College of Fine Arts News Archive

May 2017

  • SFA screening: 'Bombs to Birds' documentary about Caddo Lake refuge

    SFA screening: 'Bombs to Birds' documentary about Caddo Lake refuge

    May 23, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Bombs to Birds" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    A documentary by award-winning photojournalist Richard Michael Pruitt, "Bombs to Birds" explores the rich history of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 7,000 acres set aside to protect one of the highest quality old-growth bottom land hardwood forests in the southeastern United States and the wildlife that inhabit it, according to information at imdb.com.

    Home to a munitions plant from 1941 to 1994, the EPA designated the land as a Superfund site in 1990. The Army's Base Realignment and Closure Division was tasked with cleaning the Refuge's acreage in 2000. Today, little progress has been made to clean the original fouled acres, and they remain closed to the public. Community inquiries about the status of the cleanup and Freedom of Information requests have gone unanswered, the website explains.

    Narrated by Texas author and performer Kinky Friedman, the 57-minute documentary was filmed in 2012.

    This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton and Main Street Nacogdoches.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Louisiana graduate student awarded Parker art scholarship

    Louisiana graduate student awarded Parker art scholarship

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    Grayson, Louisiana, graduate student Korey Burns is this year's recipient of the Gary Parker Art Scholarship.

    May 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Grayson, Louisiana, graduate student Korey Burns as this year's recipient of the Gary Parker Art Scholarship.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts established the scholarship in honor of the retired SFA School of Art faculty member who was employed at the university for 31 years. Parker not only taught courses but also directed the school's Summer Art Academy program for children and served as the gallery preparator.

    The FVA has established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the Friends of the Visual Arts board and its fundraising activities, such as consistently donating art for fundraisers, by providing monetary assistance, or by serving on FVA committees or board.

    Lauren Selden, assistant professor of metal/jewelry in the School of Art, nominated Burns for the award. She said Burns "illustrates a strong work ethic, which allows her to solve problems, learn about new materials and set higher goals for herself and those around her."

    A student of Selden's since 2014, Burns has assisted in teaching an art metals introductory class.

    "I have witnessed her giving demonstrations and working individually with students," Selden wrote in her nomination letter. "This past semester, she has also balanced a busy schedule assisting in the metals studio, working with students in open shop, and completing a challenging course schedule. These organizational skills will serve her well in her professional endeavors.

    "Korey has continued to grow when exploring content behind her artwork," Selden added. "I have been especially impressed in the past year to see her as a permanent fixture in the studio - always working."

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts is made up of community members who support the arts in East Texas and provide monetary assistance to students enrolling in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the annual 12 x 12 event every July.

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  • Southlake freshman Locklin awarded Frields art scholarship

    Southlake freshman Locklin awarded Frields art scholarship

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    Southlake freshman Shelby Locklin is this year's recipient of the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship awarded by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    May 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Southlake freshman Shelby Locklin as this year's recipient of the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship.

    To be eligible for the Frields award, students must "demonstrate an exemplary work ethic, show versatility in the use of media and techniques in two or more areas, and show innovation and quality in their work," according to the criteria established by Frields.

    Jeff Brewer, professor of sculpture at SFA, nominated Locklin for the award that honors the late SFA art professor. Brewer noted that he has had the pleasure of knowing, teaching, working with and mentoring Locklin for the past year. According to Brewer, Locklin is a "talented student and budding young artist."

    "Shelby has a very special gift," he said. "She has the ability to see the world in three dimensions. She is a sculptor!"

    Brewer described Locklin as "amazing to watch," adding she is in the studio "rain or shine, always pushing her creativity as well as her skill sets."

    "Shelby not only has this wonderful gift, she also has the diligence and drive that often escape the creative person," he said. "What genuinely excites me about Shelby's work is her integration of technology into her artwork."

    As a one of the leaders of SFA's Art Alliance, Locklin is responsible for planning functions, organizing fundraisers and promoting both the organization and its events, as well as coordinating the efforts of other students. Locklin attends every function for the art department, be it working all day at SFA Art Day for high school seniors or giving tours at Showcase Saturday to incoming freshmen. Also a scholar, Locklin achieved the Dean's List in her first semester at SFA and actively entered and placed in many art competitions.

    "I have seen firsthand the dedication and diligence she brings to the table around the School of Art, having worked with her on several projects in her short time here," Brewer said. "Shelby would make Gary proud in her approach to looking at the world as well as making art.

    "She always represents SFA in a most professional way, and I believe her attitude, skills and commitment will take her far," he added. "I look forward to watching her grow as an artist and a person."

    The FVA established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the Friends of the Visual Arts board and its fundraising activities, such as consistently donating art for fundraisers, by providing monetary assistance, or by serving on FVA committees or board.

