Between Natura

The Inaugural Exhibition, A PETAL Project Initiative

The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Gough Gallery, Denton TX

Between Natura

Exhibition August 13 - October 19, 2024 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center Gough Gallery

Opening Reception & Artist Awards: Thursday, August 22, 2024. 6:00-8:00PM

400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201

Call for Art

Between Natura

Submissions due by March 31, 2024

Art delivered to gallery by August 5 -11, 2024

Dates of Exhibition: August 13 - October 19, 2024

Artist Awards and Solo Exhibition Opportunity

Submissions are open to Texas artists, working in any visual medium, who have taken their inspiration from the natural environment of the North Texas area.

Between Natura is an invitation to explore and acknowledge the ever-flowing relationship between artists and the natural world. Composed of work that addresses this relationship between artist and muse, this inaugural PETAL exhibition seeks to showcase the diverse beauty and wonder of the unique North Texas natural landscape.

The exhibition will encourage questions on stewardship of wild spaces and will showcase how each artist is influenced by the region—an area more often turned over to real estate than preserved for intrinsic worth (as seen by the < 1% of the Blackland Prairie that remains, one of our most endangered ecosystems). Practically, because aesthetic appreciation raises collective and individual states of consciousness that influence public policies and individual behaviors. Aesthetically, because in the words of John Burroughs, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in tune once again.”

The PETAL Project is a North Texas-based environmental education initiative fostering Participatory Environmentalism Through Art and Learning. The PETAL Project provides educational opportunities to cultivate purposeful community environmental literacy and care.

Please Note -The Greater Denton Arts Council retains a 30% commission of the purchase price for all art sold in the Galleries or sold as a direct result of the exhibition.

Please Note - A Gmail account will be required to submit the Artist Form. If you do not have Gmail, please email to submit information.

Fees: $10 Artist Fee with options for Sliding Scale, Pay It Forward, and Scholarships. Please email to request scholarship options.

Submit your Artists Fee, You will receive a link for Artist information and submissions in your confirmation messages:

Meet the Exhibition Committee

We are artists, educators, and environmentalists.

Angilee Wilkerson | Lead Curator

Angilee Wilkerson is a photography and mixed media artist, Texas naturalist, and educator. She earned her MFA from Texas Woman’s University with a major in Photography and a minor in Intermedia Studies. She serves as Art Director in the division of University Brand Strategy & Communications at the University of North Texas

Two of her long-term projects include the Perform La Femme and the Wondrous Prairie series. An avid hiker and nature wanderer, she often finds her inspiration in the wild spaces of the TX Northern Elm Fork and Black Land Prairie. Drawn to the wilderness, her art examines the alterity that is inherent in nature and within our inner selves.

Wilkerson’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Longview Museum of Fine Art, TX, and The Center for Fine Art Photography, CO, and has been showcased in photography biennales including the New Pictorial at the International Museum of Photography, China, and in Fotofest, TX. Publications featuring her work include The Photo Review, Photo District News, and Photographer’s Forum. She has been honored with numerous recognitions, including the Puffin Foundation Grant, Top 50 at Critical Mass Photoucida, and an artist residency at La Macina Di San Cresci, Italy.  

Passionate about education and expressing one’s self through art, Angilee has led workshops at institutions, museums, and community centers, including the Dallas Museum of Art, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and the Proster Arts Center, Boskovice CZ. She conceptualized and curated, Waterways— A biennial confluence of art, philosophy, and science in celebration of water, an interdisciplinary project held at The University of North Texas and she has served as art Juror at various clubs and schools.

Rachel Weaver | Co-Curator & Co-Director of PETAL

Rachel Weaver is an environmental educator, mixed media artist, and creative collaborator residing in North Texas. They earned a BA in Social Sciences, and an MA in Philosophy with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of North Texas. Weaver’s environmental performance-philosophy work, blendways, involves multisensory ecological reveries that combine soundscape ecology, aural collage, ambient music, field recordings, zines, fiber arts, essays, radio programs, and interactive spaces to engage environmental imaginations. They have participated in mixed media performances, installations, and panels with creative collaborations at the metropolis ensemble flame keepers, dallas contemporary museum, Dallas Museum of Art - Center for Creative Connections, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Interference Fest, Sonic Murals, Thin Line Festival, and at multiple conferences, universities, galleries, and venues. They are a co-director and educator with The PETAL Project, offering environmental education with creative practices through community workshops, resources, and engagement.

Alex Khraish | Co-Curator & Co-Director of PETAL

Alex Khraish is a multimedia artist, educator, and environmentalist living and working in North Texas. Alex earned their Bachelors of Fine Arts in both Photography and Art History from Texas Woman’s University, and went on to be a Museum Educator at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art, with additional experience in social work and early childhood education. Their work addresses themes of identity, magic, and the sensorial experience of connecting with nature, while challenging the materiality of the photographic process. In both their personal practice and as an educator, Khraish has extensive experience working with a wide array of artistic mediums, with a focus in papermaking, bookmaking, and printmaking. Khraish is a co-director and educator with The PETAL Project, and teaches workshops across the DFW Metroplex at various museums, public libraries, and private studios.

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