College of Fine Arts News Archive

May 2018

  • SFA to screen 'Valley Uprising' film

    SFA to screen 'Valley Uprising' film

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    “Valley Uprising” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    May 22, 2018—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 documentary "Valley Uprising" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard and produced by Emmy Award-winning Sender Films with Big UP Productions, "Valley Uprising" recounts the history of Yosemite's bold rock-climbing tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity and the laws of the land, according to information at http://senderfilms.com/.

    "Valley Uprising" is a film by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen, edited by Josh Lowell and produced by Mortimer, Rosen and Zachary Barr. It stars Yosemite climbing legends Dean Potter, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, Jim Bridwell, Royal Robbins, Warren Harding, Yvon Chouinard, John Bachar, "Chongo" Chuck and others.

    The documentary was a grand-prize winner at the Banff, Torello, Bilbao Mendi, Danish, Kendal, Krakow and Ladek mountain film festivals, a multiple climbing and adventure film award winner, and an audience award winner at several other film festivals.

    This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

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

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  • Langston awarded first William Arscott Scholarship

    Langston awarded first William Arscott Scholarship

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    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts have selected freshman filmmaking student Samuel Langston of Lufkin as the first recipient of the newly established William Arscott Art Scholarship.

    May 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Samuel Langston, a freshman from Lufkin, as the first William Arscott Art Scholarship recipient at SFA. Langston is studying filmmaking in SFA's School of Art.

    Jeff Brewer, assistant professor of sculpture, nominated Langston for the scholarship.

    "I have had the pleasure of knowing and teaching Sam over the past year. He is a dedicated student and budding young artist," Brewer wrote in his nomination letter to the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    Brewer said Langston has "a passion for filmmaking" that became evident in his SFA 101 class.

    "Sam is not only a hard worker, he's a passionate student, sociable, witty and very level-headed," Brewer said. "I have enjoyed watching Sam grow as an artist and as a person, gaining confidence in his talents and his direction in life. He always represents SFA in a most professional way. Sam will do great things, and I look forward to seeing it happen. "

    The FVA will award the Arscott Scholarship annually to one SFA art student to aid them in furthering their educational and professional goals in the field of art. Arscott is the senior member of the art faculty and has worked in many artistic fields, including painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and cinematography. In 1980, he established the cinematography program for the School of Art. Distinguished as both an artist and educator, Arscott has been recognized and awarded many honors, including Texas Senate Resolution No. 514, Outstanding Educator of America, Alumni Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor.

    The FVA has established several scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for a minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the Friends of the Visual Arts board and its fundraising activities. In this instance, Arscott is still working at the university after more than 54 years of teaching there and is SFA's longest-tenured faculty member. FVA scholarship committee members decided they wanted to honor Arscott now, prior to his retirement.

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  • Ornelas receives Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship

    Ornelas receives Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship

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    David Cozadd, president of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board, and Linda Mock, FVA scholarship committee chair, present the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship to Aldo Ornelas, a graduate student in ceramics from Chihuahua City, Mexico.

    May 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Aldo Ornelas, a graduate student in ceramics from Chihuahua City, Mexico, as this year's recipient of the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship.

    To be eligible for the Frields' award, students must "demonstrate an exemplary work ethic, show versatility in the use of media and techniques in two or more areas, and show innovation and quality in their work," according to the criteria established by Frields.

    Piero Fenci, professor of ceramics at SFA, nominated Ornelas for the award that honors the late SFA art professor. Fenci noted, "Aldo is a workhorse and has made himself indispensable in the ceramic studio. He's devoted, trustworthy, sweet, thoughtful and steady."

    Ornelas' other concentration is sculpture, and his work in both areas is strong, ranging from functional pottery and decorative vessels to figurative and abstract sculpture and ranging in size from intimate to life size, Fenci wrote.

    "He virtually lives in the studio and is always the first to volunteer to lend a hand," Fenci said.

    Ornelas graduated from La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, the state university in Mexico with which SFA has a special art relationship. Ornelas is the fifth Mexican undergraduate to matriculate in SFA's M.F.A. program in the past dozen years, "and all of them have been over the top," Fenci said.

    The FVA established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the Friends of the Visual Arts board and its fundraising activities, such as by consistently donating art for fundraisers, by providing monetary assistance, or by serving on FVA committees or board.

    Known among his peers as a great advocate for SFA's art students, Frields taught courses in design, drawing and sculpture and served as graduate program coordinator for the School of Art before his retirement in 2012. He was a recipient of the SFA Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award and was appointed to the board of directors for the Texas Association of Schools of Art. Frields' involvement in national juried exhibitions helped in establishing the SFA Texas National, originating the concept, name and designing the logo. The event brings to Nacogdoches some of the most celebrated contemporary artists as jurors. He originated the Art Prom and was a founding member of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, creating the logo and contributing to concept planning.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts is made up of community members who support the arts in East Texas and provide monetary assistance to students enrolling in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the upcoming annual 12 x 12 event in July.

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  • Jentsch awarded Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship

    Jentsch awarded Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship

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    David Cozadd, president of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board, and Linda Mock, FVA scholarship committee chair, present the Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship to Sarah Jentsch, senior printmaking student from Etoile.

