Each February the Brownwood Civic and Cultural Center hosts the annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit. This juried exhibit runs for two weeks and culminates with the presentation of $6500 in prizes.The Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit was conceived in 1999 in order to showcase the newly restored Santa Fe Depot. A "ground-breaking" committee undertook the task of developing a one-week show, in which mostly local artists participated. Chaired by Ann Jones for its first five years, it developed into a two-week exhibit, and under Roger Levesque's chairmanship, the exhibit continued to grow from a local show to a truly regional competition. Ruth Wheelis, Chair for the next two years, was able to increase the number of visitors to the exhibit, such that attendance was over 2400 visitors, including 1100 students from the surrounding schools. Donna Lewis, Chair for the next two years, set some very high goals both for artist participation and visitor attendance. Ruth Wheelis has again stepped up to Chair the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth, and now the Twenty-First Exhibit.
Over the years the Arts Council of Brownwood has been the key driving force in promoting Arts in our community. As a leading sponsor of the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit throughout the years, the Arts Council has played a major role in the success and growth of the Exhibit. We are honored to be asked to serve on the Board of the Arts Council and look forward to assisting the Board in the vital support of a variety of arts in Brownwood. The Arts Council and the Exhibit committee members share the hope that by assisting in the growth of all the arts in Brownwood and our surrounding communities, our citizens will not only be entertained but will also prosper in greater awareness and education of the arts.
Each year the committee members select one piece of art from the exhibit to use the following year for all the publicity material. This year Bob Stuth-Wade's pastel, "Sri Mama Uma Devi", Best of Show 2018, was selected. Congratulations, Bob, this artwork will surely enhance the exhibits image of presenting a sophisticated and high quality competition.
EXHIBIT SPONSORED IN PART BY
ARTS COUNCIL OF BROWNWOOD CITY OF BROWNWOOD JANE ELLEN JAMAR SANDI AND STEVE KELLY BIG COUNTRY FORD LINCOLN DEBBIE AND STAN CAVETT KOHLER CO WOMAN'S CLUB OF BROWNWOOD ANN JONES REAL ESTATE EMPIRE IRON WORKS, BURL BROWN FAMILY BETTY MARTIN GAIL CROFT JOE SHEPPARD DESIGNS SALLY AND ROBERT PORTER BOSTICK'S AUTO & TRUCK SALES CHARLES AND KAY BETH STAVLEY