Call for Artists - 2024 Art Show

For 21 years Historic Fort Worth, Inc. has hosted an art fundraiser named Preservation is the Art of the City (PAC) that showcases the vibrant art scene and local talent in Fort Worth and the surrounding area.  The purpose of this art show and sale is to generate operating funds for HFW, a charity that is dedicated to saving Fort Worth’s unique historic identity.  Additionally, Preservation is the Art of the City establishes a marketplace for studio artists to sell their artworks and earn a living.

The event spans several days, allowing the public to connect with Fort Worth artists and their works.  The opening Party with the Artists will be held on Thursday, September 5; and will be followed by Gallery Night on September 7.  Gallery Night, a program of the Fort Worth Art Dealers’ Association, connects the artists in HFW’s show to art lovers throughout the city.  Both HFW’s Party with the Artists and Gallery Night create an immersive art experience for the attendees. By featuring a variety of art styles and mediums, Preservation is the Art of the City highlights the talent and creativity of the local artistic community.  In the past, HFW’s art show has been held in the downtown Fort Worth library, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, First on 7th, and The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth. 

We hope you will jury for the show and help the citizens of Fort Worth celebrate art, culture and preservation.

Gaye Reed, Chairman

How to Become a Part of the Show

To be considered for the 2024 Preservation is the Art of the City® Art Show & Sale, please complete the following steps:

  • Complete the submission form (button below).
  • Sign up for an available twenty-minute slots on Thursday, February 29, 2024. (Once you submit your form, you will see a link to sign up)
  • Artists must be from the North Texas Metroplex area.
  • If you participated in the 2021 to 2023 Preservation is the Art of the City Art Shows, you do not need to sign up for Jury Day. 
  • Artists who were in last year’s show will be notified by letter of their status for this year’s show. 
  • If you are new to the show or have not participated in the last 3 years, you must sign up for Jury Day unless notified otherwise. 
  • On Jury Day, submit up to 4 examples of recent work (no slides) with a price list for those works. (These works do not have to be the ones that would be entered in the show, but the general style, size, and price range must approximate the work you would exhibit.)
  • No photography or sculptures will be accepted.
  • Artists should bring or email a bio/resume outlining any professional experience and/or education in the arts field.  
  • Evaluation criteria include work quality and how the work would mesh with the show in terms of medium, style, subject matter, size, price, and sales potential.
  • We hope to see you on Thursday, February 29, 2024. This event is a benefit for Historic Fort Worth, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) charity. 

Last Years Preservation is the Art of the City

2023 Preservation is the Art of the City

Mark and Randi Thistlewaite were honored during the annual Party with the Artist event.

Historic Fort Worth, Inc. Honors Thistlewaites at Annual Event

Fort Worth, TX – September 7, 2023

Historic Fort Worth, Inc. recognized Randi and Mark Thistlewaite during the annual Party with the Artist event on September 7th. The couple’s longstanding contributions to art preservation in Fort Worth were celebrated during the “Preservation is the Art of the City” show, coinciding with fall Gallery Night. Dr. Thistlethwaite, Emeritus Professor of Art History at TCU, and Randi, a dedicated member of Historic Fort Worth, Inc., were commended for their impactful roles in fortifying the city’s cultural heritage.

Local Artist Aaron Roe Spotlighted at Historic Fort Worth, Inc.’s Annual Show

Fort Worth, TX – September 2023

The annual “Preservation is the Art of the City” art show in Fort Worth showcased the talent of local artist Aaron Roe this September. A graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, Roe’s notable exhibitions include appearances at prestigious events like the 2022 and 2021 Preservation is the Art of the City.

Roe’s artistic journey also includes recognition in the Richardson Photography Contest Judges’ Exhibit in 2021 and a virtual exhibit, “Where Everything Gathers,” in 2020 as his Senior Honors Thesis.

With features in publications like “The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists” and upcoming projects like illustrating “December to Remember,” Roe’s impact on Fort Worth’s art scene continues to unfold.

Aaron Roe Heavy Historical Sail

“On a Crutch”, just one of the many works by Artist Aaron Roe on display during the 2023 “Preservation is the Art of the City” art show. 

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