College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2016

  • SFA’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform

    SFA’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform

    January 29, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    A presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert will both celebrate the great tradition of American music and feature European folk tunes.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. James Dreiling, will begin the performance with a four-movement suite by famed band composer Frank Ticheli entitled “Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs.”

    “This piece exemplifies the beauty, elegance and simplicity of Shaker folk songs and dances,” said Dreiling, who joins the music faculty this spring as interim assistant director of bands.

    “Evensong,” composed by William Harbison, is the ensemble’s second piece and brings a modern twist to the sacred music tradition. The term “evensong” refers to a service of evening prayers, psalms and canticles taking place in late afternoon or evening in the western Christian tradition.

    The Symphonic Band will conclude its celebration of American music with one of the most popular marches by lesser-known composer Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow. “Our Director,” published in 1895, is only one of three works by Bigelow but has become standard march repertoire, according to Dreiling.

    The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, will open its portion of the concert with the Norwegian march “Valdres” by Johannes Hanssen, arranged by Glenn C. Bainum. The title has both geographic and musical connotations, according Anglley, who is serving as interim associate director of bands at SFA.

    “Valdres is a beautiful region in Norway between Oslo and Bergen,” she said. “Hanssen quotes an old signature fanfare for the Valdres Battalion, as well as other melodies derived from a Hardanger fiddle tune and folk tunes. It was first performed in 1904 by the band of the second regiment of Norway, with the composer playing the baritone horn himself.”

    The Wind Symphony will end the concert with Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6 for Band, Op. 69. This four-movement work is considered a standard work in the band repertoire, Anglley said.

    “Persichetti became a champion for the band movement by composing music of distinct quality specifically for band,” Anglley said. Persichetti stated, “The concert band is a medium of expression distinct from, but not subordinate to, any other medium. You can get lots of things out of a band that you just can’t get out of an orchestra.” His Symphony No. 6 was completed during the winter of 1955-56 and was premiered at the Music Educators National Conference in 1956. The first public performance was by the Goldman Band in New York with Persichetti conducting.

    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 http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Tickets still available for ‘Dracula’

    Tickets still available for ‘Dracula’

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    Nicholas Hormann as Dr. Van Helsing
    January 29, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for the radio theatre presentation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2015-2016 University Series, this performance is presented by L.A. Theatre Works, the foremost radio theater company in the United States. For more than two decades, LATW, under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances in more than 300 small towns and major cities across the nation.

    This current tour of “Dracula” includes several actors with credits in the horror and suspense genre. The cast includes the well-known TV and film actor Nicholas Hormann as Dr. Van Helsing. Hormann has been seen in dozens of television hits including “The West Wing,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Modern Family” and “Desperate Housewives.”

    Prior to the performance, Zach Hanks, SFA assistant professor of theatre, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the show style. 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, Lehmann Eye Center.

    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.

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  • Special incentive offered for students under 18 to attend Schmidbauer Competition

    Special incentive offered for students under 18 to attend Schmidbauer Competition

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    January 27, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    In an effort to encourage more local young musicians to attend the distinguished 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University, event organizers have agreed to allow students under the age of 18 free admission to both the semi-final and final rounds.

    Slated for Saturday, Jan. 30, the competition takes place in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. The semi-final round of the competition begins at 2 p.m. Finalists will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m. Those who move onto the final round will perform in a live concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

    A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians, offering prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.

    Susie Lower, Schmidbauer Committee member for the SFA Friends of Music, said she hopes music teachers will encourage students to attend.

    “Last year was my first to attend this event, and I was simply blown away with the talent of these young musicians,” Lower said. “It was so exciting to watch them perform and to witness the fruition of all their hard work. It’s the SFA equivalent to ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Our local music students would love to see this; they should be here.”

    Students attending the event this year will also have the unique opportunity to meet and converse with the contestants. “This is designed to be a truly enriching experience for all participants,” Lower said. “The exchange may include questions such as what it’s like to compete, and how it affects their lives.”

    Admission to the semi-final round of the competition is free, and tickets to the final round are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students/youth. For ticketing information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

    For more information about the competition, contact Gene Moon at (936) 468-3885 or moongh@sfasu.edu or visit http://www.schmidbauercompetition.org.

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  • Trio Mélange to perform at SFA

    Trio Mélange to perform at SFA

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    January 27, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Trio Mélange, composed of music faculty members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will perform new music for soprano, horn and piano in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. The guest artist recital features Claire Vangelisti, soprano, Richard Seiler, piano, and James Boldin, horn, performing works of Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, Auguste Panseron, Eurico Carrapatoso and Gina Gillie.

