Looking for something to do this week and throughout the month of September? Consider the arts.
This week has been designated by Congress as National Arts in Education Week. To celebrate the arts, Sam Houston State’s College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is offering free admission to several events this month.
There will be a guest artist concert featuring Ascendo3 at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall today at 7:30 p.m. Two faculty recitals will also be held at the recital hall this week at 7:30 p.m. “Ravens & Radishes” is Wednesday and Josu De Solau will play the piano on Thursday.
The “Fall 2014 Independents V” art gallery will be on display through Wednesday at the Satellite Gallery at 1216 University Ave. The “Anything That Has a Front” gallery is now open in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery in Art Building F on campus through Oct. 10.
An alumni exhibition will run Sept. 18 through Oct. 10 at the Satellite Gallery. And to cap off the music performances, another faculty recital performed by Ilonka Rus-Edery and Rodica Gonzalez will take place Sept. 30 in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
National Arts in Education Weeks was established in July 2010 by the U.S. House of Representatives to support arts education. Over the years some have voiced opinions about the need of fine arts versus the more applied curriculums of engineering, science and mathematics.
Several from the fine arts departments at SHSU weigh in on the relevance of the arts its importance.
“As humans beings we need to be able to express our feelings,” said Dana Nicolay, professor of dance. “Within us is talent and passions that must be expressed and with that expression others identify with their own humanity.”
In addition to the arts in general, Nicolay focused on the importance of dance in particular.
“My life has been dance,” he said. “It’s given me vitality and a means to use my body for expression of meaningful things.”
Wayne Barrett, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications, spoke recently about the importance of the arts in general and his field in particular.
“Art expresses aspects of our humanity that simply can’t be expressed otherwise. You can’t picture a world without the arts in it,” he said. “The arts are taken for granted because so much of it surrounds us. It’s like a dialog with life. Art and life have a reciprocal influence on each other.”
Barrett’s artistic expression is in the field of vocals. He expresses the uniqueness of song’s contribution to the arts overall.
“We have words set to music known as songs,” he said. “No one can argue the times that those same words when sung move us so much more because it’s said with the soul.”
The theater is a form of art that paints a picture for society and perhaps is one of the most powerful forms of art.
“Theater is our most vivid form of story telling,” said Penny Hasekoester, department chair of music and musical theater. “Music, dance, vocals all work together in the theater. TV, film and theater touch all of us. Art is what separates us from other living beings.
“Universal issues are addressed in such a way as to hold a mirror up to us,” she added. “We learn how to be better. It shows us what we want to see and at times shows us what we don’t want to see. Take art away and we lose what helps us to decipher who we want to be.”