Courtesy Wichita Falls CVB
The Kemp Center may be Wichita Falls’ headquarters for the visual arts, but for groups visiting town, it’s just the first part of an arts experience. The Wichita Falls CVB offers an arts tour around town that highlights many of the public art displays throughout the city.
Throughout downtown, visitors will find a number of large-scale bronze sculptures by noted artist Jack Stevens. Highlights include a piece called “Little Girl,” which shows a young child reading on a playground, and “Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred,” which depicts the action of a cycling race held in Wichita Falls each summer. Many visitors enjoy “Wee-Chi-Ta,” a large, multifigure sculpture that re-creates a Comanche Indian family’s crossing of the Wichita River.
An arts tour through Wichita Falls also includes a look at the Mane Event painted horses that dot downtown.
“The Mane Event horses are located throughout the community,” said Lindsay Greer, director of the Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau. “There are more than 50 of them. They’re all painted by local artists, and there’s a story behind each one of them.”