Vickie McMillan-Hayes is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Her exhibitions include art museums/galleries throughout the country and abroad. Vickie is published in well-known books, magazines, articles, and reviews both locally/internationally Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings/murals with groups of people for installation in libraries, public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, government organizations, treatment centers, foster care, and health and human service centers. She delivers specialized workshops including AP art, residencies, lectures (elementary-college), live performance painting, collaborative painting at festivals, team-building and staff development (teachers), judging (is a RodeoArtJudge). Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate TEKS curriculum goals for schools, fosters unity in community, advances global conservation causes, and encourages the use of recycled materials when possible. Each project is designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals, or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. Vickie teaches and demonstrates use of materials, technique, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. Large scale murals/paintings can be based on curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Participants are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to unveiling.
10419 Hollowback Dr.
Katy, TX 77494
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $850
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
State Artist Vincent Valdez
Vincent Valdez, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. He received a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his B.F.A. in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in San Antonio when Stations, his suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown. Other exhibition venues include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, Parsons Paris, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. A recipient of residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania in Berlin, Valdez currently serves as Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. Mr. Valdez is available for visiting artist workshops/lectures and also for audio/visual projects such as this one: http://livestream.com/wlu/strangest-fruit-radio-hour.
R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy and in 2014 he was a CMA Texas Hall of Fame inductee. R.J. had a small recurring role as "Ranger Mike" in the hit CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger," and has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials. As a singer, he has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music, pop, and rock n' roll. "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!" is a one-man musical comedy about the most fascinating character to ever ride across the pages of history: the American cowboy. Joe Texas tells the story of the cowboy from the 1860s to today through songs, poems, and stories. One of the most successful one-man musicals ever, the show has begun its 27th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a cowboy concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy as well as workshops on songwriting, playwriting or cowboy history. Photo by Deb Vandygriff.
R. J. Vandygriff
PO Box 85
Lispcomb, TX 79056
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $1,000- $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
State Artist Jimmie Vaughan
Dallas native Jimmie Vaughan, 2015 Texas State Musician, is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed guitarists in the world of contemporary music. His groundbreaking band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, introduced the Texas blues to the MTV generation and a universal audience. Vaughan has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as his work as a solo artist, in addition to the critically acclaimed “Family Style” record he recorded with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, which sold over one million copies worldwide. Jimmie has performed and recorded with legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, and his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Throughout his career, Jimmie has carried on the Texas blues tradition of T Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Lightning Hopkins, while creating his own unique sound and style. Jimmie Vaughan is proud and honored to be a Texas musician.
Johnny Villarreal/The Edge of Imagination Station
Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? Johnny Villarreal and the Edge of Imagination Station are here to help! With ten years' experience teaching in the community, Johnny has shown users of all ages, abilities, and skill levels how to create animated sequences and short stories. His workshops cover the basics of stop motion animation and topics such as storyboarding, character development, shot selection, audio recording, and post production. All of Johnny’s stop motion animation workshops incorporate some mix of chalk, paper, clay, and found objects. Available programs include: a drop-in activity where participants learn the basics of stop motion animation and create their own animated sequence; a guided storytelling workshop where participants learn how to organize and narrate a short story; stop motion (PLUS) workshops where participants will learn about stop motion and incorporate additional processes and materials such as watercolor, cardboard sculpture, or special effects/post production; promotional video production where teens in the community work together to create a promotional video for an organization; creative content development workshop where you work with Johnny to plan and develop original creative content for your organization. Photo by Sweetleaf Photography.
PO Box 152965
Austin, TX 78715
public performance/concert $750 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
Vocal Majority Chorus
Imagine the impact of a best-in-the-world musical act, with more than 100 singers, at your next event … an experience unlike any your attendees have experienced. If you want to get your audience on their feet and charged up, look no further than Dallas-based Vocal Majority! Their lush, multi-layered harmonies and electrifying choreography make each performance an extraordinary experience. Their 100+ voices have inspired people for over 45 years. Their diverse repertoire energizes events with three performance-length options: A 10-15-minute event kick-off, a 45-60 minute program, or a full, 2-hour performance in two acts. Vocal Majority volunteer musicians have inspired thousands since 1972. They are a nonprofit Barbershop Harmony Society chapter and 12-time International Champion Gold Medalist winner. Men of all backgrounds, ages and walks of life perform because they love singing and touching people's hearts. Vocal Majority has performed throughout the US, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Wales. They have performed in multiple cities across Texas, including Crockett, Denton, Greenville, Kilgore, Lubbock, San Angelo, San Marcos, Waco, and others. We have released more than 25 albums, featuring musical repertoire that includes Texas themes, jazz, Broadway, pops, uplifting inspirational, sacred, patriotic, Christmas, and holiday songs. Photo by Andy Whalen.
7383 Sandy Lake Rd.
Quinlan, TX 75474
public performance/concert $10,000 - $15,000
school performance $3,000 - $8,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD