Submissions began rolling in Friday evening for the annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit at the Depot Civic & Cultural Center.
The exhibit, which attracts entries from across the state of Texas, began accepting art at 5 p.m. Friday and will accept remaining pieces Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. 2017 event juror Ben Sum of San Angelo State will arrive at noon to begin judging the art, with accepted entries announced Saturday at 4 p.m.
Sarah Brown is the publicity chair for the Stars of Texas exhibit. She said the event organizers are excited to begin the exhibit. “This is a fun day for us because we get to see all the work come in,” Brown said. “You never know what you’re going to get.”
While Sum judges the work, Abilene Christian University professor Jack Maxwell will give a presentation called Art and Faith: A Relationship of Inspiration, an optional event for artists awaiting their submission results. “The Art Talk is really something we started as a courtesy to the artists,” Brown said. “This has just been a tradition that’s been going on for several years, too.”
Maxwell is an active painter and sculptor whose work, according to the Art Talk event flyer, “has become both more figurative and reflective of his interest in personal and universal themes of spirituality” in recent years.
Tomorrow is also the exhibit’s annual Digital Photo Shoot-Out, with registration from 10 a.m. to noon and the event from noon to 3 p.m. Participants will be given a prompt and must capture and edit a relevant photo in the three hours. The winner receives a $250 prize.
The Shoot-Out, while open to the public, is also an opportunity for waiting artists to pass the time while their works are judged.
Artists whose works are not selected for the Stars of Texas exhibit may display their pieces in the Salon Des Refusés at the Brownwood Art Center. “They can hang their work there for the two weeks that we’ve got this exhibit up,” Brown said. “We then have two venues that are going on at the same time, and it’s really interesting. The work here is always exceptional, and the work there, too, ends up always being very good.”
Brown said the idea of a Salon Des Refusés has a grand tradition that means more than just rejected work — the name actually comes from the exhibit established by French Impressionists, like Claude Monet, whose works weren’t taken by the official Paris Salon.
Brown also said accepted works vary year-by-year based on the judge. “Some of them aren’t big on photography, so they might not choose as many photographs. Others might be the other way around,” Brown said. “Some of them may prefer more modern types of things, or graphics. Every year it’s somebody different, and it’s just up to them.”
After a week for hanging work, the 2017 Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit will open to the public on Feb. 5. The Depot Civic & Cultural Center is located at 600 E. Depot St. and the Brownwood Art Center is at 215 Fisk Ave.