Tonight! Art Students and Band Members Show Off Talents in Cultural Events

The Hardin-Simmons University senior art majors host an exhibition of various artworks that represent each unique educational experience.

Fourteen students will have their sample work displayed in the Roberts Studio tonight, March 11, 2010. The public is invited to view the work from 5:00 -8:30 p.m. during the downtown Abilene Art Walk.
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"It really is a culmination of the skills and talents gained while obtaining their education at Hardin-Simmons University," says Steve Neves, HSU Assistant Professor of Art.

Also, the HSU Concert Band is back from its West Texas Tour. High School students across West Texas got a chance to see first-hand what the big fuss is all about during the free concerts on their campuses this week.
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Dr. Dorothy says they do the tour every spring. It's really a way of getting to know potential new students who are interested in the band and the School of Music, which, by the way, was the first nationally accredited music program in Texas.

Surprisingly, however, students in the Concert Band, and even the Cowboy Band, come from virtually every major program in the university.

The concert band performs four HSU campus concerts every year, and puts on more than 40 concerts around the country.

By the way, you'll be able to catch Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell's premier of his latest composition for band, called THUMP, to be presented during the concert. Dr. Cottrell is an active performer, teacher, and award winning composer.
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He has served on the music faculty at Hardin-Simmons University since 2004, where he teaches low brass, music theory, and composition. This newest composition is a sort of a heavy-metal/rock homage for band.

As for the art show, students participating include Brenden McGee and Jessika DiGiorgio, two of HSU's anticipated May 2010 graduates.

Brenden Mcgee, a B.F.A. graphic design major, focuses most of his work around pop art and surrealism.
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Jessika DiGiorgio, a B.B.S. graphic design art major, transferred to HSU two years ago after receiving a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. She focuses most of her work on social, environmental, and animal-rights related issues that touch her heart the deepest.

Cynthia Brennan finds joy in using not only the experiences of the here and now, but the lifetime of events that have occurred in her past. She uses these memories and experiences for inspiration.

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Matthew Cody Brockett, a B.B.S. graphic arts major, views his design work to be about texture and depth of tactile interaction.

Jaclyn Lung will graduate with her B.F.A. in photography. Her main focus as a photographer is portraits. Upon graduation she plans to start her own business using her education in photography and her knowledge of graphic design.

Jaime Martinez, a B.A. graphic design and spanish double major, has experimented with his work through his various experiences. He continuously seeks new challenges that can broaden his work as a student and as a professional.

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Krystal Maestas is an art student from El Paso, Texas. Upon earning her fine arts degree she plans to pursue a job involving her passion, documentary photography.

Miles G. McFarland is a graphic arts and design major. McFarland has always been fascinated with Disney and inspired by Pixar Animation, particularly "Toy Story." Through these inspirations, McFarland wishes to continue using his computer and art skills to help capture the world seen through the eyes of a child.

Cari Ritchie is anticipating graduating with a B.F.A. in graphic design. She believes her art is a reflection of who she wants to be, not necessarily who she is, a part of her life's journey. She finds the process of creating art very rewarding.

Kyle Shaffer strives to make aesthetically pleasing pieces whether in painting, sculpture, or pottery. His hope is that the viewer gets a sense of beauty from looking at the objects that he has created.
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Lisa A. Smith is a B.F.A. painting and drawing major. Her interests are wide and so her art reflects this, but there is a strong theme of the human figure. Her work is also often rooted in personal experience yet universally relatable.

Stephanie Swaim will graduate in August of 2010. She will be exhibiting a photo series that discusses her experience and work as a print maker.

Andrew White is anticipating graduation in the spring of 2011 as a graphic design major and photography minor. He uses his photography as a form of expression and finds beauty in the richness of classic black and white photography.

"This senior exhibition is an important and necessary mark of achievement. It gives the students a chance to leave their last mark as undergraduates of the Hardin-Simmons University art program," says Neves.

You'll be able to see the work of these artists tonight downtown at the downtown Artwalk, and later, the concert band in Behrens Auditorium on the campus at 8:00.

