MSU Students Add Art to Downtown Windows

About a year ago, Choose Wichita Falls teamed up with Downtown Wichita Falls Development, White Realty and (most importantly) MSU Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Morgan Page for a public art project! Page’s talented students researched an individual or group with ties to Wichita Falls to create an illustrated portrait!! You can now find the first round of art in the windows of the first floor of the City National Building located at 807 Eighth Street in Downtown Wichita Falls. While some portraits were designed on a computer, others were completely hand drawn. 


The office space where the art is located is currently unoccupied. White Realty Management has allowed the art to be installed the windows to help beautify the downtown area! A very big thank you to them for giving this project a chance. 

 

There are several available windows that could still be filled, and there are still so many people and groups who have helped to make this city what it is today! What portraits would you like to see added to this list?? Let us know! Email ann@wichitafallschamber.com with your suggestions!


 Images & Artists:  

 

Artist: Taqi Francis

Charlye Farris – Born in Wichita Falls. The first African-American woman licensed to practice law in Texas. The first woman licensed to practice law in Wichita County. You can read much more about her here.

 

Artist: Armann Pompey

Mia Hamm – Hamm is a retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup winner. Played soccer for Notre Dame Catholic School as a freshman and sophomore.

 

 

Artist: Kelsey Tidwell

Phyllis Coates – An actress known for portraying Lois Lane in the original Superman TV series. Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Coates left for Los Angeles after graduating from high school here!

 

Artist: Tyler Colley

Roby Christie – Founder of the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, instrumental in helping “Put the Falls back in the Wichita Falls.”

 

Artist: Jusdon Hollie

Sheppard Air Force Base – An integral part of the Wichita Falls economy. Sheppard celebrated several milestones in 2016, including its 75th anniversary in Wichita Falls, the 50th anniversary of German pilot training, and the 35th anniversary of the 80th Flying Training Wing.

 

Artist: Morgan Page; Assistant Professor at Midwestern State University

Frank Kell – Considered one of the early founders of Wichita Falls because of his pioneering work in the oil, railroads, and flour-milling industries. He was also involved in many other businesses including railroad, cattle ranching, farming and refining. He and his family lived in what is now the “Kell House Museum.”

 

Artist: Morgan Page; Assistant Professor at Midwestern State University

Joseph A. Kemp – Along with his brother in law, Frank Kell, Kemp is considered one of the early founders of Wichita falls.  In 1890, Kemp opened the J. A. Kemp Wholesale Grocery Company, with headquarters in what is now Depot Square in downtown Wichita Falls. The business helped make Wichita Falls an important trade center for the region.

 

Artist: Jusdon Hollie

 

Lloyd Ruby – Raced in the Indianapolis 500 for 18 straight years and won the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race in 1966. In 2005, Ruby received the Bruton Smith Legends Award at the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.



Artist: Brittany Pioche

Native American Tribes – The student has illustrated the three tribes that local historians and the Museum of North Texas History have instructed her are the most significant; those include the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, the Comanche, and the Kiowa.

 

Artist: Akil Williams

Skandor Akbar – This professional wrestler, born Jimmy Wehba in Wichita Falls, grew up in Vernon. His first encounter in a wrestling ring came at the 4-H Barn in Wichita Falls.  His illustration is installed diagonally to The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

 

 

Artist: Krysten Farrier

Bowling for Soup – Members of this rock, Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler and Gary Wiseman, all grew up in Wichita Falls. The band hits that include “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” “1985,” “Almost,” and “Ohio (Come Back to Texas).”  Bowling For Soup released their 11th studio album in 2016, and will headline the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Downtown Wichita Falls. 

 

 

Special thanks to Assistant Professor at Midwestern State University, Morgan Page and all her students. They did an amazing job. Thank you as well to Carlos Alleman, Gallery Preparator at MSU. I’d also like to thank Mark Chase and David White at White Realty, and Cynthia Laney and Jeanette Charos at Downtown Wichita Falls Development for helping make this project possible!