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Creative Professionals Lecture Series | FALL 2022

The Creative Professionals Lecture Series invites a broad range of interdisciplinary practitioners including artists, designers, curators, educators, and historians to engage with the campus and local communities. The Watkins College of Art is committed to inviting diverse and innovative voices that propel the transformative power of art and design forward. In addition to public lectures, students benefit from personal engagement with speakers through class visits and studio critiques.

This lecture series is FREE and open to the public. All lectures begin at 5:00 PM in the Leu Center for the Visual Arts Room 120.


 

September 12 – Arts Advocacy in K-12 Education

Join us for this inaugural session of our Creative Professionals Lecture Series! During this lecture, we will hear from three experts working in various areas of arts advocacy throughout Tennessee. Panel Speakers will include Amanda Galbraith EdD, Mike Mitchell, and James Wells. The session will be moderated by Watkins Community Education Director Jackie Tingle.
 

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Amanda Galbraith, EdD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate and adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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James Wells

Education Manager for Crayola® and current President of the Tennessee Arts Education Association
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Mike Mitchell

Visual Art Teacher for McGavock High School

October 03 – Healing Through the Arts

Join us for the second session in our Creative Professionals Lecture Series! During this lecture, we will hear from United States Marine Veteran and ceramic artist, Richard Casper. Casper will speak about his experience in the military and how art provided an outlet for necessary self-expression, which led him to the creation of the CreatiVets program.
  

Richard Casper

Artist, Veteran, and Co-Founder of the CreatiVets program

5 and 10 Years of Innocence, 2011

For this work, the artist collaborated with a 5 and 10-year-old to paint on the ceramic figures.

Pieces of Me, 2017

This piece speaks to the toll taken on the artist by engaging in the CreatiVets program.

November 07 – The Role of the Curator

This session in the Creative Professionals Lecture Series speaks to The Role of the Curator. During this lecture, we will hear from three curators working in varied exhibition spaces throughout Tennessee. Panel Speakers will include Karlota Contreras-Koterbay (Gallery Director and Curator for the Slocumb Galleries at East TN State University in Johnson City), Katie Shaw (Owner and Director of Red Arrow Gallery in East Nashville), and Mark Scala (Chief Curator at the Frist Museum of Art in Downtown Nashville). The session will be moderated by Watkins College of Art Director of Galleries & Programming Katie Mitchell.
   

Karlota Contreras-Koterbay

Gallery Director and Curator for the Slocumb Galleries at East TN State University in Johnson City

Katie Shaw

Owner and Director of Red Arrow Gallery in East Nashville

Mark Scala

Chief Curator at the Frist Museum of Art in Downtown Nashville

The Creative Professionals Lecture Series is presented by the Watkins College of Art at Belmont University and made possible through grant funding provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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