Art Gala: 2017

by Kaitlyn Tyra

An excited buzz could be heard within the Gaertner Performing Arts Center.  People dressed in a multitude of colors filed in one by one and the murmur of a pleasant chatter could be heard in the background of the well-decorated lobby.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

The time had come for SHSU’s thriving art community to gather for their premier annual event: the SHSU Art Gala.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

A LEAP favorite, the Art Gala not only serves as a means to meet and greet people, but it also raises money for SHSU Art Scholarships while honoring outstanding alumni and community members that contribute to the success of the Art Department.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

The evening began with a reception where we visited with faculty members, community members, and the evening’s award winners. We were pleasantly surprised to find many of the former heART of Huntsville participants including Ms. Una Grace Nash, Dr. and Mrs. Pease, Dr. and Mrs. Gaertner, Dr. Mitzi Mahoney, and Roberta Plant, as well as other members of the community such as former mayor Mac Woodward.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

Dr. Michael Henderson, the Chair of the Art Department, greeted attendees and began the program with remarks before serving dinner.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

The three- course meal was marked with conversation about art, SHSU’s art program, and the impact the alumni had made. Dr. Henderson then presented two awards honoring two very special people.

First, he presented Daryl Howard with the Outstanding Alumna Award.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

Graduating from SHSU in 1969, Daryl Howard moved to Tokyo to teach at an overseas art school where she was introduced to Ukiyo-e woodcuts from the 18th and 19th Century. These woodcuts peaked her interest and she began an apprenticeship with master printmaker, Hodaka Yoshida.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

However, this was only the beginning of Howard’s career as we had the privilege of learning. There were many professors that Ms. Howard learned from who were skilled artists. People such as Charles Pebworth, Gaddis Geeslin, Stanley Lea, among others. Her speech was one of gratitude for the opportunities presented to her at Sam Houston and the lessons learned from her many mentors.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

The second award winner, Mrs. Nancy Gaertner, was honored for Outstanding Supporter of the Arts.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

As former First Lady of Sam Houston, she worked tirelessly on the development and creation of our performing arts center for the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication. Although she is no longer the First Lady of Sam Houston, she is the current President of the Friends of the Wynne Board and stays active in Huntsville’s art community.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

Having worked closely with her, the LEAP Ambassadors were excited to see Mrs. Gaertner honored for her commitment and support of the arts.

Following the awards presentation, we posed for a few photographs with the honorees…

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

…and said our thanks to the many wonderful people who support our Art Department. It was a fun night and a great way to support the local art community!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Art Department, Michael Henderson, Daryl Howard, Nancy Gaertner, Art Department Gala

 

An Evening of Art: The 2016 Art Gala

By Alex Chartier

On an unusually warm night for late October, dressed-up men and women were gathering at the beautiful Gaertner Performing Arts Center.   However, this wasn’t your typical style of late October costumes; instead of Halloween mummies and vampires, patrons arrived in their finest attire, for it was the night of the Art Department’s annual Gala. The building buzzed with the sound of people joyously conversing with old friends and new acquaintances alike. Each passing moment brought more excited people inside as they all prepared for the night’s festivities to begin.

David Adickes, Art Department Annual Gala, SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors, SHSU

After finding their seats, everyone began to chat with those seated around them. The members of the LEAP Center as well as members from the Pre-Law Society found themselves sharing a table with Professor Mike Yawn and Ms. Stephanie Fors, as well as former mayor, Mac Woodward and his wife, Leanne Woodward. Conversations at the table ranged from the upcoming internships at the capital, to the Memorial Museum’s chickens, famous for roaming the grounds of the campus. Dr. Michael Henderson, Chair of the Art Department, acted as the night’s host, thanking people for coming out and officially kicking off the night’s proceedings.

Art Gala 2016, SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors, David Adickes

Following a wonderful three-course meal, the awards ceremony began. The first to be presented the award for Outstanding Alumna was Ms. Emily Peacock. A 2006 graduate of Sam Houston, she has developed a career around “snap shot aesthetic” photography. Peacock mainly focuses on her own family, and she photographs the private aspects of life one rarely gets a glimpse of. Her works have been featured throughout Texas, New York City, and Europe, as well as being in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Emily Peacock, Art Department Gala, SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors

The next award for Outstanding Alumna was given to Ms. Cynthia Reid. After completing her degree in Art Education at Sam Houston, she taught for Conroe ISD, while also earning two more Masters degrees from Sam. She is well known for her work with water colors as she tries to capture the ever-changing sea into a single scene. She currently teaches at Sam Houston and coordinates the Angel Show Holiday Market in Huntsville.

The recipient for Outstanding Supporter of the Arts award was Mr. David Adickes.

David Adickes, Art Department Annual Gala, SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors, SHSU

Perhaps famous to most in town as the sculptor of the giant Sam Houston statue, he is also famous for his quick-witted humor and as the savior of Huntsville’s old high school (for, as he says, “how can someone tear down the place where you learned to jitterbug”). His works have been featured in solo shows throughout Texas and have received top honors at many competitions. His impact in the field of art, especially in Huntsville, is undeniable. It must be mentioned that regardless of his life-long accomplishments, he has not let the success go to his head as he is still as down-to-earth and fun loving as anyone.  He even took time after the ceremony to pose for a goofy picture with the members of the LEAP Center and Pre-Law Society.

David Adickes, Art Department Annual Gala, SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors, SHSU

After the formal conclusion of the gala, guests once again mingled about, congratulating the recipients of the awards. On the way out the door all guests were presented with their “swag bags” as a last parting gift before stepping out into the night, which had gotten much cooler during the preceding events.

David Adickes, Art Department Annual Gala, SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors, SHSU