College of Fine Arts News Archive

December 2018

  • SFA art students to host open studios event, ceramics sale

    SFA art students to host open studios event, ceramics sale

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    “First level,” high-fired stoneware by SFA graduate student Erik Ordaz Lozano, is among the works that will be exhibited during an open studios event starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the art building off of Wilson Drive.

    December 6, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Graduate students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host an open studios event and ceramics sale for the public and SFA community on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the art buildings off of Wilson Drive.

    Open studios events allow the public to view artists' working spaces as well as recent and in-progress work. Students will be available to talk with visitors and answer questions, and some artists will have works for sale. Graduate studios are located in both the upper and lower SFA art buildings.

    The ceramics sale will include both graduate and undergraduate work.

    "This opportunity to acquire beautiful, handmade pottery comes just in time for the holidays," said Amanda Breitbach, assistant professor of art at SFA.

    Open studios begins at 6 p.m. following Portfolio Night, an exhibit of student design portfolios in the lower art building gallery. The ceramics sale will begin at 4 p.m. during Portfolio Night and continue until 8 p.m.

    For more information, contact the SFA School of Art at (936) 468-4804.

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  • Christmas edition of 'Red Dirt Memories' storytelling slated at Cole Art Center

    Christmas edition of 'Red Dirt Memories' storytelling slated at Cole Art Center

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    Jerry Permenter will host holiday-themed storytelling sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at Cole Art Center. A limited number of his “Red Dirt Memories” book will be available for purchase.

    December 6, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Another installment of the popular "Red Dirt Memories: Storytelling with Jerry Permenter" is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Permenter's newly published book, "Red Dirt Memories," will be available for purchase.

    A native of the Swift community in Nacogdoches County, Permenter, who goes by the name Red DirtBoy on Facebook, grew up in rural East Texas, and his memories of those early years laid the groundwork for what is now the Facebook page Red Dirt Memories, which has more than 10,000 followers. SFA Press is publishing "Red Dirt Memories," and a limited number will be available for purchase and for Permenter to sign at the Christmas edition of storytelling at Cole Art Center. Books are $20 each; cash or check only will be accepted.

    Permenter will again share some of his own "red dirt" memories in holiday-themed storytelling sessions both afternoons. Admission is free, but seating in Cole Art Center is limited, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries.

    "Jerry's written and spoken word stories have really created a large nostalgic community of people in a very short time period," Steed said. "Older locals are particularly enchanted with these memories, but I think we're all looking for relief from these troubled times and want to feel a connection to our roots."

    Among Permenter's topics: Dog Trot House, Funeralizing, Cotton Dresses and more. Similar storytelling sessions last May at Cole Art Center drew large crowds of enthusiastic Red Dirt Memories followers, Steed said.

    "I've been tremendously blessed by growing up in Nacogdoches and, in many ways, I hope to give back to my hometown at this stage of my life," Permenter said in a previous press release. "By offering readings, my writings and sharing our collective memories, I think many will enjoy the nostalgia of these stories and find it a great way to spend a weekend afternoon."

    Exhibitions showing in Cole Art Center through the end of this year include SFA's Biennial Juried Art Metals and Jewelry exhibition, "Kymia Nawabi: Not For Long, My Forlorn" and a vintage Christmas decoration, ornament and toy display.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-6557.

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  • SFA School of Art to host Graphic Design Portfolio Night

    SFA School of Art to host Graphic Design Portfolio Night

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    Amanda Buckley and Andrei Bucur

    December 5, 2018—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. 11, in Graphic Design Room B121 and front gallery in the art building on Wilson Drive.

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

    Guest speakers are Amanda Buckley, principal and CMO for Omniplan in Dallas, and Andrei Bucur, project manager and designer for Dodd Creative Group, also in Dallas.

    Buckley's job is to build brands that communicate the values of holistic design in retail, mixed-use and urban planning. Bucur, a former manager of SFA's Graphic Shop, coordinates and manages brands into successful signage programs at Dodd Creative Group.

    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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  • SFA music faculty Bissen, Oh to present 'La Vie Antérieure'

    SFA music faculty Bissen, Oh to present 'La Vie Antérieure'

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    Nicholas Bissen and Hyun Ji Oh

    December 3, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a faculty saxophone and piano recital at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Cole concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Nicholas Bissen, adjunct professor of saxophone, and Hyun Ji Oh, collaborative pianist, will present the program "La Vie Antérieure," which is also the title of a work on the program and translates to "The Former Life." The program oscillates between moments of reckless indulgence and nostalgic reference, but never with regret, according to Bissen.

