Greater Denton Arts Council

Exhibitions at the ARts Center | currently on view

Detail of Karen Jacobi, The Lion, 2016 Corky Stuckenbruck Best of Show Award

Detail of Karen Jacobi, The Lion, 2016 Corky Stuckenbruck Best of Show Award

VAST presents the 11th annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
January 14 - February 25, 2017, FREE

The Visual Arts Society of Texas created this exhibition to reinstate their long tradition of showcasing 2D and 3D juried art work from DFW to southern Oklahoma. Artists living within 125 miles of Denton, TX are eligible to enter this exhibition. This exhibition currently takes place in the Gough Gallery, at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Learn more at vastarts.org


Detail of Justin Archer's Loss as Gain, one of three artists featured in the Composite of the Soul collaborative exhibition

Detail of Justin Archer's Loss as Gain, one of three artists featured in the Composite of the Soul collaborative exhibition

Composite of the Soul ft. Justin Archer, Erik Beruvides, and Dan Black
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
January 20 - June 3, 2017, FREE

Local Denton artists Justin Archer, Dan Black, and Erik Beruvides are joining together to curate a three-person, multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring recent works as well as custom installation pieces. Archer's wooden sculptures, Black's large-scale murals and Bereuvide's A/V components will take over Festival Hall, as new pieces evolve and change over the four month span of the exhibition. The desire for these works is to demonstrate, through personal situations, that we are called to move forward with our lives; we should understand the past, yet strive to build and create a more sustainable future. More events and programs celebrating the exhibition to be announced. 

 

upcoming exhibitions

Detail of Ben Venom, I Cut My Teeth; one of 93 works featured in the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition

Detail of Ben Venom, I Cut My Teeth; one of 93 works featured in the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition

30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Friday, February 3, 2017, 6 - 8 PM, Juror Awards at 7 PM
February 4 - May 6, 2017
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC Members, students, and children under 12

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. 


Installation view of the 2016 Youth Art Month exhibit

Installation view of the 2016 Youth Art Month exhibit

Youth Art Month: Recent Works by Denton ISD Elementary Students
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
March 10 - 28, 2017, FREE

National Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. Families and children can enjoy the work of Denton Independent School District Elementary school students in this delightful exhibition.
 


Installation view of the 2016 High School Art Show exhibit

Installation view of the 2016 High School Art Show exhibit

Emerging Artists: Annual Denton High Schools Art Show
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
April 7 - 29, 2017, FREE

Discover the works of talented, emerging artists in our community featuring the recent works of Denton Independent School District high school art students.


Detail of Laurie Goldstein-Warren, Pedicab-NYC 2016 TWS Exhibition, Top Five Paintings 2016

Detail of Laurie Goldstein-Warren, Pedicab-NYC 2016 TWS Exhibition, Top Five Paintings 2016

Texas Watercolor Society presents the 68th Annual National Exhibit
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
June 10 - August 26, 2017

In 1949, the Texas Watercolor Society was founded with the mission to advance the art of painting in watercolors, and hold annual exhibitions of watercolor paintings. Today, more than 60 years later, TWS continues to promote the high standards set by its founders. As a national exhibit, TWS proudly takes its place among the elite watercolor organizations in the nation as they continue to exhibit and promote some of the of the best artists working in that unique and vibrant medium — watercolor. Submit your works for consideration in the 2017 Annual National Exhibition, open call Jan 1 - April 1, 2017.

 

MPAC x gdac | spring 2017

Each semester, the Arts Council collaborates with the University of North Texas' College of Music and the Murchison Performing Arts Center to showcase and celebrate North Texas artists by exhibiting their works in the vast lobby leading to Margot & Bill Winspear Hall and the Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Detail of Pony from the truly, madly collaborative exhibition

Detail of Pony from the truly, madly collaborative exhibition

truly, madly
Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
Spring Semester 2017, FREE

truly, madly is feeling wholeheartedly however shallow or deep. In this series of collaborative photographs by Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada, the artists construct single colorful frames of common objects juxtaposed by portraits of young women, teetering between anxiety and euphoria. The photographs are glazed with mild angst, impulse, and deliberately awkward situations. There is a vanitas-laden visual syntax at work. However, these contemporary still lifes are more visually succinct in their delivery than their predecessors. A lopped off pony tail stands on its own upon a bright yellow backdrop, chola-style nails offer fist-fulls of lifeless gelatinous gummy worms, a ring pop is cast off into a glass of champagne. These works are not about eternal preservation or nature morte, but rather about unapologetically living in the moment, where humor and sorrow intersect all in the same square.

 
 

Arts Council exhibitions and educational programs are made possible through the support of the City of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the contributions of our generous members and community.