    Vangelisti’s voice has graced both national and international concert and operatic stages, performing repertoire from Bach to Berg. She has performed as concert soloist with organizations such as The San Antonio Symphony, The Temple Philharmonic Orchestra, The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Texas Chamber Consort and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Her stage career includes appearances with Austin Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Southwest Opera and The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin.

    Boldin maintains a diverse career as an educator and performer. He has performed at the 44th, 45th and 47th International Horn Symposiums and at numerous regional horn workshops. An active orchestral musician, Boldin holds positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra and Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

    Seiler has taught master classes and performed as a solo/collaborative pianist in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan and China, has soloed with orchestras in North Carolina, Illinois and Louisiana, and has recorded for Centaur Records (twice) and MSR Classics. Seiler performs and tours frequently, and has performed at numerous international and national conventions.

    Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Coleidoscope to feature music of Busch, Higdon, Williams

    Coleidoscope to feature music of Busch, Higdon, Williams

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    The SFA School of Music will present Coleidoscope at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in Cole Concert Hall. The performance features SFA music faculty members, from left, Geneva Fung, Sherri Fleshner, Evgeni Raychev, Nathan Nabb, Melissa Nabb, Jennifer Dalmas and Carlos Gaviria.

    January 27, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Coleidoscope at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The faculty recital is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series and features chamber music for saxophone, strings and piano. The program explores a number of interesting chamber music combinations, according to Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the School of Music.

    Among the selections to be performed is the Quintet for Saxophone and String Quartet by Adolf Busch.

    “This is an interesting and substantial piece in the saxophone/strings chamber music repertoire,” Dalmas said, “and its compositional style is firmly rooted in the German Romantic tradition.” Although it was written in 1925, it was not published until the 1980s.

    “Dash” by contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon is a one-movement piece originally written for flute, clarinet and piano.

    “The version we will perform features saxophone, violin and piano,” Dalmas said. “This short piece is appropriately named, as all instruments race in scale patterns and repeated figures, creating a sense of urgency throughout.”

    Also featured will be “Six Studies in English Folksongs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Written in 1926, the work is “a charming set of pieces originally composed for cello and piano that has been transcribed effectively for saxophone and string quintet,” Dalmas said.

    “The Coleidoscope concert, as always, is lovingly dedicated to Ed Cole, for whom the series is named,” she said. “A reception in Ed Cole’s honor will be held after the concert.”

    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 http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA graphic design students assist ABT Medical with website

    SFA graphic design students assist ABT Medical with website

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    SFA School of Art graphic design student DeMarcus Tucker, right, receives honorarium from Angela Ford, SFA alumna and senior vice president, corporate communications for ABT Medical Inc. Tucker is a student of Danny Anguiano, left, graphic design assistant professor at SFA.

    January 27, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Graphic design students at Stephen F. Austin State University participated in a creative hands-on project for ABT Medical Inc. to design interactive buttons for the company’s business-to-business website.

    Students of Danny Anguiano, assistant professor of graphic design in the SFA School of Art, designed the buttons to serve as dynamic links to pages within ABT Medical’s website.

    “The students’ work provides both function and beauty for the medical professionals who frequent the site,” Anguiano said. ABT Medical specializes in supplying secure medical records for health care, insurance and patient use.

    Three students chosen as project finalists from the graphic design class included DeMarcus Tucker, Lauryn Ricks and Kiara Adair. The company chose Tucker’s design to be implemented on the live site.

    SFA graphic design students are active with professional internships, hands-on projects and professional competitions. Additionally, the SFA School of Art graphic design area sponsors two professional campus organizations, including AIGA-SFA, the campus chapter of the American Institute for Graphic Arts, and AAF-SFA, the campus chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

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  • ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ to be featured in First Friday Film Series

    ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ to be featured in First Friday Film Series

    January 27, 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 “What Happened, Miss Simone?” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Directed by Liz Garbus, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is the 2015 biographical documentary about Nina Simone, a classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse and black power icon dubbed the “High Priestess of Soul,” according to information at ninasimone.com.

    The documentary incorporates previously unreleased audio recordings by Simone spanning three decades, plus rare archival footage and the artist’s most famous songs. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” draws on more than 100 hours of recordings, telling her story largely in her own words, along with excerpts from her diaries and letters as well as interviews with Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, friends and collaborators, according to the website.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly First Friday 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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  • Young Nacogdoches pianist wins distinguished national gold medal

    Young Nacogdoches pianist wins distinguished national gold medal

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    Young pianist Antonio Ajero displays the medal he earned from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program after scoring the top mark in the nation on the Level 9 Piano assessment. He is pictured with his Music Preparatory Division teacher, Linda Parr, and his father, Mario Ajero.

