Greater Denton Arts Council

current 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

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


Carol Rowley, Heron Hiding, watercolor

Carol Rowley, Heron Hiding, watercolor

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

 

upcoming exhibitions


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30 UNDER 30 presented by First State Bank
Exhibition is October 4 - December 15, 2019
Opening Reception, October 4, 7-9 PM.

Denton is a town filled with amazing young talent, from students at the local universities to artists with no formal training, we are lucky to have these creative young people in our town. GDAC with sponsorship from First State Bank wants to showcase these young artists under 30 years of age, connecting them with our supportive community.

GDAC is currently accepting submissions for the exhibition, please use the link below to reach the submissions page.


details of work by Annette Lawrence

details of work by Annette Lawrence

More Time
Annette Lawrence
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

October 4 - December 15, 2019
Opening reception, October 4, 7 - 9 PM


annual exhibitions


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

33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
February 7 - May 9, 2020

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 33rd 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. 


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 |FALL 2019

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: Reanna DiPaolo,  Coupons , gallery wrapped painting done in acrylic 36x48 inches.

Detail Image: Reanna DiPaolo, Coupons, gallery wrapped painting done in acrylic 36x48 inches.

Crescendo
Reanna DiPaolo

Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
August 20 - December 2019 

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.