Bosque Art Classic

The Bosque Art Classic is an annual juried & judged 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 33rd year.  It is open to all artists who create realistic/representational art.  Categories include: Drawing, Oil/Acrylic, Pastel, Sculpture, and Water Media.  First & second 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 which includes 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 Cheryl Harley-Volz, Kathy Tate, Mikel Donahue, William Schneider, Jeff Segler, Don Weller, Romel de la Torre, Xiang Zhang, & many others.   Entries in the Art Classic usually number between 600-900 pieces.

* 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.

View the Bosque Art Classic's online gallery.

35th Annual Bosque Art Classic

The talented Bruce Greene, member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1993, will serve as our distinguished judge for the 2020 show.  Greene is renowned for his outstanding work in oil, drawing, and sculpture, with monuments gracing the grounds of the Alamo, Globe Life Park, and the Fort Worth Stockyards.  Read more...

Entry Deadline: May 26, 2020

Create or log in to an account for the Bosque Art Classic

You may create an account at any time prior to entries opening.  You will need this account to make your entries.  We advise doing it well in advance of the deadline.  Entries close at 11:59 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Entry fees are $25 per entry online and $30 per entry mailed in on CD.

Please read the prospectus before making your entries.  

View the 2020 prospectus before entering.

2020 Note:

All systems are go for our 35th Annual Bosque Art Classic with Bruce Greene, CA, as judge.  The BAC Art Council would like to note that a contingency plan is in place if COVID-19 issues prevent us from having the customary opening night reception, dinner, and awards ceremony. Prizes will still be awarded/mailed and the sale will proceed online if we are unable to do a live event. We will update this page and remain in contact with all artists entering the show regarding the September exhibition.



The online entry process changed in 2017. All entrants must now create an online account. This account will allow artists to login at their leisure and make changes/corrections to their entries for the duration of the open entry period. It will also allow them to utilize the same account in subsequent years.

Upon creation of an account, the artist will be sent a confirmation by email. All artists should make sure they receive this confirmation. It contains instructions that must be followed to complete the creation of their account.

If it is not received within a timely manner (up to an hour), artists should check their spam/junk mail folders to see if it may have been routed there. It is recommended that artists "whitelist" the domain in their email client or spam filtering software.

If you experience trouble creating an account or making entries, call (254) 386-6049 for assistance.


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