Micky Elliott College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2023

  • SFA to host Words of Art ‘Re-Visions’ collaborative exhibition

    SFA to host Words of Art ‘Re-Visions’ collaborative exhibition

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    The SFA School of Art and student organizations Subplots and Art Alliance will present the Words of Art “Re-Visions” collaborative exhibition Feb. 6 through 10 in the student galleries of the Lower Art Building on Wilson Drive. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

    January 25, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the SFA Department of English and Creative Writing will present the exhibition “Re-Visions,” showing Feb. 6 through 10 in the student galleries of the Lower Art Building on Wilson Drive.

    Formerly a course at SFA called Pen & Pigment, Words of Art is a student organization-led collaborative event that presents contributors with a publication and exhibition opportunity. Students who participated in Pen & Pigment engaged with one another to produce cohesive paintings and poetry that effectively correlated their disciplines. Words of Art re-envisions the idea of interdisciplinarity by expanding the accepted disciplines and by being facilitated by student organizations Subplots and Art Alliance. The goal was to increase the flexibility and increase the disciplines involved in the event.

    An opening reception for “Re-Visions” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. The public is invited to celebrate the contributors and the people who made this event possible. Attendees will have the chance to show their support by voting for the People’s Choice Award, highlighting the artist and writer who best accomplished this interdisciplinarity.

    The gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Megan Bynum, Art Alliance president, at (325) 998-5425 or bynummc1@jacks.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA’s Hicks to exhibit works in Austin gallery

    SFA’s Hicks to exhibit works in Austin gallery

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    Works by SFA art faculty member Candace Hicks will show Jan. 21 through Feb. 25 at Ivester Contemporary in Austin.

    January 20, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    “Understanding Coincidence in the Multiverse,” a solo exhibition by Stephen F. Austin State University art faculty member Candace Hicks, will show Jan. 21 through Feb. 25 at Ivester Contemporary in Austin.

    The exhibition features two of Hicks’ ongoing series: her hand embroidered compositions on canvas she calls “Notes for String Theory” as well as her multi-page hand embroidered book works titled “String Theory.” Both of these series focus on literary coincidence and Hicks’ fascination with the phenomenon of learning a new word or hearing about something in particular only to begin seeing it seemingly everywhere, or reading the same unique phrase or idea in more than one book in short succession.

    A reception for the Austin exhibition is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Ivester Contemporary.

    Hicks’ work has taken literature as its subject for many years, and writing has been central to her artistic practice. “I employ hand-embroidery in my work as a feminist statement to elevate the domestic arts,” she said. “I build facsimiles of sheets of paper on wooden panels that are the same dimensions as notebook paper. My pages confront the existential possibilities of the blank page.”

    Hicks creates interactive installations and artist’s books that examine gender, voice and parallel universes through the analysis of fictional literature. Her artist’s books are in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art New York, Banbridge Museum and Spencer Museum of Art, as well as in university collections at Harvard, Yale and Stanford. For more information about the artist, visit candacehicks.com/.

    Ivester Contemporary’s 1,600-square-foot gallery is located within the Canopy Creative Complex in East Austin. Ivester Contemporary represents emerging and mid-career artists living and working in Austin and Central Texas.

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  • Guest artist Yoo to perform with SFA piano faculty

    Guest artist Yoo to perform with SFA piano faculty

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    Kyung-A Yoo

    January 17, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    Guest artist Dr. Kyung-A Yoo, associate professor of collaborative piano at Mercer University, will join piano faculty members at Stephen F. Austin State University to present “Eight-Hands Piano Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    SFA piano professors Drs. Ronald Petti, Mario Ajero and Minhae Lee will collaborate with Yoo to perform “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns; Souvernirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber; Four Piece Suite by Richard Rodney Bennett; Fantasy on the Themes from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen”; and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

    “This will be a very fun and exciting concert,” Lee said. “It’s like a piano ‘monsters’ concert, with two grand pianos and four pianists — a variety program.”

