College of Fine Arts News Archive

August 2014

  • SFA exhibition to feature detailed work of intaglio artist Wood

    SFA exhibition to feature detailed work of intaglio artist Wood

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    Among the works of artist Thomas Wood that will be featured in an exhibition running Aug. 28 through Oct. 17 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus is “The Pollinators,” 2007.

    August 15, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    An exhibition that runs Aug. 28 through Oct. 17 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus will feature the detailed work of Northwest artist Thomas Wood.

    “Myth & Metaphor: The Intaglio Prints of Thomas Wood” will feature an exhibition of 45 prints by Wood, who has created narrative and mythical metaphors about the world through his detailed prints, according to John Handley, director of art galleries for SFA’s School of Art.

    “Whether dealing with a landscape or the reinvention of some place or still life, Wood’s use of line, composition and subject matter is masterful,” Handley said.

    Wood has been compared to old masters such as Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) and Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1415 – 1516) in his continuation of the art of printmaking, Handley explained.

    “He often incorporates multiple techniques in a single print, including etching, aquatint, mezzotint and Chine collé,” Handley said.

    Wood lives in Bellingham, Wash., located at the northern end of Puget Sound. Many of his landscapes bear a resemblance to those of the artist Helen Loggie (1895 – 1976), who also lived and worked in the area, according to Handley.

    “Both artists capture the essence of the area’s landscape – the trees, undergrowth and hills – that seem unique to Northwest Washington,” he said.

    The presentation of Wood’s prints coincides with the School of Art’s fall curriculum, Handley said. Neal Cox, professor of art, will teach both beginning and advanced students in intaglio print methods.

    The display will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    All SFA art exhibitions, receptions and gallery talks are free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Research initiative in Brazil influences SFA art professor’s work

    Research initiative in Brazil influences SFA art professor’s work

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    Lauren Selden, associate professor of art metals for the SFA School of Art, and Zac Selden install an inflatable sculpture for the Bienal da Bahai this past summer in Brazil.

    August 15, 2014—

    A university research initiative this past summer took an art professor at Stephen F. Austin State University to Salvador, Brazil. In addition to fulfilling multiple research goals, the exchange gave Lauren McAdams Selden, the associate professor of art metals for the SFA School of Art, a more universal view of the world.

    Selden was part of a group of 13 professors and six graduate students who participated in a program aimed at creating and fostering relationships in Salvado Da Bahia, Brazil. Working with de Araújo Santos, professor of ceramics at Escola de Belas Artes at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, and with the assistance of SFA graduate student/translator Jaime Heredia, Selden gave a demonstration to the ceramic students about how to create mokume gane, a Japanese metalworking technique, using two different clay bodies and natural pigments.

    A highlight of the trip was Selden’s participation in the third Bienal da Bahia in an educational event (Ateliê Livre das Oficinas do MAM, or open workshop of the Museum of Modern Art, a project that welcomes artists who wish to work on their projects or develop their artistic processes in the museum's workshop space) working directly with the educational department coordinated by Eliane Moniz de Aragão Simões and with Felix White Toro, coordinator of the museum's workshops.

    “The Bienal was especially important because it was the first time that the region has had the event since 1968,” Selden said.

    In 1966, the historic first Bienal strived to decentralize art in Brazil and bring together artists from different parts of the country to highlight the important work being done in Bahia and the northeast. In 1968, as a result of the military coup d´état, the second Bienal was interrupted, works were confiscated and artists were arrested.

    This year, the launch of the third Bienal shared faith in ideas and dialogue and an impressive 100-day schedule of art, education and experiential activities, according to Selden.

    “It was an honor to be able to illustrate a particular art-making process by building a 5 x 2 x 2 meter inflatable sculpture named Zé as part of the discussion of ‘É Tudo Nordeste?’” Selden said. “Considering the strong history of the Bienal da Bahia and the persistence of a region longing to express itself artistically, the representative plastic inflatable only seemed fitting to illustrate potential energy, success, failure and a constant human will to proceed, to fight and to believe.

    “I hope that this plastic sculpture, with the use of simple every day materials, allowed for an additional experience in the educational programming that the museum offers,” she said. “I truly hope that I can participate in future events, educational opportunities and creative presentations at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia.”

    Brazil and its people deeply impacted Selden, and her future works will reflect the effects the country had on her life and her art.

    “In previous works, I have focused on ideas of potential energy, refugee experiences, adaptations for survival, and the power of contemporary female figures,” she said. “All of these themes are globally applicable. I plan to create multiple works of art directly inspired by my experience in Brazil.”

    This work will be on display in February at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. Selden is also negotiating a second exhibition in March at Texas A&M University in College Station.

    “After the exhibitions in the United States, I hope to have an exhibition in Brazil,” she said. “Brazil has changed my view as an artist, and I want to show the people in these regions another perspective in the universal language of art.”

