College of Fine Arts News Archive

June 2016

  • Wills awarded scholarship to study art at SFA

    Wills awarded scholarship to study art at SFA

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    June 29, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Lufkin High School graduating senior Sierra Wills has been awarded a scholarship to study art at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board annually awards a $750 scholarship to one deserving high school senior from an East Texas regional school who plans to enroll in the SFA School of Art to assist the student in furthering his or her educational and professional goals in the field of art. Applicants must show support from their high school art teacher and show promise in the field of art as determined by SFA School of Art faculty who review their portfolios.

    In her application for the scholarship, Wills stated, “Art is the passion that sets my soul on fire. Art for me is a part of who I am as a person. I have been creating art ever since I could hold a pencil. Art allows me to communicate and express myself to the viewer. It also helps me understand things and see life differently. I find myself inspired by nature and all of God’s creatures. Charcoal is my favorite medium to express my inspiration, with its bold and daring characteristics. I especially love the dramatic effect that charcoal gives to drawings through its values, details and textures.”

    Denise Stringer Davis, Wills’ art teacher, described her student as having a “self-driven nature” causing her to stand out among other students.

    “She is known for both her talent and for giving her time to her community,” Davis wrote in recommending Wills for the scholarship.

    “Sierra is a very honest person who stands by her convictions,” Davis said. “She works non-stop. She works in class from bell to bell as well as at home. She has also given a workshop for the local art guild on her process. Sierra seeks out new materials and methods. She is open to criticism and will try new things when encouraged.

    “I know that she will be an asset to your department and will continue to contribute to the community,” she added.

    Wills’ award-winning work has been featured in the Congressional Art Competition exhibition and in auctions at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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  • Tatnall’s work featured in upcoming 12X12 art scholarship fundraiser

    Tatnall’s work featured in upcoming 12X12 art scholarship fundraiser

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    Artwork by Runcie Tatnall will be among the pieces included in the annual 12X12 scholarship fundraiser of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts. Silent bidding started June 29, and the party and sale begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    June 29, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Treasured works of art created by Runcie Tatnall will be among the pieces featured in this year’s 12X12 scholarship fundraiser of the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    A former assistant professor of drawing and painting in the SFA School of Art, Tatnall recently left SFA to pursue other career interests, but he continues to support the Friends of the Visual Arts and the organization’s efforts to provide scholarship opportunities for deserving young artists.

    The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch pieces created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas. The art is on display beginning June 29 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Anyone may silently bid on the pieces. Bidding will continue until Saturday evening, July 16.

    At 6 p.m. that evening, pieces that have no silent auction bids (minimum $250) are available to purchase for $100. Unsold art will be awarded as raffle items, with tickets available at the event. Texas State Rep. Travis Clardy is scheduled to be the evening’s MC and will announce the winners of the art pieces. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

    Among this year’s sponsors are The Daily Sentinel, Vida Raney and Liquor Mart.

    A 12X12 participant for six years, Tatnall will have three pieces in this year’s fundraiser. Currently living back in the Newark, Delaware, area where he grew up, Tatnall began painting and drawing at an early age. Portrait and figure paintings (including dogs) have long been the dominant subject matter in Tatnall’s work. His body of 26 large boxing paintings was completed in 2009.

    “I use layers of paint vigorously applied with minimal manipulation to convey the immediacy of life,” he said in describing his work. “Taking deliberate risks with illusionistic representation, I incorporate impulsive paint application, ‘unfinished’ areas, and distortion of the figure.

    “The characters that inhabit my paintings I view as performers,” he continued. “I am interested in creating pictures that invite the viewer by engaging them in the enjoyment of the performance and the narrative.”

    After receiving a degree in illustration from the University of Delaware in 1995, Tatnall lived in Washington, D.C. working as an exhibiting artist, portrait painter and caricature artist. In 1999, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continued to work as an exhibiting artist, as well as a muralist and teacher. Tatnall received an M.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Miami in 2009. He has been exhibiting nationally since 1995 in Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C and Houston. His portraits, landscapes and still life paintings are part of collections throughout the United States.

    While exhibiting large figurative paintings for many years, Tatnall works simultaneously on smaller, non-representational pictures that allow him to “experiment with materials and technique to achieve a greater freedom and spontaneity,” he said.