    May 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Sarah Jentsch has been selected as this year's Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship recipient at Stephen F. Austin State University. Jentsch, a senior from Etoile, is studying printmaking in SFA's School of Art.

    Neal Cox, associate professor/printmaking coordinator, nominated Jentsch for the scholarship. She has been a student in several of Cox's classes during the past two years.

    "In all cases, she has excelled and has established herself as a leader in the printmaking studio," Cox wrote in his nomination letter. "I have been thoroughly impressed by her ability to learn readily, her positive attitude, her broad knowledge base and her social aptitude."

    Cox said that printmaking is not an easy discipline by way of technique and workload, explaining that it can be intimidating to even the most talented students. He said Jentsch possesses qualities that help her carry her talent through to successful learning.

    "She knows how to pay attention, takes accurate, extensive notes, and later reviews and revises her notes," he said. "Her attentiveness, her enthusiasm for learning, and her natural ability all help her acquire information quickly and effectively.

    "Ms. Jentsch possesses a delightful sense of humor that helps her laugh with others and sets them at ease," he said. "She comes to class with a smile and engages her fellow students, helping them to feel at ease and to learn along side her. She seems to believe that she can learn despite any apparent obstacle."

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts has established scholarships in the name of retiring art professors who were employed in the School of Art for a minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the FVA board and its fundraising activities, such as consistently donating art for fundraisers, by providing monetary assistance, or by serving on FVA committees or board.

    The Jones scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to a junior, senior or graduate level student with drawing or printmaking as his/her major study area. Students must show initiative and a broad appreciation of all of the fine arts with a concentration on printmaking, according to the eligibility criteria established by Jones.

    Jones is professor emeritus in the SFA School of Art where he taught printmaking, drawing, Mexican art history and the "Art of The Book" from 1971 to 2011. During that time, he was named a Regents Professor and received a Distinguished Professor Award from the Alumni Association and a Teaching Excellence Award from the university.

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  • Garrett awarded Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship

    Garrett awarded Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship

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    David Cozadd, president of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board, and Linda Mock, FVA scholarship committee chair, present the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship to Chloe Garrett, a sophomore art student from Orange.

    May 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Chloe Garrett, a sophomore art student from Orange, is the newest recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship awarded by the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Garrett's primary focus is painting. Assistant art professor Shaun Roberts nominated her for the award.

    "Chloe is a highly motivated and gifted student," Roberts said in his nomination letter. "Although she is still early in her academic artistic career at SFA, Chloe is already producing high-quality results. She continues to enthusiastically absorb what we cover in class and readily accepts and gives constructive comments in critique. She sets the bar for the other students in the classes."

    Roberts also described Garret as "a talented, driven young artist."

    "I look forward to her presence in future classes of mine," he said.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts established the Kinsell scholarship to support the educational goals of students currently enrolled in the School of Art by providing financial assistance to outstanding students in the visual arts program. The scholarship also honors Kinsell as a teacher, as an ardent supporter of the arts in the Nacogdoches community, and as a huge supporter of the FVA and its fundraising activities.

    An art professor at SFA for 25 years before retiring in 2013, Kinsell taught courses in painting, drawing, figure drawing and advertising design. The Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate level art student with painting or photography as his or her major study area, according to the criteria developed by Kinsell.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts is made up of community members who support the arts in East Texas and provide monetary assistance to students enrolling in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the upcoming annual 12 x 12 event in July.

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  • Locklin awarded Gary Parker Art Scholarship

    Locklin awarded Gary Parker Art Scholarship

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    David Cozadd, president of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board, and Linda Mock, FVA scholarship committee chair, present the Gary Parker Art Scholarship to Shelby Locklin, junior sculpture student from South Lake.

    May 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts scholarship committee at Stephen F. Austin State University has selected South Lake junior sculpture student Shelby Locklin as this year's recipient of the Gary Parker Art Scholarship.

    Jeff Brewer, assistant professor of sculpture in the School of Art, nominated Locklin for the award.

    "As Art Alliance faculty advisor and sculpture professor, I have had the pleasure of knowing, teaching, working with and mentoring Shelby for the past two years," Brewer wrote in his nomination letter to the Friends of the Visual Arts. "She is a talented student and budding young artist. Shelby has a very special gift; she has the ability to see the world in three dimensions. She is a sculptor."

    Brewer said that Locklin not only has a wonderful gift, but she also has the diligence and drive that often escape the creative person.

    "What genuinely excites me about Shelby's work is her integration of technology into her artwork," Brewer said.

    Locklin participates in all functions of the art department, be it working all day at SFA Art Day for high school students or giving campus tours at Showcase Saturday to incoming freshmen. Brewer also described her as "a talented scholar," having maintained the Dean's List for two years, staying active in Art Alliance and maintaining an active studio practice.

    "She always represents SFA in a most professional way, and I believe her attitude, skills and commitment will take her far," Brewer said. "She is an all-around great person. I have seen firsthand the dedication and diligence Shelby brings to the table around the School of Art, having worked with her on several projects in her time at SFA."