    January 22, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Eleven-year-old Nacogdoches pianist Antonio Ajero has been awarded a National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, earning him the status of being the only Texas resident to garner this prestigious prize.

    A recent student of Linda Parr in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, Antonio scored the top mark in the nation on the Level 9 Piano assessment.

    National Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to music development program students who achieve the highest standard of excellence in the United States. Sixty-nine students earned National Gold Medals this year. In addition to recognizing the top scorers in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, National Gold Medals honor music teachers for the time and effort put into training their students.

    “Last May I was asked to take Nio as a student just a couple of weeks before his piano exam and coached all of his repertoire as time allowed, so I was quite excited to hear the fabulous news,” Parr said of the accomplishment. “I have not had a student in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program before, and I am getting introduced in a very big way.”

    Although the program is nationally and internationally established, Parr explained that it is not as familiar to teachers in the East Texas area as are Music Teachers National Association or National Guild of Piano Teachers assessments.

    “The amount of daily practice that Nio has dedicated to technique, repertoire, score sight-reading, theory and aural skills, improvisation, reading and comprehension of music is astounding,” Parr said.

    Although he recently became a student of Parr, from the age of 3, Antonio has studied and performed regularly with his father, Mario Ajero, who is associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA.

    “This National Gold Medal from The Royal Conservatory is certainly the most prestigious recognition that Antonio has received for his musical accomplishments,” Ajero said. “I was informed by The Royal Conservatory that close to 100,000 students were assessed this year across all levels and disciplines in North America. For Antonio to achieve the distinction of earning the highest Level 9 Piano score in the entire country is really unbelievable to me, because I would be proud if any of our high school students or even some college students just passed this exam, let alone get the highest mark.

    “For him to achieve this at age 10 when he took this assessment is incredible,” he added. “But I’ve seen how much preparation, practice and time that he’s devoted to reaching this distinction. So at the same time it does not surprise me to a degree. For Nio to be recognized as the top piano student from one of the most prestigious music institutions in North America certainly affirms that we are doing something special and is personally satisfying for me as a parent.”

    Parr complimented Ajero for his guidance and positive influence on his son’s musical interests and resulting accomplishments.

    “He has nurtured and implemented all of this with both Nio and his sister Olivia from a very early age, and the arts are being completely integrated into the children’s daily routine,” she said. “I commend the Ajero family on establishing a busy, but well-balanced routine of school and music studies, exercise, social networking and healthy, happy family time.”

    “We’ve been very fortunate to have Antonio grow up in this wonderful musical environment and listen to performances from faculty, students and guest artists,” Ajero said. “At the same time, all the recitals that he’s participated in over the years have helped prepare him for moments like this. I look forward to seeing his lessons with Linda Parr take his musicianship to another level.”

    Since the RCMDP audition, Antonio has and continues to study additional repertoire of J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Albéniz, Debussy, Paderewski, Bartok and others. He played in a long-distance master class with Dr. João Paulo Casarotti in Brazil, was a winner in the 2015 Red River Radio Young Artists competition, collaborated with young violinist Yassia Felts, gave a full solo piano recital in November, and was recently invited to perform for a new music festival in Alexandria, Louisiana.

    Antonio will work to complete Level 10, which will allow him to test for an associate diploma in piano performance from the conservatory. Most of the necessary theory and music history skills for this endeavor will continue to be encouraged, taught and monitored by his father.

    For information about the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music, visit http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or contact Director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291.

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  • SFA Wind Ensemble to present ‘Welcome Home’ program

    SFA Wind Ensemble to present ‘Welcome Home’ program

    January 22, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program “Welcome Home” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    A concert presented at the conclusion of the Wind Ensemble’s annual winter tour, “Welcome Home” contains “something for everyone” and features music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, according to Dr. David Campo, director of the ensemble this spring in the absence of Fred J. Allen, who is on sabbatical. Associate conductor is Dr. Tamey Anglley, and guest conductor is Dr. James Dreiling.

    Opening the concert is the Joseph Kreines transcription of Leo Delibes’ “March and Cortege of Bacchus” from the ballet “Sylvia.” Written in 1876, “Sylvia” is based on the Arcadian play “Aminta” by the Italian playwright Torquato Tasso.

    “The play celebrates the love story between Aminta and the beautiful nymph Sylvia, who does not return his attentions until a series of events brings the couple together,” explained Campo.

    The program features composer Frank Ticheli’s “Wild Nights,” which is based on the Emily Dickenson poem of the same name. About his work, Ticheli says, “Numerous composers have set the words of ‘Wild Nights’ to music, but, to my knowledge, no one has used this wonderfully sensuous poem as the basis for a purely instrumental tone poem. This was my aim, and in so doing I focused most heavily on the lines, ‘Done with the compass/Done with the chart‘ and ‘Rowing in Eden/Ah! The sea!‘ These words suggested the sense of freedom and ecstatic joy that I tried to express in my work.”

