Each year our committee selects a local artist or arts educator who has given extensively to our regional arts community throughout their lifetime.
This person is then the featured artist of the year and their artwork graces the keepsake magnet. We also display an exhibit of their work at The Kemp.
Making a donation provides you an opportunity to support the visual arts in North Texas while honoring or memorializing individuals who brought art into your life or have kept you "art inspired".
This is a great way to thank someone who has inspired your love of the arts!
This can be the honoree you select or, for memorials, someone you'd like to notify of the donation (for instance a child, spouse, or parent of the honoree).
We'll notify your recipient that a donation was made in their honor and send them their keepsake magnet of this year's artwork. We'll also post your name and your recipient's name on our Wall of Recognition at The Kemp.
Don't forget, you can also donate in your own name. The magnet will be sent to your address and listed on the wall under your name.
Gary Kingcade, born and raised in Wichita Falls, gradauted from MSU and taught art in the WFISD for 40 years. As a hugely popular art educator, he impacted the lives of hundreds of local students. In addition to teaching art, Mr Kingcade has been a working artist throughout his lifetime, primarily in painting, but also sculpture and jewelry making. His painting focuses on the spiritual landscape of regional Texas and beyond.