College of Fine Arts News Archive

June 2015

  • SummerStage Festival a bargain for family entertainment

    SummerStage Festival a bargain for family entertainment

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    Audience members at the 2014 SummerStage Festival at SFA enjoy pre-show entertainment. This year’s festival opens Friday, June 26, with a performance of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” The festival runs through July 17.

    June 24, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The lineup alone is enough to generate enthusiastic audiences at this year’s SummerStage Festival at Stephen F. Austin State University: “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.

    But in addition to featuring a popular high-energy children’s show and an American classic play, this year’s SummerStage Festival offers coupons for daily discounts, “pay-what-you-can” performances, sweet treats and live music, all on top of the opportunity to see live theatre.

    It’s a combination that’s hard to beat for families looking to have summertime fun together and not spend a fortune doing so.

    “Our audiences had a ball with the free live concerts before evening and weekend performances last summer,” said Scott Shattuck, director of the SFA School of Theatre, “and this year, we’ve got another great lineup of pre-show entertainment under our colorful shade tents right outside the main entrance to Griffith Fine Arts Building.”

    “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical,” one of the world’s most beloved children’s stories, is freshly enhanced with original songs in various pop styles. Hans Christian Anderson’s short tale is about two mischievous swindlers who persuade a vain emperor that they can outfit him in a suit so glamorous that it’s invisible to fools. When he falls for their scheme, the results are hilarious.

    “The Glass Menagerie,” the story that launched Williams’ career as America’s greatest playwright, revolves around the unforgettable characters of faded southern belle Amanda Wingfield, her daughter Laura, who is as fragile as the shimmering animals of the title, Laura’s compassionate but frustrated brother Tom, and the “gentleman caller” that rocks their delicately balanced world.

    SFA theatre patron Gary Pankratz has long enjoyed the live performances on the W.M. Turner stage. He said this year’s SummerStage lineup is one of the best ones yet.

    “As far as entertainment in East Texas, SFA’s School of Theatre is the best kept secret,” Pankratz said. “Like many, I have traveled to larger cities to see Broadway plays. SFA Theatre has 75-to-80 percent of the quality and 5-to-10 percent of the cost compared to big-city shows. It’s hard to find a better value than that, and you can sleep in your own bed the same night.”

    And for families on a tight budget, the Nacogdoches Walmart store is making it possible to bring everyone to the shows. Two “pay-what-you-can” performances, sponsored for the third year by Walmart, allow audiences to choose the amount they pay for admission, Shattuck explained.

    “These special performances make it possible for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, to enjoy the stories,” he said. “At these shows, those who are able to pay $15 for a ticket are asked to support our work by doing so, but those who can only pay $10, $5 or even $1 are equally welcome.”

    “Pay-what-you-can” performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, for “The Glass Menagerie” and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, for “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical.”

    “Around both shows we hope to create a true festival atmosphere – a refreshing destination that will make an ideal break from the summer sun,” Shattuck said. “Before performances of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ we’ll have rock and folk played live outdoors by favorite local musicians, including Charlie Jones, Jon Hall, Mark McLain, Marshall Hance and The Mellows. Before ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ the cast will entertain outside, as well.”

    The Great American Cookie Company will offer sweet treats for sale outside the Griffith Fine Arts building prior to performances.

    To complete the experience of summer fun, the Box Office offers coupons for a discount off dining at Maklemore’s Ale House and Bistro before or after any performance. The restaurant is located at 2304 North St., within easy walking distance of the performance venue. For visitors from out of town, a discount coupon is also available for lodging at Days Inn Nacogdoches, which is also located close to campus.

    Performances of “The Glass Menagerie” are at 7:30 p.m. nightly on June 26 and 27 and July 9, 10, 14, and 17; at 6:30 p.m. July 16; and at 2 p.m. July 12. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. Performances of “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” are at 10 a.m. July 14 and 17; at 2 p.m. July 2, 5, 7 and 15; and at 6:30 p.m. July 2, 11 and 15. General admission tickets for “Emperor” are $7.50.

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

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  • ‘Manufactured Landscapes’ documentary to show at Cole Art Center

    ‘Manufactured Landscapes’ documentary to show at Cole Art Center

    June 24, 2015—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 “Manufactured Landscapes” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    “Manufactured Landscapes” is the striking documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of what he describes as “manufactured landscapes” – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams – Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris, according to information found at topdocumentaryfilms.com.

