Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition 1985 - 2020
Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition1985 - 2020

This year the gallery exhibit will be a virtual exhibition only, due to the temporary closing of the Irving Arts Center for the quarantine (it was scheduled to be on display May 17 through June 13, 2020). There will be no reception either. A total of $9,000 will be awarded to the winners of the 35th competition.

2020 PROSPECTUS           



All events will take place at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX 75062.
Visit www.lrvingArtsCenter.com for directions

Entries open                                  January 1, 2020

Deadline for entries                     Sunday, March 1, 2020 at midnight
Notification of acceptance             March 25
Shipped paintings arrive                April 6 - 10
Hand deliveries                              Saturday, April 11, 10 am - 3 pm
Juror talk & Reception                   Saturday, April 11,  7 - 9  pm
Exhibit dates                                  MAY 17 - JUNE 13, 2020
Reception & Awards Ceremony    Sunday, May 17, 2 pm - 5 pm
Strike                                             Sunday, June 14, 1 -5 pm



Kristin Rivas
Director, Samuel Lynne Galleries in Dallas


Kristin Rivas was born and raised in North Texas. She had a passion for fine art from a very young age and has led diverse careers in both business and banking; however, her artistic tendencies ultimately led her to the art world. After graduating from Texas Woman's University with a Bachelor’s in Art History, she continued her studies within the University of North Texas’ graduate program, focusing on Abstract Expressionism. During her time at North Texas, Kristin published multiple papers on Modern & Contemporary Art in India, including the impact of the Kiran Nidar Museum and the work of Bharti Kher.

Kristin has been with Samuel Lynne Galleries since 2014 and was appointed Director in 2016. Her passion for Dallas’ art community has landed her several board positions. Most recently Kristin was elected as President of the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA), an affiliation of established, independent gallery owners and art organizations in the Dallas area. She also serves on the Art Selection Committee for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), and volunteers with the Business Council for the Arts.


Open to all artists, 18 and older and legal residents of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana



Supports: canvas, panel, paper, or yupo. Two-dimensional works must classify in one of SIX CATEGORIES: 

  1. Oil painting 
  2. Acrylic 
  3. Water Media - Watercolor, casein and gouache 
  4. Mixed Media -The use of two or more mediums, collage, calligraphy, hand-pulled prints. Collage must incorporate two-dimensional, self-created elements. No relief or three-dimensional objects, including found objects or magazine clippings. 
  5. Drawing (Dry Media) - includes Pastel, Colored Pencil, Graphite, Ink, Silver, Gold, Conte Crayon, oil pastel, markers, scratchboard, etc.
  6. Photography (NEW for 2020) - Film, Digital, Digitally Manipulated

Three-dimensional works must classify in the SEVENTH CATEGORY:
          Sculpture (NEW for 2020) - Any materials, but must not exceed 18" in diameter, must not exceed 36" in height, and must comply with content restrictions.


Submitted works of art must be originals completed within the last two years without instructor supervision. Work must not be a copy of other artist's work (including reference photographs).


2-D artwork must be framed professionally, or if unframed, on a minimum 1" (or more in depth) wrapped canvas or cradled panel with all edges painted or finished. Works must be wired with screw eyes or D-rings, ready to hang, with backing. No saw tooth hangers. Plexiglas glazing only, except pastel - glass permitted.



Computer generated, offset printed, collaborative and previously ACCEPTED work into the Texas & Neighbors Regional Art competition are ineligible. 


Artwork is ineligible if more than the 50 inch MAXIMUM SIZE (including frame) in either dimension or less than the 12 inch MINIMUM SIZE in either dimension--or 144 square inches (excluding frame.) (11”x14’ is an acceptable size.)


Irving Art Association reserves the right to reject any works not meeting eligibility requirements, or deemed inappropriate to hang in the Irving Arts Center (including frontal nudity) even after the image has been accepted. 


All sales from this show are handled between the artist and the buyer. The artist is liable to the Irving Arts Center for a 20% com- mission and for all taxes on these sales. For more information, please contact info@texasandneighbors. com. 