    The ensemble will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque.” Translated as “golden light,” the work received its wind band premiere at the 2005 conference of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, and is dedicated to Gary Green, according to Campo.

    Also on the program is Ron Nelson’s ‘Sonoran Desert Holiday,” composed in 1994 as part of a series of eight semi-programmatic overtures he refers to as his “travelogues.”

    “Although Nelson intends no specific program, the work contains gestures and allusions to night, to sunrise, to Native American and Hispanic influences, to wide open southwestern expanses, and to the remarkable variety of holiday experiences available in this diverse and beautiful part of our country,” Campo said.

    The concert will close with Henry Fillmore’s well-known march, “Rolling Thunder.” Fillmore composed this march in 1916 and dedicated it to Ed Hicker, presumably a trombonist, based on the nature of the march. Music historian Norman Smith said, “At the circus or rodeo, ‘Rolling Thunder’ is used to generate excitement. On the concert stage, it’s known as a ‘show-stopper.’”

    “After all,” Campo said, “who wants to hear any more music – or read any more program notes – after the ‘Rolling Thunder’ march?”

    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 http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA selects contestants in prestigious Schmidbauer competition

    SFA selects contestants in prestigious Schmidbauer competition

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    Ashley Wu, piano
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    Ethan Le, violin
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    Eric Chen, piano
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    Nathaniel Wu, piano
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    Samantha Choo, violin
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    Sara Aldana, violin
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    Spencer Sharp, violin
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    Alexander Davis-Pegis, cello
    January 22, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Eight outstanding young musicians have been accepted as participants in the distinguished 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Celebrating its ninth year, the Schmidbauer Competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance. It is designed to attract young high school musicians ages 15 to 18 who seek to continue future careers involving music and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. It is SFA’s goal to be that institution, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition.

    A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians, offering prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.

    “Concerto performances with orchestras are very rare for a musician at any stage of their professional career, and very much for a budding high school student,” Moon said. “Our hope is that eager young students will be attracted to such lucrative opportunities. I am always excited to work with young musicians. They bring such a naïve, young energy to the stage that affects greatness in everyone around them.”

    Slated for Saturday, Jan. 30, the competition takes place in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. The semi-final round of the competition begins at 1 p.m. Finalists will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. Those who move onto the final round will perform in a live concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Among the competitors are:

    Ashley Wu, pianoPiano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, first movement by W.A. Mozart

    Ashley Wu started her piano lessons at age 6 with Elena Bakina. Starting in spring 2015, she is under the coaching and guidance of Dr. Sergey Kuznetsoff. Ashley has participated in piano competitions locally and internationally winning numerous prizes. Most notably, she won in Italy in the 22nd Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Musicisti Citta di Barletta in 2012 as silver medalist and in the 17th Concorso Internazionale Di Musica Pietro Argento in 2014 as bronze medalist. She was a silver medalist for the Seventh International Chopin Youth Competition in 2011. In December 2014, she finished as semi-finalist in the Cesar Franck International Piano Competition headed by Dmitri Bashkirov in Krainem, Belgium. Locally, she won gold medals for Conroe Music Teacher Association (CMTA) Cash Award Piano Contest in 2014, Legacy Concerto Competition in 2011, and scored CMTA Theory Tests with highest distinction the past five years. By winning gold medal at the Legacy Concerto Competition, Ashley was invited to perform with Conroe Symphony. She has also participated in master classes with Dr. Robert Roux, Dr. Steven Spooner, Dr. Tamas Ungar, Dr. Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and Dr. Namik Sultanov.

    Ethan Le, violinViolin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, first movement by Johannes Brahms

    Ethan Le is a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy. He began studying the violin at the age of 6 and began piano lessons at 7. For the past nine years, he has studied with Kenneth Goldsmith at the Shepherd School of Music. He has been chosen multiple times through auditions as a Houston Young Artist by the non-profit organization Houston Young Artist’s Concert as violinist and pianist, which resulted in a performance on “The Front Row,” a Houston public radio show. Ethan made his orchestral debut at 14 with the Houston Civic Symphony as its winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition Junior String Division. In that same year, he also won the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition Junior String Division. As its winner, he was given the honor of performing with that orchestra, also. As a freshman, he represented Cinco Ranch High School on the TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra, 1st violin 3rd chair. In 2014 and 2015, Ethan received first place at the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition in the senior string division and at the Houston Civic Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition in the senior division.