    The film, which runs 86 minutes, won best documentary in the 2007 Genie Awards and the 2006 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. Jennifer Baichwal directed the film.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by The Liberty Bell, Main Street Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

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

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  • Local photographic and art groups plan 2015 gallery shows

    Local photographic and art groups plan 2015 gallery shows

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    The photograph “Urban Beauty” by Sharon Scifres was awarded Best of Show at the 2014 NPA annual juried show. The 2015 Best of Show winner will be announced at the opening reception of this year’s show at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
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    The Best of Show award in the 2014 NAL show went to R.G. Dean for “Stained Glass.” The 2015 Best of Show winner will be announced at the opening reception of this year’s show at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
    June 15, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Nacogdoches Photographic Association and Nacogdoches Art League will open their 2015 gallery shows with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Theme for the photographic association show is “Tells a Story,” and serving as juror was Johanna Warwick, assistant professor in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The “Tells a Story” theme was chosen because although many pictures are taken primarily because the subject captures the attention of the photographer to the beauty of the scene, or to the uniqueness of the scene, or because the scene satisfies an assignment, not every picture has an implicit story within it, explained R.G. Dean, member of the NPA. However, the occasional photograph becomes a way of both telling and preserving a story, he said.

    “The challenge for the photographer is to combine the skills of composition, framing and proper exposure while recording a message,” Dean said. “Most photographers are occasionally fortunate enough to make a photograph which does that, so we chose a theme which gave us an opportunity to ‘retell’ some of the stories we have recorded with our cameras.”

    The images were judged in three categories: “Fits the Theme,” “Appeal (how interesting the picture is and if the viewer wants to keep looking at it)” and “Technical Skill.” Warwick selected 66 images from the 128 that were entered by NPA members. Awards will include Best of Show, first, second and third places and honorable mentions in two categories, including traditional and digitally enhanced. The 2015 Best of Show recipient will be announced at the opening reception.

    Since the Nacogdoches Art League embraces all visual art media and has members in numerous media, no theme is adopted for its gallery show. Awards will include Best of Show, first, second and third places and honorable mentions in four categories in each of two divisions – professional and non-professional. The categories in each division are: “Watercolor and Mixed-Media,” “Oils and Acrylics,” “Three Dimensional” and “Photography.”

    This year’s juror is Jason Daniel, a native of Nacogdoches who earned BFA and MFA degrees from SFA. He taught studio art at Southern University in Baton Rouge for eight years and has taught art at Jersey Village High School in Houston for 10 years. Recently, his interests have included a more surrealist approach to painting and a renewed interest in ceramics.

    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 senior who will attend SFA with a major or minor in art.

    Regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month September through June at The Cole Art Center, and guests are welcome to attend. Membership in NAL is open to anyone interested in the visual arts. For information, contact Dean at dean@sfasu.edu.

    NPA meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (except on field-trip nights) in The Cole Art Center. For more information about the Nacogdoches Photographic Association, contact NPA president Bob Stout at nacvet@hotmail.com, or Dean at dean@sfasu.edu.

    Both shows will run through July 18 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’s SummerStage director Bacarisse has diverse background

    SFA’s SummerStage director Bacarisse has diverse background

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    SFA theatre professor Angela Bacarisse, second from right, instructs students as they rehearse for the SummerStage Festival production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical.”
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    Angela Bacarisse, standing center, helps student performers design hair and makeup for the School of Theatre’s production of “Stage Door” in this 2013 file photo.
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    SFA theatre professor Angela Bacarisse brings a wealth of experience to the School of Theatre. Her varied background even includes a stint as a professional cheerleader for the Philadelphia Stars in the former United States Football League.
    June 15, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    While directing the upcoming SummerStage Festival production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical,” Angela Bacarisse will not just draw from her experiences as an actor and director. She can also rely on her expertise as a designer of costumes, makeup, scenery, lighting and props, as a dancer and choreographer, as a stage manager, grip, stage electrician ... the list goes on ... to make this musical just as successful as “Spamalot,” which she directed last fall.

    Bacarisse teaches in the design and management areas for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre—stage/theatre management and beginning through advanced costume technology, design and makeup courses. But when it comes to theatre, she’s done it all.

    Originally a dancer, she was cast at 13 in the Voigt Kempson Dancers in New Jersey, cast at 15 in Focus on Dance in Philadelphia and awarded a scholarship at 17 to study at der Tanze Schule in Stuttgart, Germany.

    “During that experience, I realized that dance was not going to be a lifelong career,” she said. “So I applied to college to study theatre. I had been doing theatre in high school, both acting and stage managing.”

