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Events & Exhibitions

Watkins College of Art

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The Watkins College of Art invites the public to enjoy gallery exhibitions and related programming. A current list of Events & Exhibitions can be found here, and admission is always free.

Upcoming Events

SPRING 2024 Exhibition Schedule

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In the Studio | a faculty exhibit

December 18, 2023 – February 23, 2024
Reception + Gallery Talk: Jan 25 from 4-6pm
Leu Gallery in the Lila D. Bunch Library

In the Studio is a faculty exhibition that celebrates the diverse and exceptional talent within the Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. It features a myriad of artistic expression and process, reflecting the unique perspectives, passions, and expertise of our esteemed faculty. In this context, each artist’s work reads as a study of sorts. The variety of work, from technique to stylistic approach, mirrors and complements the rich variety of teaching offered.

self portrait of artist in prison

Fifteen | Omari Booker

December 18, 2023 – February 16, 2024
Reception + Gallery Talk: Feb 01 from 4:30–6pm
Gallery 121 in the Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Fifteen is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Omari Booker that speak powerfully and directly to his story of incarceration, release and perseverance. In his own words: "Fifteen is about a 15-year sentence for a non-violent drug charge. And what it meant to be a human walking through, & coming out of, such a circumstance."

Omari is a visual artist based in Nashville and LA. While attending Belmont University, Omari studied Mathematics and other more traditional curricula before he finally focused on studio art and graphic design. He later earned his B.S. in Graphic Design from Tennessee State University.  

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Awaken Creative Potential | Daybreak Arts

January 15 – February 23
Reception + Talk: Feb 15 from 4:30-6pm
Leu Center for the Visual Arts Lobby

Daybreak Arts represents diverse artists with varying backgrounds in technical artistic training, college degrees, self-taught skills, and a common experience of housing insecurity. This exhibit embodies Daybreak's effort to bridge communities through artistic expression and find commonality in creating and enjoying art, despite potentially different life experiences, backgrounds, and training.  Daybreak's artists personify creativity through their abilities to create beautiful works and overcome obstacles to pursue their artistic goals. 

"We have people [at Daybreak] who are extremely creative. They'll take 'nothing' and make something beautiful out of it." -Daybreak Artist, A.M. HASSAN

Upcoming Exhibitions

March 04 – April 05
Reception + WCA Awards Gala: Apr 04 from 4–6pm
Gallery 121

Step into the world of emerging artists and designers in the Watkins College of Art! The Annual Student Exhibition serves as a launchpad for these emerging creatives, a stage where their talent shines brightly. It's a gateway to the art + design world for these budding creators, offering them a chance to publicly share their work. The exposure and recognition they gain here is a stepping stone toward their bright future as a creative professional.

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March 11 – May 24
Reception + Talk: Mar 14 from 4–6pm
Leu Gallery

The Dream Pool is comprised of 15 years of photographic work and archival newspaper texts from 1833-1835 that are intertwined with personal narrative. The images were made in three countries - Switzerland, the United States and India. The content and story line span two centuries, while the personal narrative spans several generations. This project has been supported by two Fulbright research scholarships (2012-2013 and 2018-2019), and it is the result of Associate Professor Christine Rogers' Fall 2022 sabbatical.

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April 15 – May 03 
Gallery 121 & LCVA Lobby
BFA Thesis Presentations: Apr 16 at 5pm in LCVA 120
Reception: May 02 from 5–7pm in LCVA

The Watkins College of Art at Belmont University presents an annual exhibition of fine arts majors' senior thesis projects. This exhibit culminates in a reception that includes the presentation of senior graphic design, experiential design, and illustration portfolios.

The Watkins College of Art invites the community to enjoy exhibitions and related programming. All galleries are free and open to the public. Sign up to receive the monthly WCA Gallery Newsletter and stay up to date on the latest open programming. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Do you have questions about our galleries? Please reach out via email to Katie Mitchell, Director of Galleries & Programming.

Identity, Feminity, and Sprirituality : Shin-hee Chin & Suki Kwon


The Watkins College of Art operates four art galleries in Nashville that promote the exhibition of current student, faculty, alumni, and contemporary artists.

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Watkins College of Art

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Phone:  (615) 460-6770

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