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New UHCL Bayou Theater director values audience experience

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Schools

UHCL AlexMaloneNew University of Houston-Clear Lake Bayou Theater Managing Director Alex Malone is passionate about creating engaging experiences. An arts enthusiast since childhood, Malone says live performance offers connections between audiences and artists that are unmatched in other types of entertainment. Photo by George Mattingly IIUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake’s new Bayou Theater Managing Director Alex Malone wants to showcase the power of live performance and create memorable experiences for theater-goers.

“I want the Bayou Theater to be a vibrant and vital component of the Clear Lake community. It can succeed wildly as a hub for artistic endeavors,” he said shortly after beginning his new role at the university in early October.

While audiences have all sorts of entertainment vying for their attention, Malone says live performances offer a connection between audiences and artists that other mediums can’t match.

“A recording is a nice memento of what happened,” he said. “It’s like a postcard of the Alps: It shows the mountains. It shows that they’re pretty, but it doesn’t come close to seeing the Alps in person and their grandeur and their splendor.”

Malone is well-versed in the splendor of performance. He has loved the arts since his school days in west Houston, and he spent two years on the stage as an actor in Chicago after graduating from University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. He also holds a Master of Performance in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After moving behind the scenes as a production assistant, he found a passion for creating meaningful experiences for audiences.

He comes to UHCL with seven years of experience coordinating arts events, including five years as the Pops and Presentations coordinator at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, two years as the managing producer of Symphony Pops! at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

With that expertise, Malone plans to expand on the Bayou Theater’s past success, capitalizing on both the 500-seat venue’s size and accessible Houston-area location.

“This is an ideal-sized venue for putting on new performances,” he said. “When you enter the theater, you are in a comfortable environment. The artist should feel safe to experiment and try new things, and the audience should feel confident that they’re going to come and see a quality production. It’s a place they’re going to want to come back.”

Other planned additions include pre- and post-performance social events, a broad variety of artists, facility upgrades and other enhancements to engage and inspire the community.

UHCL Associate Vice President for University Advancement Rhonda Thompson said Malone’s experience and energy will play a key role in shaping the theater’s future.

“Alex is personable, passionate about performing arts and very enthusiastic about the opportunity to transform the Bayou Theater,” she said.

UHCL leadership sees unique experiences in music, art and other types of performance as one of many important services the community-minded university provides. The Bayou Theater was built in 1976 and has been used by both the campus and local community over the years, with an estimated 26,000 visitors annually.

“Our theater has good bones and great acoustics, making it a wonderful venue for arts organizations, school districts, performers and audiences,” said Thompson. “The arts play a crucial role in drawing communities together, and our vision is to create a dynamic, welcoming arts center for everyone.”

The theater, located in the university’s Bayou Building on 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, can be rented in four-hour blocks and offers theater staff to support events, equipment for lighting and sound as well as other amenities. The theater is regularly used to present music concerts, ballet performances, seminars, film screenings and more.

For more information about the Bayou Theater, call 281-283-2065.

SJC to offer free job workshop for veterans

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SJC NewMissionLocal veterans and veteran students are invited to the New Mission Live job search, résumé and interviewing workshop on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the San Jacinto College Central Campus in the Interactive Learning Center room C1.102. Author, radio show host and job search expert Todd Bermont will facilitate the workshop. Pictured at right: San Jacinto College Veteran Services Manager, Eugene Bernard. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Job searches, résumés and interviews aren’t what they used to be and navigating these new approaches can be challenging, especially for veterans new to the civilian workforce. San Jacinto College’s New Mission Live event brings author, job search expert and radio show host Todd Bermont to the Central Campus on Nov. 3 for a free one-on-one workshop for veterans looking to sharpen their job search, résumé writing and interviewing skills.

"Our veterans have gained tremendous knowledge, skills and expertise while serving our nation," said Bermont. "Yet, all too often, I have seen how veterans experience challenges in leveraging those strengths to land a new job."

Shell, SJC forum empowers women in petrochem industry

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SJC datewithdestinySponsored by Shell Oil Company, Date with Destiny gave high school juniors and seniors, current college students and recent college graduates opportunities to network, apply for petrochemical jobs, write résumés and practice interviewing for industry jobs. There was also a panel discussion featuring women working in the petrochemical industry. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

A group of women took to the stage at the recent Date with Destiny conference to empower others seeking careers in petrochemical. For some in the audience, it was their first time to meet women operators.

