Fine and Performing Arts



SEPT 5 - OCT 15 | Counterpart featuring Sarah T. Roberts & Jillian Sortore

September 5 - October 15, 2022
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery

Artists, colleagues, collaborators and friends, Sarah T. Roberts and Jillian Sortore connect to create work for this exhibition, Counterpart. As trained metalsmiths both artists place emphasis on detailed processes, the portability and intimacy of jewelry, and how wearable objects relate to the body. Approaching their work through a metalsmithing lens provides the link between these two artists, while the materials they use vary from steel, wood, copper, colored pencil, paint, and thread. Sarah and Jillian utilize their similar backgrounds in jewelry to create two new bodies of work in sculpture, wearable objects, collage, and mixed media drawings. Additionally, intersecting themes of femineity, vulnerability, and identity unite these two artists’ work.


- Sarah T. Roberts - Tuesday, September 20 / 11AM / PCA Gallery
- Jillian Sortore - Thursday, September 22 / 1PM /  via Zoom (Meeting ID 990 4324 4883)

Sarah uses sculpture, drawing, and installation to examine themes of identity, memory, loss, and perception. Feminine forms connected to her childhood are fetishized through the transformation of patterns of lace, or clusters of flowers into intimate objects and spaces. This repetitive manipulation of the “fetishistic” object uncovers a fascination with contradictory concepts, which allows both fact and fantasy, acceptance and denial to exist side by side. Consistently her works examine what lies within and between the boundaries of masculine and feminine, and isolation and intimacy.

Jillian creates wearable and sculptural objects from wood and metal exploring avian characteristics, instincts, and sexual dimorphism as a metaphor for human relationships. For this exhibition Jillian will create a series of brooches that represent the vulnerable moments in our lives and the moments that are often forgotten in the form of amulets. In this ongoing series she creates wearable and sculptural pieces that reference both decorative and cryptically colored plumes. By investigating the dichotomy of male and female plumage, behaviors, and display, these pieces acknowledge emotions of attraction, cognizance, and vulnerability.

Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee



OCTOBER 24 - DEC 2 | Counting Grids: Artwork by Neal Cox

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Counting Grids
Artwork by Neal Cox

Curated by Paul Northway

Artist Lecture & Demo:
Monday, October 24 at 12:30pm in PCA Gallery

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee



SEPT 6 - 9 | Dancing Earth - NVC Dance Artist in Residence

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Saturday, DECEMBER 3 | Dance @ Vista

Dance @ Vista
Presented by NVC Dance

Performance by the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble & Fall 2022 Dance classes with choreography by faculty and guest artists

Date:  Saturday, December 3rd
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Palmetto Theatre



OCTOBER 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 | William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare's
Romeo & Juliet

Directed by Tim Hedgepeth

Location: Palmetto Theatre
Dates: October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15
Time: 7:30pm


Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this sight.



Presented by NVC Music
Dr. Minkyung Lee, Assistant Professor of Voice / Director of Choral Activities


View details on upcoming workshops, talk series, performances and NVC Choir recitals.

NOVEMBER 14 | Aaron Prado Trio

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Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

NOVEMBER 15 | Guest Artist Duo Recital

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Zoe Kim, soprano & Joseph Choi, piano

Presented by NVC Music and hosted by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

NVC Fall Music Fest is thrilled to invite dazzling lyric soprano Zoe Chunghui Kim and internationally recognized and awarded Korean-American pianist Joseph Choi. Versatile pianist Joseph Choi has been praised for his sensitive, sincere, and scintillating performances. A multifaceted artist, Joseph currently serves on the faculty at Concordia University and on the boards of Panoramic Voices and Pflugerville Arts Council. Joey received his degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin under Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, and Anton Nel. Soprano Zoe Chunghui Kim has been establishing her name in the operatic repertoire. She was awarded first place in the 2021 Forte International Competition, 2021 MAP International Music Competition, and the Distinction Award in the 2018 Metropolitan International Vocal Competition. She recently earned her doctoral degree in Opera Performance at UT Austin presenting her research on Puccini’s Edgar. During her Master’s study at Manhattan School of Music, she attended various training programs singing leading roles including Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte), Mimi (La Bohème), and Countess (Le nozze di Figaro). After moving to Austin, she appeared on the stage of Butler Opera Center as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Governess (The Turn of the Screw).

The two artists will collaborate on the program drawing inspiration from the Romantic era’s distinct vocal music composers, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, and more. Based on the famous quartet “Bella figlia dell’amore” from the opera’s final act, Liszt’s brilliant pianistic transcription, Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434. will be performed by Dr. Joseph Choi to open the program. His exquisite interpretation of Franz Schubert’s Impromptu op. 90 no.2 and Carmen Variations by Vladimir Horowitz make this program more exciting. Soprano Zoe Chunghui Kim will perform dazzling art songs and opera arias, including Ave Maria by Schubert, “È strano… Sempre libera” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and Micaela aria from Carmen by Georges Bizet.

NOVEMBER 16 | NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances

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Solo Performances

Singing Our Voice: The Circle of Compassion
Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

Northwest Vista’s exciting Concert Choir will sing with their all to reach deep into everyone’s hearts and reconnect our community. The Circle of Compassion binds us to one another to embrace and value humanism and diversity. Ever since the whole world was shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic and in the midst of recovering, the next challenge for our journey is to find a way to reconnect and extend the feeling of comfort, kindness, and compassion to stand alongside each other. It’s been difficult to recognize the beautiful smiles and understand the true meaning of everyone’s words through eyes alone. Despite the struggles, NVC Concert Choir invites everyone to uphold, encourage, and support our beautiful community through many musical jewels including Good Job, Better Days, Trust in You, We are warriors, and A Choral Medley from the famous musical Kinky Boots that deliver a powerful message of acceptance under Dr. Lee’s baton.

NOVEMBER 17 | Vista Jazz Ensemble

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Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Date: Thursday, November 17
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

  • 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.