    Within the past year, the FVA awarded more than $16,000 in Friendship Grants and scholarships to 46 students; the grants ranged from $200 to $400 per student, while the scholarships ranged from $750 to $1,000. The grants were awarded to help defray the costs of special projects for their art classes or M.B.A./B.A. exhibition. Some recipients have attended conferences or gone on school trips that will help with their professional development. This has included Maymester trips for art students to go to Big Bend for a special photography project. This summer, the organization also awarded scholarships for several elementary school students to attend the SFA Art Academy.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about 12X12, call The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-6557.

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  • SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2016-2017 University Series

    SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2016-2017 University Series

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    Big Head Todd and the Monsters lead the Big Head Blues Club, along with second-generation blues stars Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks, in a tribute to one of the most influential songwriters of early rock and roll in presenting “The Songs of Willie Dixon” in a College of Fine Arts’ University Series event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    June 27, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas in presenting five national touring acts in the 2016-2017 University Series.

    This fascinating mix of performance art features a famous British actor performing the works of a Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet, a Celtic Christmas celebration and a Dutch vocal ensemble performing a repertoire that covers more than five centuries.

    “We round out the series by paying tribute to one of the pillars of modern blues and showcasing the music of America’s top female brass quintet,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    “Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups,” Goodall said. “This year’s series offers a wide range of artistic talent, from dance to music to theater.

    “From a Celtic Christmas performance to a tribute to blues great Willie Dixon, it’s going to be another great season, and one our loyal University Series patrons, and newcomers alike, will not want to miss,” he said.

    The season opens Thursday, Sept. 15, with extraordinary British actor Julian Sands presenting “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” directed by John Malkovich. Sands was approached in 2005 by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet to prepare a set of Pinter’s poems for a special presentation in London. This extraordinary collaboration evolved into this wonderfully humorous and fascinating solo show nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.

    If you’re a fan of Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, or even Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, then you’ve heard the songs of Willie Dixon. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Big Head Blues Club comes to Turner Auditorium to celebrate the legendary songwriter. Big Head Todd and the Monsters join forces with three second-generation blues stars, Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks, to pay tribute to one of the most influential songwriters of early rock and roll in presenting “The Songs of Willie Dixon.”

    Acclaimed Irish ensemble Danú celebrates Christmas at SFA with “Féile Na Nollag” (A Christmas Gathering) on Friday, Dec. 16. Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by their virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion and the gorgeous voice of Nell Ní Chróinín, along with top-notch guest dancers.

    A radiant, charismatic quintet comprised of America’s top female brass players, Seraph Brass will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The quintet is committed to challenging audiences with engaging and exciting programming, presenting a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics.

    The series concludes with a performance of the Olga Vocal Ensemble on Thursday, Feb. 2. Hailing from the land of tulips, wooden shoes and windmills, the Dutch vocal ensemble Olga creates pure musical joy from five distinct but harmonious voices. With their red kettle mascot, these men are ready to conquer every heart with their powerful and charming presentation that combines enthusiasm, humor and drama with genuine vocal clarity that enchants both young and old.

    Season tickets for the complete 2016-2017 University Series go on sale Aug. 1 and are $100 for adults, $80 for seniors and $40 for students. Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    “These are fantastic prices for quality entertainment,” said Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager. “Season tickets provide a 25-percent savings over single tickets, and patrons can have their same seat throughout the season.

    “Plus, we offer season-ticket options,” she said. “The classic package includes one ticket to each of the five performances, and the TixMix package allows patrons to create their own season.”

    Single-event ticket purchases for the University Series or any of the other performances presented through the College of Fine Arts can be made beginning Monday, Aug. 15.

    For more information on the 2016-2017 University Series, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is also located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    For a complete schedule of all College of Fine Arts events in art, music and theatre, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA SummerStage Festival opens with beloved children’s musical

    SFA SummerStage Festival opens with beloved children’s musical

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    SFA theatre students interact with youngsters at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library when the students performed segments of the children’s musical “A Year With Frog and Toad,” one of this year’s SummerStage Festival plays, which opens at 2 p.m. Friday, June 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    June 23, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The 2016 SummerStage Festival at Stephen F. Austin State University is set to open Friday, June 24, with an afternoon performance of “A Year With Frog and Toad,” a musical based on the children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

    Written by brothers Robert Reale (music) and Willie Reale (book and lyrics), “A Year With Frog and Toad” follows the woodland adventures of two beloved suburban amphibians who leap to tuneful life. The irresistibly upbeat Frog lifts the spirits of his worrywart neighbor Toad, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA and director of the show. Music director is Tod Fish.

