Mystery Art Fest



What is Mystery Art? Mystery Art is an annual exhibit by local and regional artist of all levels. The artwork is donated by the artist and their name and the title of the work is hidden and becomes a mystery. Artwork is displayed in the NorthLight Gallery and interested patrons bid for their piece in a silent auction and later on in a live auction. During the live auction, patrons make a bid and solve the mystery. They find out who the artist is as well as the title of the piece. Mystery Art Fest fulfills our mission at The Kemp which is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural and educational quality of our community and the surrounding area. The fund from this event enhances our educational programs and helps us to continue the promotion of the arts.

Mystery Art 2015

It is that time again when we ponder the mystery of what artists and artwork will be submitted for the 2015 Mystery Art Fest.  We would like to thank you for your past donations and we look forward to your participation this year.  It is because of your support that the Kemp Center for the Arts is able to provide so many art experiences for our community.  We are excited to be adding sculptures again as a category this year.  Please be sure and check the guidelines for more information.   Deadline is September 2, 2015.    Photography and digital artwork will be featured in a future 2016 gallery.

Click Here for 2015 Guidelines

Click Here for 2015 Registration

Click Here for 2015 Artist Letter

We want to remind you of some of the dates that are coming up so that you can mark them on your calendar.

  • Mystery Art Bus Tour – New and TBD
  • Lift Up Art – September 9, 2015 – February 1, 2016
  • Exhibit Dates: October 2 – 23, 2015
  • Deadline: September 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  • Stroll-N-Roll: September 12, 2015
  • Judging: October 1, 2015 – Luncheon @ 12:00
  • Reception: October 1, 2015 @ 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Monarch Catering

Judging Selections Announced

  • Proxy Bidding: October 2 – 23, 2015
  • Art on Tap – October 8, 15, and 22, 2015 @ 5:30 in the NorthLight Gallery
  • Gallery Talk: October 6, 2015 @ 5:30 pm –  in the Great Hall
  • Mystery Art Fest: October 23, 2015 @ 6:00
  • Art on Tap: November 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm  in the Great Hall

For guideline questions please contact Gallery Manager, Kristine Thueson at or Nancy Scott at  or call 940.767.2787.  Thank you again for making this event such a great success.  We all eagerly anticipate seeing what you will create for this year.

P.S. A membership to the Kemp Center for the Arts will ensure that you will be informed about all of the activities that are provided for our artists and those who love art.                                                                                                                                                                                         

View our 2014 Winners

A Little Bit About Our Mystery Art Judge

  Ron Kuykendall – Wichita Falls, TX – With a bachelor’s degree in art education and a master’s degree in studio arts, Kuykendall taught at Wichita Falls High School for 32 years, retiring in 2002.  Over the years, he has worked in many different media from drawing, wood, plastics, and metal to clay, and for the past 12 years, Kuykendall has worked in stoneware pottery.  His interests range from outdoor landscapes and wildlife to abstraction of the same.  His works have been in assorted shows such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Baffler Gallery in Austin, Donnelly Library Gallery, Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM, a two-man show at the Museum and Art Center in Ponca City, OK, and another with the Wichita Falls Art Association.  Kuykendall currently works out of his home and is owner of Living Tree Studio.

Please click on the links below to view the registration form and for 2014 guidelines.

Click Here for our 2014 Guidelines

Click Here for our 2014 Registration Form

 Thank you again for making this event such a great success. Please scroll down to view our winners from 2012 and 2013.



View our 2013 Winners

View our 2012 Winners