Category Archives: Arts

Richland College Humanities Professor, Sara Ellis Cardona, to be Featured in Solo Art Exhibit at Shamblee Library

Cardona-Sara-SmEmployee Success–The artwork of Sara Ellis Cardona, Richland College humanities professor, is being featured in a solo exhibit, Paper Noir, at the Shamblee Library in Fort Worth, November 1-30.  The exhibit includes collages that create a micro-narrative from posters, books, and drawings of familiar but unrecognizable forms, expressing a conscious acceptance of colliding images and ideals of pulp sensations and tension in contemporary life. 

Past and present Richland singers featured

Student Success — The Richland College Chamber Singers joined the Texas A&M University-Commerce Chorale and Wind Ensemble and choral ensembles from Tarrant County College, Kilgore College and Northeast Texas Community College to present the world premiere of “The Temptation of St. Anthony” by composer James Syler as part of the “Music at the Meyerson” series on March 25. Richland College Chamber Singers, an auditioned 44-voice ensemble directed by Michael Crawford, associate dean/choral music director, is one of five choral groups in Richland College’s music department. In another recent area choral performance Mahmud Akel, Tori Gugino, Laura Herrera, Greg Perry and Jenna Zarafonetis, Richland College choral program graduates, were featured in the University of Texas Department of Theatre Arts Maverick Theatre Company and Department of Music’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Photography students finalists in magazine contest

Student Success — Congratulations to Mary Brown, April Davison, David Featherstone, Kristel Friessen and Aaron Mireles, Richland College photography students, who were selected as finalists in the Photographer’s Forum magazine’s Annual International College Photography Competition this year. These students’ photos were selected from more than 16,000 photographs submitted by college and university photography students from across the nation, and the selected photos will be featured in an upcoming photographic publication in June. Photographer’s Forum is an award-winning, quarterly publication that strives to facilitate publication experience for emerging professionals. Congratulations also go to Wayne Loucas, photography professor, who requires his Independent Studies students to enter this competition as part of their course experience.

Music students chosen to perform with state groups

Student Success — Richland College choral students Erin Campbell, Garrett Dunaway, Brandon Jones, Cristian Ruiz, Martha Schessler, Victoria Serafin and Josh Usry, were selected to perform with the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association All-State Choir on Feb. 15 during the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio. The choral musicians study with Michael Crawford, associate dean/choral music director. Also during the TMEA Convention, Richland College instrumental music students Desiree Gonzalez, Jorge Guandique, Wladimir Herrera, Briana Perez and Kerri Shomette performed with the Texas Community College Band Directors Association Texas Community College All-State Symphonic Band. The instrumental musicians study with Derrick Logozzo, director of instrumental music.

Instrumental music students shine at state

Student Success — Congratulations to five talented, Richland College instrumental music students for earning places in the 2013-14 Texas College All-State Symphonic Band that will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio in February. Competing against instrumentalists from two-year colleges across the state the students earned the following places in this prestigious, all-state performance ensemble: Jorge Gaundique, bassoon, 2nd in the state; Desiree Gonzalez, clarinet, 17th in the state; Wladimir Herrera, flute, 12th in the state; Briana Perez, flute, 2nd in the state; and Kerri Shomette, flute, 3rd in the state.

Rose to coordinate namesake ceramics show

Employee Success — Jen Rose, Richland College art visiting scholar, is coordinating the Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation (RACI), a new districtwide juried show to highlight ceramics and sculpture and funded through a foundation grant established in her name by an anonymous donor. This year’s show will be held at the Janette Kennedy Gallery at Southside on Lamar in March in which all seven District colleges are invited to submit three artworks to be displayed in the exhibition. Both sculptural and functional pieces will be juried, but first, second and third place awards will be given to artwork exhibiting  the most innovation. Amy Halko, successful Californian ceramicist, will jury the show and conduct a three-day workshop for Richland College art students.

Student vocalists participate in various competitions

Student Success — Richland College’s Choral Music Department had 11 singers compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Contest at Baylor University in Waco, Nov. 7-9. Zach Jones, Josh Meza, and Cristian Ruiz, who study in the vocal studios of Kay Austin, Amy DeCola and Beverly Griffin Dyer were named semi-finalists. On Nov. 15, seven members of the Richland College Chamber Singers traveled to Weatherford College to audition for the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association All-State Choir. All seven singers, Erin Campbell, Garrett Dunaway, Brandon Jones, Cristian Ruiz, Martha Schessler, Victoria Serafin and Josh Usry, were selected to represent Richland College at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February 2014.

Jazz singers provide back up for Sandi Patty

Student Success — The Richland College Jazz Singers performed back-up vocals for “Broadway Songs & Stories” with Sandi Patty, recipient of five Grammy Awards, on Oct. 19 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Under the direction of Jimin Lee, adjunct music instructor, the Richland College Jazz Singers music ensemble is one of the most active vocal jazz ensembles in Texas.

Art faculty featured in Plano exhibit

Employee Success — The art work of 11 Richland College full-time and adjunct art faculty members is currently featured in  “Collaborations,” at the Plano Art Association Gallery through Oct. 18. Along with Richland College art faculty, the exhibition showcases art works by professors from Collin College–Spring Creek, McKinney and Preston Ridge campuses, Brookhaven College, Tarrant County College, Texas Woman’s University, and Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Crawford honored as Administrator of the Year

Employee Success — Congratulations to Michael Crawford, choral music associate dean, on being selected to receive the 2013-14 Richland College Administrator of the Year Award. Serving the School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, first as interim dean and music co-coordinator and currently as associate dean and director of the Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers, and RichMen, Dr. Crawford actively encourages and challenges students to succeed by leading their participation in many local, state, and national concerts and competitions and Richland College and DCCCD musical performances. He frequently serves as an adjudicator, clinician, and Richardson Wildflower Festival musical talent coordinator.