TJC Art Festival: April Events

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By Derrick White

Tyler Junior College is again offering an arts festival packed with happenings and performances collaborating between multiple departments and partnering with the Tyler Museum of Art the entire month of April.

The festival is a celebration of the dynamic arts programs at Tyler Junior College providing rich learning experiences. This event is a collaboration of The Bell Tower Arts Journal, International Day, the Tyler Museum of Art, and the Art, Music, Theater, Speech, Dance, and Visual Communications departments.

This year again has the support of media underwriting from local CBS 19. The Annual Arts Festival germinated from the notion of TJC Dean of Humanities, Communications and Fine Arts, Dr. Linda Gary, a couple of years ago.

“Since we have all these great departments conducting all these great activities, coordinating the things we are already doing will allow us to better share them with our students and our community,” Dr. Gary said.

There are some entertaining, cultural, and enlightening events taking place right here. Find the ones you are interested in, check them all out, and reconnect to the shared human condition.

Art Festival events include:

  • TJC at the TMA – Robert Langham Photography and 13th Annual High School Art Exhibits at the Tyler Museum of Art (Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm). For more info go to
  • April 1st–28th – A Visual Communications Exhibition will be displayed in the Pirtle Technology Building (Pirtle Phase 4) each day.
  • April 20th (1pm) – The TJC Wise Auditorium Art Gallery will host the “East Meets West – Angelo State University Art Faculty Exhibition” through April 20th. Artist’s talk and closing reception with Chris Stewart, Department of Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and Associate Professor.
  • Through April 28th – Art Club Canned Food Drive benefiting East Texas CARES Food Pantry. Donations may be dropped off in the Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby.
  • April 1st (2pm and 7:30pm) – “Apache Belles Spring Show: Love Train” will be held in Wise Auditorium.
  • April 1st (9-11pm) – The Venue Saturday in Jean Browne Theatre will host “Good Coffee and Good Performance Art.” Free admission.
  • April 3rd-6th – The Art Club’s 14th Annual Silent Art Auction Fundraiser, sponsored by and benefiting the Art Club. Proceeds help fund scholarships, allow the art club to make charitable donations (such as Make-A-Wish), and pay for field trips, events, and supplies. The auction will end Thursday, April 6th at 2pm. Works by students, faculty, and local artists will be displayed in the Art Department Hallway of Jenkins Hall. Winning bids will be contacted after the close of the auction. You do not have to present to win, but it sure helps.


  • April 5th – Coffee House at TMA Lobby. Among the beautiful works at the Tyler Museum of Art, enjoy a performance while sipping a cup of hot coffee and eating delectable pastries and cookies. Concert and museum admission is free during the time surrounding the concert.
  • April 6th (7:30pm) – Piano Recital at Jean Browne Theatre. Guest artist will be Jovanni-Rey de Pedro. Free admission.
  • April 10th–21st – TJC Annual Art Competition will be displayed in the Jenkins Hall Art Wing. A reception is Wednesday, April 12th at 11:30am-1pm and will be located at the Jenkins Hall art department lobby.
  • April 10th-21st – Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition in the Vaughn Library. This is an art exhibition displaying the many talents of different TJC personnel including folks from campus safety, administration, support staff, non-art professors, and maintenance employees.
  • April 12th – Coffee House at 12 noon at TMA and later. Open mic at 7-10pm in the Rogers Student Center.
  • April 17th – The Bell Tower Arts Journal Launch Party will start at 2pm in Pirtle T 127. The unveiling of the latest edition of the Bell Tower Arts Journal includes selected artwork, poetry, and prose.
  • April 11th (2–4pm) – “Be a News Anchor” in Potter Hall 203.
  • April 18th (9am–5pm) – TJC’s Annual International Day celebrates diversity and worldwide cultures with an amazing lineup of events and activities in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center.
  • April 18th (7:30pm) – Percussion Ensembles and Symphonic Band located at Wise Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of great music performed by students in the TJC Percussion Ensembles and Symphonic Band. Free admission.
  • April 19th (2:30pm) – Student Film Contest screenings in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center.
  • April 19th (5:30pm) – Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team Showcase Jean Browne Theater.
  • April 21st (10am) – “Rock the Garden” outside Potter Hall near the Genecov Building.
  • April 22nd (2pm and 7pm) – DanceFest featuring “Snow White” in Wise Auditorium.
  • April 23rd (2pm) – DanceFest featuring “Snow White” in Wise Auditorium.
  • April 24th (2pm) – The Philosophy of “Star Wars” located in Vaughn Library,  Quest Classroom.
  • April 25th-May 4th– Performance Grant Student Showcase Art Exhibition in Wise Auditorium Art Gallery on view.
  • April 26th (12 noon) – Coffee House in the TMA Lobby.
  • April 26th (12 noon) – Thunderdome – Art competition with only one winner, all other entries are destroyed by the annihilator. BYOT (Bring your own tears). Located in Jenkins Courtyard.
  • April 26th-30th (7:30pm) – “Peter and the Star Catcher,” a play by Rick Elice, will be at Jean Browne Theater, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, music by Wayne Barker, directed by Rebecca Faulds-Howard.

Tyler Junior College is located at 1400 E. 5th St., Tyler. The Tyler Junior College Wise Auditorium Fine Arts Building and TJC’s Jean Browne Theater in the Wise Cultural Arts Building are located near S. Mahon Ave. across from the Tyler Museum of Art.

Most events are free. For more info go to