Greater Denton Arts Council

Exhibitions at the ARts Center | currently on view

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
$5 for public, FREE for GDAC Members, students, and children under 12
February 4 - 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. 

Related Events: Materials: Hard + Soft Artist Workshop | Thursday, March 23, 6 - 9 PM


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
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. Selected 2017 exhibition theme:

"Every culture is defined by its artists"
 - David Dory

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
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 Beruvide'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.

Related Events: Composite of the Soul Artist Talk | Thursday, March 30, 6 - 8 PM

 

upcoming exhibitions

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.

Related Events: Thursday Nights at PAAC's High School Art Opening | Thursday, April 6, 5 - 7 PM


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.

Related Events: Call for Entries: 2017 National Exhibition  | Jan 1 - April 1, 2017
Related Events: Free Public Demo | Monday, June 5, 6 - 8 PM
Related Events: Vibrant Reflection Watercolor Workshop | June 6 - 9, 9 AM - 4 PM


Detail of Bumin Kim, Flos, thread and acrylic on canvas, 2017

Detail of Bumin Kim, Flos, thread and acrylic on canvas, 2017

Recent Works by Bumin Kim
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
September 12 - December 9, 2017

Bumin Kim explores the nature of line, and the potential held therein, to push the boundaries between the two-dimensional surface and three-dimensional space. Thread and string are synonymous with the actions of weaving and stitching, both for utilitarian purposes, and to serve as metaphor, for the joining of two separate entities with efforts to repair what once was, or with the intent of becoming something other, whole and new.

Kim's award winning work, Terra, is currently on view in the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibition.
Learn more at buminkim.com


Detail of Amahigueré Dolo, Adouron Bew (Components of the World), 2007

Detail of Amahigueré Dolo, Adouron Bew (Components of the World), 2007

Recent Works by Amahigueré Dolo (ft. Souleymane Ouologuem)
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
September 15 - December 2, 2017

Malian sculptor Amahigueré Dolo is internationally recognized for creating expressive wood forms and drawings on the crumpled surfaces of re-purposed cement paper. His installation Adouron Bew (Components of the World), 2007, is currently on view at The Menil Collection as his first presentation of work in an American museum and will travel to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center this fall. The exhibition will also feature work by Malian artist, Souleymane Ouologuem.

Related Events: ReCollecting Dogon at The Menil Collection | Feb 3 - July 9, 2017


Installation view of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on view at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. covering 1.3 million square feet

Installation view of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on view at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. covering 1.3 million square feet

AIDS Memorial Quilt
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception, Friday, October 6, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
October 7 - December 9, 2017

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a unique work of international arts activism that reflects the worldwide scope and personal impact of the AIDS pandemic. It simultaneously functions as a living memorial, a form of political activism, and an intimate tribute to lives lost, and the largest collaborative artwork in the world. Devastatingly, 49,000 panels currently compose the quilt representing more than 94,000 names. Selected panels will be on rotational view at the Arts Center along with interactive AIDS Quilt Touch kiosk thanks to support from UT Dallas with the The NAMES Project . Additional programs and events to be announced. 

 

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.

Kasumi Chow & Desiree Espada, Cake, archival inkjet print

Kasumi Chow & Desiree Espada, Cake, archival inkjet print

truly, madly
Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
February 27 - June 17, 2017

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. Artwork courtesy of the artists and The Public Trust

 
 

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.