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Breckenridge Fine Arts Center moves annual juried art show to the internet

Breckenridge Fine Arts Center moves annual juried art show to the internet
June 15
14:19 2020

The show must go on, even in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, and especially if the show is the annual Juried Art Show hosted by the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center.

Shalon Wilson, director of the BFAC, said that when the center closed in March due to the health scare, everyone assumed that the annual art show would be canceled. But, when things began to open back up, Wilson and the BFAC’s Board of Directors decided to look at various options for the show.

At first, Wilson said, she was opposed to an online show, thinking it would trivialize the artwork. But, she talked to some of the artists, and they were in favor of the center hosting the show online.

So, for the first time in its history, the BFAC’s annual Juried Art Show will be an online event. The artists will submit their entries digitally. Those chosen for the show by Juror John Cook of Dallas will be displayed online by the BFAC.

Most of the traditional rules still apply. The national/international competition is open to all artists 21 years of age and over. Entries must be original, 2- and 3-dimensional art; no photography, prints, or computer-generated artwork will be accepted. Oil, watercolor, scratchboard, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, mixed media, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, aquatint, fiber, bronze, wood, glass and ceramic will be accepted. Original artwork must not be older than 3 years, except in Bronze Sculpture category.

Artwork that has been exhibited at the BFAC Juried Show in the past is not eligible to be entered in the show.

All entries must be submitted via the online form on the BFAC’s website. According to the website, entries will accepted through 6 p.m. Friday, June 26. There is a $25 nonrefundable entry fee required for each entry.

Despite the show’s online status this year, there will still be cash prizes for the winners, including:

  • Best of Show: $2,000
  • Clay Pitzer Memorial: $1,500
  • Lester & Virginia Clark Memorial: $750
  • Travis Toland Memorial: $500
  • Honorable Mention: 3 will be awarded

This year’s show judge, artist John Cook, is from Dallas. He studied art at The University of Texas in Arlington and The Art Center in Los Angeles. For more details on Cook, click here to visit the BFAC’s page about him.

Wilson said she expects to have the show online by early August.

For more information, contact the BFAC at 207 N. Breckenridge Ave., online at or by phone at 254-559-6602. The BFAC is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.


Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Top image courtesy of the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center


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