"This is my first time to meet a woman working as an operator," said Diana Benavides, a mother of three who will graduate from San Jacinto College in December with her associate degree in process technology. "When people ask me why I want to do this, it's because I can. When people ask me about the shift work, I tell them that it’s no different than working as a nurse. I know this is the career for me."

Student arrested for making online threat

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A Deer Park High School student was arrested late last night after allegedly making a social media threat against another student. According to Deer Park ISD, the student was taken into Deer Park Police custody before school hours and no students were harmed in the incident. In a letter to parents, the district states the student intended the threat to be a "joke on a friend."

UHCL Art Gallery displays nationally touring exhibition

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UHCL Faith Wilding exhibitionInternational artist Faith Wilding (second from left) attended the opening of her show, “Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries,” that will be exhibited at the UHCL Art Gallery through Dec. 8. Visit the gallery located on the first floor of the university’s Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Pictured (l to r) are Art Representative Keith Couser, Wilding, Exhibition Curator Shannon Stratton and UHCL Art Gallery Coordinator of Audience Development and Adjunct Instructor of Art History Jeff Bowen.

Feminist art icon Faith Wilding is sharing a lifetime of artwork by traveling nationally with her exhibition "Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries," which is currently on display at the UHCL Art Gallery.

"Fearful Symmetries" is Wilding's first retrospective exhibition; the name references Wilding's love of art and literature.

Wilding is a William Blake scholar and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on literature from the University of Iowa. The phrase "Fearful Symmetries" comes from Blake's poem "The Tyger," which suggests symmetries in nature are sometimes uncomfortable.

"You can see the symmetries a lot in my work," Wilding said. "They [artwork] are never perfect symmetry. There is always a kind of active symmetry that doesn't always tidily fit together."

This symmetry is apparent in "biodresses" from the "Embryoworld" series, a Xerox collage with watercolor, ink and resin on vellum, with the combination of a medieval armored head and soft lower body that carries a fetus being watched by surveillance cameras.

Along with collages, "Fearful Symmetries" features paintings, sculptures, drawings and sketches.

The exhibition reveals Wilding's themes of "waiting" and "becoming," which have remained consistent in her lifetime of work. At the retrospective's opening reception, Shannon Stratton, the curator of the exhibition, revealed "Fearful Symmetries" was built around these themes.

"There's this imagery always running through the work: the cocoon, the chrysalides, the butterfly, the leaf, the flower, things that are sort of in the process of opening up and are in the act of becoming," Stratton said.

Wilding is well known in the feminist art community for being one of the first 15 students in the Feminist Art Program that was brought to the California Institute of the Arts by Judy Chicago. Both Wilding and Chicago participated in the feminist art installation "Womanhouse." It was inside "Womanhouse" where Wilding performed her memorable poem, "Waiting."

"It ['Waiting'] had an enormous reception; it has been shown everywhere worldwide," Wilding said. "Lots of people, especially young people, have re-performed it. I get asked all the time for permission, and I always give permission."

Even in 2016, 'Waiting' continues to inspire women to take action.

"I always say that I did 'Waiting' so that women wouldn't have to wait anymore, or at least not wait in that passive way. The character keeps going, 'I'm waiting for life to begin,' well I'm sorry, life has already begun! It's great to have expectation, but work towards something."

"Fearful Symmetries" also displays a video of Wilding's performance of "Waiting" alongside her 2007 "undone" version, "Wait-With."

"In 'Wait-With' I talk about waiting with other people as a political act of solidarity," Wilding said. "Like Martin Luther King Jr., waiting and throwing him in jail for the Civil Rights Movement, to kind of [seeing] it as an action to wait with others to make a better world together."

"Fearful Symmetries" is the first nationally traveling exhibition to be on display in the UHCL Art Gallery. However, this is not the first time UHCL has hosted a feminist artist's exhibition.

Chicago's controversial art installation "The Dinner Party" brought many people and opinions to UHCL in 1980. In 2011, Chicago allowed the UHCL community to look behind-the-scenes of "The Dinner Party" with the installation, "Setting the Table."

"UHCL actually hosted the second showing of Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,'" Wilding said. "Which maybe had something to do with it [UHCL inviting Wilding]. I worked with her in the early feminist art days, was a graduate student of hers and knew her very well. There is a kind of interesting feminist heritage here [UHCL], so that's really great and I'm very happy to be here."

Jeff Bowen, UHCL Art Gallery's coordinator of audience development, said he is proud to have Wilding's art on display for three months.

