The Alliance has developed an Artist Roster, a database (including artists’ biographies, areas of expertise, and contact information) of area artists and art education professionals to build a broad and culturally diverse database of artists and arts entrepreneurs in our community.

The Alliance Artists Roster is a service to schools, libraries, arts organizations, event organizers, businesses, and other service providers in our area who often want to engage creative folks and artists to work with them. And of course – we want to bring more visibility to the artists who live and work in our community!

The Artist Roster is open to any area artist who feels they have arts experiences to share, as long as they provide the necessary information and can define what they have to offer.

To submit your information – or to let us know of artists in the community that we should include, contact us at info@wichitafallsarts.org or click the button below.

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Antuan Simmons

I specialize in: Literary Arts, Poetry, Spoken Word

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Antuan Simmons is a poet from Wichita Falls, Texas. He has been writing poetry for 22 years and has published 6 books of poetry. He has hosted an open mic and done poetry readings at several poetry venues. He has had book signings in Texas, and Oklahoma. His poetry has been featured in several literary publications, and also in his local newspaper.

He also has a spoken word CD called ‘AntuanLive’ showcasing his poetry. Antuan has also founded a t-shirt clothing brand called ‘Inspired Reading’ which promotes and encourages literacy. Simmons is also the founder of American Poet 16 - a clothing line that encourages and inspires more people to consume and appreciate beautiful poetry and literature.

Kiera Simmons

I specialize in: Dance

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I'm Kiera, the owner & director of Little Hearts Dance studio. I love being able to share my love for dance with little hearts. I truly feel blessed to get to dance with such beautiful souls each and every day.

After graduating as the senior captain of the Hirschi Hilites drill team, I started helping coach other teams throughout Wichita Falls. Eventually, I began teaching through the City of Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Department. I opened Little Hearts Dance studio in Wichita Falls.

Tiffany Simpson

I specialize in: Crafts, Painting

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My journey in art began as a child during trauma therapy. It provided a much-needed outlet that went on to become my way of relaxing as well as an avenue of self-introspection.

During college oil painting g became an avid passion later set aside for raising my 7 kids. Little did I know, I’d rekindle my passion for painting and turn it into a full-time business teaching others how to paint while discovering their passion as well.

While my business is primarily paint parties, I also teach art to children at co-ops, day areas, and at a local facility, CrashWorks.

Glass and resin over acrylics are my current inspiration.

Robert Smith

I specialize in: Drawing

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I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil and over the years I've won a few competitions and had my art displayed at MSU and the Wichita Falls Museum. Now I'm just a struggling artist trying to sell his work and do commissions.

Kathy Smyers

I specialize in: Weavings and Tapestries

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KATHY SMYERS
WEAVINGS BY KATHY

Raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, the beauty and color of nature shows in Kathy’s weavings and tapestries. Her designs display traditional Rio Grande style while incorporating French tapestry techniques. She weaves in her she-shed with her Australian shepherds in attendance.

While showing horses, she was introduced to not only the beauty but the utility of Navajo saddle blankets. Kathy was able to take lessons from native artisans in northern New Mexico in 2015. Once she learned the basics of Rio Grande style weaving and the utility of Churro wool, her imagination was whetted. Her first pieces were saddle blankets and table runners. The weaving styles used were Rio Grande stripes, Chimayo and Saltillo. She now incorporates these weaving styles with leather on her unique purses and totes. Kathy’s tapestry weavings depict landscapes, seascapes and flowers. These works of art have been juried into national and international art shows, receiving first place honors at several. Saddle Blanket 2018 was used at the 2018 Induction Ceremony held at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Kathy is based near Holliday, Texas. Her work can be seen at her studio. She frequently has pieces at The Gallery in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Aaron Soto

I specialize in: Muralist/Public Art, Painting

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Hello, I’m Aaron and I’m an artist residing in Wichita Falls, TX. I take private commissions as well as public art installations. Feel free to email me with business inquiries and to request a consult.

aartbyaaron@gmail.com

Ralph Stearns

I specialize in: Muralist/Public Art, Painting, Drawing

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Born into a military family in Austin, Texas, Ralph Steams began life moving.