The Hardin-Simmons University senior art majors host an exhibition of various artworks that represent each unique educational experience.

Fourteen students will have their sample work displayed in the Roberts Studio tonight, March 11, 2010. The public is invited to view the work from 5:00 -8:30 p.m. during the downtown Abilene Art Walk.
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"It really is a culmination of the skills and talents gained while obtaining their education at Hardin-Simmons University," says Steve Neves, HSU Assistant Professor of Art.

Also, the HSU Concert Band is back from its West Texas Tour. High School students across West Texas got a chance to see first-hand what the big fuss is all about during the free concerts on their campuses this week.
ConcertBand300.jpg

Dr. Dorothy says they do the tour every spring. It's really a way of getting to know potential new students who are interested in the band and the School of Music, which, by the way, was the first nationally accredited music program in Texas.

Surprisingly, however, students in the Concert Band, and even the Cowboy Band, come from virtually every major program in the university.

The concert band performs four HSU campus concerts every year, and puts on more than 40 concerts around the country.

By the way, you'll be able to catch Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell's premier of his latest composition for band, called THUMP, to be presented during the concert. Dr. Cottrell is an active performer, teacher, and award winning composer.
Cottrell300.JPG

He has served on the music faculty at Hardin-Simmons University since 2004, where he teaches low brass, music theory, and composition. This newest composition is a sort of a heavy-metal/rock homage for band.

As for the art show, students participating include Brenden McGee and Jessika DiGiorgio, two of HSU's anticipated May 2010 graduates.

Brenden Mcgee, a B.F.A. graphic design major, focuses most of his work around pop art and surrealism.

Jessika DiGiorgio, a B.B.S. graphic design art major, transferred to HSU two years ago after receiving a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. She focuses most of her work on social, environmental, and animal-rights related issues that touch her heart the deepest.


Cynthia Brennan finds joy in using not only the experiences of the here and now, but the lifetime of events that have occurred in her past. She uses these memories and experiences for inspiration.

Matthew Cody Brockett, a B.B.S. graphic arts major, views his design work to be about texture and depth of tactile interaction.

Jaclyn Lung will graduate with her B.F.A. in photography. Her main focus as a photographer is portraits. Upon graduation she plans to start her own business using her education in photography and her knowledge of graphic design.

Jaime Martinez, a B.A. graphic design and spanish double major, has experimented with his work through his various experiences. He continuously seeks new challenges that can broaden his work as a student and as a professional.

Krystal Maestas is an art student from El Paso, Texas. Upon earning her fine arts degree she plans to pursue a job involving her passion, documentary photography.

Miles G. McFarland is a graphic arts and design major. McFarland has always been fascinated with Disney and inspired by Pixar Animation, particularly "Toy Story." Through these inspirations, McFarland wishes to continue using his computer and art skills to help capture the world seen through the eyes of a child.

Cari Ritchie is anticipating graduating with a B.F.A. in graphic design. She believes her art is a reflection of who she wants to be, not necessarily who she is, a part of her life's journey. She finds the process of creating art very rewarding.

Kyle Shaffer strives to make aesthetically pleasing pieces whether in painting, sculpture, or pottery. His hope is that the viewer gets a sense of beauty from looking at the objects that he has created.

Lisa A. Smith is a B.F.A. painting and drawing major. Her interests are wide and so her art reflects this, but there is a strong theme of the human figure. Her work is also often rooted in personal experience yet universally relatable.

Stephanie Swaim will graduate in August of 2010. She will be exhibiting a photo series that discusses her experience and work as a print maker.

Andrew White is anticipating graduation in the spring of 2011 as a graphic design major and photography minor. He uses his photography as a form of expression and finds beauty in the richness of classic black and white photography.

"This senior exhibition is an important and necessary mark of achievement. It gives the students a chance to leave their last mark as undergraduates of the Hardin-Simmons University art program," says Neves.

You'll be able to see the work of these artists tonight downtown at the downtown Artwalk, and later, the concert band in Behrens Auditorium on the campus at 8:00.


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