    “A Year With Frog and Toad” provides valuable lessons regarding the importance of strong friendships, according to McAllen senior theatre major Pedro Dominguez, who plays the character Frog.

    “Toad leans on Frog to get him out of some of bad situations,” Dominguez said, adding that children will see how having a close friend can help every circumstance, even in the worst of times.

    “They have their ups and downs,” Bacarisse said of the relationship between the main characters. “You see them get frustrated or outright mad at each other, but they always come back together in the end.”

    Theatre students have been taking songs and scenes from “A Year With Frog and Toad” on the road to perform for children at area public libraries, including in Henderson, Mount Enterprise and Nacogdoches. During the academic year, Bacarisse works with the city’s historic sites department in an outreach program in which theatre students portray characters from Nacogdoches’ rich history during Storytime Saturdays.

    “For me, it’s all about exciting kids about reading,” she said. “Here, they get to see a story brought to life – possibly one they have read. But if not, when they do read it, they will have a specific image to reference. If this sparks an interest in reading and the arts, then I have done my job.”

    The SummerStage Festival will also present "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a hilarious play by actor, screenwriter and stand-up comic Steve Martin about an imagined meeting in 1904 between a would-be scientist called "Einstein" and an irresistible-but-unknown painter named "Picasso" in a Paris café called the Lapin Agile. Wit and whimsy fuel their talk of creativity and inspiration with the bistro's unforgettable cast of regulars until a very different kind of genius mysteriously arrives from the future. This play is recommended for mature audiences.

    Performances of "A Year With Frog and Toad” are at 10 a.m. June 28 and July 13 and 15; at 2 p.m. June 24 and 27 and July 14 and 16; and at 6:30 p.m. June 25 and July 9 and 13. General admission tickets are $7.50. A special “pay-what-you-can” performance is scheduled for June 25.

    Performances of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile” are at 7:30 nightly July 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15 and 16. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. The “pay-what-you-can” performance is July 6.

    For tickets or more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. All performances are in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

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  • SFA Board of Regents approve Griffith Fine Arts Carillon Bells Project

    SFA Board of Regents approve Griffith Fine Arts Carillon Bells Project

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    The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents recently approved a project to restore and enhance the bell tower located atop the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus. With funding provided by the Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation, this project will serve the dual purposes of historic preservation and university enhancement.

    June 23, 2016—University Marketing Communications

    An upcoming project at Stephen F. Austin State University will not be visible to most campus visitors, but will be heard far and wide. With funding provided by the Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation, the university will restore and enhance the bell tower located atop the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus.

    Approved during a recent specially called meeting of the SFA Board of Regents, the project serves a dual purpose—historic preservation and university enhancement.

    “This is a win-win situation,” said Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of SFA’s College of Fine Arts. “The Bright Foundation is an avid supporter of preservation and restoration of properties that support the recording of Nacogdoches history. The SFA campus and community will certainly benefit from the Bright Foundation’s assistance with funding this project, which will preserve the region’s only authentic bell tower.”

    Built in 1959 as part of the Griffith Fine Arts Building’s original blueprints, the bell tower currently houses 15 bells. The restoration project will add 10 bells to create a carillon, a two-octave musical instrument that consists of 25 cast-bronze, cup-shaped bells, which are played serially to produce a melody, or sounded together to play a chord. The carillon will enable the university to play songs and commemorate special on-campus occasions and holidays.

    A new computer system also will be installed to operate the bells allowing for chimes and programming of melodies. The system will include a wireless musical keyboard that can be played remotely.

    “The bell tower is gaining new life through this project,” said Dr. Trey Turner, SFA executive director of development. “It will be utilized much more than in the past because of its two-octave capabilities. There’s something very collegiate and special about real bells chiming. It definitely adds to the on-campus atmosphere and also will benefit the Nacogdoches community.”

    The installation is expected to take place in two phases. In August 2016, the frame that holds the original 15 bells will be dismantled. Then, a new frame will be built. The original 15 and 10 new bells should be installed in the new frame in December 2016.

