Wildlife Conservation Artist Vickie McMillan-Hayes
Vickie McMillan-Hayes is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Her exhibitions include art museums and galleries throughout the country and abroad. Vickie is published in well-known books, magazines, articles, and reviews both locally and internationally. Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings and 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 rodeo art judge). Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum goals for schools, foster unity in the community, advance global conservation causes, and encourage 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 the 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. Photo by Vickie McMillan-Hayes.
10419 Hollowback Dr.
Katy, TX 77494
public performance/concert $2,500 - $50,000
school performance $700 - $2,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,200
State Artist James C. Watkins
James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has worked with clay for over 40 years. His work is held in 25 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library, the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Everson Museum, the Tweed Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Watkins’ work has been widely exhibited in 47 solo exhibitions and 172 group exhibitions. Watkins is a Texas Tech University, Horn Distinguished Professor Emeritus and the 2019 recipient of the HCCC Texas Master Award presented by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Watkins is the author of Reflections Made of Memories and the co-author of two books: Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques co-authored with Paul Andrew Wandless, and Architectural Delineation: Presentation Techniques and Projects, co-authored with James T. Davis. His work is the subject of the book A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins by Kippra D. Hopper. Watkins has also written numerous articles for national and international magazines. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Indiana University. Mr. Watkins offers lectures, wheel throwing pottery demonstrations, and alternative firing workshops based on his book, “Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques” co-authored with Paul Andrew Wandless. Photo by Bonni Oakes.
Although born in Alabama, Dale Watson is as Texas as the Panhandle. He came to country music early and naturally. His truck-driving father moonlighted as a country singer, and his older brothers had bands as well. Dale remembers receiving his first guitar at age seven and starting to write songs shortly after, 'the same stuff I'm writing about now,' he says with a laugh. A man with more than one life's experience under his belt, he has entertained crowds all over the world, including recent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and PBS’s long-running Austin City Limits. Dale has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and even founded his own genre of music, Ameripolitan. Photo by Candice Ghai.
4425 Mopac South Building II, Suite 300 B
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Mr. Will/Will and The Wilderness
Whether it’s encouraging toddlers to jump around and shout out their favorite mode of transportation (Excavator!), or getting couples to two-step while singing along to original Americana tunes, 'Mr. Will' has energized crowds for two decades with lively, toe-tapping, and often interactive music. Multifaceted singer-songwriter Will Dupuy entertains the young and young-at-heart with children’s concerts and country music sets. Mr. Will taps into the developmental and interactive aspects of raising kids with fun songs while showcasing a rambunctious spirit in live concerts for the under-seven crowd and now also a 'tween' show. The greatest charm of his shows is how the infectious melodies, combined with upbeat lyrics, get undeniably stuck in your head. However, some parents may recognize Will’s voice from his days touring with the South Austin Jug Band, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, or Bob Schneider. But that's what music is all about, bringing people together and having fun, no matter the age. The talent that propelled him to perform continues with the latest incarnation of his own 'adult' band, Will and the Wilderness. With this group, Will often trades an acoustic guitar for his signature upright bass while playing a mix of original tunes and genre-crossing hits. Photo by Nicola Gell.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $600 - $7,500
school performance $600 - $1,500
workshop fees $600 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingenue. As a new traditionalist singer-songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Kelly Willis is the alluring voice and songwriting talent who pioneered both Americana and the Texas young country scene with her debut album in 1990, and has since, over the course of five more gems, proven how she can do it all from contemporary to traditional and beyond with finesse, smarts, and irresistible charm. Photo by George Brainard.
4425 S. Mopac Expy, Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
phone 818-617-2228 Ext. 801
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $500
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as 'revolutionary chamber musicians,' WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group performs from memory and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. Frequently partnering with Young Audiences Arts for Learning across the state of Texas, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, family-friendly concerts, and concerts for audiences with autism or special needs. In WindSync’s concert program Songs, Dances, and Dreams, audiences will experience the wide array of colors created by the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn and the extraordinary virtuosity of each musician. The mix of repertoire includes classical music written for the wind quintet, arrangements of well-loved repertoire such as 'Bolero' and 'Summertime,' and new music with an exuberant, pop-rock sensibility. 'Peter and the Wolf' introduces the five wind instruments of the orchestra in an educational, family-friendly outreach program. Complete with a unique costumed and choreographed version of Prokofiev’s classic tale, WindSync inspires the imaginations of audiences of all ages. Photo by Kristina Jacinth.
4515 Briar Hollow Pl. #306
Houston, TX 77027
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,000 - $3,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $2,500