    As a theatre student at the University of Delaware, she auditioned for the Delaware Dance Company, a professional ballet company. As a full time student, she could not be a full company member, but she danced as a soloist in the Nutcracker for two years and taught third-year ballet, advanced jazz, modern dance and also tap for adults.

    “When I decided to pursue an MFA in theatre, I finally had to set dance aside as a performer and work primarily as a lighting designer and sometimes costume designer for Project Motion in Memphis, Tenn.,” she said.

    She also taught lighting and costume design at her first teaching job for the Department of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She taught at the College of Charleston and University of North Carolina-Asheville (UNCA) before coming to SFA.

    She was a runway model for Macy’s/Bamberger’s department stores and appeared as Strawberry Shortcake at children’s events in the stores. Her varied career also included a stint as a professional cheerleader for the Philadelphia Stars in the former United States Football League.

    She was the tailor for the TV series “Elvis: The Early Years,” did extras wardrobe on the film “Great Balls of Fire!” and crafted beadwork for the African villagers in “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.” She designed costumes for music videos produced by Joanne Cash and spent a few summers in San Francisco volunteering at Colossal Studios as a grip (the screen arts’ equivalent of a stagehand) and in craft services (catering) while also doing makeup for commercials and music videos before the live action studios closed and became Pixar. She also worked as an electrician and dresser at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, N.C.

    “While teaching at UNCA, I started working summers at the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore,” she said. “Everyone laughed at me for leaving the beautiful mountains where the summer averages in the mid-80s to live in Texas! But I fell in love with East Texas, and my future husband, so I targeted schools in the area, and when a position came open at SFA, I got it.”

    For the SummerStage Festival, Bacarisse chose to direct the children’s favorite “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur because of its range in styles of music.

    “I was looking for a show that would be appropriate for families and tells a good story,” she said. “I really want to do the story of young King Arthur, but it was just too soon after ‘Spamalot’ to tackle that.

    “For some reason, I was thinking that ‘Emperor’ was smaller than ‘Spamalot,’ but it isn’t,” she said. “It is shorter but has almost as many cast members. We are having fun, and the students are working hard. Dr. Tod Fish of the School of Music faculty is working with us on the singing. Students are learning a lot about dance and the physical aspects of a musical as well as the presentational style of the play.”

    Additionally, Bacarisse wants her students to “understand professionalism—caring about the work, no matter how minor the detail.” She wants them to have experience in “quick and appropriate problem solving.”

    “This involves having a lot of specific technical knowledge in theatre, but also having the life skills of leadership and confidence in decision-making,” she said. “I want them to be the best at what they do, and if that is sweeping the floor, well, by golly, they will do it better than anyone else.”

    It’s a busy time for Bacarisse. With all her other duties within the School the Theatre, she doesn’t often direct. But this summer, she is directing three plays.

    “First is ‘Emperor’s New Clothes,’ and then I am directing two non-musicals that will be traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland, to participate in the international Fringe Festival,” she said. “I am very excited that I will be working with two new plays—one by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and one by SFA graduate Nick Pinelli and senior theatre major Allison Day. I have a great cast lined up as well as student designers to actualize the shows. We will be in Scotland for two weeks performing and seeing all kinds of art and performance.”

    This year’s SummerStage Festival is slated for June 26 through July 17, and in addition to “Emperor,” the festival features Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie.”

    Performances of “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” are at 10 a.m. July 14 and 17; at 2 p.m. July 2, 5, 7 and 15; and at 6:30 p.m. July 2, 11 and 15. General admission tickets for “Emperor” are $7.50. Performances of “The Glass Menagerie” are at 7:30 p.m. nightly on June 26 and 27 and July 9, 10, 14, and 17, at 6:30 p.m. July 16, and at 2 p.m. July 12. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth.

    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 theatre students bring fairy tale characters to Blueberry Festival

    SFA theatre students bring fairy tale characters to 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 5, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will add another element of excitement to all the fun those attending the Texas Blueberry Festival will experience June 13 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 26, and runs through July 17. The family friendly festival will feature the American classic “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams and the popular children’s show “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical,” by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur.

    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. Cast members from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” will sing songs from the show at 10:45 and 11:15 a.m. Theatre students will be selling crafts and doing face painting as a fundraiser for the students’ trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, in August where they will perform in the 2015 International Collegiate Theatre Festival.

    For performance times and ticketing information for the SummerStage Festival, visit http://www.finearts.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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  • FVA’s Jones Art Scholarship awarded to Longview graduate student

    FVA’s Jones Art Scholarship awarded to Longview graduate student

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    Carlton Herbert

    June 5, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Longview graduate student Carlton Herbert 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.

