44th Annual Student Art Exhibition

44th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Mar 14 – Apr 11

Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 6-8pm

Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 6-8pm
ACC’s most anticipated exhibition of the best student work from the past year.

Dougherty Arts Center, Julia C Butridge Gallery
1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

44th Annual Student Art Exhibition Continued
April 20–May 24
The Annual Student Exhibition will be relocated to Highland Campus Building 4000 and remain through the West Austin Studio Tour

International Festival

International Festival 

March 27th

Please join ACC’s Liberal Arts, Humanities and Communications & Arts and Digital Media divisions for a night of cultural celebration at our 3rd annual International Festival. Taking place on Friday March 27th, from 6-8 p.m., this festival will feature exhibitors from ACC and the wider Austin community, live music from Inside Out Steel Band, cultural performances, and delicious food.

Admission is free and open to the public, please consider bringing along a donation of non-perishable food to support our Student Life Food Pantry, as we address food insecurity for our ACC students.

ACC 3rd annual International Festival
Friday March 27, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Highland Campus, Building 4000

Food Drive

Food Drive

Arts and Digital Media is delighted to host a Food Drive bin in collaboration with our campus Student Life office. 50% of community college students struggle with food insecurity. We strive at ACC to address that with continuous food donations during the semester to stock our campus food pantry to better serve our students in need. If you are visiting us at the Highland Campus (or want a great reason to come say hello), please bring a non perishable food item to donate to our bin. Ideal items for the pantry are: meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), whole grain cereals, healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit), canned foods with pop-top lids, pasta, canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables. Thank you to you, our community for your continued support of our ACC students.

Sneak Peeks at SXSW

Sneak Peeks at SXSW

ACC SNEAK PEEKS is a SXSW Film Festival Community Screening of short narratives and documentaries by students from the Austin Community College Radio-Television-Film Department.

This showcase is free to the community, so come be a part of the SXSW excitement on Saturday, March 14th, 5pm at the AFS Cinema by our very own Highland Campus!

Partnering with community and industry, the ACC Radio-Television-Film Department cultivates media makers through immersive educational programs in the art, technological craft, and business of digital storytelling.

Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert

Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert

March 6 & 7

ACC Dance Department Presents its third annual fundraiser:
Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert
Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020 at 8:00pm
Highland Campus Dance Studio Theater (Bldg 4000, Rm 2205)
Featuring works by invited guests, Toni Bravo, ZATERO Dance, Lindsey Gerson, TXST’s Merge Touring Ensemble; as well as ACC Dance faculty members Ellen Bartel, Joseph Cox, Roxy Gage, Darla Johnson, and Sunny Jun Shen
General Admission: 1 Can of Food + $10 general
Student and senior Admission: $5

Seating is very limited. Please purchase tickets in advance.

All proceeds benefit our robust scholarship program.
For more information, please call 512-223-7198.

 

Student Literary Gathering

Literary Coffeehouse: Reading & Open Mic

Mar 9th

Everyone is welcome to attend the Austin Community College Creative Writing Department’s Literary Coffeehouse, hosted by Charlotte Gullick. An open mic follows the featured reader, so bring poems, stories, scripts, rants, raves or midnight confessions to share, or just come to listen and enjoy.

This month’s featured reader is Tommy Mouton.

Tommy Mouton is a Southern writer and a writing coach. A former John Steinbeck Fellow (2013-2014), his work appears in Auburn Avenue, Reed, and Callaloo. A dynamic dramatic reader, his work has been featured in venues hosted by KKUP 91.5 “Out of Our Minds” Poetry Radio, Sacramento Stories on Stage, LitQuake, Center for Literary Arts, Poetry Center San José, and a host of others. Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, raised in the unincorporated community of Moss Bluff (the principal setting of his memoir-in-progress and the inspiration for much of this work), Tommy recently, as of July 2018, relocated to Austin from San José, CA—with his wife and three children. He currently teaches creative writing and composition at Huston-Tillotson University. This is his first Austin reading invitation.

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Harry & the Thief

Harry & the Thief

February 27th – March 8th
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm * Sundays at 2:00pm

Mimi’s cousin has a PhD in physics, a brand new time machine and a plan. Send Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to help Harriet Tubman change the course of history.

