Arlington Artists Shine at Regional Exhibit


Melancholy Astronaut – Steve Quevedo IAC Award of Excellence

The Irving Arts Center Award of Excellence

was awarded to Steve Quevado of Arlington for his acrylic artwork “The Melancholy Astronaut”- at the Reception & Awards Ceremony for the 31st Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition presented by Irving Arts Center and the Irving Art Association earlier this month. Overall, it was quite a showing for Arlington artists with three awards claimed by artists from the city. More than any other city in the five eligible states, Arlington artists John James and Lynne Buchanan also placed. James took second place in the “water-based” category for his “Put your Heart into It” and Buchanan took third place for her “Red Dot.”

Put Your Heart Into It – John James Water Based 2nd Place

Red Dot – Lynne Buchanan Acrylic 3rd Place
Over $9,000 in cash was awarded

in five media categories to 22 artists. Additionally, Jessica Hernandez, a senior at MacArthur High School was awarded the 2016 Irving Art Association Visual Arts Scholarship to attend pursue her studies at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. For a full list of awards see the 2016 TxN Awards List.

The exhibition was juried by renowned watercolorist Soon Y Warren. Nearly 500 works of art were submitted by approximately 200 artists residing in Texas and the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico. From those entries, 80 were selected to be exhibited in the Main Gallery at Irving Arts Center, free to view through May 14, 2016.

Irving Art Association Exhibits Committee Linda Shotwell, Sharon Giles, and Mark Thompson say:

“It is truly a blessing for us to be able to provide a venue for artists in the state Texas and the five neighboring states to express their creativity and artistic ability,”  “We have fallen in love with this event and continue to be impressed and awed by the talent and beauty displayed each year.”