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VAST Vision November, 2020
Our VAST Board meeting is coming up - Saturday, November 14, 9:30 am.  Members are invited to attend this Zoom meeting. Please contact Mary Carol Schaedel, VAST Secretary at, if interested.
VAST November 4, 6:45pm
Artist, Demonstrator: Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash
(via Zoom)
Demonstration of techniques as well as discussion of current body of work, including her Covid Series. Information about residency at the Briton Museum in Big Horn, WY and her work produced during that time.

November 4th, our speaker will be Elizabeth A. Yarosz-Ash, a nationally recognized and award winning artist, teacher and juror. Liz will be presenting information on her new Covid Series and her recent Artist in Residence at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn/Sheridan, Wyoming. A demonstration of techniques will also be included. She works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, sculpture and collage. 

Liz Yarosz-Ash has shown in over 370 exhibitions and has received over 86 exhibition awards. She is a Professor Emeritus at Midwestern State University in Wichita Fall, Texas. In 1991, she was selected for the university's Hardin Professor Award and was a full professor since 1992. From 2002-2004 she served as President of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize, a prestigious annual $50,000 award competition open to Texas artists. She served as a Fulbright Specialist to Grenada, West Indies in 2013, was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Texas Artist Award, and was a finalist for the Santo Foundation 2015 Individual Artist Award. In 2016, Yarosz-Ash was a finalist for a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington, DC. Her works can be found in over 90 corporate, institutional and private collections.

You can see more of her work at
Zoom Meeting Details
Wednesday's ZOOM meeting! It will be open to members and interested community. Meeting at 6:45 pm.

Topic: VAST Members Meeting
Time: Nov 4, 2020 06:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Now is the Time to Get Your
Christmas Calendar Gifts!
Please support VAST with the purchase of a calendar.
This is our biggest fundraiser and in this unusual year
we are in need of the support.
Each calendar page showcases a juried artwork, created by our own VAST members. It is an attractive CD case size packet that can be displayed anywhere.

They are ready for pickup! You can pay for them at "A Creative Arts Studio" on Hickory in Denton or Barbara Lindley's house (2016 Tremont Circle, Denton) or Carol Rowley's house at 3012 Pennsylvania Court, Denton. The price is $10.00 cash or check, or $11.00 PayPal. We know this is not as convenient as in the past but we are committed to making this a good year for calendar sales. Thank you!
Denton Needs Artists to Design Sign Toppers
Historic Denton, Inc., a local non-profit organization, is in a continuing process of researching all of Denton’s historic neighborhoods and is working with the City of Denton in the creation of street sign toppers.

Visual Arts Society of Texas is working with Historic Denton, Inc. to select artists and aid in the facilitation of the artistic designs for the street sign toppers. 

Denton lacks named neighborhoods and the unity of knowing about the historical background of its neighborhoods.  
·      How do you describe the neighborhood where you live, or tell people about your neighborhood?  
·      Do you reference street names or the name of your neighborhood? 
·      Is there a clear definition of each neighborhood where you live?
Neighborhoods do have names but without use, they have been forgotten.

Artists are invited to submit designs to create a visual identity which represents each neighborhood in Denton. The designs will be used as sign toppers that will be posted on top of each traffic street sign at the corners of the streets in the neighborhoods. 

Project Goal:  Create an identity for a neighborhood which will be visualized on a sign topper. 
Artists will work with Historic Denton, Inc. to create an image or brand for a neighborhood to be used as a sign and placed atop city street signs. Historic Denton can help in the design process by sharing information about the original neighborhoods names and history, which artists can use to help create designs for the street sign toppers. The desired result will be neighborhood pride and recognition.

Neighborhoods will be asked to select the design that best represent them from designs submitted by artists.  The City of Denton will create the signs from the selected design and place the neighborhood distinctive markers on the identified mapped locations.

The design images should tell the story of Denton via the residents and neighborhoods which created our city.

VAST and Historic Denton will help you select a neighborhood. Artists may submit designs for any neighborhood; the Artist Call is not limited to artists living within a specific neighborhood. 

Residents of each neighborhood will be included in selecting the final designs.  Artist will be recognized by the neighborhoods, VAST, and with acknowledgement of their efforts by the City of Denton.

Reserve a Project Location! Contact Jo Williams.
Reserve a Project Location: Let us know your interest for a neighborhood by writing to Jo Williams at You will then be given historical information and can be referred to Historic Denton, Inc. to further develop your ideas.