    Known among his peers as a great advocate for SFA's art students, Frields taught courses in design, drawing and sculpture and served as graduate program coordinator for the School of Art before his retirement in 2012. He was a recipient of the SFA Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award and was appointed to the board of directors for the Texas Association of Schools of Art. Frields' involvement in national juried exhibitions helped in establishing the SFA Texas National, originating the concept and name, and designing the logo. The event brings to Nacogdoches some of the most celebrated contemporary artists as jurors. He originated the Art Prom and was a founding member of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, creating the logo and contributing to concept planning.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts is made up of community members who support the arts in East Texas and provide monetary assistance to students enrolling in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the upcoming annual 12 x 12 event in July.

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  • Awards presented at SFA's annual Art Alliance Spring Show

    Awards presented at SFA's annual Art Alliance Spring Show

    May 11, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Art Alliance student organization at Stephen F. Austin State University recently held its 34th Annual Spring Art Show in the School of Art galleries. Forty-four art students entered 82 works.

    Benito Huerta, distinguished artist and juror of Texas National 2017, juried the show. He chose 60 works for inclusion.

    The winners Huerta selected included Shelby Locklin, Southlake freshman, first place for "Corvid," ceramics and glass; Bailey Crow, Pinehurst freshman, second place, for "Lines" and "Morning Sun," archival inkjet prints; and Sarah Jentsch, Etoile junior, third place, for "In the Morning," oil on canvas.

    Honorable mentions went to Michelle Filer, Nacogdoches junior, for "Clock Work," oil on canvas; Laminda Miller, Gladewater graduate student, for "Rest in Peace Wren," ceramic; Sharon Robinson, Nacogdoches graduate student, for "Released from Quarantine!," mid-range ceramic stoneware; Selena Rodriquez, Baytown junior, for "Nude Study,"oil on canvas; and Javier Vega, Nacogdoches graduate student, for "Infinitum," audio installation.

    Each winner received a cash prize.

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  • SFA presents art scholarships, annual awards

    SFA presents art scholarships, annual awards

    May 11, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, announced the recipients of SFA and Friends of the Visual Arts scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year and other awards at the recent opening of the 34th Annual Art Alliance Spring Show. More than $35,000 in scholarships was awarded.

    Recipients and their scholarships and other awards presented included:
    Emily Buckland, Grapevine sophomore, awarded a Patricia Roberdeau Mast Scholarship.
    Bailey Crow, Pinehurst freshman, awarded a Patricia Roberdeau Mast Scholarship.
    Delaney Hahn, incoming freshman, awarded a Regents Scholarship for housing.
    Sarah Bone, incoming freshman, awarded a Regents Scholarship for housing.
    Gabriela Alejandra Hijar Soto, Creel, Mexico, graduate student, awarded the Piero Fenci Scholarship for Ceramic Arts.
    Jacqueline Morales, Plano senior, and Jacob Moffett, Hockley junior, share the Eloise Chambers Adams Art Scholarship.
    Tristan Brewster-Arnold, Cleveland senior, awarded the Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship and John and Doris Daniel Art Scholarship.
    Sarah Clark, Cypress sophomore, awarded the Diane, Casey and Court Fouts Art Scholarship.
    Katherine Daniel, Haslet sophomore, awarded the Elsie Arscott Art Scholarship.
    Korey Burns, Grayson, Louisiana, graduate student, awarded the Gary Parker Art Scholarship.
    Shelby Locklin, Southlake freshman, awarded the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship.
    Sherry Snowden, Nacogdoches junior, awarded the Art Alliance Scholarship.
    Austin Cullen, Cypress sophomore, awarded the Melba Cranford Memorial Art Scholarship.
    Jimmy Don Snowden, Nacogdoches graduate student, awarded the Snyder Family Art Scholarship.
    Sarah Jentsch, Etoile junior, awarded the Brian Philip Joseph LaBarbera Memorial Art Scholarship, the Debbie Simpson/Terry Miller Memorial Art Scholarship, the Stephen Weeks Memorial Art Scholarship and the Ed and Gwen Cole Dean's Award in Art.
    Chris Wicker, Nacogdoches junior, awarded the W.H. and Bennie Atkinson Gray Scholarship.
    Katie Liller, Cypress sophomore, awarded the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship.
    Ethan Donart, incoming freshman, awarded the Friends of the Visual Arts Incoming Undergraduate Scholarship.
    Alex Morris received the E. Diane Ford Art Education Award.
    Jamal Cole, Nacogdoches junior, received the Emily R. Hargraves Art Award.
    Randi Vinson Davis of Henderson, who graduated in December 2016, was chosen the Karl Schlicher Outstanding Art Graduate for 2016-17.

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  • SFA's Jones named national president of theatre honor society

    SFA's Jones named national president of theatre honor society

    May 11, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Richard Jones, professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, was named president of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society earlier this spring, bringing nationwide attention to SFA and its School of Theatre.