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts established the scholarship in honor of the retired SFA School of Art faculty member who was employed at the university for 31 years. Parker not only taught courses but also directed the school's Summer Art Academy program for children and served as the gallery preparator.

    The FVA has established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the Friends of the Visual Arts board and its fundraising activities, such as consistently donating art for fundraisers, by providing monetary assistance, or by serving on FVA committees or board.

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  • Lim joins SFA's Music Prep faculty

    Lim joins SFA's Music Prep faculty

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    Lydia J. Lim

    May 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Lydia J. Lim has joined the faculty of the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music as a piano teacher.

    An active soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, Lim holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and professional study degrees from Manhattan School of Music and has taught in private music schools throughout New York and New Jersey.

    She has won awards in numerous competitions, including competitions in London, England, Korea and New York.

    To register for private lessons with Lim or other Music Prep instructors, contact director Pat Barnett at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or musicprep@sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep House is located at 3028 Raguet St. Visit http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep for more information.

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  • SFA Music Prep offering summer lessons, camps

    SFA Music Prep offering summer lessons, camps

    May 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration continues for summer lessons and camps offered by the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.

    Lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, cello, Suzuki violin, violin/viola, percussion, ukulele and other instruments.

    Guitar Camp, with Chance Moore as director, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. June 25 through 29 at the Music Prep House. The lessons are designed for students ages 10 and up. Tuition is $40, and guitar rental is $10. Lessons are provided in rock, country, classical and jazz. Class size is limited to 10 students.

    Dr. Mario Ajero will direct the Kids Piano Kamp for children in first through third grades. Classes are 10 a.m. to noon July 16 through July 20 in Room 223 of the Boynton Building on the SFA campus. Tuition is $100, and class size is limited to 16 students. Registration deadline is June 4.

    Dr. Ping-Ting Lan will instruct an adult piano class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 30 and Aug. 6 in Room 223 of the Boynton Building. Tuition is $105, and class size is limited to 16 students.

    Registration forms and more information can be accessed at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep, or contact Music Prep director Pat Barnett at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or musicprep@sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep House is located at 3028 Raguet St.

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  • SFA's Summer Art Academy registration underway

    SFA's Summer Art Academy registration underway

    May 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is underway for the annual Summer Art Academy offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art for the two-week camp that will meet June 11 through 22 on the SFA campus.

    Students going into kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll in classes that include drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

    "Art Academy is an exciting opportunity for local youth to work with SFA graduate and undergraduate art students to create original projects using a variety of materials." said Dr. Cala Coats, SFA art instructor and director of the academy.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Art Building on Wilson Drive. An exhibition of the students' work will be at 5 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the Art Building. Afterward, the students may take their work home.

    The registration fee on or before June 1 is $185 and includes all art supplies, exhibition expenses and daily refreshments. Late registration after June 1 is $200. Registration information is available at http://www.art.sfasu.edu/artacademy or in person at the School of Art.

    For additional information, contact Coats at (936) 468-4264 or by email at coatsc@sfasu.edu

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  • Philadelphia artist wins first place in Texas National

    Philadelphia artist wins first place in Texas National

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    First place award in Texas National 2018 was presented to Daniel Dallmann's “Studio Interior with Empty Chair."
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    Second place in Texas National 2018 went to Sassoon Kosian's “Aspiration of the Soul."
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    Third place in Texas National 2018 went to David Avery's “Running on Empty."
    May 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Daniel Dallmann, an artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was selected as having the winning entry in the 2018 Texas National Competition and Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Nationally acclaimed art critic and author Jed Perl, who served as juror, chose Dallmann's "Studio Interior with Empty Chair" for the top honor in this year's prestigious competition that garnered more than 65 pieces of art by 65 artists from 19 states.

    Perl awarded second place to Sassoon Kosian of Cranford, New Jersey, for "Aspiration of the Soul," and third place went to David Avery of San Francisco, California, for "Running on Empty."

    Honorable mentions were awarded to Deborah Bay of Houston, Lindy Chambers of Bellville, Nathan Taves of Columbia City, Indiana, and Scott Whitworth of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    The School of Art's annual juried competition and exhibition attracts entrants from across the United States, providing artists an opportunity to have their work juried by highly regarded artists and critics.

    Texas National can be viewed through June 10 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

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  • SFA School of Art to present Daniel exhibition

    SFA School of Art to present Daniel exhibition

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    The artwork of the late John Daniel will be exhibited May 10 through June 16 in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    May 9, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present an exhibition of work by former SFA art professor John Daniel showing May 10 through June 16 in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Cole Art Center.

    Daniel, who died in 2015, began teaching at SFA in 1967. In 1997, the John and Doris Daniel Scholarship in Art was established and is ongoing. In December of 2005, Daniel became professor emeritus and retired after 38 years of teaching sculpture, design and drawing. In 2007-2008, a retrospective show of his work had venues at both The Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches and at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin. Daniel's artwork is in collections in Nacogdoches and across Texas, as well as in other states.

    The exhibition and reception are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop.

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

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