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Handmade & Bound Nashville

Is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations. Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will be held on Saturday, OCTOBER 4, 2014 at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.) in Nashville, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to the  events on the day of the festival, H&BN2014  is sponsoring the Poetry & Prints opening Friday, October 3, 5-7 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on the Watkins campus.

Watkins Library 

library logo The Library at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film supports the studio and scholars curriculum and the creative endeavors of our students and faculty. Our collection is focused on art and design with special collections in:  children’s illustrated books, graphic novels, zines and artists’ books. Watkins Library   library-1

Watkins Community Education

Community Education The mission of the community education program is to provide a distinctive education that will empower youth, teens and adults to embrace their artistic abilities and give them the tools to pursue a life of creativity. Whether you’re a “first-time artist” interested in trying something new or a professional looking to go deeper in your medium, we look forward to making art with you at Watkins — your place to create! Community Education offers non-credit classes, workshops and camps in art, design and film for people of all ages, skill-levels, and backgrounds. Classes are taught by talented practicing artists who help students gain an understanding of their chosen medium. Emphasis is placed on both the finished product and the process of thinking, designing, communicating and creating. Young Artists are introduced to art fundamentals through drawing, painting, working with clay and other techniques. Teens learn about past and present artists while expanding upon their artistic skills. Adults have the opportunity to explore areas of specific interest, allowing their creative voice to finally be heard. Download the Community Education 2014 Fall Catalog.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

watkins collegeIs a four-year baccalaureate college offering a studio-based curriculum for its Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography, its Bachelor of Arts in Art, and its Certificate in Film and Interior Design. The faculty and staff are committed to a learning-centered environment that challenges students to engage the mind, train the eye and cultivate talent and skill into an active realization of creative potential. Established in 1885 as a community-based learning institution, Watkins became a baccalaureate college in 1997, and it continues to shape and positively influence the cultural horizon and economy of our community through art, design and film instruction in an academic setting, as well as through the Community Education program for youth, teens and adults.  Watkins is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Watkins College of Art, Design & Film receives funding from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.   For more information, email

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