It all started as a Christmas wish, in 1916 Mrs. Kemp asked her husband, pioneer and businessman Joseph Alexander Kemp for a public library building as a Christmas gift. In 1918 Kemp presented the main structure of this building to the citizens of Wichita Falls. The community donated 4,000 books and raised money for furnishings. While the building has been enlarged and remodeled several times, the original structure remains intact. Today the Kemp Center for the Arts is the center of the art community in the Wichita Falls area. The Arts Council and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other groups are based here. There is a beautiful outdoor Sculpture Garden and both permanent and rotating art exhibits in the North Light Gallery and the West End Studio. Regular performances of the various arts, public classes and a variety of other events are featured at the Kemp.
The Kemp Center also serves as a unique event space perfect for weddings, receptions, classes, meetings, conferences and more. The Kemp has rooms available for events both big and small. The classrooms and board room are perfect for small meetings, classes, baby showers, birthday parties and more. The Great Hall holds up to 200 people for banquet seating and includes a stage area for entertainment and performances: perfect for weddings, quinceaneras, anniversary parties, musical performances, conferences or any large meeting event. The Kemp has a complete catering kitchen and serving pantry available, as well as our beautiful outdoor Sculpture Garden grounds.