Next time you visit Frisco’s George A. Purefoy Municipal Center to check out a book or pay a bill, allow a little extra time for wandering. You might come away inspired.
The Frisco Public Art Program this fall launched the latest installment of Art in the Atrium, an exhibit featuring works from 43 North Texas artists. The display is spread throughout four floors of the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center and will be open to the public through August 2014.
“It’s great when people can see that Frisco supports art,” said Jody Wissing, the vice chairman of the public art program, who also contributed two pieces to the show. “We hope the exhibit encourages other artists of all ages to demonstrate their creativity.”
More than twice as many pieces were submitted for consideration this year compared to last year, and 79 works were selected by the committee. Wissing said she was excited to see a wide range of styles and approaches. The increasing popularity of mixed media, for example, is represented through several pieces.
Wissing encourages area residents to view the work hanging in the atrium, alcoves and stairways of city hall. Organizers spent many hours hanging the pieces and tried to choose spaces carefully. Works by young artists are hanging on the second floor, near the library’s youth section, while pieces featuring messages aimed more at adults are located on the fourth floor.
The mission of the City of Frisco Public Art Program is to promote cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality in Frisco by integrating the work of artists into public places, civic infrastructure and private development.
In keeping with that mission, the Frisco Public Art Board initiated Art in the Atrium series at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center. The facility's open atrium design and tall limestone walls has proven to be an exceptional venue to showcase the artistic excellence of our local and regional artists.