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  • Local photographic and art groups plan 2016 gallery shows

    Local photographic and art groups plan 2016 gallery shows

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    The photograph “In Silent Awe” by Zelma Lias was awarded Best of Show at the 2015 NPA annual juried show. The 2016 Best of Show winner will be announced at the opening reception of this year’s show at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
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    The Best of Show award in the 2015 NAL show went to Ouida Whitaker Dean for “Awaiting THE TRIP.” The 2016 Best of Show winner will be announced at the opening reception of this year’s show at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
    June 15, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Nacogdoches Photographic Association and Nacogdoches Art League will open their 2016 gallery shows with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Theme for the photographic association show is “Landscapes and Seascapes,” and serving as juror was David Cozadd, owner/manager/designer of Galleria Z in Nacogdoches. Cozadd has had a lifelong involvement with art, including earning an undergraduate degree in art from Stephen F. Austin State University. Although he has worked in a variety of mediums over the years, photography has been his preferred medium for more than 17 years.

    The theme was chosen because most of the members of NPA enjoy photographing landscapes and seascapes, according to R.G. Dean, NPA member.

    “However, the popularity of these subjects adds an extra challenge to capture scenes, which rise above the run-of-the-mill photographs,” Dean said. “The challenge for the photographer is to combine the skills of composition, framing, and proper exposure while recording a beautiful scene.”

    The images were judged in three categories: “Fits the Theme,” “Appeal” (how interesting is the picture, and do you want to keep looking at it), and “Technical Skill.” Cozadd selected 68 images from the 114 that were entered by NPA members. Awards will include Best of Show, first, second and third places and honorable mention, in two categories – traditional and digitally enhanced. The 2016 Best of Show recipient will be announced at the opening reception.

    The Nacogdoches Photographic Association was organized in 1992. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month (except on field-trip nights) in The Cole Art Center. For more information, contact NPA president Bob Stout at nacvet@hotmail.com, or Dean at dean@sfasu.edu. The NPA website URL is http://www.nacogdochesphotoassoc.org.

    The Nacogdoches Art League was organized in 1969. Its purpose is to encourage appreciation of and participation in the various visual art media. Activities include one or more annual exhibitions, art demonstrations and informative programs, and the awarding of one or more art scholarships each year to a Nacogdoches County high school graduate who will attend or is attending SFA with a major or minor in art.

    Regular meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, September through June, at 6 p.m. at the Cole Art Center, and guests are welcome to attend. Membership in NAL is not limited and is open to anyone interested in the visual arts.

    Since NAL embraces all visual art media and has members in numerous media, no theme is adopted for the gallery show. Awards will include Best of Show, first, second and third places and honorable mentions in three categories in each of two divisions – professional and non-professional. The categories in each division are: “Photography,” “Three Dimensional,” and “General” (all art which does not go into one of the other two categories). This year’s juror is Charles Jones, who taught art at SFA for 31 years and who was named Professor Emeritus upon retirement.

    Both shows will run through July 23 with the NPA show in the Reavley Gallery and the NAL show in the Reception Gallery.

    All receptions and gallery exhibitions are free of charge.

    Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main Street. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA to screen ‘This Ain’t No Mouse Music!’

    SFA to screen ‘This Ain’t No Mouse Music!’

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    Wilson Savoy, accordion, and Jon Bertrand, guitar, of the young, hot Cajun Band “The Pine Leaf Boys” perform in a scene from the film “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. Photo by Chris Simon

    June 15, 2016—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 “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” tells the story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. In the documentary, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia, chronicling Strachwitz’s journey to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints, to return with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music, according to thisaintnomousemusic.com.

    The film runs one hour, 32 minutes.

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

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

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  • SFA’s High School Summer Theatre Workshop celebrates 50 years

    SFA’s High School Summer Theatre Workshop celebrates 50 years

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    Intensive workshops, including one in technical theatre and design, are offered in the SFA School of Theatre’s annual High School Summer Theatre Workshop, celebrating its 50th year.
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    High School Summer Theatre Workshop participants read through scripts at the 2015 event at Stephen F. Austin State University.
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    Two weeks of intensive workshops culminate in performances at the High School Summer Theatre Workshop hosted by the SFA School of Theatre.
    June 15, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Entering its 50th year, the High School Summer Theatre Workshop at Stephen F. Austin State University is the oldest program of its kind in Texas.

