Greater Denton Arts Council

current exhibitions


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Open HeARTS
March 29-May 18, 2019
Denton non-profits, Greater Denton Arts Council and Friends with Benefits, have teamed up to put together a very special art show called Open HeARTS, exhibiting 2D artworks from local artists with disabilities.

Portion of all sales of the artwork will benefit the Denton State Supported Living Center.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Zumba and Tacos
April 26, 11:30 AM
Join us for a fitness lunch break with viral video star, Yulissa Arescurenaga, the first Zumba instructor with Down Syndrome. Torchy’s Tacos for lunch after the lesson.

Sponsors: Denton County Animal ER and Torchy’s Tacos

Panel Discussion
April 27, 1:00 PM
Disability in the Denton Community: Perspectives and Possibilities
Panelists: Zachary Robey, Pam Teague, Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck.
Moderator: Heather Katz

Lean about how we can better accommodate for friends and neighbors with disabilities.


Detail of  MARIE BUTLER’S  Black Noise  , 2016; one of 68 works featured in the 2019  Materials: Hard + Soft  exhibition

Detail of MARIE BUTLER’S Black Noise, 2016; one of 68 works featured in the 2019 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibition

32nd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
February 1 - May 4, 2019

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 32nd 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. 

 

upcoming exhibitions


McConnell Installation Image. Credit: Chrystal McConnell

McConnell Installation Image. Credit: Chrystal McConnell

Play Hard or Go Home
May 30-August 31
Gough Gallery
RECEPTION
Thursday, May 30, 6-8 PM

Play Hard or Go Home is a large-scale installation of over 1,600 books and family memories by Los Angeles based artist Chrystal McConnell. McConnell created the work to help her better understand her own life experiences and what she calls a “daunting childhood” that “held unresolved issues” for her. The installation is a possible answer to her question of what her artwork is really about, and how can she express that message. For McConnell the message was best shared in the form of an interactive self-portrait installation. “For years, I had been trying to express feelings of vulnerability, abandonment, abuse, and manipulation using other mediums, and in other various ways.” McConnell uses found objects, discarded and abandoned materials from antique stores, thrift stores, used book sales, and library sales. These once discarded objects reflect her own historical foundation of abandonment and unresolved issues. To share her story with the audience McConnell chooses to disclose her feelings and history in the form of a game, “This allows me to reveal my true feelings through text and image, instead of through spoken word. And only the astute reader will discover the truth when they take the time to figure out the ‘game.’”


Ginger Cochran,   Instincts  , 2019, yarn, cotton rope, beach wood, appx. 32 x 70 inches

Ginger Cochran, Instincts, 2019, yarn, cotton rope, beach wood, appx. 32 x 70 inches

Envision: The Fiber Works of Ginger Cochran
May 30-August 24
Festival Hall
RECEPTION
Thursday, May 30, 6-8 PM


2016   Merging Visions   Installation

2016 Merging Visions Installation

Merging Visions
Presented by the Visual Arts Society of Texas and the Denton Poets Assembly
June 7-September 14
Meadows Gallery
RECEPTION
Friday, June 7, 6-8 PM

The Visual Arts Society of Texas collaborates with the Denton Poets’ Assembly, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the Denton Public Library to create an annual exhibit of paired original art work and poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. This exhibition is held at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center with part of the exhibit traveling to various library locations. Learn more at vastarts.org and dentonpoetsassembly.com

 

annual exhibitions

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
March 8 - March 23, 2019

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 2019 exhibition theme:

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

-Maya Angelou


Image from the 2018 Annual Denton High Schools Art Show

Image from the 2018 Annual Denton High Schools Art Show

Outside the Box
Emerging Artists: Annual Denton High Schools Art Show

Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
April 4 - April 27 2019

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 | SPRING 2018

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 Image: Cynthia Giron,  Raspberry Beret , acrylic, marker, collage, vinyl on paper

Detail Image: Cynthia Giron, Raspberry Beret, acrylic, marker, collage, vinyl on paper

Cynthia Giron
Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
February - May 2018

Cynthia Giron is a current Master of Fine Art in painting candidate at the University of North Texas and holds and Bachelor of Art from the University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas. She has held residency at SCRAP Denton and participated in classes at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Arts League in Houston, Texas. Artwork courtesy of the artist.

"My work is about play; finding and discovering by means of adding and subtracting. Nothing is premeditated or planned, all results are found. I work fast and energetically, on at least 6 pieces at a time, moving back and forth, bouncing ideas around from one piece to the next. I use acrylic, pastels and a variety of markers to create. A recent addition to my arsenal is collage, the crisp cutout effect adds a new layer and dimension. My paintings while small in scale, hold and demand attention, they work from afar but are rewarding upon closer inspection." - Giron

 

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.