    Eric Chen, pianoPiano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: I. Andante. Allegro by Sergei Prokofiev

    Eric Chen is a senior at Plano Senior High School. He began learning music at the age of 3 and started playing the piano at 4. Currently, he is studying with Dr. Catharine Lysinger, senior lecturer in piano and piano pedagogy at Southern Methodist University. He has won numerous competitions, including the 2014 Collin County Youth Artist Competition where he placed second in finals, won first prize in the senior concerto division of the Dallas Symphonic Festival in both 2014 and 2015, and first place in the junior division of the Baylor-Waco Piano Competition. Eric also studies cello with Jung Shin Lewis. He placed as seventh chair in the 2015 TMEA Philharmonic All-State Orchestra and was part of the 2014 and 2015 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra. Eric has also earned accolades in the Encana-Plano Science Fair and the DRSEF, and was invited to participate in the 2013 Vienna International Piano Festival. He serves as president of the Plano Teen Harmony Orchestra.

    Nathaniel Wu, pianoPiano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, first movement by Felix Mendelssohn

    Nathaniel Wu began his piano studies at age 5 with Elena Bakina. Starting in spring 2015, he is under the coaching and guidance of Dr. Sergey Kuznetsoff. He has participated in piano competitions locally and internationally winning numerous prizes. Most notably, he won in Italy in the 22nd Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Musicisti Citta di Barletta in 2012 as silver medalist of Group B and in the 18th Val Tidone International Music Competition in 2015 as honorable mention of Group C as well as finishing as semi-finalist in the Cesar Franck International Piano Competition headed by Dmitri Bashkirov in 2014. Locally, he won gold medals for cash award piano contests in 2012 and 2014, Legacy Concerto Competition in 2011, and scoring CMTA Theory Tests with highest distinction the past 10 years. By winning a gold medal at the Legacy Concerto Competition, Nathaniel was invited to perform with Conroe Symphony. He has also participated in master classes with Dr. Robert Roux, Dr. Tamas Ungar, Dr. Steven Spooner, Dr. Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri and Dr. Namik Sultanov. Furthermore, Nathaniel played flute as second instrument and was an active member of his school flute ensemble and chamber music up to his sophomore year. He won placements with regional and state auditions annually from 2009 through 2015 for both solo and ensemble performances.

    Samantha Choo, violinViolin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, first movement by Jean Sibelius

    Samantha Choo, 16, began studying violin at the age of 7. She currently studies under Professor Philip Lewis. Samantha performed at the 2014 Basically Beethoven Festival’s Rising Star Recital and played at Chamber Music International’s pre-concert. She has soloed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as their concerto competition winner. She won top prizes in the Schmidbauer, Juanita Miller, Chamber Music International, Collin County Young Artists, Vernell Gregg Young Artists, and Dallas Symphonic Festival concerto competitions. Her summer activities include attending IU Jacobs School of Music’s Summer String Academy and UTA’s Texas Chamber Music Institute where she received merit scholarships. She has also joined the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra International Youth Orchestra Camp and UNT’s Summer String Institute. Samantha has performed in master classes for David Chan, Gary Levinson and Mimi Zweig. Samantha is the 2015 recipient of the Sheila and Werner Harms Young Artist Scholarship. She is the co-concertmaster of GDYO and has been in the program for eight years. She was concertmaster of the Jasper Symphony Orchestra and the 2014 National and Texas Honors Full Orchestra. She also had the honor of playing with the DSO on NPR’s “From the Top.” Samantha’s artwork has won top awards in the Congressional Arts and Texas VASE competitions. She is heavily involved in school clubs and has held many leadership positions such as president of her school’s National Junior Art Honors Society and being an orchestra officer.

    Sara Aldana, violinViolin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, first movement by Jean Sibelius

    Sara Melissa Aldana is a native of Bogota, Colombia. She has performed as soloist with the Youth Orchestra of the National University of Colombia, Baroque Orchestra of the National University of Colombia and the Bogota Youth Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Sara spent four years as concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of the National University of Colombia and toured Spain with the National University of Colombia Orchestra. She has been a member of the Bogota Foundation Symphony Orchestra, the Bogota Youth Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Clara Schumann Women’s Orchestra. Sara won scholarships to attend a number of music festivals including the Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute at the University of Minnesota, the Cartagena Music Festival in Colombia, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South, the Santa Catarina Music Festival in Brazil, the Campos do Jordao International Music Festival in Brazil, and the first Meeting of Latin American Suzuki Students in Peru. In 2010, she won the Luis Angel Arango Library’s Youth Performer National Competition in Colombia. In 2014, she won the Coda Bow Prize in the Mary West Solo Competition. In 2015, she won grand prize and first place senior division at the Mankato Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and honorable mention at Thursday Musical Competition. Sara’s primary teacher is Sally O´Reilly as part of the Pre-Conservatory Program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. She has also worked with Liz Angela Garcia and Marcelino Prats at the National University of Colombia. Sara has performed in master classes for Lion Spierer, Simone Bernardini, Richard Young, Boris Brovtsyn, Hagai Shajam, Luiz Filipe Coelho, Theodora Geraets and Ruben Aharonyan.

