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WAG's August Show: The Spaces We Leave Empty by Photography Alumnae

at WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery), Nashville TN

Aug 01
WAG's August Show: The Spaces We Leave Empty by Photography Alumnae

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents The Spaces We Leave Empty, an exhibition of photography, video and mixed media by Watkins Photography alumnae Sam Angel, Lisa Deal, Jennifer Georgescu, C. A. Greenlee, Jenna Maurice and Abby Whisenant, at its downtown gallery WAG during the August 1 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Since graduation, the six artists have pursued photography and fine art in Nashville and other cities throughout the country; their show title refers to the photograph’s connection with reality and ultimately with an irretrievable past. It also alludes to the lives as students that they have left behind. 

About the artists:

Sam Angel (Nashville) –
With a background in photography and sculpture, Sam Angel (Watkins ’12) often finds the two intermingling, resulting in opportunities to create objects that explore how space affects us. Her images and constructed realities examine the spatial relationships within our environments and our selves.

Lisa Deal (Nashville)
Lisa Deal (Watkins ‘09) is a fine art photographer, mixed media artist, co-founder of Platetone Printmaking press, and an art teacher at Pope John Paul II High School. Her investigation in the design of engaging arts classes has included participation in the Harvard Graduate School of Educations’ program The Arts & Passion-Driven Learning.  

Her work observes reflexive resistance to impermanence and examines the tension between persuasiveness of stasis and submission to continuous transmutation. Rudimentary constructions and permeable figures teeter in the landscapes of her photographic and mixed media configurations, describing the effect that contingencies and proximities bear on behaviors and degrees of comfort as incubated within the body.

Jennifer Georgescu (San Francisco) –
Jennifer Georgescu’s work describes instinctual aspects of humanity correlating to and differing from societal structuring. With a background in painting and photographic arts, she utilizes medium format film photography, installation, and digital technology. Her projects analyze dualisms in language, relationships, mythologies and control. “I often search for the balance that exists in between these dichotomies. This is how I view humanity; always teetering on the line between fiction and reality, domination and submissiveness, self and other.”

After obtaining a BFA from Watkins in 2008, Georgescu was awarded a yearlong residency at Vanderbilt University’s Gallery F. She has received numerous awards, from Artist Portfolio Magazine, Camera Obscura Journal of Literature and Photography, and the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust. Her works have recently been exhibited in the Masur Museum of Art (Monroe, LA), the Detroit Museum of New Art, and PhotoCenter NW (Seattle).

C. A. Greenlee (Oakland, CA) –
C. A. Greenlee’s art practice is interdisciplinary, immersive, and research-based. Rooted in the practices and philosophies of photography, she also makes use of other mediums such as performance, drawing, video, sculpture, bookmaking and, most recently, reenactment. A native of Hunstville, Alabama, Greenlee received her MFA from California College of Art after her BFA studies at Watkins (‘12). She works in San Francisco, teaching digital photography at the youth mentoring program First Exposures, science at Camp Galileo, and 4D design at Southern Exposure art gallery.

Jenna Maurice (Denver) –
Interdisciplinary artist Jenna Maurice earned an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder after her BFA studies at Watkins (‘06). Relationships, relational dynamics, communication and problems with language are the things she questions, ponders and experiments with in her work. She is interested in the human experience of empathetic response, as well as the subtleties of the body as a tool for non-verbal communication. Maurice’s current studio practice centers around dabbling in whatever makes sense for solving the problems she wants to address. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, Canada, and the Contemporary LivingGallery in Lecce, Italy. She is presently interim director of admissions at Watkins.

Abby Whisenant (Nashville)
An artist, storyteller and community-builder, Abby Whisenant graduated from Watkins in 2008. She has taught photography workshops to children, teens and adults over the last ten years and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Underground Art Studio at Oasis Center in Nashville, a program she founded in 2013. As a creative professional in the youth development field, she offers teens an opportunity to use creativity as a pathway for self-exploration, healing, community service, and transformative justice. Whisenant recently initiated an interactive mural series with Nashville artists and youth involved in the Davidson County Juvenile Court, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. One of her public art designs was also selected for the upcoming round of Bike Racks by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and is scheduled for installation at Edgehill Public Library in Spring 2016.

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6:00pm-9:00pm), and by appointment.

WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit


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WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)

244 5th Ave. N, #77 Arcade, Nashville, TN 37246

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