For more information, see the document here.
VAST 31st Annual Members Exhibition Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the VAST Members Exhibition!
Best of Show
Corky Stuckenbruck Memorial Award 
Yuni Lee
Dulce Periculum
First Place 2D
Don and Pat Edwards Award
Deborah Boschert
Even and Odd
First Place
3D Cail Cope Award
Jihye Han
The Other Side of Memory 
Second Place
Susan K Vaughn Memorial Award
Dave Blow
The Opening 
Third Place
Hillman-Kerley Karl Award
Ellen Frenkel
Longing for the Sweeter Fruit of a New Order
Fourth Place
Carol and Dave Rowley Award
Nel Dorn Byrd
The Chairy Orchard
Pride of Denton
Ray and Eloise Sears Award
Fran Shurtleff
Honorable Mention 1
Dorothy Langston Memorial Award
Kathy Albright
Waiting and Watching

Honorable Mention 2
Jeanne Heartsill Memorial Award
Jo Williams
Giant City State Park
Honorable Mention 3 Memorial Award
Barbara Lindley
Pretty Prickley
Honorable Mention 4 VAST Award
Tina Alverez
Late Afternoon Colors
Honorable Mention 5 VAST award
Mindy Faubion
Kindred Spirits
Voertman's Gift Certificate Award
Robin Butt
Morning Song
The 2020 Merging Visions Exhibition was a great success.
The 2020 Merging Visions Committee would like to thank all the sponsors for their donations to make the event a success, and particularly the VAST sponsors whose names were inadvertently omitted from the catalog: Linda Creagh & Scott Lent, Christine Bryan, Lola Newell, Carol & David Rowley. 

In addition, many thanks to all the poets and artists who joined together to hang the show in the Gough Gallery on August 4, 2020 so that it could become “virtual” by the GDAC staff [and remain on the internet for all to view forever!]. You worker bees know who you are (even though you were barely recognizable in your masks!). 

Merging Visions was a wonderful exhibit, and going forward will be under the auspices of Denton Poets Assembly. Best wishes to the Merging Visions Exhibit for a bright future going forward!”
The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC), gallery space and offices of the Greater Denton Arts Council, will reopen to the general public on November 6.
The PAAC will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM with Thursday’s hours being extended until 8 PM for visitors to view the works on display in our three galleries.

Exhibitions include:
  • 30 UNDER 30 in Gough Gallery – featuring 30 young adult artists from across the DFW area.
  • Hopeful Wanderers in Festival Hall – graphite and four-color intaglio prints by Angelia Ford.
  • Opening 11/10 - 175-Mile Exhibition in Meadows Gallery presented by the 
Visual Arts Society of Texas – featuring various media artists from within 175 
miles of Denton.

Programming will also resume November 6 and include activities during our Thursday Nights at the PAAC extended hours and on Saturdays.Upcoming programs include
  • Poetry Open Mic Night: November 12 at 6 PM
  • Crafted, Cardmaking: November 19 at 6 PM

For information on covid precautions and hours, check
Interested in the Visual Arts Society of Texas
VAST Artist Day Out (VADO)?
For those interested in VADO: Open Studio by GDAC is back on Thursdays, but for a very limited number of participants. If you are interested, please contact Fran Shurtleff at Names must be submitted to GDAC on the Tuesday before. Social distancing and masks will be required.
You sure can Renew Your Membership or Join NOW!
2020-2021 VAST Membership Levels
$17 - Student    $27 - Educator*   $37 - Individual   $47 - Family 

Download form below. Make checks payable to VAST; mail to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX  76202

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Download membership form below. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. Make checks payable to "VAST." 
  • Pay by PayPal on our website, under the "Join" dropdown menu.
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at our meetings. Meetings start in September.

For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at
VAST Calendar Artist for November
Member Workshops, Classifieds, Want Ads, Etc.
VAST Members have the opportunity to advertise art related information in the newsletter 2 times per VAST year - June 1st through May 31st. This business card-sized ad must be sent to the editor by the 15th of the month and is subject to the approval of VAST. VAST reserves the right to edit.

Members in the News
Please let us know if you have gotten in a show or publication, or are having an exhibition!
Dina Good (also our new webmaster!) was featured as one of 36 artists in “The Art Edit” page of the August issue of Home and Garden magazine. Pictured was her painting of The Bull Wins which incorporates five hidden images of bulls. The article identifies Dina as “an abstract modern artist who strives to capture emotions onto canvas. Her vividly detailed paintings capture the essence of a scene but invite personal interpretation. She is an award winner who has mastered both mural sized artworks and miniature oil paintings.” Home and Garden is published in Britain but sold all over. 
VAST's Revolving Exhibitions
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library

New artist work up at Emily Fowler library! Dina Good's work is up at the library for approximately four months. Even though the library is not yet open to the public, the employees are enjoying the new art! Watch for the opening for patrons.

