College of Fine Arts News Archive

August 2018

  • Lumberjack Band Alumni Association halftime performance slated for Sept. 8

    Lumberjack Band Alumni Association halftime performance slated for Sept. 8

    August 30, 2018—University Marketing Communications

    Seventy members of the newly re-established Lumberjack Band Alumni Association, including generations of Lumberjack Marching Band musicians and twirlers, are scheduled to perform during halftime of the SFA versus Tarleton State University football game, and with registration still open, more are expected to join in the festivities.

    After initially forming in the 1970s before disbanding about a decade ago, this new group organized last year.

    "The first Lumberjack alumni band was created by Jim Hagood in the 1970s," said Paige Pattillo-Brown, LBAA organizer and former SFA feature twirler. "Unfortunately, that organization ceased to exist more than a decade ago. I drafted the bylaws and created the new Lumberjack Band Alumni Association last year. In 2017, we had 71 members and, this year, 37 more members have joined."

    In 2016, a reunion was held to celebrate the band's 90th anniversary and the Twirl-O-Jacks' 60th anniversary, but an official alumni organization did not exist at that time. Brown, along with Kristen Badders Conklin, assist each year in judging SFA twirling tryouts, and following the 2016 tryouts, the two volunteered to help plan another reunion for 2017. They soon found themselves creating a new organization.

    The purpose of the LBAA is centered on financial and other support of current Lumberjack Marching Band members.

    "Former band members have always expressed what a wonderful time they had in the band, and we want current students to have an exceptional experience, as well," Brown said. "We raised more than $2,000 our first year. With that money, we were able to provide small scholarships for the section leaders, give commemorative SFA band blankets to the graduating seniors and feed the entire band pizza during a summer band practice. Our goals are still the same; we just want to give more money each year to assist the current band."

    Former SFA twirler Mary Jo Morris of New Braunfuls also will return for a second year to perform during halftime. The 88-year-old alumna twirled for SFA 70 years ago in 1948 and 1949.

    The SFA football game against Tarleton State University will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, at Homer Bryce Stadium.

    The second annual LBAA halftime performance will take place as part of the 2018 Lumberjack Marching Band and Twirl-O-Jacks Reunion, which is slated for the same day. Registration and a tentative schedule of events can be found online at sfaalumni.com/event/LMBTOJ18, or call the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 for additional information. LBAA annual membership is $45; lifetime membership is $250.

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  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company to perform in SFA's University Series

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company to perform in SFA's University Series

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    The Reduced Shakespeare Company will present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts' University Series.

    August 29, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will open its 2018-19 University Series with a hilarious performance of the Reduced Shakespeare Company in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]."

    This riotous romp through each of the Bard's plays is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The show features Reduced Shakespeare's madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in one 97-minute wild and memorable ride. The show has left audiences from Los Angeles to London helpless with laughter, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "As a host of "The Today Show" said, 'if you like Shakespeare, you'll like this show; if you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show,'" Shattuck said. "Anyone that has ever slogged through hours of reading to finish a Shakespeare play for school will get joyful revenge in their laughter at this irreverent performance. But Shakespeare fans will not be disappointed either," he added.

    Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with additional material by Reed Martin, and directed by Martin and Austin Tichenor, the play became London's longest-running comedy and also enjoyed a successful New York run. The Nacogdoches performance is the first stop on a national tour that will take the RSC from California to Massachusetts, with several other major universities, including UT-Austin and Texas Tech, along the way.

    Prior to the performance, Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, associate professor and coordinator of graduate studies in SFA's Department of English and Creative Writing, will present an informative talk on "Shakespeare's Women" 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 company's performers.

    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. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

    Other upcoming University Series performances include the dynamic new SYBARITE5 string ensemble on Oct. 18; the widely popular Dailey & Vincent bluegrass duo presenting "A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas" on Dec. 11; the high-energy dance ensemble Step Afrika! on Jan. 25; and the contemporary Mexican music trio the Villalobos Brothers on May 9.

    Two special Encore Events this year will include "An Evening with Branford Marsalis" on Oct. 10 and The Purple Xperience, a Prince tribute, on Nov. 30. Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children and SFA faculty and staff members.

    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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  • Kambli's digital photography exhibited on SFA campus

    Kambli's digital photography exhibited on SFA campus

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    The photography exhibition “Priya Kambli: Color Falls Down” is showing through Nov. 8 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    August 28, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    An exhibition of digital photography by Priya Kambli is on display in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus through Nov. 8.

    "Priya Kambli: Color Falls Down" expresses "the notion of transience and split cultural identity caused by the act of migration," Kambli said, explaining that the exhibition serves to "re-contextualize and alter my family snapshots … to reveal the correlations between generations, cultures and memory."

    Kambli has viewed migration through the lens, studying her own personal history and cultural journey from India to the United States.

