College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2015

  • University Series to open new season with Sonali Skandan dance group

    University Series to open new season with Sonali Skandan dance group

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    The 2015-2016 University Series presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts will open with Sonali Skandan and Company performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    September 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas, opening the 2015-2016 University Series with Sonali Skandan and Company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance Company presents compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

    “This company is comprised of exceptionally talented dancers all trained in the traditional and classic dance form of South India,” Goodall said. “The company has performed at notable venues to tremendous audience acclaim. The repertoire ranges from highly traditional solo works to more versatile group items that highlight the evolving nature of the dance form.”

    Prior to the performance, Heather Samuelson, dance instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at SFA, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the company. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Commercial Bank of Texas.

    Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    SFA students may purchase Rush tickets for $3 during regular office hours starting Monday, Sept. 14. Students must present a valid SFA ID for purchase and at the door on event night.

    For more information on the 2015-2016 University Series, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Still time to audition for SFA Choristers

    Still time to audition for SFA Choristers

    September 2, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    There are still a few opportunities to audition for the new SFA Choristers offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University Music Preparatory Division.

    Those interested should contact director Carolyn Andrews at (936) 552-6593 or carolyn.andrews@suddenlink.net for an appointment on Saturday, Sept. 5, or another time if unable to audition on Saturday.

    The SFA Choristers provides choral training for East Texas youth in fifth through eighth grades. Rehearsals will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8. Tuition is $60 for 14 weeks.

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  • SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Tomato Republic’

    SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Tomato Republic’

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    September 2, 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 “Tomato Republic” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    In this hour-long film, documentarians Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson and Whitney Graham Carter delve into the thoughts and feelings of rural East Texas residents during a heated mayoral race in Jacksonville, Texas, home of the annual Tomato Festival.

    Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth described the film as “a marvel.”

    “Unlike any other documentary I have ever seen, it takes its audience straight into the glorious, laugh-out-loud eccentricities of small-town Texas life,” he wrote.

    The film website at tomatorepublic.vhx.tv/ has the following synopsis: “A flamboyant restaurateur, a good ol' boy and a political ingĂ©nue walk into a small-town political contest and compete head to head to head for the non-paid mayoral seat of the Tomato Republic. What happens next is anyone’s guess.”

    “Tomato Republic” premiered last year at the Dallas Film Festival where it was given a special jury prize. It was also screened at the 2015 Nacogdoches Film Festival.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, 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 art faculty exhibition to showcase variety of mediums

    SFA art faculty exhibition to showcase variety of mediums

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    “Another Night Watch,” an oil-on-canvas painting by Shaun Roberts, is among the works of SFA art faculty to be exhibited Sept. 10 through Oct. 17 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    September 2, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Members of the School of Art faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University will exhibit their work in a show that opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    As in the past, this annual exhibition will showcase a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, metal work, ceramics and prints, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    The show will also feature the artwork of Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA, in a separate exhibition in the Reavley Gallery of the art center.

    “Each year we take this opportunity to literally show off the wonderful talents of our School of Art faculty, who, in addition to teaching, work as professional artists and exhibit their work in museums and galleries across the United States and abroad,” Handley said. “It is also an opportunity to showcase one of our newer faculty members – in this case, Shaun Roberts.”

    Roberts completed his BFA at SFA in painting, and went on to complete an MFA at the University of Washington under the artist Zhi Lin. He joined the SFA faculty first as an adjunct in 2012.

    “My paintings are influenced by experiences growing up in rural East Texas,” Roberts said in his artist’s statement. “I work from a mixture of direct observation, photos and imagination. The narratives are a mix of fact, fiction and allegory. The images are charged with an ironic blend of pathos, humor, violence and the social and political implications of the rural working class.”

    Roberts said he draws inspiration from baroque painters Caravaggio, Velazquez and Franz Halls and enjoys the dynamic compositions, the use of high contrast lighting, and the psychological tension in them. He also likes works by authors like Flannery O’Connor or Eudora Welty, who write short stories about the rural south.

    “I also find cinema to be a great source of inspiration,” he said. “I like to pause films when anxiety is at its highest point and analyze the scene, trying to figure out what about it gives the tension and how it could work in painting.”

    The exhibition and opening is sponsored in part by Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Hampton Inn. Admission is free.

    “In past exhibitions, we have received wonderful feedback,” Handley said, “and the public and students enjoy seeing the professionalism of the faculty here at SFA.”

    The exhibition runs through Oct. 17.

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

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