Mystery Art Fest

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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 throughout the course of the exhibit, interested patrons may bid for a piece in silent auction.  If the piece meets the highest silent auction bid possible it goes to live auction on the night of Mystery Art Fest.  During the live auction, patrons make a bid and solve the mystery: finding 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 funds from this event enhances our educational programs and helps us to continue the promotion of the arts.

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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 Call to Artists

Click Here for 2015 Guidelines

Click Here for 2015 Registration

Click Here for 2015 Artist Letter

Important Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

  • Mystery Art Bus Tour – New Sept. 2nd, 2015  8:00am-5:30pm 
    • Breckenridge Fine Arts Center
    • Old Jail House Art Center in Albany.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mystery Spirits-October 15, 2015 @ 6:00pm
  • Mystery Art Fest: October 23, 2015 @ 6:00
    • in the Great Hall
  • 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.                                                                                                                                                                                

2015 Mystery Art Judge

Terry Loetz was born in Odessa, Texas, grew up in the Abilene area until graduating from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education. He then moved to Eliasville in 1971 after serving for two years in the army. During his last year at Hardin-Simmons University, he served as president of the Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Pi, an international art fraternity dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the arts. He also received the “Outstanding Artist of the Year” award that same year. His work has been shown in the several galleries including; Baker Gallery – Lubbock, Texas  Conquistador Gallery – Taos, New Mexico  Helen Johnson Gallery – San Antonio, Texas  Thompson Gallery of Original Art – Stephenville, Texas He retired from teaching at Texas State Technical College in 2011 and is now serving as Gallery Director at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center in Breckenridge, Texas.

2015 Mystery Art Gallery

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