    An APO advisor at various universities off and on for 15 years, including the past six for SFA's Beta Phi cast, Jones will now preside over the organization's annual meeting. He is also responsible for reviewing nominations for honorary memberships and determining scholarship recipients, among other duties.

    Jones believes that his appointment as national president is, in part, "a validation" of his work as a faculty member and an APO advisor over the years, but even more so, it is about what SFA's Beta Phi cast has accomplished: a series of Presidential Service Awards and two national scholarship winners since he's been advisor.

    "Obviously, having my name and institutional affiliation on the Alpha Psi Omega website doesn't do us any harm," Jones said, "and, since the annual meeting of APO is held at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (the largest theatre conference in the country), I'll now be attending SETC on a regular basis, giving us further visibility."

    APO casts operate differently at different universities, Jones explained. Some are simply honorary, in that you earn membership and a line on a resume.

    "Others, like SFA's cast, are much more active as service organizations," he said. "For our students, becoming a member serves mostly as an opportunity to do more work: to plan events, ranging from an ice cream social early in the fall to the end-of-year banquet, to house manage or run the box office for Downstage productions, or to assist with community events like the Little Princess Tea Party or at Millard's Crossing.

    "Recently, the Beta Phi cast has averaged more than 50 volunteer service hours per member per year," Jones said. "I'm sure this level of service was instrumental in APO being named the Small Organization of the Year at this year's ODK awards."

    Jones' first association with APO came the summer between his senior year in high school and freshman year in college, he said. "I had done a (very) little theatre in high school, but I had no intention of making a career of it," he said. "But that summer, a friend was working on a production at the local college, and they needed someone to play a small part, so I did it, mostly as a favor to her. But I also got introduced to a number of students in the college program, and they all talked about their cast of Alpha Psi Omega.

    "My undergrad college didn't have a cast, so my next association was when I took over the theatre program at Union College in Kentucky in 1979," Jones said. "I was essentially a one-person department, so I pretty much automatically became the APO advisor. Then I was the founding sponsor for the cast at Cornell College in Iowa. When I came to SFA in 2001, Allen Oster was the advisor to APO. The student members asked me to replace him after his retirement, and, of course, I was pleased to do so."

    Jones earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, master's degree from the University of Birmingham, U.K., and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Previous teaching includes full-time positions at Union College in Kentucky and Cornell College in Iowa, plus graduate assistant or adjunct positions at Cornell University, New York; Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire; the University of Kansas, and Emporia State University, Kansas. He's taught a variety of subjects, from Eastern Civilizations to Stagecraft and Lighting to Journalism Practicum. But he considers himself as primarily a theatre historian with a specialty in Irish theatre.

    Jones has published articles, chapters and reviews on a wide range of theatre-related topics, and he was a Summer Scholar at the NEH Summer Institute "What is Gained in Translation" at Kent State University in 2015. At SFA, his normal teaching rotation consists of a two-course sequence in theatre history, beginning and advanced courses in play analysis, beginning directing, and topics courses (including a biennial study-abroad trip to Ireland). He received SFA's 2007 Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Fine Arts and was named Faculty Mentor of the Year at last year's Undergraduate Research Conference.

    Jones has directed more than 40 plays since graduating from college, including 19 at SFA. He is an active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and of the Professional Advisory Board of the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas.

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  • SFA's Music Prep Division offers summer camps, FlexLessons

    SFA's Music Prep Division offers summer camps, FlexLessons

    May 10, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is underway for a variety of music camps and private summer FlexLessons offered by the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music. Founded in 1980 by Shirley Watterston and Dr. Robert Blocker, SFA's Music Prep "continues to bring music to the community," according to Pat Barnett, division director.

    Guitar Camp, directed by Chance Moore, is from 2 to 3 p.m. June 5 through 9 at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. The camp is for ages 11 and older. Tuition is $50 or $75 with guitar rental.

    A two-week Get to Know the Harp Camp, directed by Emily Mitchell for ages 8 and older, is from 2 to 3 p.m. June 5 through 8 and June 12 through 15. The harp camp will be in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. Tuition is $160.

    Piano Safari Camp, directed by Polina Golubkovna, is for children in first through third grades, and no piano experience is necessary. The beginners' camp is from 10 to 11 a.m. June 19 through 23 in Room 223 of the Boynton Building on the SFA campus. Tuition is $75 and includes a piano book. Registration deadline is Monday, June 5.

    Private lessons are available for piano, voice, guitar, harp, Suzuki violin, horn, flute, trumpet, euphonium and other instruments. Students may register for four, six or eight lessons for 30 minutes, 45 minutes or one hour. Teachers and students schedule the private lessons and take into account vacations.

    Visit the Music Prep website at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep for more information or to download a registration form, or contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291. Music Prep will offer online registration beginning Wednesday, May 17, for those who wish to pay with a debit or credit card.