    The first two works on the program - Allemande from Partita No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Renewing the Myth" by Marilyn Shrude - move from a simple, unaccompanied baroque melody into a contemporary realization of the baroque period myth where Niccolo Paganini sold his soul to the devil in exchange for technical prowess on his instrument, Bissen said.

    The program will also feature a new work entitled "Tactile," written by music composition faculty member Robert Coe for saxophone and electronics. "The pre-recorded electronic track involves edited sounds previously recorded by the saxophonist as well as percussion sounds from Professor Coe's kitchen," Bissen said. "The interaction between the soloist and the tape starts as a series of seemingly disorganized pitches with various saxophone effects and activated household appliances, developing into a stomping groove."

    Henri Duparc's "La Vie Antérieure," taken from Charles Baudelaire's poem "Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil)," portrays a man reminiscing fondly on his previous deviant nature. "If one were to experience this music without being aware of the text, one would leave hearing a beautiful romantic sonority, nostalgic melody and sweeping gestures," Bissen explained. "The text adds another layer of complexity; as the music swells to a glorious peak, the poetry unveils the character's abhorrent nature of his former life."

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. 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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  • Dailey & Vincent to perform holiday concert at SFA

    Dailey & Vincent to perform holiday concert at SFA

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    Presented by the College of Fine Arts and sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, bluegrass sensations Dailey & Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    December 3, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The award-winning multi-Grammy nominated duo Dailey & Vincent will ring in the holiday season with "A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas" performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The performance, sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas, is a presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the University Series.

    Dailey & Vincent are celebrating early this year as their first-ever Christmas record, "Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas" debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, landing right behind Michael Bublé and Pentatonix as the only country, bluegrass and gospel act in the top 10. The critically acclaimed project, released through BMG, also landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart.

    "What a thrill it is to have these national superstars and local favorites back for the first time since Christmas 2012, just as they're releasing their very first holiday album," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. "Dailey & Vincent have chosen SFA as one of only 15 locations in the country where they're touring in support of this exciting new recording."

    Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent and their world-class band take their blend of American music across the globe and to iconic venues such as The Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall. They are Grand Ole Opry members, five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy award nominees collectively, four-time Dove Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA awards altogether (including three IBMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and three Vocal Group of the Year Awards).

    Their music, mixing bluegrass with traditional country and gospel, can be heard on their nationally broadcast television series, "The Dailey & Vincent Show" on RFD-TV. Their concoction of instinctive vocal blends, with Dailey's tenor complemented by Vincent's reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.

    "The Sounds of Christmas" experience is more than just an album release as momentum continues throughout the holiday season with a nationally broadcast television Christmas concert special, four all-new Christmas episodes of "The Dailey & Vincent Show" on RFD-TV and the 15-city "Springer Mountain Farms Christmas" tour.

    "Jamie and Darrin are so popular in East Texas that we've already sold out our orchestra-level seating," said Shattuck, "but personally I prefer our balcony level anyway, and fortunately we've got quite a few excellent seats still available up there."

    Prior to the performance, local bluegrass fan Scott Waller 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 performers and to honor the 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.

    On the night of the concert, the College of Fine Arts will assist the Nacogdoches County Christmas Coalition's toy drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local children in need have a brighter holiday season. A collection box will be located in the Turner Auditorium lobby.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA's Rockin' Axes to perform concert of various rock subgenres

    SFA's Rockin' Axes to perform concert of various rock subgenres

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    The Rockin’ Axes at SFA will perform the music of The Strokes, Rage Against the Machine, Fit for a king, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and others when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    December 3, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Rockin' Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert of rock subgenres ranging from classic rock to metal when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    An ensemble within the Sound Recording Technology program in the SFA School of Music, the Rockin' Axes will perform works by The Strokes, White Stripes, Fit for a King, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and a protest song by Rage Against the Machine, which contains some explicit lyrics.

    Rockin' Axes Director Nick Lambson, instructor in the Sound Recording Technology program, chose works based on the student performers' abilities and interests and that "provided the most opportunity for growth," he said.

    "In addition to enabling students to pursue what inspires them and work on their favorite styles of rock, many songs were selected to expose them to new music and develop particular technical and musical skills," Lambson said.

    The students will use music technology to recreate some works, including songs from The Doors and Pink Floyd, and the students did most of that work themselves, Lambson said.

    "We are a technology and music degree path, so I have been encouraging students to use all of our resources, where appropriate, and they did a great job, he said. "'Hey Jude,' played on our concert Steinway and featuring every member of the Rockin' Axes, will end the program.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. 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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