Austin College Professor’s Art Featured in Dallas Exhibition

Austin College Professor’s Art Featured in Dallas Exhibition

Austin College | Sherman Texas | December 3, 2017

Mark Smith, Austin College Craig Professor in the Arts, is one of 20 regional artists included in the exhibition “A Celebration of Color” to be presented by the City of Dallas Department of Cultural Affairs December 2, 2017,  through January 27, 2018, at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. The exhibition opened with a December 2 reception from 7 to 9 p.m. and features live music. The exhibition, reception, and all other events related to the program are free and open to the public.

A Celebration of Color by Mark Smith

The Bath House Cultural Center is located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake at 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m./10 p.m. on nights with theatre performances. For general information about cultural programs at the Bath House Cultural Center, call 214.670.8749 or visit the center’s website:www.bathhousecultural.com.

Smith, who has been a member of the Austin College faculty since 1986, is a painter and teaches courses in drawing, painting, and design. With more than four decades of experience working as a professional artist, his own work ranges from small paintings to large paintings and murals. As a creative researcher, he investigates the natural sciences, music, and art history as he begins new works. The challenge remains, he says, to strike a balance between structure and creative experimentation.

A press release about the exhibition, curated by visual artist Susan Lecky, says the Bath House Cultural Center is pleased to once again collaborate with Lecky “as she compiles and presents the inspiring works of twenty local and regional artists, whose work vibrantly illustrate the radiance, complexity, and expressiveness of color.  All the participating artists are presenting pieces that attempt to engage the viewer with not only the revealed subject matter of the art, but also with the inherent physical, optical, and psychological characteristics of color.”

Lecky said she chose the theme of color and the months of December and January to display her exhibition to bring forth an interesting contrast between the vivacity of the art and the bleakness of the environment. “After I thought about different concepts, I decided that it would be fun to have a show emphasizing color to take place in the dead of winter when it is dreary outside,” she said. ”To me, color is joy, and I get excited when I look at paints, colored pencils, bright flowers—colorful things. Thus the exhibition came about.”

The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, prints, electronic media, and kinetic art by artists Adela Andea, David Bates, Sue Benner, Julianne Biehl, Lisa M. Cardenas, Jerry Dodd, Jeanet (Jan) Dreskin-Haig, Brad Ellis, Billy Hassell, Susan Lecky, Jay Maggio, David McCullough, Bob Nunn, Michelle O’Michael, Danny Rose, Mark Stephen Smith, Cecilia Thurman, Michael Tichansky, Mary Vernon, and Laurie Weller.

The Bath House Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.  The center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the City of Dallas.  The center emphasizes innovating visual and performing arts as well as other multi-discipline events throughout the year. Funding for the Bath House Cultural Center is provided by the City of Dallas, with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Spy Thriller Parody ‘The 39 Steps’

Spy Thriller Parody ‘The 39 Steps’

39 StepsTales of intrigue on a cinematic scale come to the Austin College stage when The 39 Steps is presented November 15 through November 17, with shows at 7:30 each evening. Tickets are $8 for the general public or free with a current Austin College ID. The Austin College Improv Troupe will perform each night after the feature play. For more information call 903.813.2281. The script includes some simulated violence and gun play but no significant adult themes.

The script by English playwright, actor, and comedian Patrick Barlow is a stage adaptation of the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the classic 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock. The play is unique because the more-than-130 characters included are played by only four actors. Words like spy thriller, comedy, and “a dash of Monty Python” have been used to describe the production that premiered in June 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Austin College senior Jacob Dowling of Little Rock, Arkansas, selected the script and directs the student production. “I wanted to do something that would be challenging to put on a stage, and not the usual thing of people standing on stage just talking about their problems. I wanted to do something bigger, cinematic, and also fun. The 39 Stepschecks all those boxes,” he said.

With all the elements of a spy thriller, The 39 Steps includes staging feats and the humor of parody while the story travels from London to the Scottish highlands.

Main character Richard Hannay, played by senior Marissa Wilkinson of Wilsonville, Oregon, is framed for a crime and is on the run from the police. Vignette adventures unfold including three different love interests, all played by senior Sarah Klawun of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and a plane chase that references Hitchcock’s classic movie North by Northwest. Junior Robbie Moore of Garland, Texas, and senior Bailey Carrell of San Antonio, Texas, play the many remaining characters in the story.

