Today, the Wichita Falls Landmark Commission unanimously approved a mural to be installed on the Historic Zales Building. The project, funded by The Priddy Foundation is a joint endeavor from the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University and Downtown Wichita Falls Development.
The construction of the “Arts For All” mural will be a collaborative process by which Artist Ann Farley Gaines of Chicago will direct professional artists, MSU and WFISD students, and amateur artists of all ages to create a mixed-media mural.
The goal of this project is to create engaging, attractive artwork that instills pride for residents and beautifies our downtown.
In August 2016, there will be a three-day workshop where Gaines will engage local artists to help complete the mural. The Wichita Falls Museum of Art will provide further details on how to participate in the workshop. The mural is expected to be installed in June 2017.
About the Artist: Anne Farley Gaines, Artist of the Arts For All Mural Project, has completed several collaborative urban mural projects in the Chicago area. Gaines will design, orchestrate the construction, and oversee the installation of the mural. Gaines has an MFA from Bowling Green State University. As an independent self-employed artist, Gaines has completed commissions for private and public clients.
Gaines has chosen the title “Blue Skies, Golden Opportunities, Red Sunsets” for the mural.