    Nominated by Neal W. Cox, associate professor of art and printmaking coordinator, Herbert is Cox’s teaching assistant and will teach a printmaking class in the fall. It is the second time for him to receive the award.

    “Not only is he a great help in my work, he is also producing great work of his own, and is helping his fellow classmates to succeed,” Cox wrote of Herbert in his nomination letter. “He contributes to the studio environment by having a great attitude and striving for excellence. He excels in printmaking, digital media and photography, not to mention his reported excellence in art history.

    “Carlton is the type of student who is the first to arrive and the last to leave,” Cox wrote. “Considering the fact that he commutes to Nacogdoches from Longview, his work ethic and commitment is astounding.”

    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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  • SFA’s Kinsell Art Scholarship awarded to Henderson junior

    SFA’s Kinsell Art Scholarship awarded to Henderson junior

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    Randy Davis

    June 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art has announced that junior art student Randi Davis of Henderson is this year’s recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship, which was established and funded by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    The 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 a junior, senior or graduate level art student with painting or photography as his or her major study area, according to the criteria developed by Kinsell.

    In recommending her student for the award, art instructor Johanna Warwick wrote Davis “is an incredibly hardworking and dedicated student. She pursues her projects endlessly with the greatest amount of determination. She has high expectations of herself, and of her peers around her - making her a strong role model in the classroom. She has spent this past semester photographing her family and a young girl named KK. These photographs are technically well made and have a stillness and sad beauty that make them continually fascinating to look at.”

    Davis is a transfer student from Kilgore College and has been photographing for the past five years.

    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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  • SFA’s Frields Art Scholarship awarded to Round Rock senior

    SFA’s Frields Art Scholarship awarded to Round Rock senior

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    Megan Henderson

    June 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Round Rock senior Megan Henderson as this year’s recipient of the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship.

    Nominated by her instructor Peter Andrew, graphic design professor in the SFA School of Art, Henderson was described as the ideal candidate for the Frields award because she “works hard, demonstrates dedication to each studio area that she works in, and develops her work to a respectable degree of quality,” according to Andrew.

    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.

    Henderson achieved a 3.85 grade point average and is involved in extra-curricular art activities, among them Art Alliance and AAF Adhoc, contributing to and modeling the collaborative spirit of the School of Art, according to Andrew. She has worked as the art office receptionist and even served as a model in the figure drawing classes.

    “Her attitude appears to be ‘Yes!’” Andrew wrote in his nomination letter. “Megan has chosen graphic design as her primary focus area, and her competencies include her typographic skills, her illustration abilities, and her digital and web-based knowledge.”

    Henderson is also serious about her drawing, producing distinctively strong figure drawings in a variety of media, Andrew said.

    “Megan has discovered through book arts in the printmaking studio how to unify her multiple strengths combining type and graphic design, illustration and drawing, and sensitivity to materials, into unified multi-media projects,” he wrote. “My direct observation of Megan at work in her classes informs me that she habitually refines her work and invests much extra time to perfect her craftsmanship, a mark of professional attitude.”

    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.

    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 12 x 12 event in July.

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  • SFA theatre professor Jones selected to attend NEH summer institute

    SFA theatre professor Jones selected to attend NEH summer institute

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    June 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Richard Jones, professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, is among approximately 30 scholars from around the nation selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute that will explore issues of translation in the classroom.

    “What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts” will be held June 7 through 27 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Designed for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work with translated texts, the institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed through translation studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment. These strategies are designed to sensitize students and teachers to the worldviews embedded in other languages and to make them aware of the cultural specificity of their own modes of thinking and perception.

    Because the study of theatre and drama crosses over so many boundaries, Jones said that he is extremely reliant on translated material.

    “This year alone I taught 31 plays in translation from somewhere between 12 and 16 different original languages – depending, for example, on whether we count Middle French and modern French as discrete languages,” he said. “And that’s just the plays. Critical material adds another two or three languages to the list.

    “Translation theory has long been relevant to my scholarly work, but I haven’t had the opportunity to study it in the depth this institute will provide,” he said. “I’m confident that I’ll develop a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between culture and language, and of the implications of translation and adaptation. This will, in turn, add nuance and sophistication to my classroom teaching, my scholarship and my production work.”

    Most participants are from language departments, although there is another theatre scholar in addition to Jones, plus people from education, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and other areas, he explained.

