College of Fine Arts News Archive

December 2019

  • Duncanville junior Sweet awarded Kinsell scholarship in art at SFA

    Duncanville junior Sweet awarded Kinsell scholarship in art at SFA

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    Duncanville junior art student Cameron Sweet, left, is this year’s Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship recipient at SFA. Pictured with him are School of Art Director Christopher Talbot and FVA President Crystal Hicks.

    December 20, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Cameron Sweet, a junior from Duncanville, was selected as this year’s Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship recipient at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is studying photography in SFA’s School of Art with a secondary concentration in digital media. The award is presented annually by the Friends of the Visual Arts.

    Amanda Breitbach, assistant professor of art, nominated Sweet for the scholarship. In her nomination letter, Breitbach noted: “Cameron is an exceptional student. He has an excellent work ethic and a great attitude. He approaches assignments, critiques and discussions with seriousness, and he is always thinking about how class work can connect to his future career. Cameron puts in time and energy toward learning outside of class, works with more advanced students and finds tutorials to supplement class demonstrations.”

    She described him as “consistently positive and supportive” in his interactions with fellow students.

    “He is responsible and helpful – willing to help out both during class and outside of class time,” she wrote. “Cameron is a first-generation student and qualifies for financial aid. This scholarship would be a meaningful award that would recognize the caliber of the work he is making as well as his excellent character.”

    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 annual 12 x 12 event each July.

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  • Parker Art Scholarship awarded to Colombia junior Bates

    Parker Art Scholarship awarded to Colombia junior Bates

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    Ericka Bates, far right, a junior art student from Colombia, South America, has been awarded the Gary R. Parker Art Scholarship at SFA. Pictured with her are, from left, Gary Parker, FVA President Crystal Hicks and School of Art Director Christopher Talbot.

    December 20, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts scholarship committee at Stephen F. Austin State University has selected junior painting student Ericka Bates, of Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia (South America), as this year’s recipient of the Gary R. Parker Art Scholarship.

    Shaun Roberts, assistant professor in the SFA School of Art, nominated Bates for the award. In his nomination letter, Roberts wrote: “I have worked with Ericka over the past couple of semesters at SFA; I had her in both painting and drawing classes. She is a very naturally gifted student and artist who is always open and willing to experiment and try things in her art. She is humble and takes critique and suggestions about her work really well. She always shows up to class on time with a positive attitude ready to work.

    “It’s a pleasure having Ericka in my class because she inspires and motivates the other students,” he said. “Ericka isn’t afraid to tackle a big ambitious project. She attacks the canvas with rigor and purpose. She is a very intelligent and thoughtful young artist; her work is advanced and drives other students to be more critical of their art and to work harder.

    “Ericka is in the beginning stages of her career, but I expect great things from her,” he added.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts established the Parker 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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  • Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

    Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

    December 19, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s historic downtown gallery, will be open during regular gallery hours for a portion of the holiday season through Jan. 4.

    Regular hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Cole Art Center will be closed Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 23 through 25 and Dec. 30 through Jan. 1.

    Currently showing at the downtown gallery is the annual Vintage Christmas Display and “Picturing Books: Illustrations in Print from the 15th to the 20th Centuries,” Vol. I.

    The documentary “Quincy,” which takes an intimate look into the life of iconic American record producer, singer and film producer Quincy Jones, will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the art center. Admission is free.

    Cole Art Center will be closed beginning Jan. 5 for the installation of Volume II of the “Picturing Books” exhibition, which will open Tuesday, Jan. 21. A reception for Volume II is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

    Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus is closed for the holiday break and will reopen when classes resume on Jan. 15. A reception for the graduate student exhibition, “Pondering the Moment,” is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. The student show runs through March 3 in Griffith Gallery.

    SFA art exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information about exhibitions, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Friday Film Series: ‘Quincy’ chronicles life of iconic record, film producer

    Friday Film Series: ‘Quincy’ chronicles life of iconic record, film producer

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    The Grammy Award-winning “Quincy” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in The Cole Art Center.

    December 19, 2019—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 “Quincy” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Taking an intimate look into the life of iconic American record producer, singer and film producer Quincy Jones, the documentary looks at Jones as a unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years. The film demonstrates how Jones transcended racial and cultural boundaries, according to imdb.com. It was written and directed by Jones’ daughter, Rashida Jones, and Alan Hicks and also stars Tony Bennett, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Michael Caine, Jay-Z, John Legend, Paul McCartney and other music legends.

