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Clifton, Texas 76634

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Bosque Art Classic

The Bosque Art Classic is an annual judged & juried art show & sale hosted by the BAC Art Council.  Over the years, it has become a national show which includes entries from international artists as well.  The show is currently in its 30th year.  It is open to all artists who create realistic/representational art.  Categories include: Drawing, Oil/Acrylic, Pastel, Sculpture, Water Media, and Mixed Media.  1st & 2nd place awards are given to pieces in each category.  Additional awards include the Art Patrons Purchase Award* ($1,000 in addition to the sale price), New Entrant Award ($1,000), the Boren-Selvidge Award ($1,000), and the coveted John Steven Jones Purchase Award* ($5,000 not in addition to the sale price).

Artists receive a prospectus for the Art Classic in February. It is also published online around that time.  The deadline to enter the contest is usually mid-May or early June.  Digital images only are accepted initially (either online or on CD by mail.)  Acceptance letters generally go out mid-July.  Artwork is received in late August for the judge to view the works and judge in person. Awards are announced and presented at the opening reception held in September each year.

Past winners of the John Steven Jones Purchase Award include: Jim House, Mikel Donahue, William Schneider, Jeff Segler, Don Weller, Romel de la Torre, Xiang Zhang, & many others.   Last year's show, judged by R.S. Riddick, closed with over 650 entries.

* Purchase awarded art becomes a part of the Bosque Arts Center's Permanent Collection.  This collection is displayed throughout the year for the public to enjoy for free. A catalog of the Permanent Collection is available at the gallery.

Follow this link to view galleries of past Bosque Art Classics.

The 30th Annual Bosque Art Classic

2015 Bosque Art Classic Judge
Martin Grelle, CA

It is only fitting that Martin Grelle judge the 30th Annual Bosque Art Classic.  Bosque County born and raised, Grelle has continued to call home the town that nurtured his budding talent as an artist, and he has in turn passed along to students after him the secrets the masters passed on to him.  Mentored by James Boren, CA, Grelle exhibited in his first one-man show within a year of graduating high school.  He has since gone on to staggering heights of excellence.  One of the few artists to win the Prix de West’s Purchase Award twice, he has also twice won the Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyers’ Choice Award, in addition to multiple CAA Buyer’s Choice Awards and the CAA Ray Swanson Memorial Award.  In last year’s CAA show, Grelle came home with another Buyer’s Choice Award and a Silver Medal Water Solubles.  Forty years after that first one-man show, Grelle was honored with a retrospective at the Gilcrease.  In 2012, Grelle received the Briscoe Museum’s Legacy Award for his impact on the world of western art.   Invited into CAA membership in 1995, he is the immediate past president, as well as being president of the Joe Beeler Foundation.

The gallery for the 30th Annual Bosque Art Classic is now online.  Follow this link to see the artwork accepted into this year's show.

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