"I'm thrilled to showcase such a national icon and influential person who has been creating art since the 1970s," Bowen said. "It's a really great thing for UHCL and the city of Houston."

"Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries" will be on display until Dec. 8 in the UHCL Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Bayou Building.

UHCL Art Gallery displays nationally touring exhibition

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Schools

UHCL Faith Wilding exhibitionInternational artist Faith Wilding (second from left) attended the opening of her show, “Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries,” that will be exhibited at the UHCL Art Gallery through Dec. 8. Visit the gallery located on the first floor of the university’s Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Pictured (l to r) are Art Representative Keith Couser, Wilding, Exhibition Curator Shannon Stratton and UHCL Art Gallery Coordinator of Audience Development and Adjunct Instructor of Art History Jeff Bowen.

Feminist art icon Faith Wilding is sharing a lifetime of artwork by traveling nationally with her exhibition "Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries," which is currently on display at the UHCL Art Gallery.

"Fearful Symmetries" is Wilding's first retrospective exhibition; the name references Wilding's love of art and literature.

Wilding is a William Blake scholar and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on literature from the University of Iowa. The phrase "Fearful Symmetries" comes from Blake's poem "The Tyger," which suggests symmetries in nature are sometimes uncomfortable.

"You can see the symmetries a lot in my work," Wilding said. "They [artwork] are never perfect symmetry. There is always a kind of active symmetry that doesn't always tidily fit together."

This symmetry is apparent in "biodresses" from the "Embryoworld" series, a Xerox collage with watercolor, ink and resin on vellum, with the combination of a medieval armored head and soft lower body that carries a fetus being watched by surveillance cameras.

Along with collages, "Fearful Symmetries" features paintings, sculptures, drawings and sketches.

The exhibition reveals Wilding's themes of "waiting" and "becoming," which have remained consistent in her lifetime of work. At the retrospective's opening reception, Shannon Stratton, the curator of the exhibition, revealed "Fearful Symmetries" was built around these themes.

"There's this imagery always running through the work: the cocoon, the chrysalides, the butterfly, the leaf, the flower, things that are sort of in the process of opening up and are in the act of becoming," Stratton said.

Wilding is well known in the feminist art community for being one of the first 15 students in the Feminist Art Program that was brought to the California Institute of the Arts by Judy Chicago. Both Wilding and Chicago participated in the feminist art installation "Womanhouse." It was inside "Womanhouse" where Wilding performed her memorable poem, "Waiting."

"It ['Waiting'] had an enormous reception; it has been shown everywhere worldwide," Wilding said. "Lots of people, especially young people, have re-performed it. I get asked all the time for permission, and I always give permission."

Even in 2016, 'Waiting' continues to inspire women to take action.

"I always say that I did 'Waiting' so that women wouldn't have to wait anymore, or at least not wait in that passive way. The character keeps going, 'I'm waiting for life to begin,' well I'm sorry, life has already begun! It's great to have expectation, but work towards something."

"Fearful Symmetries" also displays a video of Wilding's performance of "Waiting" alongside her 2007 "undone" version, "Wait-With."

"In 'Wait-With' I talk about waiting with other people as a political act of solidarity," Wilding said. "Like Martin Luther King Jr., waiting and throwing him in jail for the Civil Rights Movement, to kind of [seeing] it as an action to wait with others to make a better world together."

"Fearful Symmetries" is the first nationally traveling exhibition to be on display in the UHCL Art Gallery. However, this is not the first time UHCL has hosted a feminist artist's exhibition.

Chicago's controversial art installation "The Dinner Party" brought many people and opinions to UHCL in 1980. In 2011, Chicago allowed the UHCL community to look behind-the-scenes of "The Dinner Party" with the installation, "Setting the Table."

"UHCL actually hosted the second showing of Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,'" Wilding said. "Which maybe had something to do with it [UHCL inviting Wilding]. I worked with her in the early feminist art days, was a graduate student of hers and knew her very well. There is a kind of interesting feminist heritage here [UHCL], so that's really great and I'm very happy to be here."

Jeff Bowen, UHCL Art Gallery's coordinator of audience development, said he is proud to have Wilding's art on display for three months.

"I'm thrilled to showcase such a national icon and influential person who has been creating art since the 1970s," Bowen said. "It's a really great thing for UHCL and the city of Houston."

"Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries" will be on display until Dec. 8 in the UHCL Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Bayou Building.