30th Annual Juried Art Show

This year’s BFAC Juried Art Show will be an in-person show! This year’s show will be showcased from July 6 – August 27, 2021.


  • Submission deadline has passed (Tuesday, May 11, 2021)
  • Notification of acceptance begins: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  • Delivery deadline of accepted work: Friday, June 11, 2021
  • Juried art show reception: Saturday, August 28, 2021


I strive for making art that is expressive and thought-provoking with sweeping lines, layers of color and texture. I paint in silence so that there are no outside influences. I shut out the rest of the world and am totally immersed in my thoughts about the canvas and the paint in front of me. My goal is to paint something that is pleasing to the eye and fun to figure out and once in a while, a portrait or two.

Patty is a working artist living in Abilene, Texas. She and her two partners, Linda Stricklin and Mary Haan, own and operate Calypso Gallery Academy of Art where they also maintain studios and a classroom for teaching various art mediums.

My earliest memory of drawing is of around the age of three years old. I remember drawing my grandmothers goldfish. It’s a vivid memory. I’m the oldest of the grandchildren. I was sitting alone at the coffee table and I remember the adults were sitting in the kitchen area. I can’t remember anything anyone said but, I remember my thinking. I was drawing circles with lines streaming from them all in one direction. I was amazed at how those lines made the little circular fish look like they were swimming. That is when I became aware of the power of lines in a drawing. In the abstract I paint today I continue to use the power of lines to create movement and interest in my paintings and drawings.”

Patty Rae Wellborn

Mastering the art of expressive realism had been a lifelong goal of hers, but she also enjoys the expressive and spontaneous nature of abstract painting. Patty enjoys the physicality of oil paint. When she was a child, her mother encouraged playing with art supplies. In fact, she was allowed to play outside in mud. She would build houses and carve out  roads and try to make lakes which never seemed to hold the water! Smearing paint around is much like playing in multiple colors of pigmented mud. She paints in many layers using mediums such as cold wax or Liquid Impasto to build up texture, and she also uses a multitude of tools to create texture or crevices in the paint. 


This is a national/international competition open to all artists 21 years of age and over. Artwork that has been exhibited at the BFAC Juried Art Show in the past is not eligible to be entered in the Juried Show. Original artwork must not be older than 3 years, except in Bronze Sculpture.


Original 2- and 3-dimensional art only. No photography, prints, or computer-generated artwork will be accepted.


Boundary measurement of framed art shall not exceed 200 inches. Boundary measurement is determined by adding the length and width measurements together and multiplying by 2.

For example: 24″ x 30″ framed painting would equal a 108 inch boundary.
24 + 30= 54 | 54 x 2= 108″ (round numbers up.


Oil, watercolor, scratchboard, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, mixed media, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, aquatint, fiber, bronze, wood, glass and ceramic will be accepted. If you have a question regarding your media, please email us.


All entry submissions must be submitted on our website via the online form below by Tuesday, May 11, 2021.



Using our online form below, submit one JPG or PNG format image of 5 Megabytes/Megapixels or larger. This requirement will allow your artwork to be large enough to appear clearly in our catalog. No images with frames showing will be accepted.


A completed online form and non-refundable entry fee (U.S. funds) must accompany each entry. Entry fees are $25 per entry submitted and must be received by Tuesday, May 11, 2021. You are free to submit as many entries as you wish, but each entry must have an accompanying $25 entry fee. When you complete your entry submission, the confirmation page will allow you to begin the payment process.


Notification of selected entries will begin on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, and will continue throughout that week. Please make sure you have our email address (info@breckenridgefineart.org) in your contact list so that our submission confirmation email and the notification of selection email will not go into your junk/spam folder.


All original artwork accepted into the show shall be either hand delivered or shipped to the BFAC on or before Friday, June 11, 2021. To avoid any shipping delays, we highly recommend that you ship as early as possible.

All shipping charges (both directions) for artwork shall be at the artist’s expense, and the return shipping label should be in the original shipping container.

All shipped artwork shall be in sturdy, reusable containers. Your shipping and packaging materials will be used for the return of your paintings. If we have to provide any additional packing materials, you will be charged an extra fee that must be paid before your artwork will be returned.

Ship all artwork to:
Breckenridge Fine Arts Center
ATTN: Shalon Taylor Wilson, Director
207 N. Breckenridge Ave.
Breckenridge, TX 76424

All accepted artwork shall be labeled on the back with the artist name, title of the piece, contact phone number, and the retail price or NSF (if not for sale). If the artwork is marked NSF, please provide the insurance value on the back next to the NSF indication.

All artwork shall be shipped back to the artist via the artist’s chosen carrier unless other arrangements are made with the BFAC. When purchasing your initial shipping label, we highly suggest you also purchase your return shipping label at that time so it may be included in the original shipment.

Any work sent with popcorn packing material will NOT be exhibited in the show.

Glass is not allowed except for pastel art. Only plexiglass glazing will be accepted for all other artwork. This is essential for the safety of the originals.

All artwork should be framed, wired and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers. Gallery-wrapped canvases are acceptable if the sides are painted and the piece is wired and ready to hang.

Check your shipping insurance. You are responsible for insuring the amount above what your shipper will cover.


The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center prefers entries that are for sale. Please state a price reflecting current market value for your artwork. For any artwork sold, the BFAC shall retain twenty-five percent (25%) of the selling price as commission and shall remit seventy-five percent (75%) of the selling price to the artist. Any “Not for Sale” entries should be clearly marked “NFS” with the insured value on the entry form and back of artwork. The BFAC assumes reproduction rights for promotional purposes only. If a piece is sold between entry and notification, the piece is still eligible to compete in the show. However, if the piece cannot be sent to the BFAC for display in the show, it will be withdrawn from the competition. A replacement piece may be eligible at the discretion of the artist and BFAC.


  • 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