Southwest Dallas Arts Festival

9th Annual Southwest Dallas Arts Festival

Faith Bible Church is proud to announce the 9th Annual Dallas Arts Festival.  Our desire is to create an opportunity to join together as a part of the Great Southwest Dallas Community! The 2018 theme is: HEALED. Visual art and poetry will be juried and cash prizes will be awarded based on interpretation of the theme. The Southwest Dallas Arts Festival is open to all artists as part of the Great Southwest Dallas Community.

Festival Dates

  • April 20 Art Delivery 6-8pm (All art work and poetry must be delivered in person to Faith Bible Church)
  • April 21 Art Delivery 9-11am (All art work and poetry must be delivered in person to Faith Bible Church)
  • April 28 Opening Night / Awards 6-8pm
    • 6pm Reception opens
    • 7pm Awards Presentation
  • April 29 Arts Festival Services
  • May 12 Art Pick-up 9am-11am
  • May 13 Art Pick-up All art work must be picked up by Sunday, May 13th at noon. Please make the necessary arrangements to pick up your art.

Official Guidelines


  • Adults-College and up
  • Youth-Junior High and High School
  • Children-K-6th Grade

Visual Art

  • Works on canvas (oil, acrylic, etc.)
  • Works on paper (watercolor, pastel, drawing, mixed media, printmaking)
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Poetry - Poetry is a category this year in the festival. Poets are encouraged to interpret the theme Healed! along with visual artists. All poets will be invited to a creative song-writing class on “Lyrics from Poems” by composer Craig Lester. Craig composes, conducts and leads as Music Minister at Faith Bible Church.


Visual Art

  • Must be appropriately framed
  • Ready for mounting or installation
  • May not exceed 72 inches in any direction
  • Pedestals must be provided with sculpture, if needed

The Southwest Dallas Arts Festival reserves the right to exclude any entry that: cannot be hung or installed, cannot be easily moved, is damaged or wet upon receipt, or is not presentable in a family setting.

Entry Fees

  • Adults - $20/1st entry, $10/2nd entry
  • Youth - $15/1st entry, $10/2nd entry
  • Children - $10/entry

Visual Arts Juror - David Harper

David trained in fine arts and graphic design and earned a BFA degree in design. David retired after 46 years as a graphic designer to devote more time to his own fine arts work and to curate the exhibits at Lighthouse Gallery. David also teaches drawing workshops each summer at arts camps in Bulgaria and Finland. Drawing is his first love artistically, and he works in numerous media and styles including “color drawing” in oil pastels.
David loves the arts and encouraging artists.

Poetry Jury

Poems will be juried by a team composed of members of the Art & Faith Life Group.

Arts and Faith LifeGroup:

In the meantime, if you are looking for fellowship and discussion concerning the intersection of our faith with the Arts, please consider joining our Arts and Faith LifeGroup. For more information please e-mail .