    “Quincy” is a Grammy Award winner for Best Music Film and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. It garnered top awards from the African-American Film Critics Association, Black Reel Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards and Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

    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, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

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  • Lufkin filmmaking student Shepherd awarded Arscott Scholarship at SFA

    Lufkin filmmaking student Shepherd awarded Arscott Scholarship at SFA

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    SFA senior art major Typhanie Shepherd of Lufkin, left, has been awarded this year’s William Arscott Art Scholarship by the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA. With Shepherd are Christopher Talbot, director of the SFA School of Art, and Crystal Hicks, FVA president.

    December 18, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Typhanie Shepherd, a Stephen F. Austin State University junior from Lufkin, has been selected as this year’s William Arscott Art Scholarship recipient. Shepherd is a studying filmmaking in SFA’s School of Art cinematography program. The Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA presents the award annually.

    Jeff Brewer, former assistant professor of sculpture, nominated Shepherd for the scholarship. In his nomination letter, he wrote: “I have had the pleasure of knowing, teaching and mentoring Typhanie for the last three years. She is a talented student, budding young artist and all around wonderful human being.”

    Brewer went on to describe Shepherd as “a brilliant student with an inquisitive nature and a drive to succeed.”

    “The enthusiasm and wit she brings to the classroom are contagious, and I am grateful to be part of it,” he wrote. “Her desire to learn and try new things is a joy to witness. Her explorations into plastic casting, welding, installation and puppetry, along with her genuine love of film and learning, mixes with her curiosity, sense of humor and painstakingly detail-oriented work ethic to make her a perfect match for the Arscott Scholarship.

    “I have seen firsthand the dedication and diligence Typhanie brings to the classroom, and I look forward to watching her grow as an artist, filmmaker and a person,” he said.

    The FVA awards 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 55 years of teaching there and is SFA’s longest-tenured faculty member. FVA scholarship committee members unanimously decided they wanted to honor Arscott now, prior to his retirement.

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  • SFA art student Silcox awarded Frields Scholarship

    SFA art student Silcox awarded Frields Scholarship

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    SFA senior sculpture student Allison Silcox of Winnie, center, has been selected by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts to receive this year’s Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship. Pictured with her are FVA President Crystal Hicks and School of Art Director Christopher Talbot.

    December 18, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Allison Silcox, a senior student in sculpture from Winnie, 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.

    Jeff Brewer, a former assistant professor at SFA, nominated Silcox for the award that honors the late SFA art professor. In his recommendation letter, Brewer wrote: “As Art Alliance faculty advisor and sculpture professor, I have had the pleasure of knowing, teaching, working with and mentoring Allison for the past two years. She is a talented student and budding young artist.

    “Often, students at the undergraduate level lack the focus or understanding to move forward successfully with a body of work or a consistent work ethic,” he added. “Allison is a wonderful exception to this. She is in the studio, rain or shine, always pushing her creativity as well as her skill sets. From my first memory of her learning to weld to her recent creative successes, I am always impressed with her diligence and drive. Having known Gary Frields and understanding what motivated the requirements for his scholarship, I believe Allison fits the bill.”

    Brewer added that Silcox shows versatility in the use of media and techniques with a love of sculpture, metals and printmaking. “Allison puts in the long hours and spurs others into pushing their time in the studio,” he wrote. “Allison is active in entering art competitions at SFA and outside of Nacogdoches, always pushing herself. Gary Frields had a passion for the freedom of expression and laser focus on the creative process, and I believe Allison gets this.”

    The FVA established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA 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.

    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 annual 12 x 12 event each July.

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  • Yoakum senior Coleman awarded Jones Art Scholarship at SFA

    Yoakum senior Coleman awarded Jones Art Scholarship at SFA

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    Yoakum senior art student Lucille Coleman, left, has been selected as this year’s Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship recipient at Stephen F. Austin State University. The award is presented by the Friends of the Visual Arts. Pictured with her are SFA School of Art Director Christopher Talbot and FVA President Crystal Hicks.

    December 18, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Lucille Coleman has been selected as this year’s Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship recipient at Stephen F. Austin State University. A post-baccalaureate student from Yoakum, Coleman’s major concentration is in drawing and her minor concentration is in printmaking in SFA’s School of Art.

    Neal Cox, associate professor/printmaking coordinator, nominated Coleman for the scholarship. In his nomination letter, Cox noted: “Though Lucille’s major concentration is drawing, she spends most of her time in the printmaking studio. She would be a printmaking major had she discovered the media earlier in her academic experience. As it is, she graduated in December with 15 credits in printmaking, exceeding the required course load for a minor concentration. She plans on pursing printmaking in her graduate level studies.”

    Cox described Coleman as “my hardest working student by far,” adding she gets to class every morning before everyone else, “including myself, and just gets to work.”