He first moved to Wichita Falls in 4th grade and attended City View Elementary School. He graduated from Petrolia High School in 1972 and decided to follow his father's lead. Enlisting for two years in the United States Marine Corps, Stearns was stationed throughout southern California and worked as a legal clerk and court reporter. Upon discharge, through the G.I. Bill, he had money to pursue education in his heart's true calling… fine art. Stearns was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Midwestern State University in painting and sculpture in 1981. Lamar Advertising of Wichita Falls quickly snatched up the talented artist to work in the billboard industry. He served the company for 15 years as a commercial artist and art director.

Ralph then became a self-employed artist, participating in local/ regional/ international art shows, and instructing and painting Wichita Falls. Hired as a district mural specialist, his paintings brighten the daily grind at Wichita Falls Independent School District schools. He refers to the large-scale religious oil paintings in two Wichita Falls churches as his "legacy." His caricatures, created during various area venues, bring a smile to all portrayed. But his most visible paintings adorn buildings. His realistic cyclists' race to the finish on the "Hotter than Hell Race" headquarters. His giant parrot behind a faux brick wall brings double-takes to travelers on Kell Boulevard.

Ralph explains, "I am a figure painter. Once you learn the basic elements of painting, you can manipulate work any way you want. I am a passionate artist that loves forms and color. I love it; I breathe it. My favorite medium is oil, but my favorite style, well, I change with the weather.'"

Dell Stine

I specialize in: Painting

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Taking up oil painting as I enter retirement after starting with Steve Grey in the early 1990's. I have done pastels, a couple of watercolors and then moved to oil painting in 2000. I like to paint landscapes, still lifes, birds and livestock. Planning on working Plein Air next spring or warmer days this winter.

Fuago

I specialize in: Muralist/Public Art, Painting

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Fuago is a localy based artist whos art is rooted in graffiti and street culture. He thrives on large scale walls and bright subject matter while also enjoying painting photo realizm and logos. Fuago also works on creating digital logos and artwork for companies. He has hosted and participated in a number of events around town to include, anual art walks, 2020s  Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, 
Heart Strings Exhibition, 2022 L.I.E tour for life, personal art shows and is now teaching a graffiti class to msu art students.

Stephen Taylor

I specialize in: Visual Arts

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Stephen Taylor's early love of Comic illustrations and music influenced his gritty artistic style. In Dallas, he learned how to create foam sculptures, which led to him owning and operating his own commercial art studio.

Prior to his arrival in Wichita Falls, he used his creativity and ambition to renovate and reopen the Plaza Theatre in Vernon Texas. In 2015, a chance meeting with the owners of the Maer Heydrick #2 building provided the opportunity for him to conceptualize, design and construct 9th Street Studios in Downtown Wichita Falls.

Stephen is the owner of sTd Studios.

Cindy Kahler Thomas

I specialize in: Visual Art, Stained Glass, Ink

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Cindy Kahler Thomas showed an early interest in art. As a child, she would get out the round suitcase that held her art and show it to anyone who would sit still long enough to look. She excelled at art throughout her first 12 years of school, and upon graduation, she became a cosmetologist playing with colors in a different way. She sculpted her client’s hair and vented her artistic sensibilities that way.

She graduated from Midwestern State University, but only took one art class and that was in photography, which she thoroughly enjoyed and did quite well in it. Then in her 30’s her lifelong friend introduced her to stain glass mosaics, and she fell in love. Her favorite media is stained glass and ink.

She is now a volunteer of the Wichita Falls Art Association and feels privileged to be surrounded by art at the group’s gallery at 600 8th Street where she often shows her art. She also teaches art classes to children at the Kemp Center for the Arts. She also takes part in the After Hours Art Walk.

She is proud to be a wife, mother and grandmother, and counts her family and her faith as her greatest assets. She can be reached at 940-733-1562 or CindyKThomas@aol.com.