Fine and Performing Arts at Vista



JAN 28 - MARCH 6 | Weird Western Artwork - Silkscreens by Carlos Hernandez
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January 28 - March 6, 2023
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery

Carlos Hernandez is a Houston-based artist and printmaker from Lubbock, TX. He is a founding partner of Burning Bones press, a member of printmaking collective Outlaw Printmakers, and a graduate of the Texas Tech Graphic Design Program. His colorful, graphic silkscreens embrace the element of discovery inherent to printmaking. Hernandez's densely layered works on paper combine found elements with drawings, pattern, and text. Sketchbooks are an important part of his creative practice, a few of which have been lent for this exhibition. He has designed gig posters for artists ranging from The Smashing Pumpkins to ZZ Top, as well as corporate work for Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Google, Levi's, and more. His artwork can be found in in the collections of the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institute.

Artist Lecture & Workshop

- Lecture: 11am in PCA 125 and on Zoom
- Workshop: 'Outlaw Sketchbooks'
A hands-on creative practice workshop with Carlos Hernandez.
9am-3pm in PCA 125; Registration is limited & available soon.

My work reproduces familiar visual images, drawn or found, arranging or collaging them into new conceptually layered pieces. For me, the discipline of printmaking is the process of discovery; I love how the process has a feeling of unpredictability. In creating my work, I am drawn to discarded and found graphics and like to incorporate hand-drawn elements, old ads and dirty patterns to add to my illustration and collage work.

The work of Houston-based serigraphy artist Carlos Hernandez has been showcased through a variety of gallery shows and projects that include the music industry, restaurant and retail design, and corporate work. Carlos is a founding partner of Burning Bones Press, a full-service printmaking studio located in the Houston Heights and has served as an instructor of Screen Printing at Rice University, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. Career highlights included serving as the 2019 Artist-In-Residence at the renowned Hatch Show Print, which culminated in a show at the Haley Gallery; becoming a part of the print collection at The Smithsonian Institute; being tapped as the official commemorative poster artist for the Austin City Limits Music Festival; and his work with childhood idol and hot rod legend, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Carlos’ work as a visiting artist has taken him to Pratt NY, Parsons NY, New York School of Art, IPCNY, Ft Wayne Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Self Help Graphics- Los Angeles, Duke University, Frogman’s, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and more.

Corporate work has included Apple, Levis, American Express, Miller Brewing Company, Google, Lincoln Motor Company, Live Nation, New West Records, C3 Presents, Hohner USA, and more. His work has been featured in the Communication Arts Typography annual, the Communication Arts Illustration annual, and the book Mexican Graphics by Korero Books-UK. He has received awards from American Institute of Graphic Artists, American Advertising Federation, and the American Marketing Association. He is a member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers and is a graduate of the Texas Tech Graphic Design Program.

Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

MARCH 9 at 7:00pm | Cosmic Art Night

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Thursday, March 9 from 7:00-9:00pm

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Location: Palmetto Center for the Arts
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, and printmaking. 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 27 - APRIL 28 | Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Call for Art

Curated by Esteban Delgado

Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery

APRIL 20 | Artist Sarah Fox Cyanotype Workshop

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Artist Sarah Fox Cyanotype Workshop

April 20 from 12:30pm-3:30pm

Location: PCA Courtyard
**Women's History Month event**
Rain date April 25

Artist Sarah Fox will present a cyanotype workshop inviting students to participate on a couple of big, collaborative artworks (approx 4x8’)! This workshop is open to all NVC students.

The cyanotype is a photographic printing process that was invented in 1842. The process involves using two chemicals—ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide — and sunlight (or UV light) to create a cyan-blue print on watercolor paper, using a photographic negative as your base image. The workshop will include an artist talk about one of the early adopters of this process: Anna Atkins.

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Supported by Student Activity Fee




Saturday, MAY 6 | Dance @ Vista

Dance @ Vista
Presented by NVC Dance

Performance by the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble & Spring 2023 Dance classes with choreography by faculty and guest artists

Date:  Saturday, May 6
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Palmetto Theatre
Admission: $5



MARCH 2, 3, 4, & MARCH 9, 10, 11 | Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles

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by Sophocles
Translated by Paul Woodruff & Peter Meineck

Directed by Mellissa Marlowe
Presented by NVC Drama

Location: Palmetto Theatre
Dates: March 2, 3, 4 and March 9, 10, 11
Time: 7:30pm

Oedipus Tyrannus is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, first performed in about 429 BCE.

It follows the story of King Oedipus of Thebes as he discovers that he has unwittingly killed his own father, Laius, and married his own mother, Jocasta. Over the centuries, it has come to be regarded by many as the Greek tragedy par excellence and certainly as the summit of Sophocles’ achievements.

“How dreadful the knowledge of the truth can be
When there’s no help in truth.”




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.

MARCH 28 at 7:30pm | Jack Stone Award for New Music

The Jack Stone Award for New Music is a national competition open solely to community college students exploring music composition. Original student compositions will be performed by Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet.

