Greater Denton Arts Council

RESTORATION OF THE PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER

BRINGING THE PAST INTO THE FUTURE

The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Opening Day, 1929

The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Opening Day, 1929

Concept design and sketches by Ashley Skidmore; sample color scheme and materials

Concept design and sketches by Ashley Skidmore; sample color scheme and materials

This summer, GDAC will begin our long awaited restoration of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC), located in historic downtown Denton. Truly the arts engine of Denton, PAAC first opened in 1929 as the city's steam power plant.

The centerpiece of PAAC is Festival Hall, a 5000 square foot event and gallery space with soaring ceilings and original industrial hardware. Restoration of the space will include exposing original brick and fresh coat of interior paint, clean new acoustical ceiling treatments, a gorgeous Welcome Desk (thanks to a generous grant from the Denton Benefit League and designer Eric Koger), new lighting system, and stunning site specific installation works by North Texas artists Neal Paustian and Amie Adelman.

The PAAC will remain open for exhibitions and select programming throughout the renovation, with entrances on Hickory Street.

Sample of work by commissioned artist Amie Adelman

Sample of work by commissioned artist Amie Adelman

Concept design/ inspiration for Welcome Desk to be featured in Festival Hall

Concept design/ inspiration for Welcome Desk to be featured in Festival Hall

Sample work by commissioned artist Neal Paustian

Sample work by commissioned artist Neal Paustian


the campaign for the arts

In 2015, the Arts Council launched a multi-year capital campaign to restore and renovate two iconic Denton landmarks,the Campus Theatre and the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Now in Phase 2 of the campaign, the Arts Council invites you to join us in these efforts.