Bosque Art Classic

The Bosque Art Classic is an annual juried & judged national art show & sale hosted by the BAC Art Council.  Begun in 1986, over the years it has also drawn entries from international artists as well. 

The show is open to all artists who create realistic/representational art.  Categories are 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 or Art Patrons purchase awards include Don Weller, Xiang Zhang, Mikel Donahue, Steven Lang, Dana Lombardo, Kathy Tate, William Schneider, Jeff Segler,  Romel de la Torre, & 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 Art Classic's online gallery of past shows.

39th Annual Bosque Art Classic

Exhibition/Sale Dates: September 14-28, 2024


2024 Judge: Martin Grelle, CA

Prospectus now available

2024 Prospectus

Create an account to make entries in the Bosque Art Classic.

You may create an account at any time.  You will need this account to make your entries. 

We advise doing it well in advance of the deadline.

If you already have an account, please log in and make sure your contact information is correct in your profile (click "Edit Your Account).   (Entering a new address at the payment phase of making entries will not update your address in the Art Classic database.)

Please read the prospectus before making your entries.  


The online entry process changed in 2017. All entrants must 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 wish to mail your entries in on a CD, an account will be created for you but you will need to provide a valid email address.  Download the prospectus for information on entering by mail.

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


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View the Bosque Art Classic's online gallery.


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