Art Spark Texas and WFMA collaborate

WFMA to host Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibition

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, in collaboration with Art Spark Texas, presents the 13th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibition featuring artwork selected from artists who are veterans or current service military residing in Texas. The exhibition opens Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 22. The opening reception is from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12.

Paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and photography illustrate these artists’ unique perspectives with inspiration from their civilian and military lives. “It’s an honor and a privilege to host this competitive juried exhibit,” WFMA Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Danny Bills said. “Since we have never had an exhibit quite like this before, I look forward to the outreach this opportunity will create. I hope the WFMA can be a place for conversation and engagement with this exhibition.”

Marion Helmick, KodaBear, 2021, Acrylic on canvas.
Marion Helmick, KodaBear, 2021, Acrylic on
canvas. In top feature photo, Keith Klabon, Connections, 2022, Wall sculpture,
mixed media acrylic on panel.


Art Spark Texas provides services for current and prior military members and family. The arts are important to veterans because, for many military personnel, the arts are a way to express what they saw, heard, and experienced during service.

“We look forward to this opportunity to expand our reach across Texas and to meet and support veteran artists in North Texas,” said April Sullivan, artworks director, Art Spark Texas.


About the WFMA:

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University enriches life in our community and the university through new experiences in visual art for all ages. Our extensive and growing permanent collection of American art focused on works on paper, and our changing exhibitions provide a first-class gallery experience. The WFMA supports the university’s liberal arts mission and is an educational resource offering varied programs and events for the North Texas region.   

About Art Spark Texas:

Art Spark Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities.

Recognizing that every person has a voice that deserves to be heard, Art Spark offers programs that enable educational and career success, enhance personal growth, provide support and training to the public, and offer individuals of all ages access to the creative work of people with diverse abilities. We reach individuals who have difficulty leaving their homes, older adults who are isolated and alone, veterans and their family members, students with autism and other developmental disabilities, theatergoers who are blind, and many more individuals who may be underrepresented or overlooked. 

Art Spark Texas provides services for current and prior military members and families. Additionally, our programs offer veterans a chance to interact with other veterans and expand their support networks.