Fine Arts Division to be Spotlighted at Heritage Chapel

PLAINVIEW- The history of fine arts at Wayland Baptist University will be the highlight for the annual Heritage Chapel service to be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in Wayland’s Harral Auditorium.

A multi-media presentation approximately 45 minutes in length, the chapel program will consist of historical information about music, art, theatre, speech and mass communication at the university.

“As an academic institution, part of our mission is to understand the past so we can appreciate the present and to understand the present so we can imagine the future,” said Dr. Ann Stutes, co-chair of the division. “Being able to celebrate Wayland’s history in light of its artistic accomplishments and contributions inspires an uplifting sense of hope and vision for the years to come.”

The historical overview has been prepared by Dr. Estelle Owens, chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Wayland’s unofficial historian, and Virginia Myers, associate professor of speech. Speech students at Wayland and other fine arts faculty members have also contributed to the overview. A slide show of photographs from history will also be presented, with accompaniment by assistant professor Dr. Sandra Mosteller on clarinet and Dr. Gary Belshaw on piano.

The event will involve all the arts. Art faculty are organizing an exhibit of student and faculty artwork to be on display in the halls and walkways in and around Harral Auditorium, and the International Choir will perform several selections.

The student newspaper, The Trailblazer, will publish a special issue for the service that will also serve as the program and will include excerpts from past issues related to the division’s history. Wayland’s chamber Brass Ensemble and university organist Jennie Lynn Hodges will provide prelude and postlude music, and Belshaw, associate professor of piano pedagogy, will perform an original composition for piano titled “Camp Springs.”

Theatre director Dr. Marti Runnels, professor of theatre and co-chair of the division, and Chris Moore, technical theatre director, will perform an excerpt from Becket, a Tony Award-winning play by Jean Anouilh.

The public is invited to join in the worship celebration of the longstanding tradition of excellence in the division.