by the often times fickle and discriminate tastes of the artists.

Caitlan Dillingham

One truth is that with each artist there is often an artwork that stands out above the rest; a perfect union of skill, talent, and concept. This is want each student of the arts seeks in his or her work and this is what the photography department aims for in its end-of-the-year exhibit.

The Renaissance Center in Dickson will host the semester exhibit of the photography students at Watkins College of Art & Design in the North Wing Gallery May 1-June 7. An opening reception will be 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2.

“This year we are fortunate to work with the students of the WCAD Photography Department in hosting their end-of-the-year exhibit,” said Armon Means, curator at The Renaissance Center. “Over the years since The Renaissance Center has been open, we have had the occasional opportunity to work with faculty and students from Watkins. While this usually occurs in small visual selections, this will be the first time a significant portion of work has been displayed by one department. It is also important to note that this exhibition has been organized by the students and juried by professors and artists at the students’ request.”

What this exhibit aims to create is a body of work made up of the best possible images from individual students, chosen by trained and practicing professional artists. There is a long and rich tradition of student exhibitions that can be seen as far back as the French “Ecole des Beaux Arts” and Academy of Fine Arts. “This tradition is updated here on the walls of The Renaissance Center, hanging salon style, which notes a filled/stacked space versus a single line of images on the wall,” said Means.

Organized, arranged and hung by students, this show presents their work to the communities of Dickson, Nashville and the surrounding area. It not only professionally presents them, but also gives these students professional experience in working with a gallery space. It also gives the audience an opportunity to view, and possibly purchase, not student, but emerging professional artwork made specifically for this unique exhibition.

For more information on the exhibit of works by photography students at Watkins College of Art & Design May 1-June 7, contact Means at (615) 740-5545 or armon.means@rcenter.org.

Galleries at The Renaissance Center are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and admission is free.

The Renaissance Center is a fine arts education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172. For more information, call (615) 740-5600 or visit www.rcenter.org.

Visit the Visual Arts Gallery page for more about the gallery.

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