Greater Denton Arts Council


The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center is truly the arts engine of Denton. Built in 1929 and located between Denton’s Downtown Square and emerging innovation district, this historic building was originally the city’s steam power plant. Renovated in the 1980s, the Arts Center now offers two large galleries, art studio, dance rehearsal hall, and sculpture garden. The centerpiece of the venue is Festival Hall, a 5000 square foot event and exhibition space with soaring ceilings and original industrial hardware. Each year, the Council presents over 20 exhibitions and welcomes over 15,000 students. In addition, the Center serves as an event and meeting space for the Council’s 40 non-profit member organizations.

PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER | New hours effective Jan 1, 2017
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed


Meetings before and after gallery hours are by appointment only.

To learn about rentals at the Arts Center, click here.
To learn about renovations of Arts Center as part of the Capital Campaign for the Arts, click here.

Images of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center on opening day in 1929.