    “She has grown by leaps and bounds in the year since she enrolled in her first printmaking course,” Cox wrote. “While her skill level continues to grow, her ideas are also developing nicely. She completed much of her B.F.A. final project many months before she was due to have a show.

    “While her work ethic, alone, qualifies her for the scholarship, Lucille possesses that rare ability to get along with all her classmates,” he said. “She politely avoids any conversation that degrades anyone, and in some cases, has spoken up when she feels others have gone over the line, as so many students often do. She offers and receives critical feedback with required objectivity.”

    The FVA has established 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, 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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  • Giant inflatable purple crayon created by SFA art students teaches kids about color and scale

    Giant inflatable purple crayon created by SFA art students teaches kids about color and scale

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    Jenna Lowry, a Dallas-area Stephen F. Austin State University junior studying interior design in the School of Human Sciences, proposed a 50-foot-long, 6.5-foot-high purple crayon inflatable sculpture for the final group project in Professor Lauren Selden’s 3D Design class in the School of Art. Lowry’s project was selected by her classmates from about 20 submissions. The work was enjoyed by pre-K students at SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory on Dec. 11. The project helped the pre-K students learn more about colors, especially SFA’s school color, purple.

    December 17, 2019—Jo Gilmore

    Students at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Laboratory arrived on the chilly morning of Dec. 11 to see SFA art students inflating a 50-foot-long purple crayon sculpture on the front lawn of their school.

    This semester-ending project for Professor Lauren Selden’s 3D Design class in the School of Art taught SFA students the elements and principles of design when working with 3D forms. It also helped both the college students at SFA and the pre-K students in the Early Childhood Laboratory relieve stress at the end of a busy semester.

    “The children loved not only looking at but also getting inside the big, purple crayon,” said Dr. Lori Harkness, director of the Early Childhood Laboratory. “They got to enjoy reading a story inside and see how the crayon was inflated. It was an amazing experience.”

    In the past, Selden’s classes have built inflatable sculptures that provided different experiences for the viewer. After voting on approximately 20 proposals, this year’s class chose an inflatable purple crayon envisioned by Dallas-area junior Jenna Lowry, who’s studying interior design in the School of Human Sciences.

    The proposal included where the piece would be shown, reasons it would be an effective group project, ways students could participate with viewers and the availability of power on site.

    “We needed something simple enough to complete in a short amount of time,” Lowry said. “Something creative we could all participate in and relieve the stress of finals week.”

    Designed for a pre-K audience, the project helped the children learn more about colors, especially SFA’s school color, purple. Selden’s students learned how to take a 2D material, 2 mil plastic, and transform it into a large-scale 3D form. Selden said the students had to work together carefully to be successful on this scale.

    “We have been doing this activity in 3D for more than 10 years,” Selden said. “It is an excellent way to explore scale and spectacle.”

    The final sculpture, which was 6.5 feet tall, started with a small plastic model to ensure the elements of the crayon, from the body to the black bands to the cone, would scale correctly. For example, if a 3-foot-long sculpture inflates with a hair dryer, a 50-foot sculpture needs a regular fan.

    The art students decided the crayon should lay on its side for optimum inflation. They taped purple and black plastic together to build the sculpture during three weeks of class time. The students worked together to calculate dimensions, cut the plastic, fabricate the form and test the completed form.

    “We worked very efficiently and couldn’t wait for the children to see our hard work come to life.” Lowry said. “This was a unique and fun-filled experience.”

    Once the sculpture was inflated in front of the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, more than 40 children and 30 adults climbed through a 7-foot zipper door in groups of five to allow air to inflate the crayon to full capacity. Selden’s students read to the pre-K students, who all sat attentively inside the large crayon.

    “My students were so excited to share their work,” Selden said. “Working in the community helps these artists consider their future audience while creating an experience in an unlikely environment.

    “This is our entry into studying public art, site-specific art, performance and community involvement,” Selden added. “I was lucky to have such an exceptional group; they worked together and created a fun experience for the pre-K children.”

    Selden finds this work so rewarding that she often participates in inflatable sculpture projects around the world. Her latest project took her to Chihuahua, Mexico, to work with professional artists and college students to create a giant inflatable piggy bank.

    “That was one of my favorite experiences so far,” she said. “This kind of art involves a lot of team building, and it was fun to work with the community members, college students and professional artists in Chihuahua. There was often a language barrier between us, but making things is a universal language. I love being in situations where I get this reminder.”

    For more information, email lselden@sfasu.edu.

