College of Fine Arts News Archive

October 2015

  • SFA Wind Ensemble to present “Legends” program

    SFA Wind Ensemble to present “Legends” program

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    Jess Turner
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    Staci Spring
    October 6, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Legends” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

    “We have three featured performers on this concert,” said Fred J. Allen, director of bands.

    Staci Spring, bassoon instructor in the School of Music, will perform as soloist on Dana Wilson’s “The Avatar,” a concerto for bassoon and chamber ensemble.

    “This music has an Indian flavor to it,” Allen said.

    Composer Jess Langston Turner will be present for the performance of his work “Rumpelstilzchen.”

    “Turner is an award-winning composer, writing for band, orchestra and voices,” Allen said. “His ‘Rumpelstilzchen’ uses music to tell the familiar fairytale of the miserly gnome who could spin straw into gold.”

    SFA alumnus Larry Ward, ’74 and ’76, will guest conduct John Philip Sousa’s “George Washington Bicentennial March.” Ward is being honored as the 2015 inductee into the SFA Band Directors Hall of Fame, a project of the SFA chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary band fraternity.

    “Ward retired this year after a successful career as a band director,” Allen said. “He was most recently the director at Atascocita High School. His bands were outstanding there, as were his bands in Athens, Kingwood, Lufkin and the other places he taught.”

    The concert also includes pieces by the American composers Howard Hanson and Joseph Turrin.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

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  • SFA’s children’s series to present “Fly Guy and Other Stories”

    SFA’s children’s series to present “Fly Guy and Other Stories”

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    “Fly Guy & Other Stories” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 6, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University opens its 2015-2016 season by presenting Theatreworks USA’s “Fly Guy & Other Stories” in two performances Friday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Seven delightful stories come to life in this hour-long musical revue based on popular children’s books, including “Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl,” “Diary of a Worm,” “Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pit,” “Horace & Morris but Mostly Dolores,” “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” “Lilly’s Big Day” and “Paper Bag Princess,” according to Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

    “Performed by a multi-racial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children,” Peterson said.

    “Fly Guy & Other Stories” targets children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. Stories in the production are subject to change.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    To order tickets, call 936.468.6407 or 888.240.ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at for additional information.

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  • Nakasone exhibition features the art of ‘sho’

    Nakasone exhibition features the art of ‘sho’

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    The image ryĆ« (dragon) is part of an exhibition, “Ron Y. Nakasone: Formless Form, the Art of Sho,” that will show in Griffith Gallery Oct. 15 through Nov. 20.

    October 6, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The exhibition “Ron Y. Nakasone: Formless Form, the Art of Sho” will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Griffith Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The exhibition features the modern expression of a traditional art form that is still highly respected in East Asia. The art of “sho” and its metaphysical support, Buddhist thought, especially that of Zen, had a great impact on Western art in the later half of the last century, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    Nakasone states that “the Art of Sho (calligraphy) uses the soft (Chinese) brush, free flowing ink, and absorbent paper to give form to the artist-writer’s being, feelings and thoughts. The art is an opportunity for the sho-artist to give form through line and space to his or her spiritual landscape.”

    During the late 1940s and early 1950s, sho artists, intent on revitalizing their tradition, saw a commonality with the non-representative subject matter of modern art and the spontaneity of the creative process in the action paintings exemplified by Jackson Pollack. Many Western artists felt a kinship with the expressive spontaneity of Zenga (Zen paintings) and Zen-inspired sho.

    “This affinity resulted in a number of exhibitions that highlighted the expressive possibilities of the brush to mirror the inner life of the artist,” Nakasone said.

    While the more subtle technical aspects of and aesthetic qualities created by the soft brush may be difficult to discern, audiences beyond East Asia can appreciate the expressive movement of line and vitality of space, he said.

    Among the comments from the guest book at Nakasone’s show last fall at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkley, California: “These are so beautiful...have opened my eyes to a new kind of artistic expression of humanity.” Cindy Pinus, GTU student.

    The exhibition is presented by the SFA School of Art and is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The show runs through Nov. 20. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

    Nakasone will present a public lecture and demonstration at the Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. The lecture is free.

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  • SFA theatre students to present ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

    SFA theatre students to present ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

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    October 6, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs Alan Ball’s comedy about a newly married couple’s overdone wedding reception.

    “During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below,” Gibson said in describing the play. “As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in a wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.”

    The cast includes New Boston senior Tori Bean as Frances; Frisco senior Shelby Gilliland as Meredith; Dallas senior Jonee Lewis as Trisha; Beaumont junior Angel Williams as Georgeanne; Port Neches senior Marley Graham as Mindy; and Carthage junior Zach Barlow as Tripp.

    The production staff includes Brooke McPherson, Leander junior, stage manager; Jason Trevino, Houston sophomore, scenic designer; T.J. Davis, Beaumont junior, costume designer; K.C. Counts, Gladewater senior, lighting designer; Devin Bruton, Nacogdoches junior, sound designer; Tevia Loeser, Spring sophomore, props designer; Jessica Benson, Austin sophomore, hair and makeup designer.

    Faculty production advisor is Zach Hanks.

    Gibson is a theatre major who will graduate in December, after which he plans to pursue a film-stage career in Dallas. As an SFA student, he directed “The Patient” and “Manhattan Drum Taps” and was assistant director for “Alice In Wonderland” and “Bad Dates.” He has performed in “Loyalties,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “W;t,” “Woman and Scarecrow” and “The Valiant.” He was also a member of The Fredonia Players.

    The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

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  • SFA School of Art to host graphic design conference

    SFA School of Art to host graphic design conference

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    Kaitlyn Porterfield
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    Whitney Kelley
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    Andy Cummings
    October 5, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will present a graphic design conference Thursday and Friday. Oct. 15 and 16, featuring visiting SFA alumni who work professionally in the design arts.

    The conference is intended for interested SFA students studying art, communication, marketing and related fields, SFA faculty and staff, as well as regional and junior college instructors, high school art students and teachers, and design professionals in all areas of marketing, advertising and public relations.

    “The conference will provide networking opportunities for design-interested persons,” said Peter Andrew, graphic design professor in the SFA School of Art, “and it will showcase SFA’s graphic design program to interested and incoming students.”

    Guest designer presentations will be made from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Room B121 of the Art Building on Wilson Drive on the SFA campus. Alumni presenters include Kaitlyn Porterfield, creative director for Tyler Today magazine; Whitney Kelley, art director, Freed Advertising, Houston; and Andy Cummings, senior graphic and web designer, Excentus Corporation, Dallas. The presentations will include a question-answer session, followed by dinner.

    Friday’s session will include a roundtable design discussion with the presenters and students from 10 a.m. to noon at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The session will be followed by lunch, followed by student portfolio reviews by the alumni designers.

    The conference is co-sponsored by the newly formed AIGA-SFA. Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA is now known simply as AIGA, the professional association for design, according to information at

    The conference is free and open to the public. However, those interested in attending may sign up by calling the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804.

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