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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Vanity Washington

I specialize in: Music

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VANITY J. Washington
[music naturalist]

Vanity is a versatile and multi-talented entertainer and performance artist. She serves the Wichita Falls ISD as an elementary school music teacher. Vanity is a gifted percussionist and plays any percussion instrument including the piano and steel pan drums. She is a member of the award winning and nationally acclaimed vocal group, Of Scripture.

Within a music studio, Vanity provides a wealth of expertise for any aspect of music studio production including music management, production, engineering, instrumentation, vocal arrangement, vocal coaching, composing, and writing. She is experienced in video production, modeling, and dance choreography and performance.

She finds time to lend her talents to churches, theatres, concerts, and various other venues. Vanity strives to be a master teaching artist who loves to grow and absorb any and every learning opportunity.

Bryson Weeks

I specialize in: Wood Burning

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I’m Bryson, and I’m an artist , but I have a tiny twist. I was born with Autism Syndrome.

I needed a hobby to help with my anxiety and boredom.

I first found out about this kind art in January and just wanted to do it for a for fun then I had friends and family asking me to make stuff for them. Then I realized I could turn this into a part time job. It was a Tiktok video that got me into wood burning.

Mitchell Welch

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Mitchell Welch was a Wichita Falls native for 7 years, a long time member of the side hustle generation as an artist. He has been traveling parts of the country for the past few months working to find a voice in his craft, coming back to Wichita Falls for the summer from The YMCA of the Rocky Mountains where he worked as an art instructor.

Simon Welch

I specialize in: Graphic Design, Printmaking, Sculpture/3D, metalsmithing, photography

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Simon Welch was born in Henrietta, Texas in 1986. He received his BFA from Midwestern State University in May 2010 with a focus in Metalsmithing and Printmaking. He has been featured is several shows both as an individual as well as with partner artists, with his work ranging from sculpture, to photography, and graphic design. He started a career in graphic design in 2010 has most recently added videography to his professional resume. Simon Welch lives and works in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Jessica Wellington

I specialize in: Photography

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My name is Jess and I am a photographer in Wichita Falls! I specialize in weddings and portraits, my work is rich, colorful and unique. I put my heart and soul into each project that I do and my clients mean everything to me!

Harlan Whatley

I specialize in: Literary Arts, Painting, Drawing

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Harlan D. Whatley was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in the Lone Star State in Austin and Dallas. When Whatley was in the first grade in Dallas, he played a chap-wearing cowboy in my school play, The Big Show. Armed with a Wild Wild West TV show lunch box, a "64 brilliant colors box "of Crayola crayons and a red Big Chief Writing Tablet, Whatley colored his way into the cowboy culture.

Today, the American cowboy icon is alive and well in popular culture. Whatley's mission is to elevate the narrative of the American cowboy by way of his art. Whatley's art can be purchased on Etsy, eBay and at Emmalee's Shop in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas.


Education

BA, English – College of Charleston

MFA, Integrated Media Arts – Hunter College/CUNY

MA, English – University of Texas – Permian Basin

Whatley studied drawing at Midland College and color/composition at The Art Students League of New York.

Marsha Wright-Reeves

I specialize in: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/3D, Stained Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Jewelry, Teaching Artist

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Marsha Wright-Reeves is a full-time artist and art teacher. She is a graduate of Burkburnett High School and studied at Midwestern State University from 1988 to 1992.

She served as president of the Wichita Falls Art Association (WFAA) from 2009-2012. During her presidency, Marsha and her vice president directed the opening of the WFAA's first permanent gallery on the corner of 8th St. and Ohio Ave. She also served as gallery manager for the first two years of its operation.

In 2015, her photography was featured in the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review publication of “Where Three Winds Meet”, a book of poetry by Texas Poet Laureate James Hoggard.

She also co-illustrated two books by New York children's author Gordie Little in 2013 and 2016.

Marsha currently has a studio on the sixth floor in Big Blue. She works in stained glass, watercolor, acrylic, oil, alcohol ink, pastels, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas, including a permanent children's exhibit at the Museum of North Texas History.

In addition to her studio work, Marsha teaches art to a wide variety of private students in the Wichita Falls area.

Kai Kohi Zenji

I specialize in: Muralist/Public Art, Painting

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As a man of Dominican (Republic) heritage I am somewhat estranged to my culture's identity. Thus, I have adopted an affection of Japanese culture through Zen and a man named Kai (Senpai-elder/Sr). I am a retired Muay Thai fighter and Kai Senpai was my Muay Thai instructor. The name Kai was handed down to me as a posthumous honour. I was given this first name as the carrier of his lineage but his intention was never for me to pursue Muay Thai, it was to become enlightened. The nickname "Kohi" is a bit sweet for me. After years of being with him and growing close, in a moment, I accidentally called him "dad". He immediately accepted saying, "you are the only son I will ever have". I was dubbed Kōhai (younger/Jr). But in my error to spell it made out Kōhī (Japanese for coffee) and thus Kōhī stuck. Kai Senpai introduced me to the Zen lineage. The Zen tradition has a philosophical corpus which in the modern context has mostly been expressed through various arts. Within these arts, there is an underlying connotation for emotive expression. Therefore to ‘see’ Zen, one would not seek scholarly approach but look to art. In the Japanese ethos, attempting to capture this moment is self-defeating, in so much as the ‘beauty’ consists in its being ephemeral. Yet, the common notion of Zen relishes in the paradox of this contradicting gesture and is labeled as yūgen. My craft is introspection. It serves as my spiritual voice. Each piece is a different (kōan) parable. Kai Senpai is manifested though who I have become. My name is Kai Kōhī Zenji.