ACC Creative Writing Department’s Balcones Prize Winners

ACC Creative Writing Department’s Balcones Prize Winners

The Creative Writing Department will be introducing the two winners of the 2018 Balcones Prize. Shena McAuliffe will read from The Good Echo (2018 Balcones Fiction Prize) and Margaree Little will read from her collection Rest (2018 Balcones Poetry Prize).
Sponsored by the ACC Creative Writing Department. This event is free and open to the public.
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Bringing a Big Band Sound to Transpositions

Bringing a Big Band Sound to Transpositions

By Natalie Becker
Transpositions, the interdisciplinary showcase bringing together seven departments, just got a whole lot louder. Each performance of Transpositions will kick off with a big band sound, courtesy of the Austin Community College Music Department.
The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Husak, was founded in the early 1980’s and is composed of many continuing education music students and even a music professor. Professor Steven Sodders not only plays in the Jazz Ensemble, he directs the Stage Ensemble, which he founded.
“I kept getting emails from students asking to audition, but we didn’t have any spots left in the Jazz Ensemble. It seemed like a good time to open up a second big band,” says Sodders. The Stage Ensemble is now over half a decade old and provides a different musical repertory compared to the Jazz Ensemble. “Husak’s band is more a show band. While we cover music from the beginnings of jazz such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington, all the way up through modern jazz tunes,” says Sodders.
He’s been working hard to create the perfect set to perform at Transpositions. “I cherry pick from the pieces that suit us best. We like to have a wide variety of styles to offer musicians and audiences,” Sodders says. The Stage Ensemble allows students the opportunity to experience multiple roles within the band by including vocalists and soloists. “It helps the flow of the show and gives students a chance to step out in a new role,” says Sodders. For Transpositions, the band has created a diverse set covering multiple musical styles.“It’s kind of an overview of the history of swing,” says Sodders.
Not only is the band excited to perform at Transpositions, but they’re also looking forward to much larger opportunity. Transpositions is creating a foundation for students and faculty across different departments to all collaborate for the first time. However, after the move to Highland Campus, Sodders and his fellow faculty members anticipate collaborations becoming a regular occurrence.
“Our musicians and composers would love to be collaborating with the dance department. These collaborations would be a wonderful opportunity for music performers as well. Working with film, there are opportunities for music composers and music business students. The world is becoming so multimedia, and it’s a big plus for the program if we can give students opportunities to experience that world,” says Sodders. “Transpositions is a kickoff to future collaborations and a relationship between the art departments at the new Highland space.”
Transpositions is August 11 & 12 at the Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Mainstage Theater. Each evening will begin with an hour of live music and arts exhibitions at 7 pm, followed by the stage performance at 8pm. The show is free and open to the public.

Transposing the Past into the Future

Transposing the Past into the Future

By Natalie Becker
The Arts & Humanities division of Austin Community College is engaging in a little summer experiment this August. Transpositions will bring together seven departments to create a full-length show reflecting the emotional and physical transition from the Rio Grande Campus to the college’s future at Highland Campus.
Director Anne Wharton draws inspiration for the format of the show from local artist Stephen Pruitt and his adventures with Catastrophe Theory Arts. Pruitt formulates his shows to incorporate many different kinds of performers, using casual transitions to create a friendly and informal atmosphere. Wharton wants to bring that spirit of collaboration to ACC. “The show is a way to come together and create a foundation for when we move to Highland and begin sharing a new space,” Wharton says.
The title of the show, Transpositions, comes from a contemplation of the themes of moving and change. “It’s the musical idea of moving a melody line up or down in pitch. You preserve the melody line, but it becomes something new. It’s a relocation that preserves the essence of the thing, similar to our transition to Highland. We’re relocating to a new space but preserving the essence of what it is that makes us the ACC dance department or the drama department,” Wharton says.
The seven departments involved in the show all bring a different perspective on the theme. “I want the show to create a opportunity for artists to explore the concept of change and move without giving strict guidelines. It’s not a straightforward commission – it’s a collaborative process. The show focuses on specific themes but leaves space for individual artists in their respective mediums to create and explore,” Wharton says.
Transpositions relies on multiple dance pieces to provide the main drive behind the show’s theme of move. Dance professor Melissa Watt will premiere new choreography set on the Dance Performance Workshop Class. And Dance Professor Ellen Bartel’s improvisation students will also be involved, creating a unique work that changes every time it is performed. Provenance, a dance film, will also premiere at the show. Dance Professor Catherine Solaas directed the film that brings together current and former ACC dance students in a physical exploration of the raw space at Highland Campus.
The Drama department will be presenting a scene from The Children’s Hour and a monologue from Our Town. The visual art department will be contributing an exhibition of sculptures based on movement from Art Professor TJ Hilton’s sculpture class.
The music department will be showcasing their Jazz Ensemble and Stage Ensemble during a full-hour set before the performances on Thursday and Friday evening. This hour of live music will give the audience time to peruse the lobby space, where sculptures will be joining exhibitions from photography, creative writing and game design.
Transpositions is more than an evening of entertainment and artistry; it’s the foundation for a new future for the audience-driven departments at ACC. “We want to help foster a culture of collaboration so that when we get to Highland, and are suddenly geographically close to each other for the first time, there are already connections in place. A dance student can go down the hall and find a music student to collaborate on a piece, or a video game designer can use a dancer for animation, and so on because they’re already met,” Wharton says.
“That is the goal of the showcase,” Wharton continues, “to bring people together, not just for this one performance in the summer but for a future of collaborations in the community.”
Transpositions is free and open to the public. The show is on the Rio Grande Mainstage Theater on Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12. The live music will start at 7 pm each night followed by the show at 8 pm.