    This fall, Jones will begin his 15th year at SFA where he teaches beginning and advanced courses in play analysis, a two-course sequence in theatre history and beginning directing. He also teaches topics courses, ranging from Asian theatre to the history of comedy to a study abroad program in Ireland. He has also directed 17 plays at SFA, nine of them in translation, including his own versions of Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck” and Guillaume Apollinaire’s “The Breasts of Tiresias.”

    Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports summer programs for school, college and university teachers. NEH summer programs are held across the United States and abroad.

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  • Tintype portraits available for purchase at Blueberry Festival

    Tintype portraits available for purchase at Blueberry Festival

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    Ron King, SFA art instructor, holds a tintype portrait of himself.

    June 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will offer Texas Blueberry Festival-goers the opportunity to sit for a unique self-portrait as a fundraiser for FVA.

    Tintype portrait sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13, inside The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Cost is $20 per portrait.

    A process popular in the 19th century, particularly during the Civil War era, tintypes are one-of-a-kind direct-to-positive photographs shot onto a piece of blackened metal, explained Neal Cox, SFA art professor.

    “Characterized by extremely high resolution, creamy tones and a mirrored image, tintypes, along with many other 19th century processes, are experiencing a renaissance in this digital age as a highly sought-after novelty of sorts,” Cox said.

    Historically, tin is used in the process, but anodized aluminum will be used for these portraits, he said.

    Customers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Materials are available for just over 100 portraits.

    “We will shoot until we exhaust those plates, or until 2 p.m., whichever comes first,” Cox said.

    Some props will be available.

    Proceeds will go toward funding grants and scholarships the Friends of the Visual Arts awards annually to students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art.

    Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-5500.

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  • Registration under way for SFA’s Educators’ Summer Art Studio

    Registration under way for SFA’s Educators’ Summer Art Studio

    June 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Plans are being finalized for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art’s Educators’ Summer Art Studio taking place Sunday through Thursday, June 21 through 25, on the SFA campus.

    The week-long studio experience is designed for teachers interested in the arts who want to work with professional artists using a variety of media and processes, according to Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education at SFA.

    “Attendees will enjoy the immersive creative learning environment that provides time and space to experiment with a community of artists and educators,” Coats said. Attendees can also earn Continuing Professional Education credits.

    Formerly called the Summer Retreat for Art Educators, the name was changed to The Educators’ Summer Art Studio in the hope of attracting teachers from a range of disciplines in the coming years, Coats said.

    “We have a great community of art teachers, and we hope to expand our community to any educator interested in art making,” she said. “We feel that a math or English teacher can gain as much from the experience and may bring a different perspective on the art-making processes.”

    New artists are invited each year to introduce attendees to a wide range of art processes.

    “This summer, we have mixed-media artist and designer Joy O. Ude visiting from Philadelphia to lead the workshop,” Coats said.

    Ude is currently working at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work has been exhibited in several regional and national shows, including CraftTexas, Fantastic Fibers and Fiberart International. She will work with attendees on multimedia projects that mix printing and fibers techniques. Additional workshops by SFA faculty and graduate students will explore dyeing processes, ceramics, image transfer and more.

    “We have extended registration this year until June 10,” Coats said. “Even if it is too late for people to join this year, we hope to build interest for the future.”

    Details and registration forms can be found at http://www.art.sfasu.edu/summerartstudio. For additional information, contact Coats at coatsc@sfasu.edu or Dr. Bill Nieberding at nieberdiwj@sfasu.edu.

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  • Portraits of Freedom art exhibition to open June 13

    Portraits of Freedom art exhibition to open June 13

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    The Portraits of Freedom art exhibition, presented by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Ralph W. Steen Library, will be displayed Saturday, June 13, through Friday, Sept. 25, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

    June 1, 2015—University Marketing Communications

    The Stephen F. Austin State University Ralph W. Steen Library will display the Portraits of Freedom art exhibition starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

    Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibition featuring runaway slaves from newspaper advertisements compiled by the Texas Runaway Slave Project. The exhibition will feature drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen prints created by art students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University.

    Sponsors of the exhibition include SFA, Nacogdoches Jaycees, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, the City of Nacogdoches and the Texas Blueberry Festival.

    A formal opening for the exhibition will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Nacogdoches Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St. The evening will include guest speakers, Drs. Daina Ramey Berry from the University of Texas at Austin and Douglas B. Chambers from the University of Southern Mississippi, discussing the history of Juneteenth and runaway slaves in the Atlantic World. The reception is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    The exhibition will continue through Sept. 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact Kyle Ainsworth, special collections librarian for the East Texas Research Center, located in the Steen Library, at (936) 468-1590 or email ainswortk@sfasu.edu.

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