Coordinator for exhibit: Carol Stoecker 
If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street, Denton TX, 76201

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Aurora Cabrera Dawson is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
The Denton Senior Center is located at 509 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

"Stoked About Denton" Exhibition, 
608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. 
This exhibition space is currently under construction.
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX
"A Creative Art Studio and Gallery" on Facebook or

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
For more information:
Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
University of North Texas Art Galleries
CVAD Gallery
Paul Voertman Gallery
For more information: UNT galleries 
Art Opportunities and Proposals
National Portrait Gallery Is Accepting Entries for the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
Calling all artists!
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting an open call from October 5, 2020, through January 29, 2021, for submissions to its sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists living and working in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands to submit one portrait for consideration by a panel of experts.

Submissions from each finalist will form The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from April 30, 2022, through February 26, 2023, before traveling.

The triennial competition welcomes all media and focuses on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s wider relevance to society. It aims to bring together works that attend to the country’s diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and other conditions that shape the individual and collective identities of artists and sitters.

The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Past first-prize winners include David Lenz (2006), Dave Woody (2009), Bo Gehring (2013), Amy Sherald (2016), and Hugo Crosthwaite (2019).

Taína Caragol, curator of painting and sculpture and Latinx art and history, is the director of the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Guest jurors for this competition are Kathleen Ash-Milby, curator of Native American art, Portland Art Museum; Catherine Opie, artist and professor of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles; Ebony G. Patterson, artist, Chicago; and John Yau, critic and professor of critical studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Portrait Gallery jurors include co-curators of The Outwin 2022 exhibition Caragol and Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, and Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture.

For more details on requirements and to apply, visit
Texas Cultural Trust Request for Qualifications:
The Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT) invites artists and creative teams residing in Texas—as well as those who have previously lived and worked in Texas—to submit their qualifications for the development of a new Texas Medal of Arts.
Applicants should submit their qualifications only, and not proposals. Once an artist or creative team is selected, they will be invited to create and propose full ideas, concepts, and artwork for the Texas Medal of Arts. 

The selected artist or creative team will be invited to:
  1. Propose any combination of materials, wearable dimensions, and imagery;
  2. Propose, create, and contribute full ideas, concepts, and artworks; and
  3. Work in collaboration with a Texas Medal of Arts designer to deliver a final, fully designed and fabricated medal.
The stipend for this commission has been set at $5,000.

This project is open to all artists and creative teams who:
  • Are current or former residents of Texas;
  • Have created or produced artwork in Texas for at least three (3) years; and
  • Have experience in the fields of public art, craft, sculpture, and/or other forms of object fabrication.

  • Friday, October 23, 2020: RFQ Opens
  • Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST): RFQ Closes
  • Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 4, 2020: Committee Review
  • Friday, December 4, 2020: Artist Selection

Qualifications must be submitted, via online form, by Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST). Emailed qualifications will not be accepted. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered.
For more information, Check Here.
Dallas Center for Photography Presents:
The Human Portrait : Call For Entry

They can be self-portraits or portraits of others; posed or candid; studio or environmental; camera original or digital composite. Selections will be featured in a virtual exhibition on the DCP website. We are also planning to have an exhibition catalog in book form that will be available for purchase.

DCP will host a virtual opening reception on Friday, December 11 that is free and open to the public. Juror Jennifer Spelman will be in attendance to discuss the winning entries.
Deadline: November 29
Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third winners.
  • First place: $500
  • Second place: $350
  • Third place: $150
Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a fluid traveler and is equally at home in rural villages and cosmopolitan cities. A sensitive photographer of people, she strives to create images with energy and insight.
Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, Mexico, and Cuba. She is thrilled to lead passionate photographers on ridiculously fun adventures around the world with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
For full details, Check Here.
Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) Presents…
“Hindsight 2020”
This Juried Exhibit that expresses Reflection on the past year 2020

Deadline to enter : NOV 12th 2020
Location: The VALA Gallery in the Historic Cotton Mill of McKinney
Entry Fee for non-members is $35 (this fee includes a 1 yr VALA Membership) and FREE for VALA members, for up to 4 pieces.
(3) - $500 Awards for Judges Choice of Best of Show!
(3) - $100 Awards 1ST, 2ND, 3RD
(4) - $50  Awards Honorable Mentions
Reception Event – Jan 2021 (Date/Time TBD)
Show Runs : Nov 17th 2020 – Jan 10th, 2021
Information and entry through