    Two weeks of concentrated instruction in acting, voice and movement, or scenery, costumes, make-up, sound, lighting and stage management await sophomore, junior and senior high school students. Many workshop participants return to SFA in subsequent years to major in various aspects of theatre.

    Offered in its long-standing busy format, the workshop is headed by secondary educator and longtime SFA School of Theatre faculty member Dr. Shari Ellsworth.

    “High School Workshop gives us an opportunity to expose our wonderful school and program to high schools all over Texas,” Ellsworth said. “Not only do the students who attend have a higher chance of returning to SFA for college, but their friends and family who come to see the final shows also share their experience with others. We’ve always had five students or more that were campers become students at SFA per year. There are so many SFAers who have stated that camp was the reason they chose SFA, all the way back to the 1960s. This summer, we hope we will see many of those campers and former students attend this year’s 50th celebration.”

    Dr. Ken Waters started the workshop in 1966 and was the director for 24 years. He established the program to help college students practice working with high school students before they began student teaching. It was also created to introduce high school students as to what college theatre is like. Allen Oster took the program over in 1991 and was the director for 20 years. In 2011, Ellsworth became the director and revised the program into what it is today.

    Students live in residence halls and study at the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the beautiful SFA campus. Recreational activities such as movie night, theme parties and dances are held during the workshop.

    Advanced SFA theatre majors serve as counselors, teaching high school students in all areas of theatre. SFA theatre tech students teach design skills, while acting students direct the different shows and conduct various workshops.

    SFA graduate Benn May is well versed in all aspects of the workshop. May attended as a high school student then came to SFA to major in theatre. He served as a counselor for several summers. May earned a degree in theatre performance.

    “I first learned about the workshop after asking my high school teacher about opportunities for camps, and she happened to have a brochure,” he said.

    Attending the workshop for three years in high school greatly influenced May’s decision to enroll at SFA.

    “Attending the workshop made me comfortable with SFA, its students, and the work that was done here, so it was a huge factor for me,” he said.

    May said his involvement in summer theatre workshop helped him to develop organizational and leadership skills.

    “The biggest test of your leadership skills is to put you in a room full of 50 high school students and say GO!” he said. “I had more prep than that going into it, but, ultimately, we are pushed to really lead our students as directors and counselors. Many of the tools I gained during that time, I still use in my professional work.”

    May just recently completed a directing and dramaturgy internship at Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. He is currently working for The Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, Maine, as a box office and special events assistant, and he is directing the “green shows,” which are the opening acts for each of the main performances.

    “My time at SFA helped to give me a well-rounded education that truly prepared me for any role in the theatre,” he said.

    The 50th year of high school workshop will be celebrated during the annual awards ceremony on July 30, and the workshop will honor the memory of the late Professor Oster “and his amazing contribution to the program,” Ellsworth said.

    “All former campers and counselors have been invited to attend this event, especially those students and campers who attended workshop under Oster’s direction,” she said.

    Visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-4003 for additional information.

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  • Exciting, educational children’s shows coming to SFA campus

    Exciting, educational children’s shows coming to SFA campus

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    “Seussical” is among the musical productions featured in the 2016-17 season of the Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA.

    June 15, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University offers more than just great national touring shows for young audiences.

    The series, hosted by the College of Fine Arts, gives potential future SFA students and their teachers and parents another opportunity to visit campus and learn about the many programs that are offered here.

    Each year, CPAS features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages. Careful consideration is given to show topics, which always include teachable classroom elements, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series.

    “CPAS shows are a great way to supplement class curriculums, and our in-depth study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions,” Peterson said.

    CPAS shows bring hundreds of students from schools throughout East Texas to the SFA campus to enjoy the productions.

    “Our shows are often sell-outs, so we encourage teachers to book their classrooms early to take advantage of these great field trips that provide fun and educational outings for children,” Peterson said. “We also offer great discounts for large groups.”

    The 2016-2017 series opens Thursday, Oct. 27, with “Pollyanna” presented by Stars Within Reach Productions and targeting children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Based on the best-selling classic by Eleanor H. Porter, the all-new, original musical tells the story of one little girl’s philosophy on life of always finding something to be glad about, no matter the circumstances.

