Fine and Performing Arts at Vista

Spring 2024 Calendar of Events


JANUARY 28 - MARCH 8 | 1st Bi-Annual NVC Art Alumni Exhibition
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January 22 - March 8, 2023
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery
Curated by Diana Kersey

This exhibition highlights the diverse works of art alumni from Northwest Vista College, showcasing the evolution of their talents since their time at our college. Alongside the exhibition, a scheduled Art Alumni Panel Discussion aims to inform our current students about the various career paths in the arts. The discussion serves as a celebration of alumni achievements and will provide our current students with valuable insights into the practical aspects of pursuing a career in the arts. 

Art Alumni Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 6 from 1-2PM 
Join us via Zoom

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

MARCH 7 at 7-9pm | Cosmic Art Night

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Presented by NVC Fine Art
Location: Palmetto Center for the Arts
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Free Admission

The NVC Fine & Performing Arts Department presents Cosmic Art Night! Materials and studios glow under ultraviolet lights creating a surreal, dreamy vibe while you explore the arts of ceramics, drawing, printmaking and dance. Professors and students will demonstrate the potter’s wheel and screen printing techniques on paper. Bring your own t-shirt to silkscreen.

All additional materials provided. 
Everyone is welcome: students, faculty, staff, and families!
All ages! No experience necessary!

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MARCH 25 - MAY 3 | PARALLEL Paintings & Sculptures by: Enrique Gutierrez y Ernesto Ibanez


Paintings & Sculptures by:
Enrique Gutierrez y Ernesto Ibanez

March 25 - May 3, 2024
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery
Curated by Jimena Marin

Multidisciplinary artists Ernesto Ibanez and Enrique Gutierrez share a parallelism in their personal and professional lives. Both were born in Mexico and currently live in San Antonio. They have explored different disciplines in their artistic practice, including sculpture, drawing, design, and painting. Gutierrez and Ibanez materialize thoughts and feelings using non-conventional media, problem solving skills, intuition, and vivid colors.

Artist Talk
Thursday, April 18, 2024
10am at Palmetto Gallery

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee



APRIL 25 | Houston Contemporary Dance Company

NVC Dance Guest Artist
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Thursday, April 25
11AM-11:30AM in Dance Studio PCA-108

Thursday, April 25
12:30PM-1:45PM in Dance Studio PCA-108

Saturday, MAY 4 | Dance @ Vista

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Presented by NVC Dance

Performances by the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble & guest artist.

Date:  Saturday, May 4
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Palmetto Theatre

Learn about Vista's student-based dance company:
NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble



FEB. 29, MARCH 1, 2 & MARCH 7, 8, 9 | HONK! the musical

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Directed by Michelle Pietri
Presented by NVC Drama

Location: Palmetto Theatre
Dates: February 29, March 1, 2 and March 7, 8, 9
Time: 7:30pm
Free Admission

HONK! is a musical adaptation of the 1843 Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance.

HONK! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI.

APRIL 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 | Anton in Show Business
Anton in Show Business
by Jane Martin

Directed by Mellissa Marlowe
Presented by NVC Drama
Location: Black Box Theatre
Dates: April 11, 12, 13 and April 18, 19, 20
Time: 7:30pm
Free Admission

This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre – the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they’re whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains, and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century.


MARCH 26 at 7PM | Jack Stone Award for New Music

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Jack Stone Award for New Music

Presented by NVC Music

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The Jack Stone Award for New Music is a national competition open solely to community college students exploring music composition. While many calls for scores by student composers exist, few opportunities are available specifically for community college students. Because the musical background and training of community college student composers differs from that of composition students at four-year institutions and conservatories, there is a need for career building opportunities that will enable them to achieve creative success and gain national recognition.

Original student compositions will be performed by Adelante Winds.
APRIL 15 | NVC Chamber Ensemble

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NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
Directed by Emmanuel Godoy

Date: Monday, November 13
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

APRIL 16 | NVC Faculty Recital: Aaron Prado Trio

NVC Faculty Performance
Aaron Prado Trio featuring
Guest Artist Nicole Cherry
"Run the Voodoo Down"

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre


Presented by NVC Music
APRIL 17 | NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances

NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances
Dream Community: We Shall Walk without Fear

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Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Palmetto Theatre
Admission: Free

Dr. Minkyung Lee will conduct the NVC Concert Choir featuring choral masterpieces with the compelling theme of Dream Community: We shall walk without fear. Captivating lyrics will fill every heart with beautiful contemporary hymns and songs beyond the original empirical richness of the work. NVC Concert Choir will harmonize a well-crafted arrangement of A Capella, Salutation by Eriks Esenvalds and Esto Les Digo from Matthew 18 in Spanish. With impressive vocal moments and exquisite lyrics to deliver messages from both Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and prayers from "Psalm 56," NVC Concert Choir will harmonize a well-crafted arrangement of masterfully polished gems including, Father of Light, This is The Dream, and I Will Rise. Glory Day from the opera Gabriel's Daughter exemplifies a message of celebration of the dream community.

APRIL 18 | Vista Jazz Ensemble

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Vista Jazz Ensemble

Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Palmetto Theatre
Admission: Free

  • The Palmetto Center for the Arts opened in 2009 as a product of community leadership, vision and unwavering determination to bring fine and performing arts to the Northwest area of San Antonio. The arts complex offers the finest facility and programs to those who join us in celebrating the arts.

    The fine and performing arts programs at Northwest Vista College engage students and enrich their skills needed to give life to creative impulses—on stage, in the studio, and in the concert hall. Our emerging artists interact and learn from community professionals and visiting artists from across the country and abroad. 

  • We believe that the arts have always been and always will be a meaningful force in human life. Northwest Vista College is dedicated to making the arts a living presence within our neighboring communities. Art lovers who support the development of artists help to enrich the human experience. 

    Our goal is to cultivate the imagination and technical skills of artists who will reinvigorate existing works and create new masterpieces that will grip the heart and thrill the mind. We welcome the diversity that sustains our community and empowers our voice through art and artistry.