Vickie McMillan, a native Texan, is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings and murals for installation in public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, and other government organizations, and in treatment centers, foster-care, health and human service centers. Vickie delivers specialized workshops, residencies, lectures, live performance painting, team-building, staff development, and judging. 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. Projects are envisioned and executed by Vickie or with engagement of the organization and participants. Vickie specializes in large-scale collaborative paintings and murals. Each will be designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals, or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. She teaches and demonstrates technique, use of materials, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. The project would be executed during designated workshops with participants. Murals can be based on the curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Students are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to installation and unveiling. A teaching curriculum is available.
23 White Bark Place
The Woodlands, TX 77381
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $850
optional service large collaborative paintings $2500 - $15000
optional service murals $5000 - $50000
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.
Van Cliburn Foundation
Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. In addition to cash and other prizes, the six winners of the competition receive three years of career management, with the Cliburn arranging and providing full artist services for hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and symphony performances, master classes, preview concert discussions, lecture-demonstrations, and in-school presentations. The touring repertoire will consist of music for classical piano. Each of the six artists has prepared repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras.
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $4000 - $8000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service with Orchestra $4000 - $12000
R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and a real Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy. 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 26th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a Cowboy Concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy.
PO Box 85
Lipscomb, TX 79056
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
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 is a multimedia artist living and working in Central Texas. For the past ten years he has studied various forms of art including film, animation, painting, and sculpture. Since completing his BFA, he has been developing, touring, and leading workshops with The Edge of Imagination Station (The E of IS), an interactive stop-motion animation lab. Johnny is particularly interested in creating a community-centered interactive art experience that encourages individuals to create rather than merely observe. With experimental workspaces and custom software, The E of IS has creatively empowered users at schools, museums, community centers and more! The Edge of Imagination Station creates a dynamic learning experience that can be customized to any lesson and can be integrated into any curriculum. Students can present what they have learned while practicing important skills such as: basic math, planning, working with technology, and communicating and collaborating with others. Workshops can be one day or multiple visits.
4926 E. Cesar Chavez suite B.
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $400 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1200
The Vocal Majority Chorus, America’s premier pops chorus, is a 100+ voice male a cappella chorus known for its mastery of technically demanding close harmony. All performing members of the Vocal Majority Chorus are non-paid volunteers. The Vocal Majority Chorus holds eleven gold medals in the International Choral Competition of the Barbershop Harmony Society, its professional organization. Each performance is customized from the chorus's master repertoire for each specific occasion.
PO Box 3063
Coppell, TX 75019-3063
public performance/concert $8000 - $12000
school performance $1500 - $5000
Redd Volkaert is arguably the best guitarist in a town (Austin) overflowing with them. Inspiring a cult of guitar twangers, Redd made his name as lead picker with Merle Haggard. He is an in-demand studio pro and guitar clinician in LA and Nashville but makes his home in Bastrop, TX. Redd plays everything from good ole country to honky tonk to western swing, is a great singer, and leads his own 4/5 piece band in everything honky tonk! He holds a GRAMMY for Best Country Instrumental Performance on Brad Paisley’s "Cluster Pluck." Watching him do those flashy licks like no other human being could ever do...you watch a master.
PO Box 1652
Manchaca, TX 78652
public performance/concert $1750 - $7500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $7500