TCC Announces Fall Visual Arts Exhibits/Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2014) Tarrant County College campuses will host numerous visual arts exhibits and events this fall.
At TCC’s South Campus, Dana Frankfort’s “Space Between Buildings” exhibit gives insight into her painting process. The images depict various stages of a painting’s evolution to completion. According to Joshua Goode, department of fine arts chairman at the South Campus, Frankfort peels back the curtain on her creative process with raw and urgent images taken with her cellphone. The exhibit ends its run in the South Campus Carillon Gallery, 5301 Campus Drive on Nov. 6 with a closing reception with the artist 6 to 8 p.m.
TCC faculty and students will showcase their work in four exhibits across the District.
Painting, sculpture, printmaking and video works by Southeast Campus faculty and adjunct instructors are displayed in Art Corridor II at the Southeast Campus 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington. The Fine Arts Faculty Biennial Exhibit runs through Nov. 20.
Starting Nov. 3, “4 Walls: The Best of the Northwest,” a juried exhibition of advanced student artwork, will be shown through Dec. 2 in the Lake View Gallery at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway.
The South Campus Faculty Biennial Exhibition will run through Dec. 11 in the Carillon Gallery. On Nov. 13, an opening reception will be held with the artists 6 to 8 p.m.
“Point of View,” an exhibition of photography, highlights works from students who participated in the 2014 Photography Study Abroad Program. The students traveled to Milan, Italy and Malta. Combined Photography and Spanish Culture classes visited Southern Spain. The exhibition will be on display Nov. 4 through Dec. 5 in College Hall, NCAB 1111, on the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. A reception for the artists is scheduled for Nov. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Visual Art Events Fall 2014

TCC Announces Fall Fine Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2014) Tarrant County College Fine Arts offerings have expanded this fall to include the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Texas I, which will be held at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington. TCC Theater Southeast will begin the festival with “Around the Word in 80 Days” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.
Six other colleges and universities will perform during the festival, which runs through Oct. 25. Guest schools include Texas Southern University (“Marcus: or The Secret of Sweet”); San Angelo State University (“Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes”); Richland College (“Rashomon”); Sul Ross State University (“Moises: A Modern-Day Tragedy”) and Texas Wesleyan University (“In and Between”). TCC’s Northwest Campus also will perform “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
The festival will include a number of workshops in acting, lighting, makeup, design, auditions and playwriting. Additionally, critique sessions and networking opportunities will be available for festival participants.
Other TCC fine arts events happening this fall include “Music through the Centuries,” a faculty concert at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. Four eras of music history will be featured on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The traveling concert will start in NTSU 1615A and move to four different rooms, one for each era: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern.
Dance companies from across the District will appear at the Southeast Campus in “Conversations in Rhythm” on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Pedestrian Dance Movement, a guest company, also will appear. Each company will perform three works in different dance genres. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 3. Tickets for general public are $5 and for TCC students, faculty and staff are free. All proceeds will be donated to Dancers Responding to AIDS.
Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold…and the Boys,” will begin on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carillon Theatre at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. Set in South Africa during the apartheid era, the play depicts how institutionalized racism, bigotry or hatred can become internalized by those who live under it.
Fine Arts Events Fall 2014

TCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 19, 2014) – Tarrant County College will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 with events honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic-American citizens. Campus observances include exhibits, festivals, films and special speakers.
José Aguilar, preparedness specialist with Tarrant Public Health, will speak on “Making a Difference” on Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Judith J. Carrier Library on the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington. Aguilar, recipient of the 2007 Spirit of Cesar Chavez Award, was honored for his leadership of a faith-based organization that successfully challenged John Peter Smith Hospital to better serve the tax-paying community.
Also on Sept. 25, the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, will show the film “Pride and Anger,” which tells the story of the riot sparked by the killing of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez by a police officer. The event led to cultural change with political representation and more Mexican-Americans on the police force. Associate producer Diana Marquis will attend. Marquis is one of the founders of DFW Hispanic Communicators and The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.
Two campuses have events scheduled for Oct. 9. On the Northwest Campus, the Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta will be here from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features cultural dancing, music and food and showcases educational booths. Additionally, a custom car show will be on display. The campus is located at 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Pilar Candia will speak on being an active member of the community at the Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Passionate about community engagement, Candia works with the Alameel Foundation to provide low-income families with education resources and serves on the board of the newly-emerging North Texas Young Latino Leaders.
The South Campus kicked off events this week with Vive Las Fiestas Patrias to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events – Fall 2014

