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 32nd 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 Randy Meador, Matt Atkinson, Jim House, 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. A catalog of the Permanent Collection is available at the gallery.


The 32nd Annual Bosque Art Classic
September 9-23, 2017

Entry Deadline:  May 22, 2017

Enter the Bosque Art Classic

Please read the prospectus before making your entries.
Note the changes in the digital image criteria.

Download a copy of the 2017 Prospectus


The online entry process has changed beginning 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.

2017 Judge: Teal Blake, CA

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Teal Blake played in his father’s studio and dreamed of creating his own tributes to the American West.  Years spent ranching and riding in rodeos lent plenty of inspiration to guide his work; Teal credits his authenticity as a western artist to “simply being fortunate enough to work and ride alongside” his “friends and muses.”  He has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Ranch & Reata, and The Cowboy Way.  Writer Thomas McGuane used Teal’s painting Morning Gather for the cover of his 2013 release of Some Horses.  Teal has garnered repeated honors in the Bosque Art Classic, including the Gold Medal Watercolor in 2014 for Too Early for the Sun.  Other major awards include the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award and 1st Place Watercolor at the Phippen Museum.  In 2014, Blake’s efforts and accomplishments earned him an invitation to join the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.  He quickly thereafter proved himself in the water solubles medium at CAA shows, winning silver in 2015 and gold in 2016.

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