Category Archives: Humanities

a portrait of Ariana Castillo and Thi Ngoc Thuy Richland Student Artists Honored at League for Innovation Award Ceremony

Two Richland student artists were awarded recently at the 34th League for Innovation award ceremony, held at Mountain View’s Cliff Gallery. This exhibition showcased nearly 70 works of art from across DCCCD.

Ariana Castillo from Richland received the National Finalist award, meaning her artwork now moves to the National League for Innovation Exhibition. A sculpture by Richland student Thi Ngoc Thuy received an honorable mention.

Congratulations to our student artists!


Dancers carrying one dancer. Dance Students Perform in ‘Celestial Glow’

The dance program students recently wrapped up a fantastic performance of the fall dance concert “Celestial Glow.”

“Thanks for the Richland College faculty and staff who took the time to come see the show and support our student success in the performing arts here at Richland College,” said Gina Sawyer, dance director. “I am also appreciative of all the cast and crew who make our students shine!”

The production of the show was led by Gina Sawyer, dance director; Jack Fletcher, technical director; Ryan Burkle, light designer; Raven Lanuza Brown, stage manager; and Jeremy Haldeman, sound engineer. Dance faculty and choreographers include Cooper Delgado, Lauren Schieffer Holley, Jessica Murphy and Gina Sawyer. Guest artists include imPULSE dance project and Choreo Records Tap Company directed by Keira Leverton.

Special thanks also goes to Diane Hilbert, dean of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; Whitney Rosenbalm, marketing director; Paul Knudsen, photographer; Filip Sego, graphic designer and Phil Key, physical education.

Congratulations again on putting on a wonderful show!


Photo of stage setup, featuring an actress standing on a platform with her arms spread wide. Theatre Students Win Awards at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Congratulations to the Richland College theatre students who recently won several awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – Texas State Festival, held at Panola College Nov. 6-9.

Richland performed its full production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and won the following awards:

  • Excellence in Ensemble Acting – The Mechanicals – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” participants: James Jensen, Shae Hardwick, Gio Castro, Konstantin Terentiev, Michael Hampton and Carlos Radilla
  • Excellence in Scenic Design – Scott Osborne
  • Special Commendation for Innovation Production Design with Sustainable Materials – The Company of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (invited scene to the Region VI Festival in February
  • The Play within a Play – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • Irene Ryan Acting Award – Labrina Miles
  • Irene Ryan Acting Award – Shae Hardwick
  • Irene Ryan Acting Award – Catherine Christenson
  • Director’s Choice – Outstanding Production and Held Production for Region VI in February – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

The entire set was constructed with reclaimed items. Richland has been invited to be the “invited scene” for a special performance at regionals, in addition to moving onto that next phase of the competition. Should Richland win at the regional level, the students would proceed to the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations again to everyone who participated in this production!


‘Squares and Stripes’ Exhibit in Brazos Gallery, Sept. 30-Oct. 25

Brazos Gallery will feature “Squares and Strips,” an exhibit by artist Lane Banks, Sept. 30-Oct. 25. This exhibit will showcase paintings of geometric shapes in varying configurations.

This show comprises works from two series that developed more or less simultaneously.  One group is Concentric Squares, which has been ongoing for several years, and paintings from this set have been shown numerous times in various venues recently.  The other group, Horizontal Stripes, is smaller, with just six altogether.  They have not previously been shown.  Both groups use only a range of grays and metallic hues, what I have been calling an industrial palette, to distinguish the colors from spectrum or natural hues.  They all are hard-edged using straight lines and multiple layers of paint to give the surface an opaque effect that keeps the eye of the viewer on the surface instead of penetrating into an illusionist depth.

The squares are classical in their symmetry and are made up of a series of mathematical relationships and proportions that are determined before the painting is begun.  The paintings are conceived as a series of concentric forces compressing toward the center, or conversely, radiating outward from it.

The stripes use a vertical rectangular format that consists of stripes or bands of color of differing widths.  The canvas is divided down the center vertically from top to bottom, which contrasts with the horizontal bands in order to reconcile the opposing forces of the two directions.  The central divide is conceived as an upward or downward shift in the horizontal movement of the bands, so that the band is broken and disrupted at the midpoint, continuing as a different color and width on the other side of the divide.

These works are abstract rather than abstractions, the difference being that an abstraction is rooted in perception, what the eye can see, and the resulting work is a distillation, reduction or essence of what was observed, regardless of how far removed from its source the work appears to be.  An abstraction is therefore dependent upon a subject outside itself for its existence.  My abstract works are entirely conceptual, in that they are invented with no reference to anything outside themselves.  They are a physical, visual embodiment of an idea that consists of proportions and colors of areas relative to each other and to the framing edge of the painting.

An artist reception will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 22.

For questions, contact Charles Coldewey at ccoldewey@dcccd.edu or ext. 6339.


Brazos Gallery Presents “LUX” by Andrew Kochie, Through July 19

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/.


Richland College Dance Program Auditions

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 Exhibition by Wayne Loucas: ‘Vietnam Discovered,’ May 3-June 7

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/.


The Richland College Dance Program Presents Illumination

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.


The Richland College Dance Program is Proud to Host Cooper Delgado

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.


10th Annual Dance Jam Festival, Nov. 30

 

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.