    Spencer Sharp, violinViolin Concerto in A minor, first movement by Antonin Dvorak

    Spencer Sharp is a violinist who has won more than 20 young artist competitions in the past three years. He started playing at age 4, and was on stage by age 5, sharing his talent with the world. He has performed solo and studied internationally in China, Austria, Spain, France and South Korea. He has played solo with the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, the Belleville Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony's Young Artists' Showcase, the Evansville Philharmonic (eight concerts), the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony, and the Louisville Symphony Orchestra (three-concert subscription series). In 2014, he performed the Korngold Violin Concerto in concert in Spain, accompanied by a Spanish national pianist. He has also played solo at Carnegie Hall (twice), and played a solo at the Kennedy Center. Spencer frequently performs on radio and television, and has played for the Midwest satellite of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. He is homeschooled to give him freedom to travel and perform. He studies violin with Gabe Pegis, principal second of the Cincinnati Symphony.

    Alexander Davis-Pegis, celloCello Concerto in B minor, first movement by Antonin Dvorak

    Alexander Davis-Pegis began his cello studies at the age of 4. He has participated in summer music programs including the Chautauqua Music Camp, Sound Encounters, Lonestar Young Artist Program, and the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Alex was a member of the 2008 and 2010 Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas and was a master class participant at the 2010 National Suzuki Association Conference. He was the 2012 MTNA State Junior Division winner and national finalist as well as a semi-finalist at the 2015 Juanita Miller Competition. Alex is a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. He studies the cello with his mother, Donna Davis. A senior in high school, he plans on majoring in cello performance.

    Admission to the semi-final round of the competition is free, and tickets to the final round are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students/youth. For ticketing information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

    For more information about the competition, contact Moon at (936) 468-3885 or moongh@sfasu.edu or visit http://www.schmidbauercompetition.org.

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  • ‘Refined IX: Humor’ highlights diverse field of metalworking, jewelry

    ‘Refined IX: Humor’ highlights diverse field of metalworking, jewelry

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    This work is by Andy Cooperman, juror for “Refined IX: Humor,” an exhibition of metalworking and jewelry which opens with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. A reception will follow.

    January 22, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host “Refined IX: Humor” exhibition Jan. 29 through March 12 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    “Refined” is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 are awarded at the juror’s discretion.

    This year’s theme in humor is “A Bracelet, a Brooch, and a Teapot Walk into a Bar.”

    “‘Refined’ challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme,” Handley said, adding the exhibition is focused on the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry.

    “Whether you work in metal, stones, plastic, fiber or found materials, if you are a ‘smith,’ it carries into whatever work you create,” Handley said.

    All work must be original and completed within the last two years. Submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.

    This year’s juror is Andy Cooperman, a studio metalsmith, educator and advocate in the metalworking and jewelry field. He received his degree in studio art from State University College of Oneonta and has continued to make art and educate throughout his career, giving lectures and demonstrations at more than 25 universities and multiple art centers, and has presented at several professional conferences.

    Cooperman has committed years of service with the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is a planning committee member for the Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. He has authored multiple articles, and his work has been included in numerous publications, including “Humor in Craft” and “The Penland Book of Jewelry.”

    Cooperman continues to exhibit work throughout the United States and abroad including recent solo exhibitions at the National Ornamental Metals Museum and the Appalachian Center for Craft. He has work included in multiple permanent collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.

    The show, sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, will open with a gallery talk with the artist at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, with a reception to follow. Winners will be announced at the reception. Admission is free.

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

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  • SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘The Lightning Thief’

    SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘The Lightning Thief’

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    “The Lightning Thief,” presented by Theatreworks USA, is returning as part of the 2015-2016 season of the Children’s Performing Arts Series of the SFA College of Fine Arts. The show will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    January 18, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present two performances of “The Lightning Thief” on Friday, Feb. 5.

    Also featured during the 2014-2015 children’s series, “The Lightning Thief” was so popular that some audiences missed their chance at seeing the show last year, “so we decided to bring it back,” said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

    Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, “The Lightning Thief” is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

    “This exciting national touring production is fast-paced and imaginative and targets students in second grade and up,” Peterson said. “‘The Lightning Thief’ is a funny, action-packed musical, and new and returning audiences are eager to see it.”