    Hailed for “her expressive and sensitive sound,” Dr. Yoo is a distinguished artist at Robert McDuffie Center for Strings where she coaches and performs with string players and guest artists. She has been an artist collaborator at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, working closely with such renowned musicians and pedagogues as Leone Buyse, Paul Kantor, Richie Hawley and Stephen King. As a collaborative pianist, she frequently performed with new music ensemble the New York Composers Circle, the Joy in Singing Art Song Competition, New Triad for Collaborative Arts, and the Korea Music Foundation, presenting debut recitals and annual concerts at Carnegie and Merkin halls. She has been collaborative pianist at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University and at Oberlin Conservatory. She also worked as faculty member of the Heifetz International Music Institute and joined Aspen Music Festival and School in 2014 as a collaborative pianist and performance coach.

    Ajero is professor of piano at SFA where he teaches applied piano lessons, group piano classes and piano pedagogy and serves as the keyboard area coordinator. He is internationally recognized as an authority in incorporating technology in piano pedagogy and music education.

    As the director of collaborative piano at SFA, Petti directs the Master of Music in Collaborative Piano, teaches the undergraduate course accompanying techniques, the graduate survey courses vocal literature with piano and chamber music literature with piano, and applied lessons in piano accompanying and harpsichord. He is also the accompanist for many ongoing events in the School of Music.

    Lee is assistant professor of piano at SFA. She has been collaborative pianist at Jeju International Brass Competition, the Manhattan School of Music, the Manhattan in the Mountains Summer Festival, Michigan State University, Central Michigan State University, and the Aspen Music Festival and School as a full scholarship pianist. Before joining SFA, Lee was named as the only Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Yale School of Music in 2020.

    Prior to Friday’s concert, Yoo will conduct a master class for SFA student pianists from noon to 2 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall.

    Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA calls for entries in Texas National

    SFA calls for entries in Texas National

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    Entries in the 2023 Texas National Competition and Exhibition at SFA will be accepted through Jan. 31.

    January 13, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art’s call for entries in the 2023 Texas National Competition and Exhibition will remain open through a Jan. 31 deadline.

    Texas National features an assortment of art from various media, according to Erik Ordaz, exhibition coordinator for Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House where the exhibition will show from April 14 through June 30. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third best in show at the juror’s discretion.

    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 acclaimed curators, artists and critics, such as this year’s juror, William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art.

    Eiland has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Danforth Teaching Fellowship at the University of Virginia, a research fellowship from the University of Georgia’s Willson Center for The Humanities and Arts, and a Museum Professionals Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has edited and contributed to more than 60 publications. Among his many honors, Eiland most recently received the American Alliance of Museums Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to the field on a national level. He has served on numerous museum association boards and is on the graduate faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

    Texas National entry information may be accessed at art.sfasu.edu/competitions.

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

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  • SFA music composition alumnus named Princeton Hodder Fellow

    SFA music composition alumnus named Princeton Hodder Fellow

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    Joseph C. Phillips Jr.

    January 11, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    Joseph C. Phillips Jr., a music composition graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, has been named one of Princeton University’s Mary Mackall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts recently announced the five newest recipients, which includes artist Kayla E., choreographer Moriah Evans, theater artist Modesto ‘Flako’ Jimenez, conceptual artist Charisse Pearlina Weston and composer Phillips, who studied with composition professor Dr. Stephen Lias while attending SFA.

    “Joe was obviously a talented and fully formed composer when he enrolled at SFA through our online master’s program,” Lias said. “His music exuded a confidence and clarity of vision that has only expanded in the years since his graduation in 2011. Shortly after he finished, we organized a special studio trip to New York City so that some of our other composition students could hear a performance of Joe’s music at the Kaufman Center. Joe’s continued rise in stature has been exceptionally gratifying and is well-earned. He is an inspiring artist and a good friend.”

    The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is an academic unit made up of the programs in creative writing, dance, theater, visual arts and the Princeton Atelier, a unique program that brings together professional artists from different disciplines to collaborate on new work, with guest artists and fellows.

    Hodder Fellows may be writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who demonstrate, as the program outlines, “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts.”

