Big Bend Arts Council


  PO Box 1764, Alpine, TX  79831

Upcoming Show: Plein Air

In conjunction with the Plein Air event, the annual BBAC Plein Air Exhibit will start on August 15 and run through October 8 at Gallery on the Square in Alpine. Cool off after a paint day at the reception on September 1 from 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy some refreshments and meet the artists who love this type of painting. 

   BBAC member artists interested in entering the show should bring in their paintings on August 11-13th. Below is the link to the prospectus and entry form. Once on that page, right click for your print option.

Current Show: ClayWorks 

Cups by Janet Stewart, 2019

   The BBAC annual ClayWorks show is exhibiting through August 13. Local artists display a wide variety of pottery, sculpture, tiles and other work in clay. A feature of this show has been the Cup Invitational, in which artists create and submit their interpretation of "the cup." 

Want to Join the Arts Council? 

The BBAC membership year is from November 1 through Oct 31 each year.  Our annual membership drive promotes our annual member show, which exhibits through the Art Walk weekend, the biggest art event of the year. As a member you can exhibit your work in this show and up to five more shows throughout the coming year. 

   Click HERE to view and print the membership form.  

   MEMBERS' MEETING:  Meetings are usually held the third Sunday of the month. Contact the gallery for more information. 

Upcoming Event: Painting Alpine  August 30  -September 2 

   The Big Bend Arts Council, in association with the Texas Portrait Society, presents Plein Air Painting in the Big Bend, a series of activities on Labor Day weekend, 2019Enjoy a weekend of Plein Air painting, a museum meet and greet, a sidewalk  art exhibit and sale, and Plein Air art Exhibit .

   The event is free; however we ask participants to register on-line (link below). 

   The event kicks off on Friday evening with a “meet and greet” at Museum of the Big Bend on the Sul Ross State University campus. Artists from all around the New Mexico and Texas area will come to Alpine and paint “in the open air” at various locations in the Big Bend region.  

   They will paint at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and at locations in Fort Davis and Alpine. Additional locations for painters include Wasserman Wranch and the Fort Davis National Historic Site in Fort Davis. Optional Monday painting events in Marathon, Terlingua and the Rio Grande river road (FM 170) are also planned.

  And don't miss the sidewalk art exhibit and sale on Sunday afternoon in Alpine, at Gallery on the Square. That evening, the gallery hosts an artists reception for the annual Plein Air Show, from 5-8.    

   All plein air painters and people interested in watching the process are invited. A list of locations and artists will be posted each day on this page and on the BBAC Facebook page (Big Bend Arts Council).

   For more information and registration forms, 

click HERE.

MEMBERS: Have you renewed your membership for the 2018-2019 year?  Your annual dues are payable now.