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. 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 http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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  • SFA music faculty Gavin to perform horn recital

    SFA music faculty Gavin to perform horn recital

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    January 15, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty member Charles Gavin will present a horn recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The selected compositions will feature the lyrical, singing qualities of the horn, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

    Performing with Gavin are colleagues Scott LaGraff, voice; John W. Goodall, oboe; and James Pitts, piano. LaGraff will join Gavin in a performance of a group of songs set to the poetry of Walt Whitman.

    “These are composed by Dallas composer Simon Sargon,” Gavin said. “He has previously composed music for horn, voice and piano, and I enjoyed performing those, so I was excited to learn of this new work.”

    None of Gavin’s selections have been performed on the SFA campus, he said.

    “All of the pieces are written by living composers and have not found their way into the ‘standard’ repertoire yet; I predict they soon will,” he said. “All the pieces are quite tuneful and readily accessible to any audience.”

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    The recital is part of the 2015-2016 Cole Performing Arts Series. 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 http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • ‘Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax’ to feature photographs, drawings, prints

    ‘Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax’ to feature photographs, drawings, prints

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    Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in “Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax,” which shows in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus Jan. 20 through March 10.

    January 13, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The work of artist Kent Rush will be showcased in an exhibition that displays Jan. 20 through March 10 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in “Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax,” curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art, who describes Rush as his mentor.

    “Though this is largely an opportunity to pay tribute, Kent’s work alone merits exhibition,” Cox said. “A pleasant blend of graphite drawings, prints and photographs, his works show how one idea can have multifaceted executions and maintain a distinct aesthetic transcending the single-media approach.”

    The exhibition will include “mainly close-up images of odd urban infrastructure, much of it discarded or vestigial, photographed through the plastic lens of a toy camera,” according to Cox.

    Rush spent his formative years absorbing the artistic, intellectual and political milieu of the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s, studying art, drawing and printmaking. He earned a B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico where he studied art and lithography, and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin while teaching at the San Antonio Art Institute. After returning to California to show his work and teach for a brief time, he returned to San Antonio where he has spent the last 27 years making art and teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two- and three-person shows and group and competitive shows. Internationally, he has also shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and France.

    Coming from a background in printmaking, drawing and painting, Rush, over the past 20 years, has appropriated photography as a means of making images, Cox explained.

    “Specifically, he collects (on film) mundane objects and surfaces (primarily concrete) from urban and suburban sites and presents them in a monumental format,” according to Cox.

    Rush will give a talk at the School of Art at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, March 10, followed by a closing reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Heterodyne Duo to perform percussion, saxophone concert

    Heterodyne Duo to perform percussion, saxophone concert

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    Brad Meyer
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    Nathan Nabb
    January 13, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Heterodyne Duo will present a program of selected pieces that are highly varied in their compositional styles when the duo performs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The duo features Dr. Nathan Nabb, SFA professor of saxophone, and Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA. They will perform “West, or Evening Song in Autumn” by Masakazu Natsuda, “The Metaphysics of Notation” by Mark Applebaum and “Walk the Walk” by Michael Daugherty.

    Some of the pieces draw influence from jazz and funk, while others are influenced by non-Western music and include extended timbral possibilities for both saxophone and percussion, according to Nabb.

    The Natsuda work is “a beautiful, meditative soundscape for soprano saxophone, multi-percussion and drone,” Nabb said.

    “The timbral changes, pitch-bends and micro-tones in the soprano saxophone draw strong allusions to the Japanese shakuhachi flute, while the percussion parts evoke the taiko drumming traditions,” he said.

    The score for Applebaum’s piece is done entirely in graphic notation, which means that the performers react and improvise to the images found within the score, Nabb explained.

    “Perhaps what makes this piece unique, even within that realm, is that the score scrolls and is projected so that both performer and audience see the visuals,” Nabb said. “As the title suggests, it is a philosophical work that is concerned with chance and notation and how different notational types yield varying results.”

    The Daugherty piece is a fun and exciting work for baritone and multi-percussion. It is heavily influenced by popular music, including funk and rock and roll, and derives its main thematic material from the popular tune “My Girl.”

    Tickets for the concert 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 http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA’s University Series to feature unique radio theater production of ‘Dracula’

    SFA’s University Series to feature unique radio theater production of ‘Dracula’

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    L.A. Theatre Works will present a live radio theater performance of Bram Stokers’ “Dracula” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Photo by Matt Petit.

    January 13, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will host L.A. Theatre Works in presenting Bram Stokers’ “Dracula” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Part of the 2015-2016 University Series, this performance features the foremost radio theater company in the United States, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts. For more than two decades, LATW, under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances in more than 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.