    “Celebration USA! America Sings!” comes to SFA on Friday, Dec. 2. Also presented by Stars Within Reach Productions, this high-energy revue takes the audience on a musical journey across the country tracking the cultural and historical moments that helped shape our nation. This show targets students in third through eighth grades.

    The popular musical “Seussical,” presented by Theatreworks USA, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10. The Cat in the Hat is host as Dr. Seuss’s beloved characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure in which the power of imagination saves the day. “Seussical” targets students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of “The Little Mermaid” is brought to life on Tuesday, March 7, in a brand new production by The Panto Company USA. The show, which targets children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is a better life for her out of the water and features stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and original songs.

    The longtime favorite Super Scientific Circus returns to the SFA campus on Thursday, May 11, with Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime once again proving that science can be fun and funny. They use amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bullwhips and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics and more. The show targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on show dates in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets go on sale Aug. 15.

    To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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  • Welch awarded first Gary Parker Art Scholarship

    Welch awarded first Gary Parker Art Scholarship

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    Nacogdoches junior Josh Welch is the recipient of the first Gary Parker Art Scholarship awarded at SFA.

    June 7, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Nacogdoches junior Josh Welch has been awarded the first Gary Parker Art Scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts established the scholarship last year in honor of retired SFA School of Art faculty member Gary Parker, who was employed for 31 years in the School of Art where he 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.

    Jeff Brewer, assistant professor of sculpture and drawing in the School of Art, nominated Welch for the award. Among the Parker scholarship criteria is the expectation that the recipient “must have demonstrated promise in the field of art by using their hands and minds to create art.”

    “Josh has a passion for sculpture, a genuine excitement for knowledge and the drive to make a difference,” Brewer wrote in his recommendation. “He is more than deserving of this scholarship in that he embodies all the ideals that Gary Parker champions. He makes (art) not only with his hands but with his head and heart.”

    Brewer said he has watched Welch “push” himself, his fellow students and others, including his teachers, toward excellence, and he is always willing to go the extra mile.

    “When I need a hand, he is there without prompting and is the last one to leave the studios at night, he said. “Be it Art Alliance, Showcase Saturday, Art Day or keeping me on task, Josh is my ‘go-to.’”

    Welch will attend a residency this summer in Germany.

    “He has what it takes to make it in the art world, and this scholarship will only help propel him faster in that direction,” Brewer said.

    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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  • Sturm awarded SFA’s Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship

    Sturm awarded SFA’s Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship

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    Katy senior Victoria Sturm is this year’s recipient of the Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship at SFA.

    June 7, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Katy senior Victoria Sturm has been selected as this year’s Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship recipient at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The Jones scholarship, established by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, is awarded on an annual basis to a junior, senior or graduate level student with drawing or printmaking as his/her major study area. Students must show initiative and a broad appreciation of all of the fine arts with a concentration on printmaking, according to the eligibility criteria established by Jones.

    Neal Cox, associate professor in the SFA School of Art and printmaking coordinator, nominated Sturm for the award, giving her “my highest recommendation based upon my observations of her work ethic, enthusiasm, development and temperament,” he said.

    “Ms. Sturm’s enthusiasm energizes her peers and creates a positive learning environment,” Cox wrote in is nomination letter. “Not only does she take her standard educational expectations seriously, she is also an honors student. Ms. Sturm is 100-percent on time with her assigned work. She has never been late to class, and, to my memory, has perfect attendance.

    Sturm is currently working on a body of work questioning cosmetic culture, Cox said.

    “Her consideration of societal norms has led her to make some pretty profound work,” he wrote. “I am looking forward to seeing her work come together in her final show next year, and am happy to throw my support behind her so she can really excel. The Jones scholarship would be a great boon to her toward that end. There is not a more deserving, qualified student in my program.”

    The FVA has established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for a 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.

    Jones is professor emeritus in the SFA School of Art where he taught printmaking, drawing, Mexican art history and the “Art of The Book” from 1971 to 2011. During that time, he was named a Regents Professor and received a Distinguished Professor Award from the Alumni Association and a Teaching Excellence Award from the university. He is now the director and master printer for the LaNana Creek Press in the College of Fine Arts and has had exhibitions of his work worldwide.

    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 enrolled in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the upcoming annual 12 x 12 event in July.

