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The Brazos Gallery presents “LUX” by Andrew Kochie, with the exhibit being up through July 19. In this exhibit, Andrew pushes the boundaries of refraction and light on hand-etched aluminum panels, which are balanced with works that play with shadow. “LUX” also includes QR Code technology that will reveal stories and thoughts behind the pieces.
Andrew is a Dallas-based visual artist and cultural advocate. His body of work is a synthetic blend between abstract and trompe l’oeil illusion (a flat or painted object that looks three-dimensional), ranging from abstract minimalism to hard-edge geometric abstraction. He is a pioneer in metallic trompe l’oeil.
This summer exhibit will open with an artist talk from 11 a.m.-noon June 19 and a reception from 7-9 p.m. June 21.
For more information, visit https://rlc5.dcccd.edu/gallery/richland-galleries/about/.
Auditions for the Richland College fall dance concert will take place Friday, August 30, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Studio GO27. All Richland students are welcome to join us! What to wear? Come prepared to move in comfortable clothes. You will learn short dance combinations taught by the dance faculty. We invite dancers who perform contemporary, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. Bring your dance shoes if you have them. On the day of the audition, arrive early to complete the dance audition form. The greater your availability, the more likely you are to be cast. You will only attend rehearsals for which you are cast. A student may perform in a maximum of three pieces. You will need to enroll in either Freshman Dance Performance: 1151 or Sophomore Dance Performance: 2151. The Performance Company—Those with previous training may be selected to dance with the Richland College Dance Company. These dancers will rehearse with a guest artist on Friday from 12:30-2: 30 p.m., and they will open the Dance concert with a featured piece of choreography. Hip Hop Crew—Dancers with an interest in hip hop may audition for the hip hop crew. Award-winning choreographer Cooper Delgado (Director of hip hop from Dance Industry) leads this group with special events on and off campus. Contemporary Jazz—Choreographer Lauren Holley Schieffer is a former Kilgore College Rangerette and Swingster with a Masters of Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University. Tap—International Tap Dance Choreographer Keira Leverton has performance credits at Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater, the SkyDome in Toronto, and Wembley Stadium in London. She is a favorite with our tap dancers! Dance Director—Gina Sawyer will be directing her 21st Dance concert at Richland College this Fall. Gina is a former Dance Captain for the Tyler Jr. College Apache Belles with a Masters of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Dance Concert The Richland College dance concert will be held in the Fannin Main Theatre on Friday, November 8, with two shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free and open seating. Please contact me if you have further questions. I look forward to dancing with you! Gina Sawyer, Director Richland College Dance Program School of Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts www.richlandcollege.edu/dance P. 972.238.3775 E. GSawyer@dcccd.edu
Brazos Gallery is presenting an exhibit by Wayne Loucas titled “Vietnam Discovered” May 3-June 7 for the Richland College community. There will be an opening reception for this photography show from 7-9 p.m. May 3.
For more information, visit https://rlc5.dcccd.edu/gallery/richland-galleries/about/.
Over the next two weeks, keep your eyes open for beautiful pieces of ceramic art scattered around campus. This public art project is headed by art faculty member Jen Rose and features not only her work, but also the work of several ceramics students.
Look closely for these “Easter eggs” in areas such as the Wichita Garden, labyrinth, the main bridge and north bridge. You never know what you’ll spot!
The Richland College Dance Program presents Illumination in Fannin Main Theater on Friday, April 5, 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. show. It’s free and open seating!
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company’s Dallas-based branch—led by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine“25 to Watch,” Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as “the area’s most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the “Best Dance Company” by D Magazine and Dallas Observer. The young company has been praised as “frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta & Mikey Morado, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. For more information, visit DCCDUSA.com.
Cooper Delgado is once again the choreographer for the Richland College Elite Hip Hop Crew for this spring. Join us for auditions this Friday, January 25, Noon-2: 00 p.m. Studio GO27.
Cooper Delgado: This Texas native has had a passion for dance since a very young age. He has been trained in various styles of dance from ballet, jazz, modern to his biggest passion for hip hop. Cooper first began at the age of 4 being trained in gymnastics at Concho Valley Gymnastics. Furthering his progression in gymnastics his family relocated to Dallas to further his training. Once Cooper’s family relocated to Dallas he began his dance training at the age of 8 to add to his repertoire. Following his achievements in dance, he went to college too and graduated with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management. Cooper has led a successful career in the hip hop world has led his team for the past 5 years at numerous victories. Teams have been lead to wins in Regional to National Championships, top recognition at Monsters of Hip Hop, Hollywood Vibe, The Pulse, Nuvo and placing 1st at the USASF Dance Worlds. Cooper’s biggest joy in his career is to not only share his love of dance but to mentor and develop dancers through every step of their journey. Cooper is for¬tunate to have his dancers be able to create a dance career all across the United States. His goal at DIPAC is to continue this dream, mentoring the new generation to truly find their craft and their place in this industry.
Open music auditions for instrumentalists and vocalists new to the Richland College music department will be conducted Jan. 9 and 18 in Fannin Hall. These auditions are open to vocalists and students who play instruments, including the piano, drums, guitar, bass, woodwind, brass, string or other percussion instruments.
Instrumentalists: Derrick Logozzo, 972-238-6254 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocalists: Melissa Logan, 972-238-6284 or email@example.com
The Richland College community is invited to the 10th Annual Richland College Dance Jam Festival at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the breezeway between Lavaca and Fannin Hall. The Dance Jam Festival is hosted by the dance program and is directed by dance instructor Gina Sawyer. The outdoor event is a collaboration that brings together dance students and educators from local independent school districts, studios, colleges and universities to celebrate and appreciate dance.
For more information, contact Gina at GSawyer@dcccd.edu.
Kiera Leverton received her early tap training from her tap teacher Terry Wolter, and her grandfather, Buster Cooper. Later she sought the training of Acia Gray in Austin, Barbara Phillips in San Antonio, and Jay Fagan in Chicago. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Third Coast Rhythm Project. She has had the privilege of studying with many professionals in the field, such as Derick K. Grant, Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Henry LeTang, Sam Weber, Nicole Hockenberry, Dianne Walker, Gregory Hines, and Yuji Uragami. In 2010, she received the Gene, Louise, and Fred Kelly Tap Teacher Scholarship. Leverton has performed at such venues as Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theatre, the Sky Dome in Toronto, and Wembley Stadium in London. She toured nationally and internationally as a dancer and later as dance captain with “Barney’s Colorful World” from 2003-2004. She played “Bert” and various chorus characters in Sesame Street Live’s touring productions of “Elmo Makes Music“, and “When Elmo Grows Up” in 2007-2008. In 2011, she received the opportunity to travel internationally to Japan, Korea, Turkey, Europe, and the UK as “Grover” with “Sesame Street Live’s USO Experience for Military Families”, as a part of Michelle Obama’s project “Joining Forces”.