Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition 1985 - 2018
Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition1985 - 2018

2018 PROSPECTUS             [printable version]



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                                   December 15, 2017

Deadline for entries                     Thursday, February 15, 2018

Notification of acceptance              March 6

Shipped paintings arrive                 March 26 - 30

Hand deliveries                               Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Juror talk & Reception                    Saturday, March 31, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Exhibit dates                                 MAY 12 - JUNE 9, 2018

Reception & Awards Ceremony     Sunday, May 20, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strike                                              Sunday, June 10, 1:00 -5:00 pm



Lyle Novinski


Lyle Novinski is Professor Emeritus of Art and former Chair of the Art Department at the University of Dallas. He is an established painter and designer. He holds MA and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with further study in Philosophy  and Theology at Marquette University. Professor Novinski's interests as a working artist embrace a wide range of topics, including painting as a discipline, design and execution of liturgical spaces, and the history of sacred art. Consequently, he remains a sought after lecturer. His many exhibits over the years have brought note to his work with over 60 installations in churches including the windows of St. Rita's in Dallas, furnishings for the Neuhoff Chapel at SMU, as well as a life-sized mosaic in a chapel in Rome.  www.novinskistudio.com



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 FIVE 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. 


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



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


Artwork 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.



Submit your entries online through CaFE

72 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 Thursday, February 15, 2018.
Entry fee of $40 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 February 15, 2018.
Members of the Irving Art Association receive $5 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 6.

Entry Checklist


Deadline is midnight on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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 with a credit card 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 1" - 2" wrapped canvas with all sides painted (no white sides accepted).
  • 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 ARTWORK SIZE - 12 inches in either dimension without frame. (or 144 square inches)  11x14 is acceptable.
  • MAXIMUM - 50 inches FRAMED size in either dimension. A diptych or triptych must be framed in a single frame.




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 March 26-30, 2018 to the IRVING ARTS CENTER, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062. Works that arrive after March 31 noon will not be judged.


Returns: IAA 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 March 31, 2018 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 10 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

February 15, 2018 at midnight





$9,000 in Prizes

Best of Show - $1500

IAC Award of Excellence - $100

Each of the media categories:

1st - $500

2nd - $400

3rd - $300

Honorable Mention - $100

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.



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