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  • Moffett awarded SFA’s Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship

    Moffett awarded SFA’s Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship

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    SFA sophomore Jacob Moffett of Cypress, this year’s recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship for 2016, is pictured with Linda Mock, chairwoman of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts Scholarship Committee, and Jean Stephens, president of the FVA.

    June 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art has announced that sophomore photography student Jacob Moffett of Cypress is this year’s recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship, which was established and funded by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    Elaine Bezold, visiting assistant professor of art in photography and digital media at SFA, recommended Moffett for the award.

    “Jacob is a highly motivated and gifted student,” Bezold wrote in her nomination letter. “It is my first semester having Jacob in my Intro to Photographic Processes class, and I already look forward to his presence in future classes of mine.”

    Moffett came to SFA with a fairly extensive knowledge of photography, but he continues to absorb the subject matter in class enthusiastically, Bezold said.

    “He readily accepts and gives constructive comments in critique,” she said. “Jacob would be an excellent candidate for receiving a scholarship.”

    The Kinsell scholarship was established to support the educational goals of students currently enrolled in the SFA School of Art by providing financial assistance to outstanding students in the visual arts program, and to honor Kinsell as a teacher, as an ardent supporter of the arts in our community, and as a huge supporter of the FVA and its fundraising activities.

    An art professor at SFA for 25 years before retiring in 2013, Kinsell taught courses in painting, drawing, figure drawing and advertising design. The Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate level art student with painting or photography as his or her major study area, according to the criteria developed by Kinsell.

    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 12X12 event in July.

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  • Morales awarded SFA’s Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship

    Morales awarded SFA’s Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship

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    Plano junior Jacqueline Morales is this year’s recipient of the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship awarded by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    June 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Plano junior Jacqueline Morales 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.

    “I hope this scholarship allows students not to just become more informed but transformed into authentically original, creative, open-minded, charitable individuals who will give back to the community and inspire others in our field of study,” Frields said in 2013 when the scholarship was established.

    Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA, nominated Morales for the award.

    “Jacqueline has been my student for several semesters now, and she consistently shows characteristics that I feel qualifies her to be worthy of the Gary Q. Frields Scholarship,” Roberts wrote in his nomination letter.

    “Jacqueline shows a wide range of understanding of the principles of art and isn’t afraid to experiment in multiple mediums, whether it be painting or digital,” he continued. “She understands that making quality artwork requires diligence and hard work. I often see her in the studios working outside of class time, which is a rarity among most students these days.”

    Roberts described Morales as “intelligent, well-liked and respected by her peers, and an example for our students to emulate.” She is also involved in the SFA Art Alliance, the School of Art’s student organization.

    The FVA has established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA 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, 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 12X12 event in July.

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  • SFA theatre students to preview SummerStage show at Blueberry Festival

    SFA theatre students to preview SummerStage show at Blueberry Festival

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    The SFA School of Theatre’s popular dragon character, Schlaftnicht, always draws a crowd at the annual Blueberry Festival in downtown Nacogdoches.

    June 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will promote the SummerStage Festival’s children’s show at the Texas Blueberry Festival June 11 in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Theatre students will appear in costumes portraying popular characters from fairy tales and children’s stories. Children (and adults) will have the opportunity to talk with the students and take photos with them, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of design and arts management at SFA. The School of Theatre’s trademark dragon character, Schlaftnicht, from the children’s show “Trudi and the Minstrel,” performed the summer of 2005, will make his annual Blueberry Festival appearance.

    “We have a lot of fun just dressing up and seeing how excited the kids are when they see us and get to talk to their favorite characters,” Bacarisse said.

    Students will be promoting the upcoming SFA SummerStage Festival, which kicks off Friday, June 24, and runs through July 16. The family friendly festival will feature the children’s favorite “A Year With Frog and Toad” by Robert and Willie Reale. Also in the festival lineup is something for the adults, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a witty comedy by actor, screenwriter and stand-up comic Steve Martin.

    Bacarisse, the director of the smash hit “Spamalot” and the summer kids’ favorites “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” and “How I Became a Pirate,” directs “A Year With Frog and Toad,” which is based on the books by Arnold Lobel. The musical follows the story of the beloved suburban amphibians who leap to tuneful life with irresistibly upbeat Frog lifting the spirits of his worrywart neighbor Toad.

