Greater Denton Arts Council

Exhibitions at the ARts Center | currently on view

Robert Sparks, Kitchen, acrylic on masonite; 2017 Voertman's Award Winner in the 11th Annual VAST 125-Mile Exhibition

Robert Sparks, Kitchen, acrylic on masonite; 2017 Voertman's Award Winner in the 11th Annual VAST 125-Mile Exhibition

VAST's 12th Annual 125-Mile Exhibition
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
January 13 - February 24, 2018

The Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) 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. 2018 Juror, Cynthia "Cindy" Hurt, is an artist and writer. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 1977. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Art at Tarrant County College North East Campus in Hurst, Texas.

Organized in 1975, VAST is based in Denton, Texas, and functions as a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to supporting artists and art lovers.


Metropolis/Mediator installed at Press/Play: A Survey of Recent Video Art (2015) exhibition, Albright Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois.

Metropolis/Mediator installed at Press/Play: A Survey of Recent Video Art (2015) exhibition, Albright Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois.

Color Coded: Recent works by Vagner Mendonça Whitehead
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
October 7 - January 2018

Vagner Mendonça Whitehead is the chair of the Fine Arts department at Texas Woman’s University.
This exhibition will include selections of his most recent body of work, Color Coded, which examines fear and violence in contemporary times, through the layering of colors and symbols that surround the artist-as-actor in imaginary pictorial spaces, along with his large-scale projection piece, METROPOLIS / MEDIATOR.

 

upcoming exhibitions 

Detail of Erin Furimsky, Her Labor, 2017; one of 70 works featured in the 2018 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibition

Detail of Erin Furimsky, Her Labor, 2017; one of 70 works featured in the 2018 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibition

31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception | Friday, February 2, 6 - 8 PM (Artist Awards at 7 PM)
February 3 - May 5, 2018

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 31st 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. 


Robert Jessup, Square 15, 2017; oil on panel

Robert Jessup, Square 15, 2017; oil on panel

Robert Jessup: Squares
Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception | Friday, February 2, 6 - 8 PM
February 3 - May 19, 2018

Known for his narrative paintings, Robert Jessup has eschewed a representational style in his recent work in order to create ambitious paintings and drawings that aim to reconfigure his world of imagery. Barely decipherable figures navigate a wild and colorful pictorial space that churns with a furious plasticity. the very visceral paint application can range from the most delicate whisperings of a fine brush's touch, to the brutal scrapings and trowelings of the widest knife. Jessup states: "the configurations arise from the battle between the charged forces of the rectangle, the impetuosity of my flailing physical self, and the persistence of my desire to configure in spite of my many doubts and dissatisfactions." 


Installation view of the Youth Art Month exhibit

Installation view of the Youth Art Month exhibit

Youth Art Month: Recent Works by Denton ISD Elementary Students
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception | Thursday, March 8, 6 - 8 PM
March 9 - 24, 2018

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

Installation view of the High School Art Show exhibit

Installation view of the High School Art Show exhibit

Emerging Artists: Annual Denton High Schools Art Show
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception | Thursday, April 5, 5 - 7 PM
April 6 - 28, 2018

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

 

MPAC x gdac | FALL 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 Miles To Go, mixed media on canvas

Detail of Miles To Go, mixed media on canvas

Inverse Ekphrasis
Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
September 19 - December 10, 2017

The series Inverse Ekphrasis by M.P. Callender uses poems of Dr. Mark and Dr. Chelsea Wagenaar as inspiration for nonobjective paintings.  Ekphrasis is a literary description of, or commentary on a visual work of art. In this case, the process was inversed because the artist decided to take the poems as inspiration for his nonobjective paintings, rather than the other way around. The early paintings in this series were inspired by specific poems published by the Wagenaars. These were attempts to gel the emotional qualities of the poems into a visual form. As the series has grown, the inspiration points are sometimes entire poems and other times a particular phrase or stanza from a poem.  

Artwork courtesy of the artist and Signet Art.

 

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.