    “An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting,” Goodall said. “This theater... is an event.”

    This current tour of “Dracula” includes several actors with credits in the horror and suspense genre. The cast includes the well-known TV and film actor Nicholas Hormann who’s been seen in dozens of television hits including “The West Wing,” “Parks & Recreation”“ Modern Family” and “Desperate Housewives.” His numerous film credits include “Kramer vs. Kramer” and the early Oliver Stone horror film “The Hand.” Hormann will play Dr. Van Helsing.

    Veteran horror film actor Skip Pipo will play the role of Renfield. Pipo’s long list of film and TV credits include B-movie favorites such as “The Janitor,” “Sam Hell” and “Poker Run,” as well as the television series “The Black Dawn.”

    The cast also includes Michael Kirby, who appeared in the horror film “Hell’s Heart,” Paul Culos, Graham Outerbridge and Alexis Jacknow, all up and coming TV actors, Summer Spiro, a star of the web series “Dabsity,” and Patrick Wenk-Wolff, who has been seen on television in “The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Life on Mars.”

    Prior to the performance, Zach Hanks, SFA assistant professor of theatre, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the show style. 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, Lehmann Eye Center.

    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, Feb. 1. Students must present a valid SFA ID for purchase and at the door on event night.

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  • Jones exhibition to feature drawings, prints, paintings

    Jones exhibition to feature drawings, prints, paintings

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    “East Texas Impressions: The Art of Charles D. Jones” will show Jan. 14 through March 12 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    January 5, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The work of Charles D. Jones will be showcased in an exhibition that opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    “East Texas Impressions: The Art of Charles D. Jones” will feature drawings, prints and paintings of the professor emeritus in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University who now serves as director and master printer for the LaNana Creek Press in SFA’s College of Fine Arts.

    “The exhibition chronicles the long and prolific career of Mr. Jones, from his days as a soldier in Vietnam, to his recent work as master printer for LaNana Creek Press,” according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries.

    Woodcuts, intaglio and book arts are also featured in this retrospective of Jones’ work, which is curated by David Lewis, professor of art history at SFA. The exhibition will also be highlighted in a large exhibition catalogue, available at Cole Art Center the night of the opening.

    Jones taught printmaking, drawing, Mexican art history and the “Art of The Book” in the School of Art 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.

    Jones has been an active exhibiting artist throughout his career with more than 30 one-person exhibitions in as many years. His solo exhibitions have been mounted at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Museum of Printing History, Houston; Tyler Museum of Art; the Museum of East Texas, Lufkin; Longview Museum of Fine Arts; and the Galveston Art Center. His exhibition “The Vietnam Suite” toured the Mid-West under the auspices of Mid-America Arts Alliance and toured Europe during 1987-88 with exhibitions in England, The Netherlands and France. His recent international exhibition record includes Novosibirsk, Nizny Tagil and Ufa, Russia, Paris and Rennes, France, England, Holland, Italy and Mexico. Jones was co-curator for “Octopus Dreams: Contemporary Native American Works on Paper,” an exhibition sponsored by the American Consulate in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

    The artist will be present at the Jan. 14 opening reception, and refreshments will be served. The exhibition, sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, runs through March 12.

    Closing on Jan. 16 in The Cole Art Center is “The Devil You Say! The Saintly, and Not So Saintly, in Folk Art,” an exhibition exploring folk art and its relationship to religious and cultural traditions. Curated by Michael T. Ricker, the exhibition features a variety of works, including paintings, printed matter, bottles with wooden sculpture inside and sculpture in various media, including pottery, wood, metal, shell, straw work, coconuts, bone, stone and cast iron. Ricker will discuss the exhibition at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, prior to the Friday Night Film Series presentation of “The Fog of War” at 7 p.m. in Cole Art Center.

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

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  • SFA to screen ‘The Fog of War’

    SFA to screen ‘The Fog of War’

    January 5, 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 “The Fog of War” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film by Errol Morris is the story of America as seen through the eyes of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, McNamara takes viewers on an insider’s view of the seminal events of the 20th Century, according to information at errolmorris.com.

    From the firebombing of 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo in 1945 to the brink of nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban missile crisis to the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, “The Fog of War” examines the psychology and reasoning of the government decision-makers who send men to war, the website says.

    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, 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.

    Prior to the film screening, Michael T. Ricker, who curated “The Devil You Say! The Saintly, and Not So Saintly, in Folk Art,” will present a talk at 5:30 p.m. about the exhibition, which closes in Cole Art Center on Saturday, Jan. 16. The exhibition opened Oct. 24 and explores folk art and its relationship to religious and cultural traditions.

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

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