Greater Denton Arts Council

Exhibitions at the ARts Center | currently on view

Image detail: New Teen Titans, Issue 15, Page 9, 1982, Marv Wolfman & George Perez, 10.75 x 15.5

Image detail: New Teen Titans, Issue 15, Page 9, 1982, Marv Wolfman & George Perez, 10.75 x 15.5

Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
September 17 - December 10, 2016
$5 Special Exhibition Admission; FREE for GDAC members, current students, children 12 & under

From classic D.C. and Marvel heroes to independent artists and graphic novelists, today comic art surrounds us in print, toys, films, and online. But how do such artists create the heroes of tomorrow? This interactive exhibition brings together original illustrations, published works, scripts and sketches to explore the history and future of comic production. Enjoy a selection of works from comic masters Jack Kirby, Curt Swan, Keith Giffen, Stan Lee, and Richard Sala, including such beloved characters as Superman and Silver Surfer. With a “behind-the scenes” focus on how comics are made, visitors of all ages can create their own comics in hands-on maker stations or enjoy their favorite comics in our reading lounge. Learn more about the exhibition and community programming through the button below.

Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Friday, October 7, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
October 8 - November 2, 2016, FREE

In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council presents an exhibition of traditional and contemporary ofrendas honoring departed loved ones and ancestors. Días de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of family members and loved ones who have passed. Altars are built at the home of the families of the deceased, presenting offerings such as food, drink, flowers, incense and personal items to welcome the spirits of loved ones. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar.

Installation view of Randy Guthmiller exhibition

Installation view of Randy Guthmiller exhibition

Works by Randy Guthmiller
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
September 2 - December 8, 2016, FREE

Searching for openness. Seeking multiplicity.

Randy Guthmiller is an artist and educator based in Dallas, TX. He is founder of DALLAS ZINE PARTY, a super cool annual celebration of zines and DIY culture and SHAPE ZINES, a small publishing house focusing on artist made micro-publications. He is a member of ArtBeef, collective behind the alternative art space Beefhaus. Guthmiller's work has been included in exhibitions at The Power Station,  The Reading Room, Beefhaus, WARE:WOLF:HAUS, The Safe Room, Black Lodge, and Alabama Song. Guthmiller has also lead projects with institutions such as Nasher Sculpture Center, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, The Menil Collection, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Perot.
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MPAC x gdac | currently on view

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 NO HAY PEDO (Canary) by Giovanni Valderas, 2016

Detail of NO HAY PEDO (Canary) by Giovanni Valderas, 2016

Giovanni Valderas: Conspicuous Craft
Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
Opening Reception, Sunday, September 11, 2016, 3 - 6 PM at Brick Haus Collective, Artist Talk 3:30 PM
August 30 - December 4, 2016, FREE

This fall, the Greater Denton Arts Council and Brick Haus Collective proudly present a simultaneous showing of works by artist Giovanni Valderas. Valderas’ sculptural paintings present images and iconography that draw on his Latin American heritage. His works investigate identity, family, and most recently, address the social implications of gentrification in southwest Dallas. In his series Forged Utopia, Valderas creates public installations of piñata-like billboards that mimic real estate signage, but with phrases of common Spanish slang that, when placed in context, cryptically comment on the changing landscape they inhabit. A selection of his paintings will be shown at the Murchison, while an installation of his billboards will be displayed outdoors in the Brick Haus Collective green space.


upcoming exhibitions

Denton Independent Motorcycle Show
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
October 14 - 15, 2016, FREE
Friday viewing, October 14, 5 - 11 PM
Saturday viewing, October 15, 10 AM - Midnight

The Denton Independent Motorcycle show is part festival, part pop-up art show, and entirely free and open to the public. The heart of the event will showcase motorcycles that have been transformed from mass market vehicles or discarded wrecks into unique expressions of the individual builder. Highlighting the energy, excitement, and dedication that goes into customizing these two-wheeled works of art, the show will be a reflection of the vivacity so prominent throughout the Denton community. A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to support the Greater Denton Arts Council. Learn more at


Image detail of Propagation Ex Nihilo, Yun Jung "Yuni" Lee, 2016

Image detail of Propagation Ex Nihilo, Yun Jung "Yuni" Lee, 2016

Yun Jung "Yuni" Lee: Telergy Telemetry
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Friday, November 11, 2016, 5 - 7 PM
November 12 - December 30, 2016, FREE

Yun Jung "YunI" Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea she came to America with high passion, and an eagerness to further her artistic expression. She has a diverse art-making practice, but she is committed to making art about color, shape, and pattern. She studies color and pattern to learn about different cultures and nature. She received a BA in Art and Performance from to the University of Texas at Dallas and MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas in May 2016. She has participated in group and collaborative exhibitions in Texas and is currently teaching foundation courses at the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Denton, Texas. Learn more at

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 6:45 PM
February 3 - May 6, 2017

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. 


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.