    "This journey left me feeling disconnected, unable to anchor myself in any particular cultural framework," she writes. "I have therefore formed a hybrid identity, a patching together of two cultures within one person. In my work I explore absence, loss and genealogy through the use of my own family snapshots."

    Kambli's photographs interweave early memories of her childhood in India with more recent experiences of her adult life in the United States, including marriage and motherhood. Her images are centered in a sense of longing that is not uncommon for those existing within two cultures and for whom the idea of home stretches over multiple places, explains John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    The artist will visit the SFA campus to teach classes in photography. She is an art professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Her work has been widely exhibited across the U.S. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Kansas City Artists Coalition in Kansas City and Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, among other venues. She has participated in group exhibitions at Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Italien Palatset in Vaxjo, Sweden. Kambli was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in 2009. Kambli's images can be viewed on her website at http://www.priyakambli.com.

    A closing reception with the artist is planned for Nov. 8. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, The Flower Shop and William Arscott.

    Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA art faculty exhibition to feature works of Anguiano

    SFA art faculty exhibition to feature works of Anguiano

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    Recent works by Daniel Anguiano, assistant professor of graphic design in the SFA School of Art, will be featured in this year's art faculty exhibition, which opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in Cole Art Center.

    August 28, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University's annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Each year, the faculty exhibition features a wide variety of artworks in ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, prints, metals and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    "The show represents the continued trajectory of the artists' work and demonstrates their unique styles and mediums," he said.

    The show also serves to highlight the artistic achievements of SFA faculty artists.

    "Outside the classrooms, our faculty members have vibrant artistic careers of their own," Handley said. "Many have works in museum collections across the country and abroad, and many are also represented by commercial galleries."

    This year's featured faculty artist is Daniel Anguiano, assistant professor of graphic design in the School of Art. Anguiano has worked in the design industry since the mid-'80s for design firms, ad agencies and publishing companies. He has worked for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin in their design and marketing programs, Knight Ridder with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press. He has successfully contracted to several advertising agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Anguiano has a master's degree in graphic design from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to having worked in the design field, he has taught visual communications courses since the late 1990s for local colleges in Texas as well as online colleges as an adjunct.

    Anguiano's exhibition will show in Reavley Gallery through Oct. 7, and the faculty exhibition will be in Ledbetter Gallery through Oct. 14. The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House is located at 329 E. Main St.

    Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, William Arscott and The Flower Shop, is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA to screen documentary 'Unbranded'

    SFA to screen documentary 'Unbranded'

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    The film “Unbranded” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    August 28, 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 "Unbranded" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    In this film directed by Phill Baribeau, four young cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West. The trip became an epic journey of self-discovery, tested friendships and iconic landscapes that included runaway horses, a sassy donkey, perilous mountain passes, rodeos, sickness, injury and death, according to the description at http://watch.unbrandedthefilm.com

    The Audience Award winner at Telluride Mountainfilm and Hot Docs Film Festival, "Unbranded" is a "soaring tale of danger and resilience" and "an emotionally charged odyssey that shines a bright light on the complex plight of our country's wild horses," according to the website.

    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, 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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  • SFA's Music Prep to host open house

    SFA's Music Prep to host open house

    August 9, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St.

    Students interested in participating in fall classes or private lessons offered through Music Prep may register during the open house. Auditions for the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will be held the same day beginning at 10 a.m.

    The music program features the study of a variety of musical instruments and choral techniques. Upper-level musicians as well as SFA faculty and students teach private lessons and classes. Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, viola, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more.

    Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 20 for 16-week, upper-level faculty instruction and the week of Sept. 10 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

    Information about the various programs offered and lesson application forms are available on the Music Prep website at music.sfasu.edu/prep.

    Mail forms to SFA Music Prep, P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962. Call the Music Prep office with credit/debit card information at (936) 468-1291. The Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms may also be dropped off at the office.

    For additional information, contact program director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or musicprep@sfasu.edu, or visit the Facebook page SFA Music Prep.

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  • Chloé Trevor Music Academy hosts final week of summer concerts at SFA

    Chloé Trevor Music Academy hosts final week of summer concerts at SFA

    August 7, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The final concerts of the Chloé Trevor Music Academy summer series are underway on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus through Aug. 11.

    For two weeks, the music academy has offered intensive study for more than 100 string players and pianists from across the country, offering one-on-one instruction, orchestral training and career guidance by the world's premier soloists, teachers and conductors.

    In addition to the instruction, the academy has presented public concerts by faculty and guest artists, of which the final four are this week. Featured artists have been the Aeolus Quartet, violinist Chee-Yun, pianists Christopher O'Riley and David Korevaar, and academy artistic director and founder Chloé Trevor.

