Bart Watkins co-founded and is the Chief Operating Office of Liz-Beth Fine Art, Inc. in Knoxville (1990), one of Tennessee’s largest art galleries representing local, regional and national artists. In addition to the retail gallery, the company operates corporate art programs throughout the region as well as a fine art publishing business.
In 2013 Mr. Watkins founded Method Lights, LLC. to produce and market a new type of picture light he created. The companies first product, the ML100 picture light, is now in full production and can be purchased in art galleries and other retail stores throughout the US and Canada. New products are currently under development.
In 2003 Mr. Watkins founded Power Source Technologies, Inc. to pursue the development of the Legacy engine. He holds five patents pertaining to this technology.
Mr. Watkins is a current member of the Knoxville Public Art Committee. Mr. Watkins is a current (2014-2017) and former (2003-2007) member of the Board of Directors of the Dogwood Arts Festival where he co-founded and is the current co-chair of Knoxville’s Art in Public Places. He is currently a member of the Knoxville Museum of Art marketing committee. In 2008 he was named to Forty Under 40, an organization celebrating top executives in Knoxville under the age of 40. He has served as a volunteer for the Knoxville Arts Council and in 1996 Liz-Beth Gallery was presented with the Small Business of the Year Award by the Council.. In addition, he has published two fine art coffee table books entitled Roads I’ve Traveled and Inner Harbors and Open Seas.
Mr. Watkins is also an Eagle Scout, the highest award presented by the Boy Scouts of America.