    “I am deeply honored to join the esteemed past Hodder Fellows, such as MacArthur writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Pulitzer writer Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer and MacArthur poet Natalie Diaz, and trumpeter/composer Amir ElSaffar,” Phillips said. “The fellowship will give me time and resources to continue the development of my opera cycle in order to realize one of the goals for the project, which is, as Indigenous writer Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz expressed, ‘how might acknowledging the reality of U.S. history work to transform society’ and how with truth and reconciliation in America ‘…we start to reimagine our…institutions as more – more just, more fair, more equal.’”

    In making the announcement, Lewis Center Chair Judith Hamera said, “Our 2023-2024 Hodder fellows are a rigorously visionary group, probing the limits and potentials of their chosen media and exploring our most urgent issues in their work, including trauma, interiority, community, resistance and hope. Mrs. Hodder understood that making complex and compelling art requires time and support. We are ever grateful for her gift and very excited to welcome these five emerging artists to the Princeton University and Lewis Center community.”

    Phillips’ music has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and at the Steve Reich Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, with compositions commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Ecstatic Music Festival, Maryland Opera Studio, the Crossing choir, and pianist Lara Downes. He has been featured in The New York Times, NPR “Weekend Edition,” BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and WNYC’s “New Sounds.” He conducts his large orchestra Numinous, which has released four critically well-received recordings of his music: “ The Music of Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.” (2003), “Vipassana” (2009), “Changing Same” (2015), and the latest “The Grey Land” (2020), a mono-opera that The New Yorker magazine notes is “rich with allusions to tragedy, hope and resistance” and a “...stirring meditation on racial injustice.”

    During his fellowship year, Phillips will begin to develop three of the six operas in his forthcoming 1619 opera cycle partly inspired by the 2019 New York Times series The 1619 Project and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay for The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations.”

    “My Fellowship year will be spent doing more research on the 1619 opera cycle through meeting and talking with various historians and faculty, both at Princeton University and beyond, and beginning to compose the next two operas in the six-opera cycle,” Phillips stated on his website numinousmusic.com.

    A self-proclaimed “late bloomer” in the composing scene, Phillips earned his undergraduate music degree from the University of Maryland-College Park and a master’s in composition from SFA.

    His ensemble, Numinous, is a flexible group of up to 30 musicians he founded in 2000 to perform his works. Part chamber orchestra, part contemporary alternative group, Numinous transmutes inspiration from contemporary classical, jazz, world and popular music as well as cinema, literature and science.

    In addition to his many composer pursuits, Phillips is a full-time teacher. He formerly taught high school band and International Baccalaureate music at Interlake High School in Washington state where in 1996 he was Educator of the Year for the city of Bellevue and again nominated in 1998. He is a long-time teacher at PS 321 in the Park Slope section of "brownstone" Brooklyn.

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  • Closing reception set for ‘Jennings Tofel: Drawing Genesis’ exhibition

    Closing reception set for ‘Jennings Tofel: Drawing Genesis’ exhibition

    January 10, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    A reception to mark the closing of the exhibition “Jennings Tofel: Drawing Genesis” is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The “Drawing Genesis” exhibition is curated by Dr. David A. Lewis, professor of art history at Stephen F. Austin State University. Tofel was a well-respected avant-garde American artist who regularly exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York and Chicago, as well as Paris, France, according to Lewis. From 1920s through the 1950s, Tofel’s solo exhibitions were reviewed in Art News, Art Digest and other magazines, as well as in the major New York newspapers. Since his death, two monographs, including a lavish Abrams book, have been published. His work is represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirschhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among other notable collections. A few pen-and-ink and ink-wash drawings executed variously in a symbolist or expressionistic style are also included in the exhibition, which closes on Friday, Jan. 20.

    Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by William Arscott and the Friends of the Visual Arts, is free. The Cole Art Center, SFA’s historic art gallery, is located at 129 E. Main St. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-5500.