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  • Popular family favorites highlight SummerStage season at SFA

    Popular family favorites highlight SummerStage season at SFA

    May 10, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The SummerStage Festival at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a fun and funny children's musical and an emotionally powerful American classic play in its 2017 summer theatre season.

    This year's SummerStage Festival is slated for June 27 through July 15 with performances in W.M. Turner Auditorium and the Downstage Theatre. Both venues are in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. This year's plays are "Ivy + Bean the Musical" and "The Miracle Worker," and the festival is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford Lincoln.

    Launched in 2014 to take the place of the traditional Summer Repertory Theatre season, SummerStage is designed to provide less formal, fun and easy-going live theatre experiences for East Texas audiences, according to Dr. Rick Jones, interim director of the SFA School of Theatre.

    "Our summer season is designed so that people in the community not only can bring the entire family, but that they'll want to do so," Jones said. "The 'Ivy + Bean' series of books is extremely popular in elementary schools, and the musical promises to be, as well. 'The Miracle Worker' is one of the most beloved plays in American theatre, having been staged by hundreds of professional companies, community theatres and academic theatres."

    "Ivy + Bean the Musical," with book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and based on books by Annie Barrows as illustrated by Sophie Blackall, invites the audience to come meet quiet Ivy, who has amazing ideas, and outgoing Bean, who loves to put ideas into action. The mischievous second-grade heroines of The New York Times best-selling stories will be plotting their exploits onstage in this lively musical, according to Angela Bacarisse, SFA professor of theatre and the play's director.

    Known as the director of the smash hit "Spamalot" and the summer kids' favorites "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Musical," "How I Became a Pirate" and last year's "A Year With Frog and Toad," Bacarisse said that when "Ivy + Bean the Musical" comes to life on Turner stage, there's "mischief and laughter at every turn - along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship and love."

    "We are working with local libraries to feature readings of the 'Ivy and Bean' book series to go along with the performances," Bacarisse said. "It has always been important to me that reading be incorporated in the summer children's musical, beginning with 'How I Became a Pirate.' Each story is an adventure on its own, and then the kids get to see them come to life on the stage."

    The festival also features "The Miracle Worker," a three-act play by William Gibson based on Helen Keller's autobiography, "The Story of My Life." Keller, a young deaf and blind girl trapped in a world of darkness and silence, meets Annie Sullivan, an unorthodox and brilliant teacher. Despite the numerous challenges both face, Annie ultimately becomes the miracle worker who helps Helen unlock a world of possibilities, according to Dr. Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre and the play's director.

    Meier made her directorial debut at SFA with last summer's hilarious "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a witty comedy by actor, screenwriter and stand-up comic Steve Martin. "The Miracle Worker" will have a very different effect on this year's SummerStage audiences.

    "Most people today, a century and a half after her birth, have heard of Helen Keller, a deaf and blind pioneer in the worlds of disability rights and social justice," Meier said. "We know who she was. What 'The Miracle Worker' shows us (and what makes the play so timeless) is how, with the help of Annie Sullivan, she persevered in the face of those challenges to become that person, and that story is one that continues to inspire."

    "Ivy + Bean the Musical" will be presented in Turner Auditorium at 10 a.m. July 1 and 6; at 2 p.m. July 5, 8 and 13; and at 6:30 p.m. July 1, 8 and 14. General admission tickets are $7.50.

    "The Miracle Worker" will be presented in the Downstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 29 and July 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13; and at 2 p.m. July 15. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth.

    Ticket sales begin Monday, May 15. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • Rockin' Axes, Contemporary Ensemble to perform outdoor concert - CANCELED

    Rockin' Axes, Contemporary Ensemble to perform outdoor concert - CANCELED

    May 1, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    An outdoor concert of the Rockin' Axes and the Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University has been canceled.
    The concert was originally scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, in the plaza outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.
    There are no plans to reschedule.

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  • SFA's Summer Art Academy registration underway

    SFA's Summer Art Academy registration underway

    May 1, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is underway for the annual Summer Art Academy offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art for the two-week camp that will meet June 5 through 16 on the SFA campus.

    Students going into kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll in classes that include drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

    "Art Academy is an exciting opportunity for local youth to work with SFA graduate and undergraduate art students to create original projects using a variety of materials." said Dr. Cala Coats, SFA art instructor and director of the academy.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Art Building on Wilson Drive. An exhibition of the students' work will be at 5 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the Art Building. Afterward, the students may take their work home.

    The registration fee on or before June 1 is $185 and includes all art supplies, exhibition expenses and daily refreshments. Late registration after June 1 is $200. Registration information is available at http://www.art.sfasu.edu/artacademy or in person at the School of Art.

    For additional information, contact Coats at (936) 468-4264 or by email at coatsc@sfasu.edu

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