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2008 Recipients of Music, Visual Arts and Creative Writing Awards

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Cecil Wallace Fordham Award in Visual Arts recipients:

  • William Smith — A resident of Dallas, Smith plans to become a freelance illustrator and to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts. The works he displayed included: “Meditations on Life and Death” (mixed media); “7 Deadly Sins: Gluttony” (ink on paper); and “Danger Evan” (oil paint).
  • Daniel Snyder — A resident of Kaufman, Snyder wants to work as an animator; he currently is studying computer graphics and animation. He also wants to become a traditional animator and eventually to teach. His works in the exhibit were titled: “My Faith” (a collograph); “Safe Haven” (graphite on gesso with monoprint); “Comfortable Corner” (graphite and ink).
  • Esther Hasskamp — A Dallas resident, Hasskamp wants a career in art history and anthropology related to Mayan studies. She exhibited three works: “Misdirection by Proxy” (mixed media on cardboard); “Cosmic Mountain” (acrylic on canvas); and “Mr. Parrot at Palenque” (acrylic on canvas).
  • Nicole Norton — A Dallas resident, Norton currently is enrolled in studio art courses, including digital media, drawing and painting. She plans to continue to participate in art shows, work in a gallery or museum and teach art. Her exhibit works were titled: “King of The” (archival print on paper, watercolor); “How They Quit the Forest” (watercolor on paper, digital print); and “Untitled” (digital print on canvas, oil paint).
  • Mario Gradiz — A resident of Cedar Hill, Gradiz is a native of Honduras. His career plans include transferring to a university to earn his art degree and to teach art. His submissions for the exhibit were titled “Donovan’s Wonder” (acrylic on wood); “Gloria Marina” (acrylic on canvas); and “Forest Preserved” (acrylic on canvas).
  • LeAnn Boyce — A Southlake resident, Boyce plans to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in art and perhaps to teach eventually. Her works, all mixed media, were titled: “Progression of Nine”; “Someone Is Watching”; and “Like No One Is Watching.”
  • Ka-Yan Mo — Mo, who lives in Garland, is studying graphic design and plans to pursue a career in that field. Her works included: “No Pulp” (acrylic); “Relationship” (mixed media); and “Family” (acrylic).

Alice Jones Berding Award in Music recipients:

  • Katherine Lynn Moser — Moser, a resident of Dallas, has not decided on a major. Her studies include music theory, musicianship, recital, piano proficiency and flute; she began playing the piano at age 4 and flute at age 9. She would like to become a high school band director and a private lesson music teacher. Her flute performance pieces included: “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Francis Poulenc and “Sonata IV” by J.S. Bach.
  • Shanandolan Reynolds — A resident of Dallas, Reynolds is studying commercial music performance and has studied voice for six years. She plans to become a professional musician, teach music education, start a foundation for girls and write a book. Her voice performance pieces included “Pur dicesti, obocca bella” by Antonio Lotti and “Dear Husband, Come This Fall” (from “John Brown”) by Kirke Mechem.
  • Joel Raphael — Raphael, a Dallas resident, is studying government and continues to take piano lessons. He attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is enrolled at Eastfield College. He plans to transfer to Texas Christian University in fall 2009 and wants to earn a master’s degree in piano performance and to teach as well. His piano performance piece was “Polonaise in A flat major No. 6 Op. 53 ‘Heroic’” by Frederic Chopin.
  • Calvin Demetrius Brock — Dallas resident Brock is studying fine arts, music and philosophy at El Centro College. He would like to become a performance pianist and also to continue his writing and education; he would like to own a spa, too. Brock’s performance pieces on piano were “Tribute to Roberto Garcia Marillo” by Alberto Ginastera and “Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2” by Beethoven.
  • Eric Garces — A Dallas resident, Garces is taking private guitar lessons and is studying guitar ensemble, Latin ensemble, keyboard ensemble and jazz improvisation.  He currently plays in a band and plans to become a guitar instructor at a community college or university. His guitar performance piece was titled “Prelude From the ‘English Suite’” by John W. Duarte.
  • Shannon Neill — Neill, a resident of Coppell, is studying voice and music at North Lake College. She previously spent six years in band playing the flute and has sung for eight years in her church choir and two years in her school choir, and has performed in two musical productions. Neill would like to become a music/choir director in a church. She sang two pieces during the program; they were titled “At the River” by Copland and “Gia il sole dal gange” by Scarlatti.
  • Yealim Moon — Moon, who lives in Allen, is a native of South Korea. She is studying vocal performance in music at Richland College, where she also has taken diction courses in French, Italian and English. She hopes to become a professional performer and to teach at a university. During her performance, she sang “Che faro senza Euridice” by Wilhelm Cristobald Gluck.

Eleanor Jones Award in Creative Writing recipient:

  • Doris Brogan — A resident of Mesquite, Brogan is majoring in English and is planning to pursue a career in writing. Previously employed in paste-up/page management at the Dallas Morning News, a staff reduction at the newspaper prompted her to return to school to pursue a degree in English. She currently serves as the managing editor of Parallax, the award-winning Richland College literary magazine, and is editing a book of memoirs from World War II veterans as project for Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honorary. Brogan read two poems that she wrote during the awards program; they were titled “Torch Singer: Shades of Rose” and “Change Is Hard.”

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