The student production includes the following production staff members: sophomore Michael Megenhardt of Houston, stage manager; junior Drew Maienschein of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Kat Forbus of Plano, Texas, assistant stage managers; senior Matthew Rapier and Erin Bobbit both of Plano, Texas, sound designers; junior Aurora Hadzic of New Market, Maryland, costume designer; and Harper Jambor and Abbey Goodman both of Austin, Texas, properties designers. Liz Banks, associate professor of theatre, designed the set and lights.

In December, the Austin College directing class will present a series of one-act plays.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Austin College Hosts Public Star Party

Austin College Hosts Public Star Party

Austin College Adams Observatory opens its doors to the community for a Star Party on November 4, where visitors can search the universe through the largest research grade telescope in North Texas. The come-and-go event begins at 9 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. The event is free, but advance registration is requested. Register at www.austincollege.edu/adams-observatory-events/. Should weather conditions require a cancellation, the announcement will be posted on the Austin College website, and registrants will be notified by email on the day of the event.

Adams Observatory TelescopeDr. David Baker, Physics Department chair and director of Adams Observatory, says, “We want the community to take a break from their busy lives and view the night sky with childlike wonder. With the Adams Observatory telescope, guests will be able to see celestial objects that are normally invisible to the naked eye.” The evening will feature the moon, a dazzling double-star, and a global cluster with roughly 100,000 stars.

The IDEA Center is located at 1108 E. Richards Street, and parking is available nearby. Visitors meet outside the main entrance of the IDEA Center, and guests will be taken to the Observatory in small groups on a first-come, first-served basis. More telescopes will be available on the roof and lawn. Students and faculty will be on hand to assist and provide details about the night’s featured objects.

“There are so many cool things to view in the night sky,” Baker added. “When looking at craters on the Moon, it is fun to imagine where a future lunar base might be located. Or, when looking at a red giant star, what it would be like to live on a planet orbiting that massive star. Or pondering just how long it took for that photon of light to travel across the universe to hit your eye. Every night looking through the telescope is a good night.”

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Austin College ’Roo Boo Set for October 25

The 18th annual ’Roo Boo at Austin College, hosted by the local chapter of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, will be held Wednesday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sid Richardson Center of the Robert T. Mason Athletic-Recreation Complex, off Brockett Street and just east of the football stadium.

The theme for this year’s family-friendly event is American Hor Roo-r Story. Children 12 and younger are invited to wear their costumes and participate in this free event. Parental supervision is required. Austin College Police will be on patrol during the event.

The event is a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating and will offer a bounce house, animal balloons, and various games, booths, and prizes offered by campus organizations. Plenty of free candy is available for participants. Austin College student volunteers, representing more than 55 student organizations, will be dressed in costume for the Halloween celebration.

Alpha Phi Omega is founded on the principles of leadership, friendship, and service, said Shirley Banh, a junior from Garland, Texas, and coordinator of this year’s event. “This event allows college students with a deep-rooted love for volunteering and heart for community service to invest their time for a night of fun and plenty of candy for the families in the Texoma community.”

In 2016, more than 1,200 people attended the event, which was served by more than 250 campus volunteers.

Local businesses are asked to make donations of candy and gift certificates for the Austin College event by contacting Alpha Phi Omega event coordinator Shirley Banh at [email protected] or call the Office of Public Affairs at903.813.2891.

Roo Boo Game Roo Boo Buterfly Game

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Austin College Hosts Alumna Art Show

The Austin College Department of Art and Art History hosts the exhibit “Borrowed Whimsy” by Brianna M. Burnett now through November 10 in Ida Green Gallery of Ida Green Communication Center at 1201 E. Brockett Street, Sherman. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Department of Art and Art History at 903.813.2048.

Burnett, a 2002 graduate of Austin College, is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Dallas. Her photography is a collection of images that reference storytelling, mythology, and narrative. Motivated by landscape, history, and the culture of her surroundings, she integrates these concepts into photographs that are studies of historical and personal narrative.

She earned an MFA in photography and sculpture from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She exhibits in solo and group exhibits across the U.S. She is currently a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online program. She also is a visiting assistant professor of art at Austin College.

Burnett Pink House

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.