Although the Irving Art Association will exercise due care in handling works submitted to this exhibition, neither the Irving Art Association, nor the Irving Arts Center will be responsible for any loss or damage to any art work. Artists are expected to insure their artwork. 



IAA Exhibits Committee 972-721-8063 (voice mail) or by email at info@texasandneighbors. com. Email is preferred.



Online registration through CaFE - opens Jan. 1st

72 or greater DPI Digital Images in JPEG format - No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. 5MB maximum image file size. (CaFE requirements.)
Images of accepted entries will become the property of IAA and lAC to be used for the catalogue and other printing material, archives, web site, promotional, and educational purposes.
Completed entry form, digital JPEG images and fees must be received by midnight on March 1, 2020 by midnight.

Entry fee of $50 allows up to 3 entries per artist. Pay by credit card through CaFe or mail a check to Irving Art Association, P.O. Box 153581, Irving TX 75015-3581 attention EXHIBITS. Checks must be received by March 1, 2019.
Members of the Irving Art Association receive $10 off the entry fee.  New members may join online at time of entry and are eligible to participate in the IAA Juried Members Exhibit held in June. See www.irvingartassociation.org.


The juror will select 70 to 75 artworks from submitted entries. Entrants will be notified of acceptance or nonacceptance by email by March 25.

Entry Checklist


Deadline is midnight on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Create a FREE account at http://CallForEntry.com (CaFE) If you don’t have one.

Be sure your email is correct!

Submit your images online through CaFE into your portfolio. (See image format requirements on the left.)

Pay online through CaFE or choose to send a check to IAA.

Finalize your registration through CaFE.

For assistance:
HELP pages for entry using CaFÉ:– including setting up a FREE account, how to apply, preparing your jpegs & more. Very friendly service – for help:  Contact CaFÉ™ support at cafe@westaf.org




  • Artwork must be framed professionally or on a minimum 1" (or more in depth) wrapped canvas / cradled panel with all edges painted.
  • Works must be wired with screw eyes or D-rings, ready to hang, with backing. No saw tooth hangers.
  • Plexiglas glazing only, except pastel - glass permitted.
  • MINIMUM 2-D ARTWORK SIZE - 12 inches in either dimension without frame. (or 144 square inches)  11x14 is acceptable. For sculpture -
  • MAXIMUM - 2-D: 50 inches framed size in either dimension. A diptych or triptych must be framed in a single frame. 3-D: unframed 18" in diameter; 36" in height




Packing: Pack accepted works in light-weight, sturdy, reusable cartons. Strongbox cartons are recommended. DO NOT pack works in wooden crates or with excessively loose packing material such as peanuts, squiggles or cloth. ENTRIES RECEIVED WITH LOOSE PACKING MATERIAL WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. 


Labels: Clearly print your name and address on the outside and inside of the shipment cartons. Insure your shipment for your protection. 


Shipping: Ship works via FedEx or UPS, prepaid WITH A PREPAID RETURN LABEL to arrive within April 6 - 10, 2020 to the IRVING ARTS CENTER, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062. Works that arrive after April 11 noon will not be judged.


Returns: Irving Arts Center will repack works in the original packing carton with the original packing material, affix the prepaid label, and return the shipment via FedEx or UPS.


Hand Delivery



Hand-delivered accepted works

must be received on Saturday April 11, 2019 between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the IRVING ARTS CENTER, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062. Entries received after 3:00 pm will not be judged.


Hand-delivered entries must be picked up on Sunday, June 14 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Artists who do not pick up their entries during the appropriate time will be charged a fee of $10 per day. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Entry Deadline

March 1st, 2020 midnight



Registration opens Jan. 1, 2020


$9,000 in Prizes
Best of Show - $1250
IAC Award of Excellence - $800
1st, 2nd, 3rd & HM awards in seven categories.

TxN Signature Status

Earned by having five paintings exhibited iin the Texas & Neighbors exhibit. This designation is retroactive. A medal and certificate are awarded.


Artists who receive signature status have the right to add the TXN acronym to their paintings, plus a listing with a direct link to their websites on the TxN site.