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 over $6,000 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 2,400 visitors, including 1,100 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 again stepped up to Chair the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth, and the Twenty-First Exhibit. Then in 2022, Amanda Coers took on the role as the Stars Committee Chair. She brought the exhibit “back to life” after a brief pause during 2021. After Coers and her family moved out of the area, she passed her role as Chair to Emily Hutson in 2023. Mike Jansen joined the group as Co-Chair in fall 2023.
Over the years the Arts Council of Brownwood has been the key driving force in promoting Arts in our community. As one of the 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.
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.