    The students perform at the Blueberry Festival each year to “let the community know that the SFA School of Theatre offers good quality family entertainment at affordable prices to our neighbors in Nacogdoches,” according to Bacarisse. Discount coupons for the SummerStage Festival will be distributed that day.

    The costumed characters can be seen in front of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House at 329 E. Main St. Theatre students will be selling crafts and doing face painting as a fundraiser.

    For performance times and ticketing information for the SummerStage Festival, visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. All performances are in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

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  • Sponsorships sought for SFA art scholarship fundraiser

    Sponsorships sought for SFA art scholarship fundraiser

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    Artwork by Runcie Tatnall will be among the pieces included in the annual 12X12 scholarship fundraiser of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts. Silent bidding starts June 29, and the party and sale begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    June 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Volunteers with the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University are busy organizing this year’s 12X12 scholarship fundraiser and are seeking sponsors to help make it successful.

    The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch works of art created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas. The art will be on display beginning June 29 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Anyone may silently bid on the pieces. Bidding will continue until Saturday evening, July 16. At that time, there will be a party beginning at 6 p.m. at the art center. The public may attend.

    This year’s featured artist is Runcie Tatnall, former assistant professor of drawing and painting in the SFA School of Art. Tatnall recently left SFA to pursue other career interests, but he continues to support of the Friends of the Visual Arts and the organization’s efforts to provide scholarship opportunities for deserving young artists.

    Sponsors who have already committed resources to the fundraiser are The Daily Sentinel and Vida Raney. Other businesses or individuals interested in sponsorship may contact this year’s event chair, David Cozadd, at (936) 715-0401.

    “The purpose of 12X12 is to raise much-needed funds to help art students pursue their dreams of becoming successful artists,” according to Jean Stephens, chairwoman of the FVA.

    “The 12X12 fundraiser is important to both the FVA and SFA art students, because its success determines the amount of financial support we can give the students,” Stephens said.

    Within the past year, the FVA awarded more than $16,000 in Friendship Grants and scholarships to 46 students; the grants ranged from $200 to $400 per student, while the scholarships ranged from $750 to $1,000. The grants were awarded to help defray the costs of special projects for their art classes or MBA/BA exhibition. Some recipients have attended conferences or gone on school trips that will help with their professional development. This has included Maymester trips for art students to go to Big Bend for a special photography project. This summer, the organization also awarded scholarships for several elementary school students to attend the SFA Art Academy.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about 12X12, call The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-6557.

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  • Restored Nacogdoches 1938 film to be shown again during festival

    Restored Nacogdoches 1938 film to be shown again during festival

    June 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will offer Texas Blueberry Festival-goers the opportunity to view “Found Footage: Rediscovering Nacogdoches” and the George Hooker short promotional film “Nacogdoches: The Oldest Town.”

    The two films will be shown every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. with the last screenings starting at 3 p.m. on festival day, June 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase during the festival.

    “Found Footage” features scenes of Nacogdoches people and businesses in 1938 documented on film. The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and Humanities Texas, in association with the Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation, championed the effort to restore the forgotten 16mm film, labeled “Nacogdoches 1938.” Discovered at Nacogdoches High School in 1967 but forgotten until a few years ago, the film was digitally restored and viewed in 2014 for the first time in 70 years.

    The Cole Art Center will also serve as an official “oasis” during the festival, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA galleries, with tables and chairs set up inside where festival patrons can escape the heat. The art center’s restrooms will also be available to festival-goers.

    Volunteers with the Friends of the Visual Arts will man an outside tent where they will sell homemade gumbo, blueberry tea and blueberry baked goods with proceeds going toward funding grants and scholarships the Friends of the Visual Arts awards annually to students in the School of Art.

    Blueberry Festival also marks the end of the Texas National exhibition, Abelardo Morell’s photography exhibition and the Boys & Girls Club’s ImageMakers Photography Competition exhibition.

    Upcoming Cole Art Center events include the Nacogdoches Photographic Association and Nacogdoches Art League annual shows, which open at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24. The annual 12x12 Art Scholarship Fundraiser exhibition opens Wednesday, June 29, for viewing and silent auction bidding, with the closing party event slated for Saturday night, July 16.

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

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