Bosque Art Center

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P.O. Box 373
215 S. College Hill Drive
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 29th year.  It is open to all artists who create realistic/representational art.  Categories include: Drawing, Oil/Acrylic, Pastel, Sculpture, & Water Media.  1st & 2nd place awards are given to pieces in each category.  Additional awards include the Art Council Purchase Award* ($1,000 in addition to the sale price), 1st Time 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: Mikel Donahue, William Schneider, Jeff Segler, Don Weller, Romel de la Torre, Xiang Zhang, & many others.   Last year's show, judged by Bill Nebeker, closed with almost 700 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.

The 29th Annual Bosque Art Classic

View the 2014 Bosque Art Classic.

2014 Bosque Art Classic Judge

R.S. Riddick, CA

R.S. Riddick believes art “should be emotional; it should touch the human spirit and affirm humanity.”  Riddick has been engaged in that pursuit all his life, with phenomenal results.  Invited to become a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1997, he has won multiple gold and silver medal awards in CAA shows in both water soluble and oil categories.  In 2000 he received the Prix de West’s Frederic Remington Award and Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Award for his oil, Lakota Water Maidens. He has been named Artist of the Year by The Tucson Festival Society and Friends of Western Art, the National Western Stock Show, and the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team, received the Colyer-Weston Award for outstanding artistic achievement, was named Artists of America Master Artist 1995, and was honored with the  Olaf Wieghorst Memorial Award for Excellence by the Mountain Oyster Club Art Exhibition in 1992.  Riddick painted the official 25th Anniversary portrait of Billy Graham in the late ‘70s; in 1983, he was honored by the National Portrait Institute of Washington, D. C., with their Award for Excellence.  Riddick studied art at the renowned Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and he has continued to pass along his knowledge by giving private instruction in art since 1982. Riddick is an honorable signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

2014 Prospectus

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Follow this link to make digital entries to the Bosque Art Classic.