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  • SFA to host Pineywoods Horn Day

    SFA to host Pineywoods Horn Day

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    Dr. Eldon Matlick

    January 9, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the 2023 Pineywoods Horn Day featuring Dr. Eldon Matlick Saturday, Jan. 21, in Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The second annual Horn Day targets horn players in middle school, high school and college as well as semi-professional performers. Event coordinator Dr. Andrea Denis, assistant professor of horn at SFA, opens the day’s activities with a warm-up session at 9 a.m. There will be presentations, rehearsals, a master class with Matlick and a horn maintenance clinic with Jim Jones who is sponsored by Tatum Music. The day concludes with concerts by Matlick, the SFA Horn Choir and Horn Day participants beginning at 4 p.m.

    Matlick is retired as a professor of horn at the University of Oklahoma. He was principal hornist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norman Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a Conn-Selmer educational artist.

    Pre-registration before Jan. 13 is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Registration the day of the event is $20 but does not guarantee a T-shirt. The registration form can be accessed at https://music.sfasu.edu/hornday.

    For more information about Pineywoods Horn Day, contact Denis at andrea.denis@sfasu.edu. For more information about the SFA School of Music, call (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s Meyer to present faculty percussion recital

    SFA’s Meyer to present faculty percussion recital

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    January 5, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform works by Russell Wharton, Clark Hubbard, Thomas Kotcheff and other percussion composers in a recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Meyer will perform Wharton’s unique “Dues Ex Metronome,” which was inspired by the BOSS DB-90 Dr. Beat metronome and incorporates an audio accompaniment created solely from samples recorded and manipulated from the DB-90. Musical influences for the piece were derived from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, jazz drummer Mark Guiliana and rapper Kendrick Lamar.

    Kotcheff’s Obbligato Snare Drum Music No. 1, or “The Power of Love,” is about “the sensation of loving something so much that you can end up smothering it with your love,” the composer writes. “The title plays on the two contradictory definitions of the word ‘obbligato’ that are used in Western Classical music,” according to Kotcheff. “At times, obbligato describes a musical line that is indispensable to the performance, and at other times obbligato means something that is decorative rather than essential, and that the piece can be performed without the added part.”

    Thematically, Hubbard’s “Mountain” is about being in nature and in the mountains. The piece is about the sense of “wonder” one experiences when out in nature and the connection of being in mountains/nature to being at home or church, the composer explains. He states “Mountain” is a “technically challenging” work for marimba that blends contemporary percussion music with pop, electronic and dance music.

    Also on the program are “The Offering” by Michael Burritt; “The Endings of Things from a Distance” by Matt Curlee; and “buttonwood” by Evan Chapman.

    Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • Reichert to present piano recital at SFA

    Reichert to present piano recital at SFA

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    January 3, 2023—Robbie Goodrich

    Internationally acclaimed pianist Aviram Reichert will perform works of Frédéric Chopin, Paul Ben-Haim and César Franck in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The program includes Chopin’s Nocturnes: in B flat Minor Op. 9 no 1; in E flat Major Op. 9 no 2; posthumous in C sharp Minor; in D flat Major Op. 27 no 2; and in E Minor Op. 72 no 1, along with Ballade no 1 op 23. Reichert will also perform Ben-Haim’s Five Pieces for Piano Op. 34 and Franck’s prelude, choral and fugue.

    Acclaimed for his deeply intelligent interpretations, technique and tone, Reichert won the bronze medal at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, after having won several major competitions in Japan, Korea, France and Germany. His accomplishments brought him numerous concert engagements in the Far East, the United States, South Africa, Europe and Israel where he has been earning praise for more than 25 years.

    In addition to his busy concert career, Reichert is a sought-after teacher who is frequently invited to conduct master classes in Japan, China, Korea, South Africa, France, Israel and the United States. He will conduct a master classes for SFA piano students from 10 to 11:30 .m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in Cole Concert Hall.

    He is a regular guest faculty member at the prestigious Tel Hai Master Classes in Israel, and he is currently a professor of piano at Seoul National University, College of Music, where his students won numerous local and international awards. A Steinway artist, he studied at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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