Joseph Newsome



Cope: BFA Senior Thesis Announcement

I am happy to say that my experience at Watkins is coming to an end. I have grown so much as an artist in these past few years and with that I would like to make a big statement with my BFA senior thesis.

"Cope," is a fractal memory installation confronting childhood sexual abuse. With it I hope to help others find solace and to raise awareness about the underrepresented issues revolving around men who have suffered from unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. To learn more about Cope click HERE. and for those of you that would like to help support please visit


Calhoun Press Release

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Calhoun, an exhibition of photography by Watkins senior Joseph Newsome, at its downtown gallery WAG during the February 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m.

In Calhoun, Newsome uses photographs to investigate the small north Florida county where he was raised. With uncovered memories of his childhood, each observation becomes a commentary on the distance of those memories, and he photographs this rural area as it is now, equating his childhood trauma with a decaying, distant, and slowly discarded way of life.

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 6-9 p.m.), 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