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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 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 31st Annual Bosque Art Classic

September 10-24, 2016


Entry Deadline:  May 23, 2016


The website will be ready to accept entries in the coming weeks.  Please read the 2016 Prospectus before making your entries.



2016 Judge: Jason Scull, CA


Jason Scull has a respect for the ways of the American West that has fueled monumental feats in bronze.  A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 2011, Scull’s honors and commissions derive from numerous sources.   The American Miniature Horse Association, Southern Arkansas University, the Gaylord Texan, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, and the Headliners Club in Austin are just a few of the institutions who have commissioned art from the sculptor.  His monument of early Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays at the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos earned him the Citation of Merit for Historic Preservation from the Texas Historic Foundation in 2002.  He has captured first place sculpture at the annual Phippen Memorial Art Show in Prescott, Arizona, as well as at The Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In 2013, the Academy of Western Artists in Fort Worth named him Western Artist of the Year. 

Scull and his wife, Dianne, make their home near Kerrville, Texas, where he has spent many years teaching the craft of sculpting as well as continuing to make his mark on the world of western art.




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