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  • Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Isaacs family to perform at SFA

    Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Isaacs family to perform at SFA

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    Bring your family and friends to the special Encore Event performance of the Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    December 12, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Start the new year off on the right note with the multi-Dove Award-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs, when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    A special Encore Event presented by the College of Fine Arts and its University Series, the concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth. The Isaacs have an inspirational style that blends tight harmonies with contemporary acoustic instrumentation to produce a sound that appeals to audiences all over the world, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series and Encore Events.

    “The Isaacs are some of the most popular southern gospel singers in the world, and their music is revered by experts in the genre,” Shattuck noted. “When we saw them last year on Reba McIntyre’s CMA Country Christmas special we feared that we might have missed our chance to get them to Nacogdoches, but they are looking forward to visiting the SFA campus for an evening of shimmering sound,” he continued.

    The Isaacs began singing 35 years ago. The group includes mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs’ distinctive style has been influenced by many genres of music including rhythm and blues, bluegrass and folk, as well as country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

    Their unique mix of southern gospel and other sounds is heard regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and CMA Fan Fest. The group’s 2018 appearance on ABC-TV’s CMA Country Christmas included a performance of “What Child Is This” with superstar McIntyre, and they recorded the same song with her for her album “My Kind of Christmas.”

    Prior to the show, Andre Simon, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, will present an informational talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the show’s corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth.

    Encore Event tickets are: adult $45/36/27; senior $36/29/21; youth $18/14/11; SFA student $3. All seating is reserved. Pricing is based on seating (section A/B/C). Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

    For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, 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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  • Tickets to The Isaacs’ SFA concert make great Christmas gifts

    Tickets to The Isaacs’ SFA concert make great Christmas gifts

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    Give the gift of Isaacs’ concert tickets this Christmas and send family and friends to the special Encore Event performance of the Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    December 6, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Looking for a memorable Christmas gift for that someone special? Tickets to hear gospel sensations The Isaacs in concert on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus might be the most appreciated present you’ll give this year.

    The College of Fine Arts at SFA will present The Isaacs in a special Encore Event concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

    The multi-Dove Award-winning and two-time (2017 and ’18) Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs have an inspirational style that blends tight harmonies with contemporary acoustic instrumentation to produce a sound that appeals to audiences all over the world.

    “Their unique mix of southern gospel and other sounds is heard regularly at the Grand Ole Opry and at Carnegie Hall, CMA Fan Fest and recently on ABC-TV’s CMA Country Christmas with superstar Reba McIntyre,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series and Encore Events.

    The Isaacs began singing 35 years ago and include mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs’ distinctive style has been influenced by many genres of music including rhythm and blues, bluegrass and folk, as well as country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

    Encore Event tickets are: adult $45/36/27; senior $36/29/21; youth $18/14/11; SFA student $3. All seating is reserved. Pricing is based on chosen section (A/B/C). Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

    For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, 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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  • Tickets still available for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at SFA

    Tickets still available for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at SFA

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    December 5, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for PerSeverance Productions’ touring production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. This College of Fine Arts University Series holiday show is a musical spectacle for the entire family featuring 26 beloved yuletide songs. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. “A Christmas Carol” is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

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  • SFA’s Mariachi Los Leñadores to present ‘Una Noche De Serenatas’

    SFA’s Mariachi Los Leñadores to present ‘Una Noche De Serenatas’

    December 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Mariachi Los Leñadores, a student-run organization and ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present “Una Noche De Serenatas” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Music Recital Hall in Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    “One of the traditions in the Mexican culture is to serenade a loved one with a mariachi,” said Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba in the SFA School of Music. “This recital will serve as a serenade to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities following the group’s fall semester of rehearsals and performances.”

    Los Leñadores will perform several well-known mariachi favorites, such as “Amor Eterno,” “Volver” and “Hermoso Cariño,” in addition to other traditional mariachi favorites.

    The group was formed during the fall of 2018 by senior music education major Danny Chavera Jr. Originally from Dilley, Chavera drew from his own experiences performing in high school, where almost every school in predominantly Hispanic areas had a mariachi ensemble as part of the music education experience. The SFA group consists of student musicians on trumpet, guitar and violin, accompanied by the traditional mariachi string instruments, including the vihuela and guitarron.

    Los Leñadores has performed at several local and area events, such as the Nacogdoches Dia de los Muertos Fiesta, the Texas State Forest Festival in Lufkin, and the Nacogdoches Multicultural Festival.

    The concert is free to attend; donations will be accepted. The group has been fundraising to purchase instruments that will remain with the SFA student ensemble as its members graduate. Most recently, enough funds were raised to purchase a guitarron. Future fundraising will aid in purchasing mariachi uniforms.

    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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