    Selden believes continuing to practice speaking, reading and writing in the Portuguese language will give her new opportunities.

    “The interactions that I have had with the students and makers in Brazil will continue to impact my work and have a direct effect on the students that I teach in the United States,” she said. “It is a valuable asset in the field of fine arts to have a more universal view of the world, and I know that this experience will allow me to be a better artist and teacher.”

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  • SFA announces its 2014-2015 University Series, ‘Connect’

    SFA announces its 2014-2015 University Series, ‘Connect’

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    Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana brings an exciting evening of flamenco to Turner stage Feb. 11 as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2014-2015 University Series “Connect.” A wide variety of shows, ranging from Russian chamber musicians to the SFA schools of Theatre and Music presenting the musical “Spamalot,” will be featured in the upcoming season, which gets under way Sept. 11 with a performance of Eugenia Zukerman & Friends.

    August 6, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Season tickets are now on sale for the eight specially selected musical and theatrical performances included in Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts’ 2014-2015 University Series, “Connect.”

    From Russian chamber musicians to Mariachi performers and flamenco dancers, this season’s selections will connect audiences with different places and cultures.

    “Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups and three university-produced performances,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. “Also included on the series, but at no cost to the patrons, are outstanding art exhibitions at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.”

    The new season begins Thursday, Sept. 11, with Eugenia Zukerman and Friends, a new collaboration of artists that features flutist Zukerman and friends Milana Strezeva on piano, Sophie Shao on cello and Hye-Jin Kim on violin for a night of enchanting chamber music. While maintaining an international concert calendar, the multi-faceted career of Zukerman also includes distinguished work as an author, educator, entrepreneur and journalist. This performance is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical.

    The widely popular Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, returns to the SFA campus on Thursday, Oct. 16. Founded in 1991, the orchestra has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky.

    “This orchestra performed before an enthusiastic crowd at SFA as part of the University Series a few years ago,” Goodall said, “and we are excited to once again include this performance in our upcoming season.”

    Whether heard on highly acclaimed CDs or in a mesmerizing concert, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. This concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

    Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18, and continuing through Saturday, Nov. 22, the SFA schools of Theatre and Music will present Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Based on the uproarious midnight-movie favorite “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” this irreverent musical parody of the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Arthur, Lancelot, Galahad and “brave, brave Sir Robin” skewer more Broadway musical traditions than French soldiers and killer rabbits on the quest that has left millions of theatergoers rolling in the aisles. This production is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford Lincoln.

    The University Series holiday performance features Los Camperos de Nati Cano on Friday, Dec. 12. For more than 50 years, Los Camperos de Nati Cano has featured the finest Mariachi musicians from Mexico and the United States. The ensemble is noted for complex musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players. Their current musical director is Jesus “Chuy” Guzman. This performance is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    On Thursday, Jan. 29, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully bold performance of chamber music. McKay’s talents on piano, mallets and ukulele and Turtle Islands’ innovative rhythmic techniques equally grounded in jazz improvisation and classical technique are guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages. This performance is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

    Featuring accomplished artists from Spain and the U.S., Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana brings an exciting evening of flamenco to the SFA campus on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Happiness, sadness, joy, sorrow are translated through this eloquent art form in a performance that will include celebrated repertoire as well as new works. This performance is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

    The SFA Opera opens Thursday, April 9, for a three-night run to showcase the School of Music’s talent with one of the masterpieces of operatic literature, sung in English. The production (title will be announced in the spring) will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by orchestra and staged with set and costumes. This production is sponsored in part by Point A Media.

    A choral masterworks concert on Friday, May 8, will conclude the season when SFA’s A Cappella Choir, Choral Union and Women’s Choir perform one of the pillars in all choral and orchestral literature – Johannes Brahm’s “Ein deutsches Requiem.”

    All of the concerts and staged productions on the University Series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium with reserved seating.

    The University Series art exhibitions include “Vision & Substance: The Art of John Cobb,” opening at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in The Cole Art Center. The artist will talk about his work beginning at 5 p.m. An exhibition of Florida artist Stuart Riordan opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, followed by the opening of “Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider & Expressionist Art” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. Texas National 2015 will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, and also will feature an exhibition by juror Zhi Lin, a Chinese-American artist and professor of painting and drawing at the University of Washington.

    Regular hours for The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, located at 329 E. Main St., are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

    Season tickets for the University Series are available through the SFA Fine Arts Box Office. They range from $135 to $200, with discounts available for seniors, students, youth and SFA faculty and staff.

    “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 two season-ticket options,” she said. “The classic package includes one ticket to each of the eight performances, and the TixMix package allows the patrons to create their own eight-ticket 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. 18.

    For more information on the 2014-2015 season, visit, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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