South Campus Hosts Showcase of NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal Winners

Pictured from left are Dexter Collins (Instrumental Classical and Music Composition), Alicia Smith (Medicine and Health), Peter Jordan, TCC South Campus President, Addison Jordan (Instrumental Contemporary), Margie Ruffin (Poetry),  Jordan Cooper (Playwriting and Filmmaking) and Zharne’ Gray (Vocal Contemporary). Not pictured are Durmerrick Ross (Poetry) and Orlexia Thomas (Short Story).

Pictured from left are Dexter Collins (Instrumental Classical and Music Composition), Alicia Smith (Medicine and Health), Peter Jordan, TCC South Campus President, Addison Jordan (Instrumental Contemporary), Margie Ruffin (Poetry), Jordan Cooper (Playwriting and Filmmaking) and Zharne’ Gray (Vocal Contemporary). Not pictured are Durmerrick Ross (Poetry) and Orlexia Thomas (Short Story).

Fostering a culture of student success, Tarrant County College South Campus recently hosted a dress rehearsal showcasing the work of high school students who went on to triumph in a national competition sponsored by the NAACP.
“South Campus had the great fortune of hosting these extremely talented young men and women who were on their way to compete at the 36th National ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) competition,” said Campus President Peter Jordan. “These youngsters are proof positive of the extraordinary talent that exists in our community.”
A NAACP initiative, ACT-SO is a year-long enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage academic and cultural achievements among African-American high school students. Students compete at the local and national level in 26 categories including Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business. The students and the areas in which they competed include Dexter Collins (instrumental classical and music composition); Alicia Smith (medicine and health); Addison Jordan (instrumental contemporary); Margie Ruffin (poetry); Jordan Cooper (playwriting and filmmaking); Zharne’ Gray (vocal contemporary); Durmerrick Ross (poetry) and Orlexia Thomas (short story).
The students who performed at the South Campus scored between 95-100 locally to become gold medalists and compete nationally. Fort Worth students Jordan Cooper and Durmerrick Ross won gold medals and Dexter Collins earned a silver medal at the national competition in July.
“The South Campus has a proud history of hosting and nurturing great talent,” President Jordan said. “The showcase was evidence of our continued commitment to that end.”

TCC South Campus Film Students Show Work at Festival

Tarrant County College South Campus film students recently showed their piece, “Unorthodox Perception,” at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. The showcase calls attention to the quality work produced within the independent film movement and provides independent artists a platform to share their work, network and gain encouragement from their peers.
“We know that students who are engaged in academically meaningful curricular and co-curricular activities persist at higher rates and have higher course- and degree-completion rates than those who are not engaged,” said South Campus President Peter Jordan. “It is co-curricular student peer networks, like the South Campus Film Club, that keep students engaged and excited about learning.”
“Unorthodox Perception” focuses on Cassie, a college student who struggles with her choices and their consequences. Confronted by the good and evil sides of her conscience, Cassie has to choose whether or not to disrespect her mother and ultimately, herself. In the climax, Cassie has a glimpse the positive plan for her future, which influences her choice.
The film was written and directed by Elliot Simms. Fellow students Jorge Martinez and Manuel Gaons performed camera work and edited the film. Maria Cortez and Jasmine Jones played the leads.
“In addition to keeping up with their classes, the students who made ‘Unorthodox Perception’ created this film from writing the script, doing the storyboard and planning out the shots, shooting and reshooting and then editing their work,” said film instructor Molly Floyd. At the same time, the students were actively involved in the planning and hosting of the South Campus film festival. “We have so many talented students and, given the opportunity, they do amazing things, said Floyd, who also serves as one of the Film Club’s faculty advisors.
Campus President Jordan also praised the work of the students. Additionally, he credited the dedication of faculty who invest their time and talent beyond the classroom to mentor and develop students through club activities, projects and competitions.
“When the South Campus Film Club hosted a film festival this past spring, one of the judges, filmmaker Bill Haas, saw potential in ‘Unorthodox Perception,'” Floyd said. He loaned equipment to Simms and his production crew and worked with them to remake the film to take it to the next level.
Once the remake was done, Haas sponsored the film by paying the entry fee for the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase.
“Having their efforts recognized, not only in hosting a successful film festival but also having their film sponsored in the Fort Worth Indie Film Festival, was an incredible confirmation of the time, effort and attention in their film,” Floyd said.