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Lauded for their “high-energy” and “impressive” performances, the Bel Cuore Quartet (BCQ) has been sharing visceral and compelling chamber music with audiences since 2009. Twice nominated for “Best Classical Ensemble” by the Austin Critics’ Table, the quartet focuses on works by living composers to create engaging and memorable experiences for audiences. BCQ has performed concerts all over the world, including engagements at the SXSW music festival, the Sibelius Academy for Music in Helsinki, Finland, the Contagious Sounds series in New York City, Marfa Public Radio, KQUE Hum Tum Radio in Houston, and the Fast Forward Festival for new music. BCQ has worked closely with leading composers such as Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Steven Snowden, Ian Dicke, Donald Grantham, Christopher Stark, Victor Marquez, Asha Srinivasan, David Biedenbender, and Robert Honstein in various chamber and large ensemble configurations. They have been featured as performers on several commercial recordings on the Naxos, Mark Masters, and Longhorn labels, including Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, Tex Sax Next Generation and Circus Maximus, all available on iTunes.

Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

MARCH 29 at 7:30pm | Lux Musicae Chamber Ensemble

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Emmanuel Godoy, Artistic Director

Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

APRIL 6 & 11 | Jazz Masterclass & Lecture with Professor Arnon Palty

1080p_master class palty_APR6.jpgJazz Masterclass with Professor Arnon Palty
from Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Presented by NVC Music & hosted by ACD Office of International Programs

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 at 12:45pm in PCA 152
Live zoom broadcast with the Vista Jazz Ensemble

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 at 11:00am in PCA 107
"The Music of Frank Zappa"
Live zoom broadcast

Professor Arnon Palty

Teaching Areas: Jazz Double bass, Bass Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Theoretical Subjects and Music Theory

Dr. Arnon Palty is one of Israel's Jazz main musicians, both as a composer, arranger, author, educator and Jazz bass player. Arnon is a significant lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. His areas of expertise include Jazz and traditional harmony, counterpoint, advanced ear training, jazz composition, arranging and orchestration, leading the "Blood-Sweat & Tears" and the representative ensemble, and a variety of survey seminars concerning the music of Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Frank Zappa. Arnon has been, and still is a guest- lecturer, at top Jazz institutes worldwide: Berklee (Boston), Dublin City U, Cuny at Queens NY, Michigan U, Northwest Vista College (Texas), and many others.


APRIL 17 | NVC Chamber Ensemble

NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Emmanuel Godoy

Date: Monday, April 17
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

APRIL 18 | Guest Artist Duo Recital

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Presented by NVC Music and hosted by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

NVC Spring Music Fest is thrilled to invite baritone Daniel Hunter-Holly and Allan Armstrong on the piano to perform together at the Palmetto Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Daniel Hunter-Holly, baritone, is a Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  An active recitalist, having performed throughout North and Central America, he is also an acclaimed educator, receiving a University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015. More recently, he was selected by the National Association of Teachers of Singing as an Emerging Leader in the Texoma Region.  Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is an assistant professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he specializes in art song literature and opera coaching. He is also the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for both the Colorado/Wyoming District and the Rocky Mountain Region. 

“Mirages” is a recital featuring music that seeks to remind us to look beyond what we see, and to explore the dreams, delusions, reflections, mirages… The program includes American composer Judith Cloud’s settings of traditional Italian songs and arias, pieces by Mexican composer Salvador Moreno, songs from the AIDS Quilt Songbook, as well as Gabriel Fauré’s late masterpiece, Mirages, on poems by the baroness Renée de Brimont, composed immediately after the First World War.  The preface to Brimont’s book of poems eloquently encapsulates this theme: “Music singing to the ear of the poet, visions from before the torment; dreams and nostalgia, reflections or mirages of that which persists despite everything, and which brings us calm in Nature’s eternity.”

Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

APRIL 19 | NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances

NVC Concert Choir &
Solo Performances

Bright Star: Sure on This Shining Night
Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

“Sure on this shining night of starmade shadows round, kindness must watch for me this side of ground….” Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night can be Found/Tonight to capture the beauty and wonder of James Agee’s poem. There are brilliantly talented people everywhere who do not receive the recognition and reward they deserve, but when they are armed with value and confidence, they flourish and grow. I want to make NVC Music the place to recognize their quality and help them find Where The Light Begins and shines like the Bright Star. “Perhaps it does not begin. Perhaps it is always. Perhaps it takes a lifetime to open our eyes, … Perhaps this day the light begins in us.” Jane Richardson’s encouraging text reflects how all things are held together, and We Remember Them connects singers to resonate their voices to the audience. The joys awaiting the exquisite lyricism are expressed for the connections and stories we share through music, including Count the Stars, I am a Voice that Sings, and Measure Me, Sky! in this program.

APRIL 20 | Vista Jazz Ensemble

Vista Jazz Ensemble

Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Date: Thursday, April 20
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.