Check out a wall painting in Dallas, gallery talks at The Modern in Fort Worth, SMU’s Celebration of Lights and more

The Catholic Foundation announced Emily Holman Morris is the winner of the 2018 A Year on the Plaza Art Competition. Her artwork, Windows to the City, is a 28-by-9-foot public art wall. It will be on display through October 2019 in the Catholic Foundation Plaza, 2216 Flora St. The piece celebrates the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe and also attractions in Dallas. Morris started painting in 2009 and received her master of fine arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

The plaza, which faces the Meyerson Symphony Center, was dedicated in 2006 as a gift from the Catholic Foundation to Dallas.


Theater to present the comedy ‘Inspecting Carol’

Theatre Coppell will present Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theatre on weekends from Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 at the Center for the Arts, 157 S. Moore Road. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 to $20. To order, visit or call 972-745-7719.


Housing Authority names new board leadership

The Dallas Housing Authority announced that it has a new board chair, vice chair and commissioner. The five-member board of commissioners is responsible for setting policy as well as providing governance and fiduciary oversight of the agency.

The board elected Victor Vital to serve as the agency’s new chairman and Jim Garner as the new vice chairman. Civic leader Jorge Baldor was earlier appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as a commissioner. Vital is a partner and trial lawyer in Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas office. Garner is a certifi ed public accountant with BKD LLP, a national accounting firm in Dallas. Baldor is the founder of Mercado369 in Oak Cliff. For more information, visit


The Modern will host several gallery talks

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Graduate Student Lecture Program offers Graduate Gallery Talks, which provide the opportunity to hear area graduate students in art and art history discuss works on view at the museum. The 30-minute public talks provide insight into a selected group of artworks connected by a theme. Each talk is offered twice. Admission to the galleries is free for participants.

The schedule is as follows:

–Nicole McKowen on “Big Screen/Small Screen: Cinematic Influences in Laurie Simmons’ Big Camera/Little Camera” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday.

–Alexis Meldrum on “Memory on Display: The Personal and Collective Imagery of Laurie Simmons” at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Nov. 3 0.

–Leslie Gardner on “Who Said That? Laurie Simmons’ Representation of Men and Their Roles” at 2 p.m. Nov. 29 and 11 a.m. Nov. 30.

–Ashton Smith on “Surreality and Scale: Mismatched Proportions in the Work of Laurie Simmons” at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 29 and 11:45 a.m. Nov. 30.

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District moves forward with 11th high school

Frisco ISD will start construction next year on its 11th high school, on the eastern side of the school district, a news release states. Updated enrollment projections for the state’s fastest-growing school district have moved up the school’s expected opening date by one year — from 2022 to 2021, the release states. The campus will be near Stacy Road and Collin McKinney Parkway in McKinney.

According to the release, plans for the school are moving forward after voters approved the 2018 bond program and tax ratification election. The school will be funded under the 20 14 bond program. The district’s 10th high school, Memorial High School, opened this fall. The state’s 13th largest school district is projected to add as many as 2,000 students each year for the next five years.

Todd Fouche, deputy superintendent for business and operations, said in the release that community feedback shows residents still favor Frisco ISD’s approach to building more high schools but keeping enrollment lower — about 2,100 students in high school. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, and rezoning for the school will occur in fall 2020.


Composting class set for Valley Ranch Library

Think Green Be Green will offer a class on composting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Participants will learn how to make high-quality compost at home using discardable materials. The class is free, but registration is required. To sign up, visit or call 972-7 21-2687.


World Peace student art on display at library

Richardson ISD fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade artists recently were honored at a reception at the Richardson Public Library. The event marked the end of the fifth annual World Peace Art Contest and exhibition sponsored by Altrusa International of Richardson, the Richardson Civic Arts Society, the Richardson Public Library and the Richardson Arts Alliance. The contest celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Peace with the theme “Spread Peace Through Kindness and Compassion.”

There were overall winners as well as winners at each school. Overall winners included first-place winner George Anagnostis of White Rock Elementary; second-place winner Ruby Oiveras of Mark Twain Elementary; and third-place winner Lena Graham of Northrich Elementary. Honorable mention went to Eli Worley from Mohawk Elementary.

The top three entries from each of t he participating RISD elementary schools are on display in the library’s third-floor gallery through Nov. 30.


SMU to host its Celebration of Lights

Southern Methodist University will host a Celebration of Lights at 7 p.m. Monday on the Main Quad. The ceremony will feature student musicians performing songs of the season, SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament and the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree. The celebration ends with participants bathed in the light of the candles they hold as they sing “Silent Night.”

The public is invited to attend and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies before the ceremony begins. The annual event is sponsored by SMU’s Student Foundation and supported by the SMU Student Senate and the Michael F. Miller Endowment for the Celebration of Lights. Find more at