TCC Holds Honors Recitals at Northeast and Northwest Campuses

Students participating in two honors recitals at the Northeast and Northwest campuses recently demonstrated TCC’s commitment to excellence. Both singing and playing a variety of instruments, students receiving private lessons signed up to audition with the approval of their instructors. Auditions are held before a panel of outside judges.
“This is the largest group of honors recital students to earn this opportunity at TCC, ever!” said Northeast Music Department Chair Karen Parsons.
The Northeast panel of judges asked if they could select a “Best in Room” for the day. They bestowed the honor upon Alex Gillen, who played guitar for “Tango en Skai,” by Roland Dyens.
Nineteen artists performed during the Northeast Honors recital. Musical selections included vocal and instrumental numbers from a variety of works including Don Giovanni, Magnificat, Pirates of Penzance and The Godfather. The event was attended by the Sonata Club, a group of enthusiasts committed to support the study of music. They established the Sonata Club Scholarship to stimulate interest in music and encourage deserving students.
At the Northwest Honors Recital, eight students performed music by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Mendelsohn and Sondheim. Two artists performed vocal numbers while the remaining six played instrumentals on the piano, saxophone, trombone and tuba.
Northwest Music Director Richard Powell praised the students, saying, “With their performances, honors participants demonstrate the utmost in preparation, interpretation and technical ability that our wonderful private music faculty passes on to our students.”

TCC NE Campus Holds Violin-Harp Concert, Featuring Michael Shih and Naoko Nakamura

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 15, 2014) – On Tuesday, April 22, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus Humanities Division and Music Department will present a guest recital featuring Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra violinist Michael Shih and Dallas Wind Symphony harpist Naoko Nakamura.
The violin-harp recital begins on campus at 7:30 p.m. in College Hall (NCAB1111), located at 828 W. Harwood Road in Hurst. The free performance is open to the public and will conclude with a question-and-answer session, providing the audience an opportunity to learn more about the artists and the evening’s performance.
Shih and Nakamura’s repertoire will include 19th- and 20th-century classical music from Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Gianni Schicchi, Saint-Saens’ Fantasie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124, to the contemporary works of John Williams (“Theme from Schindler’s List”), and Sebastian Currier (“Night Time” for Violin and Harp).
Shih, concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO), plays a 1710 Antonio Stradivari violin, generously on loan to the FWSO by Mitzi and Bill Davis of Fort Worth. He has performed throughout the United States and his native Taiwan, and on tour in Canada, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, China, Japan and Korea. He also is a distinguished guest professor of Violin at Texas Christian University. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York City.
Naoko Nakamura, principal harpist of the Dallas Wind Symphony and an adjunct assistant professor of harp at the Meadows School of Music at Southern Methodist University, maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She has also performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston symphony orchestras, the Houston Ballet and orchestras in Japan and South America. She has a Bachelor of Music in both harp and piano from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in harp performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

TCC Northeast Music Students Sing at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Conference

TCC NE Student Participants in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir (L-R): Hope Myers, Aaron Kellner, Vanessa Hatcher and Sarah Collier

TCC NE Student Participants in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir (L-R): Hope Myers, Aaron Kellner, Vanessa Hatcher and Sarah Collier

Four Tarrant County College Northeast Campus music students recently sang as part of the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio. TCC NE Choir President Sarah Collier, Vanessa Hatcher, Aaron Kellner and Hope Myers auditioned in November to earn their places in the 129-voice honor choir, which was conducted by Janet Galván, director of choral activities at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.
During the conference, students had valuable opportunities to network with other Texas musicians. The TCC NE students attended College Night at TMEA where they met educators from prominent music schools across the United States.
Instructors for the students at TCC include Choral Director Bobbie Douglass and private lesson instructors Stan Paschal and Rawlianne Campos-Riggs.
“Singing in the 2014 Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir was a wonderful opportunity for these four choir students,” Douglass said. “They sang under the baton of a nationally-known conductor and rehearsed with other two-year college members to perform choral literature, which is more difficult and challenging.”
The program featured works by Mozart (Laudate Pueri, K. 339) and Mendelssohn (Verleih uns Frieden) and modern-day composers, including Dan Forrest (Lead, Kindly Light), Michael McGlynn (Alleluia: Incantations) and Jim Papoulis (Sililiza).
“The repertoire that was chosen for us to perform was very culturally diverse and had a lot of meaning,” Collier said. “Anytime you get to be around like-minded musicians, you get to be a part of something amazing. It provides an opportunity to create beauty.”
For additional information on the students that participated, click here: TCC NE Choir Students Bios

