College of Fine Arts News Archive

December 2017

  • Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

    Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

    December 13, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's downtown Nacogdoches art gallery, has announced its holiday hours.

    With the exception of Mondays, The Cole Art Center will be open each day throughout the rest of December. 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.

    Exhibitions currently showing include "Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay" and "The Patriotic Art of World War I in France," both of which are showing through Dec. 31.

    "Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay" is a ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, that features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

    "The Patriotic Art of World War I in France" features French WWI posters from the extensive collection of Dr. Jere Jackson, former Regent's Professor of History at SFA and director of the Center for East Texas Studies. Topics of the lithographed posters made during WWI address issues concerning the war, and the exhibition includes some posters that focus on children during the war.

    Cole Art Center will be closed Jan. 1 through 23 while current shows are taken down and new shows are installed.

    An exhibition of artworks by contemporary artist Junko Chodos, "Can We Hear Our Own Voice?," opens Jan. 24 and shows through March 25. A reception with the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in Cole Art Center.

    Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus will be closed from Dec. 15 until Jan. 18 when an exhibition of works by Erle Loran opens.

    The exhibitions are free and open to the public and 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 additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA School of Art to host Graphic Design Portfolio Night

    SFA School of Art to host Graphic Design Portfolio Night

    December 8, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host a Graphic Design Portfolio Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Graphic Design Room B121 in the art building on Wilson Drive.

    The event will feature three SFA art alumni who will discuss their successful careers following graduation.

    Guest speakers will include Ashley Pickett, project coordinator for Whole Wheat Creative, Houston; Jessica Deel, graphic designer for Zimmerman Communications, Lufkin; and Harry Boyd, a freelance photographer/designer for Texas Monthly and author of the book "A Creative Approach for Controlling Photography."

    The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

    For additional information, call the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804.

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  • A night of fun options accompanies 'Christmas with the Annie Moses Band'

    A night of fun options accompanies 'Christmas with the Annie Moses Band'

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    Several entertainment options are available before and after the University Series performance of “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    December 8, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    With many dining and entertainment options available in Nacogdoches, spending "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" on Dec. 12 could evolve into a full night of festivities, food and fun for the entire family.

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will present "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of its 2017-18 University Series. This holiday performance of the Nashville-based Annie Moses Band is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    "Our audiences have responded with enthusiasm to the idea of options that allow them to design a unique night on the town, with choices of dining, enrichment and additional arts experiences in harmony with a major performance," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean in the SFA College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    With that concept in mind, here are a few suggestions for a night out in Nacogdoches.

    Griffith Fine Arts Gallery, the SFA School of Art's on-campus art gallery - conveniently located right across the hall from W.M. Turner Auditorium, site of "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" - will be open before and after the 7:30 p.m. concert on Dec. 12. "There you'll find a beautiful 'hodgepodge group show' featuring prints, paintings, ceramics, drawings and photography by some of our most talented students of the visual arts," Shattuck said.

    Emily Williams, senior violin student in the SFA School of Music, will offer the "Informance" about The Annie Moses Band at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery before the concert. In her brief, informative talk, Emily will share insights gained from her years studying and performing with the string-and-vocal band, and even teaching for their renowned Fine Arts Summer Academy.

    The Liberty Bell is offering a free holiday cocktail (21+ only) or a half-price bell-marked appetizer on Dec. 12 when you show your "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" ticket. Drop in there before the show or head over to 422 E. Main St. after the concert: they're open until midnight.

    Marble Slab Creamery is offering a 15-percent discount on Dec. 12 when you show them your Annie Moses Band ticket. The creamery is open until 10 p.m. at 2415 North St. (Check with the management at these businesses about any additional restrictions on these offers.)

    As usual, the University Series will host a cookies-and-punch reception in the gallery immediately following the performance to honor our guest musicians and the concert's exclusive corporate sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center. Audience members can meet the Wolaver family (who form the core of the Annie Moses Band) as well as NMC Health Network CEO Jeff Patterson and his team.

    "We're even planning a delicious little surprise treat for you when you arrive, weather permitting and 'while quantities last,' as they say," Shattuck said. "Whatever options you choose, we hope you'll make it a wonderful seasonal night out."

    Balcony and floor seats are available for "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band." Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, 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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  • Local residents have special connections with Annie Moses Band

    Local residents have special connections with Annie Moses Band

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    Emily Mitchell, artist-in-residence in SFA's School of Music, is pictured with Camille Wolaver of the Annie Moses Band. The College of Fine Arts will present “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    December 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" is a must-see holiday event. Just ask two local fans - one who taught harp to one of the band's members and one who has performed with the band at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall.

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will present "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of its 2017-18 University Series. This holiday performance of the Annie Moses Band is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    Blending a wide variety of musical styles into a sound they call "chamber pop," the Nashville-based Annie Moses Band is a talented family of singers and string musicians who combine technical skill with exhilarating showmanship, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean in the SFA College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "Well known nationally from their popular PBS Christmas special, these inspiring siblings play and sing holiday favorites arranged in dazzling style by their father, Bill Wolaver, who is a leading composer on the contemporary Christian music scene," Shattuck said.

    Emily Mitchell, world-renowned harpist and artist-in-residence in SFA's School of Music, taught band member Camille Wolaver when she was a little girl, and Emily Williams, SFA senior music major, serves as a violin mentor and administrative staff member for the Annie Moses Band's Fine Arts Summer Academy.

    "I work with beginner violin students at the Academy and help them prepare for a variety of shows and performances, including our final gala at the Grand Ole Opry," Williams said. "I performed in their PBS special 'Art of the Love Song,' and I will be joining them on stage at Carnegie Hall for the second time this coming January."

    Mitchell taught Camille while the Wolaver family lived in Connecticut; Mitchell was living in New York City at the time.

    "The family then moved to Nashville, and I didn't see Camille again until last year when the family performed in Houston," Mitchell said. "I remember being so impressed how close the family is - all remarkable performers joyously creating their own unique sound individually as well as collectively.

    "The Annie Moses Band generates great energy as well as gentle tenderness," Mitchell added. "Musical arrangements are first class with a huge dose of fun. Run to get tickets!"

    Although Mitchell will be performing with the New Houston Harp Ensemble on the day of the Nacogdoches concert, she plans to attend the holiday event.

    "I wouldn't miss the Annie Moses Band for the world," she said.

    Williams also plans to attend the concert.

    "I am most looking forward to enjoying the energy of Christmas with the Annie Moses Band," she said. "It's been awhile since I've been to one of their Christmas concerts. To my fellow students, I would say that it is going to be an amazing and inspiring evening, definitely worth taking the time to attend during finals week!"

    Prior to the performance, Williams will present an informative 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 meet the band and to honor the event's corporate sponsor.

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, 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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