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Alumni Successes

The Watkins College of Art alumni are comprised of students from Belmont University, Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film, and the O'More College. Quality relationships with faculty, curriculum, study abroad experiences, internships, non-profit partnerships, and professional development combine for rewarding experiences that uniquely position our graduates to make a positive impact in their respective communities. From coast to coast and across the globe, Watkins alumni are using their gifts and talents to serve the world and its needs. We encourage you to “meet” a few of our wonderful alumni successes and explore their pages.
 

 

The Designers 

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Erqing Xu, 2018

Senior Design Manager
Erqing's Portfolio
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Payton Grant, 2015

Senior Graphic Designer at JumpCrew
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Amy Fucci, 2012

Creative Director at Full Focus | Brand Strategist | UX Designer
Amy's Website

"Every day walking into the Leu Art building, I'd see the words engraved on the building that read 'The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its countless, inexhaustible manifestations.' That resonated with me, as a creative who wanted to use design as a medium to help impact the world. Belmont was the launching pad for me to lay the foundation and learn the tools necessary to do that, as well as provide an internship as a path directly into a career in design." -Amy Fucci

 

The Photographers   

Jakob Wandel, 2018

Freelance Photographer | Director
Jakob's Website

Alex Crawford, 2010

Commercial Photographer | Professor of Photography at MTSU
Alex's Website

Justin Key, 2007

Photographer | Director | Producer
Justin's Website

"I had a wonderful experience in the art program at Belmont. My professors helped me sharpen my skills and build a portfolio that allowed me to get into my top choice for graduate programs. Even more, I've stayed great friends with my classmates and many of my professors. Those relationships have helped me in my career and given me a great group of friends." -Alex Crawford

 

The Fine Artists   

Lisa Bachman Jones, 2006 (BFA) & 2021 (MFA)

Visual Artist | MNPS Art Teacher
Lisa's Website

Danny Broadway, 2022

Visual Artist
Danny's Website

Erica Scoggins, 2012

Artist | Screenwriter | Director
Erica's Website

"I have received a wealth of knowledge from the Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. I have expanded the thought processes behind creating my work and have a stronger appreciation and understanding of the history of art and it's connection to my artistic practice." -Danny Broadway

 

The Entrepreneurs  

Liz Moore Marshall, 2010 (BFA) & 2014 (MBA)

Co-Owner and Board of Directors for Stik-Pak Solutions | Marketing
Stik-Pak Solutions

Rachel Whisler, 2015

Founder of RVPottery | Potter
RVPottery

Grant Gill, 2016

Founder of Grant Gill Furniture
Grant Gill Furniture

Elizabeth Williams, 2008

Owner/Designer of New Hat Projects
New Hat Projects

Jessica Maloan Vastagh, 2007

Owner of Gift Horse
Gift Horse

Rachel Moore Best, 2014

Founder of The Human Factor | Art Director
The Human Factor

"I am the founder and lead educator for The Human Factor, where I have worked with clients such as NASA, MIT, Boston Children’s Hospital, and more. Previously I was an Art Director for an advertising agency in New York City, where I conceptualize and produce creative work for clients like GE, Visa, and The American Red Cross. I owe much of my success to the Belmont faculty who invested in me, often far beyond the time in the classroom. They taught me to be an unconventional thinker, a calculated risk-taker, and a resilient heart in an industry that can be very critical. Those skills (and a lot of laughter and tears) have led me to create work that has been recognized on national and international stages with awards from Cannes, The One Show, Art Directors Club, the Webbys, D&AD, and The Young Guns International. No matter where my career takes me next, I’m proud to call the College of Art at Belmont University one of the many places I am 'from.'" -Rachel Moore Best

 

The Illustrators 

Sean Walton AKA Osean World, 2018

Motion Graphics Designer | NFT Artist | Content Creator
Sean's Website

Natalie Briscoe, 2020

Illustrator in Art Licensing | Children's Publishing | Represented by Advocate Art
Natalie's Website

Derek Anderson, 2017

Illustrator | Graphic Designer
Derek's Website

"My experience at Watkins was challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. Each class allowed me to explore a variety of different methods and industries of work, broadening my horizon of possibilities within the design and illustration world. My education led me to wonderful mentors that guided me to find my distinct voice as an illustrator and connected me to a larger community of devoted artists." -Natalie Briscoe

 

The Educators

Lauren Dingham, 2021

Elementary Art Teacher in Williamson County | Summer Programs Manager for Watkins Community Education

Caitlyn Henneberry, 2019

Middle School Art Teacher in Williamson County
Caitlyn's Website

Tara Woods, 2020

High School Art Teacher- Visual Art I, II, and Painting

"My time at Belmont allowed me to explore all of my interests and discover new ones. As part of the Art Education program, I was able to see what Art Education looked like in the school, museum, and non-profit settings. With all of this knowledge, I was able to seek out the opportunities that would best prepare me for the career I wanted." -Tara Woods

 

The Historians and Curators 

Bailey Tichenor, 2016

Founder of Artistoric
Artistoric

Andrew Palamara, 2009

Gallery Coordinator at the University of Colorado

Rhiannon Roberts, 2021

Editor in Chief of MADE IN BED Magazine | MA Contemporary Art Student at Sotheby's Institute of Art London
MADE IN BED

"Belmont's Art History program gave me a firm foundation for my career in the art world and fostered my appreciation of art and material culture. From my first survey course to study abroad trips and museum internships, Belmont provided me with many opportunities to learn about and engage with art from a variety of cultures and periods. I have been lucky to pursue a career in the field of art history. After working with several museums and galleries around the country I started my own art gallery, Artistoric, which specializes in historically significant works of art." -Bailey Tichenor