TCC Announces Spring Visual Arts Exhibits/Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 6, 2014) Tarrant County College campuses will host numerous visual arts exhibits and events this spring.
“Double Feature,” debuts March 6 at the Carillon Gallery at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. The exhibit features videos by artists Kim Anno and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. “Water City, Berkeley,” by Anno, is about post-sea-level-rise society as people in coastal areas and cities adapt to a watery world while maintaining leisure time. “The Star + The Moon” is one of the first animations created by Sunstrum that reflect her interests in finding parallels between ancient mythologies and futuristic sciences. The exhibit runs through April 3 with an opening reception and artists’ lecture March 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
“Gamer: The Art of Game Design and Development,” introduces visitors to the excitement and creativity of game design Feb. 22 through March 27 at the Lakeview Gallery at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. Designers invited include: Russell Fincher, who exhibits his 3-D, real-time strategy game. “ARMED!;” Justin Pierce (Overpowered Games) giving a sneak peek into his current project, “TELOS;” Joshua Wilson displays his interactive installation, “Sound Foundation” and Nicholas Daniel (Hatched Games) presents several games developed with Adobe Flash. As the designers present a variety of work and materials used to create games, students will have the opportunity to learn about game design as a possible career.
“Relational Ground: Figuring Interactivity,” opens March 27 in Art Corridor II at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington. The exhibit, featuring works by artists Nathan Green and Micah Yarborough, runs through May 1. An opening reception will take place March 27, 5 to 7 p.m. Yarborough’s work includes drawing, sculpture, video and performance. He received Fort Worth Weekly’s Visionary Award in 2011. Nathan Green’s work focuses on the formal and structural qualities of abstract painting. His interests include modern abstraction with contemporary crafting techniques and common construction methods.
Members of the Northeast Campus faculty and staff will exhibit their art pieces April 4 through April 29 at the Fort Worth Community Center, 1300 Gendy Street. A reception will be held on April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Works by Trinity River Campus faculty will be featured in an exhibition through April 4 at the Eastfork Gallery at the campus, located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle. The reception for the artists will be on March 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a complete listing of visual arts events/exhibits at TCC, please click on the link below:
Visual Arts Events for TCC Spring 2014

TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts Events

Tarrant County College campuses are offering a number of dance, drama and musical events this spring.
“The Good Woman of Szechwan” runs Feb. 21-23 at Theatre Northwest, located at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The drama, which focuses on the struggle to live a moral life in a society corrupted by greed and selfishness, also will be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Shreveport, La., on Feb. 26. Selected from approximately 40 college and university submissions, the TCC Northwest Theatre department will be the only two-year college to perform during the festival.
On Feb. 26, the Brock McGuire Band will perform in the Student Center at the Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst. At 4:30 p.m., the band will lead a music appreciation session, with a concert to follow at 7:30 p.m. The band’s repertoire emphasizes mostly Irish music but also includes arrangements of American Old-Time, Bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions.
The South Campus performance of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play based on the diaries and emails of a college student and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) will be performed on Feb. 20-22 at the Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts, located at 5301 Campus Drive. Corrie traveled the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was killed while acting as a human shield, protesting the destruction of a house by Israel Defense Forces.
Four new, award-winning scripts, written by Southeast Campus students, will be brought to life at the C.E. Roberson Theatre, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, Feb. 19–22. The Achieving the Dream through the Arts Festival of New Plays includes: “The Walks of Life and Those Who Inhabit It,” “Living the Dream,” “So Famous (Sofa Love)” and “Winter’s Plea.”
In March, a celebration of TCC Northwest Dance Program’s 15th anniversary will be recognized through “In Retrospect 15.” The Northwest Dance Company, Mosaic Dance Project and 30 TCC alumni will perform March 28-29 at the Scott Theater/Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street.
Fine Arts Events at TCC – Spring 2014