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This prestigious five-state competition pulls entries representative of the the best of American art! The Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition is open to all artists 18 and older living in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Up to three works of art may be entered by an artist for an entry fee of $40 ($35 for IAA members).

Approximately $9.000 in prizes! See the official Texas & Neighbors website at texasandneighbors.com. Prospectus: 2017txnprospectusweb

The judge who juries the show from submitted images and then selects the winning works of art in person is an artist of national standing or a prominent expert in art. 2017 juror is Michael Holter (see below).

The show is hung in the prestigious Gallery of the Irving Arts Center, cosponsor of Texas & Neighbors, for a month in the spring. (see calendar below)

For more photos the special TxN site: http://texasandneighbors.com.

For reception photos, see the IAA Photo Album. Pictures of the exhibit winners & Chocolate Rose arrangements are also on the Irving Arts Center Flickr Gallery.

TXN Signature Status


TXN Signature status with the Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibit is extended to artists who have had their artwork on exhibit in five of our 32 shows to date. The TXN signature award allows signature designees the privilege of using the TXN acronym in their resumes and paintings along with a live link from the TexasandNeighbors.com website. This privilege is cumulative and retroactive.

For a current list of Signature Award Artists, click here

The 32nd Texas & Neighbors
Regional Competition

See the official Texas & Neighbors website at texasandneighbors.com. For the Preview Gallery, click here.

Exhibit catalog: 2017TXNExhibitCatalog


  • Entry Deadline                                      Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance           February 20, 2017
  • Shipped paintings arrive                 March 6 -10, 2017
  • Hand Deliveries & Judging            Saturday, March 11 10 am – 3pm
  • Juror Talk & Reception                     Saturday, March 11 7 pm – 9 pm
  • On Exhibit                                               APRIL 29 – JUNE 3, 2017
  • Reception & Awards Ceremony    Sunday, April 30 2 – 5 pm
  • Strike                                                          Sunday, June 4  1 pm – 5  pm

Main Gallery of the Irving Arts Center. Cosponsored by the Irving Art Association.


Michael Holter

michaelholterjuror217x483Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael’s work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio).

Michael is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and The Society of Watercolor Artists. He is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society, The Outdoor Painters Society, the Portrait Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and Texas & Neighbors.

“I have been influenced by artists such as Charles Reid, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Frank Webb, John Singer Sargent, Ted Nuttall and many others. Even though I have an art degree, most of what I put into practice is self-taught through studying the work of these distinguished artists and much painting.”

(above: detail from “Keeping Myself in Check”)

For more about our juror, see his website http://michaelholter.com/about

For the official website see



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