    This week's final concert schedule features the Academy Fellowship Ensemble performing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, and international violin soloist Chee-Yun performing works by Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and Piazzolla at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The CTMA Student Chamber Music recital, with performances by all 18 chamber music ensembles at the academy, is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. This concert is free and open to the public.

    The academy ends at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, with an Orchestra Gala featuring all 100 participants and guest soloists, including Trevor and Chee-Yun performing works by Vivaldi, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sarasate and Louis Prima and conducted by orchestra directors Kirk Trevor and Gene Moon.

    Unless noted, tickets are $10 at the door, and students receive free admission. All concerts are held in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

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  • SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2018-19 University Series

    SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2018-19 University Series

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    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present five exciting national touring acts in the highly diverse 2018-19 University Series. (The Reduced Shakespeare Company pictured)

    August 6, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present five exciting national touring acts in the highly diverse 2018-19 University Series. It offers something for everyone: comedy, a string quintet, bluegrass, African-American dance and contemporary Mexican music.

    Additionally, two Encore Events will provide even more varied musical programming with a true jazz legend and a rock legend reincarnated in the world's most authentic tribute to the late, great Prince. Ticketing for Encore Events is separate from the University Series.

    "Deep East Texas audiences love performances of all kinds, so we really cranked up the variety for 2018-19," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series. "Professional theatre, exhilarating contemporary dance and five very different musical styles make for fun and fascinating nights out for folks with a wide range of tastes in entertainment."

    All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]" will take the audience on an irreverent, hilarious romp through the Bard's 37 plays in 97 minutes. The show, coming to SFA on Tuesday, Sept. 11, is written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with additional material by Reed Martin, and directed by Martin and Austin Tichenor. Join the madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's plays in one wild and memorable ride that has left audiences helpless with laughter from Los Angeles to London.

    The first Encore Event of the season brings NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis to Turner stage on Wednesday, Oct. 10. One of the most revered instrumentalists of his time and leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, Marsalis is a frequent soloist with classical ensembles. His most current quartet recording is "Four MFs Playin' Tunes." "An Evening with Branford Marsalis" is sponsored in part by Elliott Electric Supply.

    Known for its startlingly eclectic repertoire (from Piazzolla to Brubeck to Radiohead) as well as its commanding performance style, SYBARITE5 comes to SFA Thursday, Oct. 18. SYBARITE5 is turning heads throughout the music world. With knockout engagements in 43 states and counting, SYBARITE5 has wowed audiences at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The performance is sponsored in part Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    The second Encore Event is a full-on rock concert with The Purple Xperience on Friday, Nov. 30. Bringing the spirit and sounds of Prince direct from Minneapolis, The Purple Xperience is the most authentic Prince tribute show in the world. Front man Marshall Charloff, who once recorded with Prince, channels the vocals and movements of the critically acclaimed icon in an unmatched, uncanny fashion, from his appearance to his multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano. This performance is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

    With five Grammy awards between them, the bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent returns to SFA on Tuesday, Dec. 11, with a brand new holiday concert: "A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas." Nationally known from their series on RFD-TV and their PBS special, the pair recently joined the likes of Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton as elite members of the Grand Ole Opry. As their three IBMA Entertainer of the Year Awards attest, bluegrass just doesn't get any better than this. Dailey & Vincent's performance is sponsored by part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

    The high-energy of stepping, a dance form that originated in African-American fraternities and sororities, comes to SFA with Step Afrika! on Friday, Jan. 25. One of the top 10 black dance companies in the U.S., Step Afrika! connects the stepping tradition to thrilling Zulu and South African dance forms and blends exhilarating styles, such as tap and hip hop, into its internationally acclaimed performances. The Washington Post says Step Afrika! "has elevated stepping to high art." The performance is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center Health Network.

    The final University Series performance of the 2018-19 season features the music of the Villalobos Brothers on Thursday, May 9. These three irresistible siblings use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music, masterfully blending elements of jazz, rock and Mexican folk. Their high-octane performances, backed by guitar, drums and guitarrón, have brought listeners to their feet in Latin America, India and Russia as well as Carnegie Hall, Harlem's Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center's American Songbook and the Latin Grammy Awards. The Villalobos Brothers' performance is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

    Season tickets for the 2018-19 University Series went on sale Aug. 1 and are $100 for adults, $80 for seniors, $50 for SFA faculty and staff, and $40 for students.

    "These are fantastic prices for entertainment of this quality," said Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager. "Season tickets provide a 20-percent savings over single tickets, and patrons can have their same seat throughout the season.

    "Plus, we offer season-ticket options," she said. "The classic package includes one ticket to each of the five performances, and the TixMix package allows patrons to create their own season."

    Single-event ticket purchases for the University Series, Encore Events or any of the other performances presented through the College of Fine Arts can be made beginning Aug. 15.

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12.50 for SFA faculty and staff, and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, and SFA faculty and staff.

    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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