Greater Denton Arts Council

Exhibitions at the ARts Center | currently on view

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

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

Dɔ̀gɔ̀w Adouron Bew (Components of the Dogon World) by Amahigueré Dolo
L’Univers Dogon: La Fondation (The Dogon Universe: The Foundation) by Souleymane Ouologuem
presented in partnership with The Menil Collection
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
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, just completed an exhibition at The Menil Collection, 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: Family Workshop, Myth Making | Sept 30
Related Events: Lecture, Communicating through Textiles in Dogon Contemporary Art, Sept 29
Read More: ReCollecting Dogon at The Menil Collection | Feb 3 - July 9, 2017
Read More: Houston Chronicle, ReCollecting Dogon explores African art myths, Feb 10 2017


Special thanks to our generous exhibit sponsors: Harry Tappan Heher and Jean-Edouard van Praet, Dr. Marquis Nuby, Harry and Linda Eaddy, Rev. Reginald T. Logan, Sr and Bonnie R. Logan,  Dr. Simon and Dell Allo, Roni and John Beasley, Carolyn Mohair, Reginald and Lisa Hill, Jagoe-Public Company, Delamar Marketing, Charlie and Olivia Walker


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

Narrative Threads: The AIDS Memorial Quilt
presented in partnership with UT Dallas and The NAMES Project
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
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 NAMES Project . Additional programs and events to be announced. 

Related Events: Lecture, Quilts: Art or Activism | Oct 26, 7 - 8 PM, FREE
Related Events: 
World AIDS Day | Nov 30, 7 - 9 PM, FREE
Related Events: DFW Community Quilting Project | Ongoing throughout Narrative Threads exhibit


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.

 

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.

 

ANNUAL 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

31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
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. 

 

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.