Fine and Performing Arts at Vista



AUGUST 28 - OCTOBER 16 | Chaos Between, Paintings by Ana Hernandez
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August 28 - October 16, 2023
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery
Curated by Rachael M. Bower

Fractured images of femininity, pop culture, and regional icons populate Ana Laura Hernández's paintings. Born and raised on the South Texas border, Hernández draws from her experience as a first generation American and mother in a contemporary culture. 

Many of the works in this exhibition are drawn from her Let Them Eat Cake series, inspired by the overtly saccharine images of Rococo and the many interpretations of the iconic French royals throughout the centuries. This series recreates familiar portraits with modern twists that push common misconceptions of the queen, and femininity, to the point of absurdity. 

Ana Hernández holds a BFA in painting, with a minor in art history from the University of Texas in San Antonio, and a Liberal Arts A.S. from Northwest Vista College. She exhibits her work regionally and internationally, and is represented locally by AnArte Gallery. Ana has worked on numerous public art projects in San Antonio, Uvalde (with mural partner Gaby Magaly), and Tamaulipas, Mexico. Ana was born in Laredo, and lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. 

Artist Talk
Wednesday, September 27
11AM in PCA 116

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

OCTOBER 23 - DECEMBER 7 | Objects of Desire and the Memories They Form, Artist Carlos Perez

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Objects of Desire
and the Memories They Form

October 23 - December 7, 2023
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery
Curated by Sarah Roberts

I like combining old stories and tales with details from my own life experiences. This creates new stories which I use to make artwork. I let the story evolve until it becomes something tangible and favorable to common ears. These stories and experiences cause me to draw connecting lines of association, awareness, and truth. I make work based on the connections made from real-life experiences and how they manifest themselves as fuzzy tales in my head. I retell these stories to create a safe space, a place of wonderment, or a place of fear. My artwork is playful and very curious, but also with a sense of distress. It is important to display quirkiness with the work that would entice the curiosity of a child. This keeps me honest. Would I like this as a child? That’s what drives me and keeps the work imaginative.

Carlos Perez is a San Antonio-based artist working in a wide variety of mediums.  Carlos uses memories and stories as fuel for creating his artwork which creates a whimsical world that’s playfully dark and imaginative.

Artist Talk
Wednesday, November 1
1pm at Palmetto Gallery

Artist Reception
Thursday, November 16
6:30pm-8pm at Palmetto Gallery

Presented by NVC Fine Art
Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

NOVEMBER 16 at 6:00pm | Cosmic Art Night

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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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NOVEMBER 28 at 6pm | Dawnland - Film screening

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Dawnland Film Screening

Tuesday, November 28 at 6:00pm

Location: Palmetto Theatre
Free Admission - Open to All

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to “save them from being Indian.” In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations. 

Hosted by San Antonio Peace Center
Supported by Student Activity Fee




NOVEMBER 6-11 | Libbie Horton - NVC Dance Artist in Residence

NVC Dance Artist in Residence: 
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Monday, November 6
11AM-12:15AM in Dance Studio PCA-108

Wednesday, November 8
12:30PM-1:45PM in Dance Studio PCA-108


Presented by NVC Dance
Please RSVP to

Saturday, DECEMBER 9 | Dance @ Vista

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Presented by NVC Dance

Performances by the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble & guest artist Libbie Horton.

Date:  Saturday, December 9
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Palmetto Theatre

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

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OCTOBER 19, 20, 21, & OCTOBER 26, 27, 28 | The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time

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Directed by Mellissa Marlowe
Presented by NVC Drama

Location: Palmetto Theatre
Dates: October 19, 20, 21 and October 26, 27, 28
Time: 7:30pm
Free Admission

Fifteen-year-old math whiz Christopher Boone lives with his divorced dad in Swinton, a working-class town west of London. After being falsely accused of killing a neighbor's dog, Christopher—who is brilliant but has difficulty dealing with the sounds and stresses of everyday life—decides to investigate the crime.

“People say that you always have to tell the truth. But they do not mean this because you are not allowed to tell old people that they are old and you 're not allowed to tell people if they smell funny or if a grown-up has made a fart.”



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.

OCTOBER 30 | Guest Artist Talk with Professor Arnon Palty

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Guest Artist Talk with Professor Arnon Palty from Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance


MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 12:30pm in Palmetto Theatre
"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

Professor 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.

Presented by NVC Music & hosted by ACD Office of International Programs
NOVEMBER 13 | NVC Chamber Ensemble

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NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Emmanuel Godoy

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

NOVEMBER 14 | Guest Artist Duo Recital

The Art of Italian Opera Arias & Korean Art Songs

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Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Palmetto Theatre

Despite K-pop and K-dramas going global, classical singers rarely know Korean art songs. NVC Voice faculty, Minkyung Lee, soprano, will invite Stella Bokyung Yoon to perform Duo Recital: The Art of Italian Opera Arias & Korean Art Songs. Gagok, as a Korean art song, is a vocal piece in the style of Western art songs like German Lied or French mélodieThe modern Korean art song developed in 1920 as a new vocal genre. Soprano Stells Bokyung Kim will perform dazzling Korean art songs by Yeonjun Kim, Dunam Choi, and Dongjin Kim. Dr. Minkyung Lee will introduce exquisite solos and duets of new repertoires by Hyogeun Kim. In addition, the two sopranos will collaborate on the program drawing inspiration from the Romantic era’s distinct vocal music composers, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, and more.

Dr. Yoon was recently seen as Valerie/Violetta in Robert Hatten’s Compassion (world premier). She has performed operatic roles including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Mimi in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly with Austin Opera, Bay Area Summer Opera, Barrier Free Opera, Bulgaria Sofia State Symphony Orchestra, Butler Opera Center, Ezio Pinza Council in Italy, Indiana University Opera, Miami Summer Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and Sonbahar Klasik Müsik Konseri. Stella holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where she taught as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and is a graduate in Voice Performance from Indiana University at Bloomington. She has been mentored by world-renowned sopranos Virginia Zeani and Carol Vaness. Dr. Yoon is an Assistant Professor at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Presented by NVC Music and hosted by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee

NOVEMBER 15 | NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances

NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances
Sing, My Child: Songs for the People

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Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Palmetto Theatre
Admission: Free

“Let me make the songs for the people, for the weary, for little children… Our world needs music, pure and strong…girdle the world with peace.” Under Dr. Lee’s baton, NVC Concert Choir will send the powerful message of Peace & Freedom and open the Fall Music Fest with Songs for the People. The joyful text from Sing, My Child celebrates the beauty found around us in everyday life to continue the harmonies of freedom ring. The audience will not only experience given not only hope for the heavenly life to come but also a paradigm for living joyfully amid the ups and downs of life. When All Falls Silent is transmitted to us through humble channels as a beautiful poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri to capture feelings of isolation and longing for voices in songs in which all things are held together, We Are Held. Soulful and with rich gospel tones are well crafted in Into the Light, Deliver Me in Latin. The message of togetherness and support rings true in a powerful arrangement in I Need You to Survive.

NOVEMBER 16 | Vista Jazz Ensemble

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Vista Jazz Ensemble

Presented by NVC Music
Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Date: Thursday, November 16
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.