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Events from 01/23/2019 to 01/30/2019

Events Calendar

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10th Annual Intercollegiate Student Art Competition

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 01/23/19 - 02/23/19
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

The competition is open to students of Abilene Christian University, Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, and Texas State Technical College. Entries may be submitted in any medium as long as the finished piece meets the size and weight restrictions of the category. Cash prize awards available.

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30th Annual Taylor County Livestock Show and Sale

  • Taylor Country Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 01/23/19 - 01/26/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Wed.: Poultry Show - Wed., 11 a.m. - Big Country Hall; Steer Show followed by Heifer Show - 1 p.m. - Griffin Arena.  Thurs.: Lamb Show followed by Goat Show - 8 a.m. - Horse Barn; Rabbit Show - 5 p.m. - Big Country Hall.  Fri.: Swine Show - 8 a.m. - Horse Barn.  Sat.: Premium Sale - 12:30 p.m. - Horse Barn

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Dialogue: Kathie Walker-Millar and Larry Millar

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 01/24/19 - 01/24/19
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

Artist Members from the CCA are invited to pair the work they create with art currently on view at The Grace and speak about the connections between the two. The next artists to present will be husband and wife team Larry Millar and Kathie Walker-Millar. They will be creating a dialogue between their work and the work of artist-couple Harry Geffert and Linda Ridgway.

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Ballroom Dancing

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 01/26/19 - 01/26/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $5

A grand evening of ballroom dancing featuring a mix of dances, such as the foxtrot, waltz, tango, and more.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 01/26/19 - 01/26/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Masterworks III: Symphonic Renegades

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710
  • 01/26/19 - 01/26/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Military, students and seniors; $5-Children 17 and younger

Works by Brahms and Shostakovich, and guest stars violinist William Hagen. Hagen was the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, making him the highest-ranking American since 1985.

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 01/26/19 - 01/27/19
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call for admission.

Providing a safe environment for the public to come shop for guns, knives and ammo.

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Springboard New Ideas

  • Abilene Chamber of Commerce
  • 174 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-674-2206Whitney Herrington
  • 01/28/19 - 01/28/19
  • 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Free to pitch your idea; Registration required

The Springboard New Ideas track targets aspiring entrepreneurs who are in the earliest stages of their startup or simply have a great idea for a new business. Sign up today at acuspringboard.com.

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Artist Talk: Margaret Smithers-Crump

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 01/31/19 - 01/31/19
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Featured artist Margaret Smithers-Crump builds her sculptures using a variety of recycled, hand-cut and formed plastics to create intricate installations. In her talk she will share about the inspiration and process she uses to create her unique artwork.

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TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour

  • Taylor County Expo Center-Coliseum
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 02/01/19 - 02/02/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $11-$26

See 10,000 pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party!

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14th Annual West Texas Sports & Fitness Expo

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-692-2972AYSA
  • 02/02/19 - 02/02/19
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $3-Adults; $2-Children ages 12 and younger

The focus of the event is to connect community families, and people of all ages, with local businesses, organizations, sports leagues, and companies pertaining to sports, fitness, and health industries. This event is one of two fundraisers for AYSA.

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Catch the Groundhog Half Marathon

  • Elmdale Baptist Church
  • 233 Elmdale Road S.Abilene
  • 325-676-6445Sam Soisson
  • 02/02/19 - 02/02/19
  • 7 to 11 a.m.
  • Pre-Registration: $35-Individual; $40-Team of 2
    Day of: $40-Individual; $45-Team of two

The route will be down Elmdale Rd, turning right onto Potosi Rd. and then turn back around for the halfway point. The first 50 people to register will get a free t-shirt from the race. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/02/19 - 02/02/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Fire and Ice Feast, Inc.

  • Old Settlers Grounds
  • 100 Vine St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-665-6970Tracy Martin
  • 02/02/19 - 02/03/19
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $25-For 2 people at the gate

A BBQ cook-off competition with up to 30 teams providing a variety of food cooked on BBQ pits, a silent and live Auction, and football squares. Benefit for the Volunteer Fire Departments of Buffalo Gap, Jim Ned, Lawn and Moro. 

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Abilene Idol Auditions

  • Mall of Abilene, Women's Dillards Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464Gwynn Haseltine
  • 02/03/19 - 02/03/19
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • $25-Pre-registration; $30-Day of; Free-Audience

Calling all singers to bring their best 2 minutes of a song to perform. The top 15 will be chosen to compete in the Abilene Idol Finale. All genres and all ages welcome. Judging will occur in two age groups: contestants age 17 and younger and those age 18 and older.

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Open House - Abilene Junior Academy

  • Abilene Junior Academy
  • 2542 E. Overland TrailAbilene
  • 325-603-5000Xylia Capote
  • 02/03/19 - 02/03/19
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Take a trip around the world with the Abilene Junior Academy students. Taste the food of other lands. See what a one room school looks like in our world today. 

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Abilene Go Red for Women® Luncheon

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-513-9887Frann Smith
  • 02/06/19 - 02/06/19
  • 10 a.m.
  • Check website for pricing.

This empowering American Heart Association event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically-needed funds to support research and education initiatives.

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Daddy Daughter Dance 2019

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 02/07/19 - 02/07/19
  • Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $12-Person

Put on your best dress for a sock hop theme, and come shake, rattle, and roll the evening away!  This event is for girls ages 3 through 13 and their dads or male role models.

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Time Stands Still

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 02/07/19 - 02/10/19
  • 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7-9; 2 p.m., Feb. 10
  • $5-$15

A couple consisting of a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent battle the questions: 'Can you be an observer of horrific events, take pictures of them, record them, and still maintain a somewhat normal life?'

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Paramount Film Series - North by Northwest

  • Paramont Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 02/08/19 - 02/09/19
  • Fri.,7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors (60+), military and children

The Paramount Film Series presents Alfred Hitchcocks's 1959 classic thriller about a New York advertising executive who is chased by a ruthless spy after he is mistaken for a government agent. Starring Carey Grant and Eva Marie Saint. Not Rated.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/09/19 - 02/09/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Jr. NBA Skills Challenge

  • Rose Recreation Center
  • 2601 S. 7th. St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6445Laura Holbrook
  • 02/09/19 - 02/09/19
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Free

Provides boys and girls, ages 13 and younger, the opportunity to showcase their fitness through dribbling, shooting, and rebounding skills competition in the sport of basketball. Boys and girls compete separately in two different age groups: 11U and 13U. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each age and gender group are submitted and advance to a regional competition. Presented by Under Armor. 

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Pops II: My Musical Valentine

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710
  • 02/09/19 - 02/09/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Military, students and seniors; $5-Children 17 and younger

Features love songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, performed alongside vocalist Rachel Tyler. Rachel has sung in many musicals all over the world, including Rocky Horror Show and Smokey Joe’s Café.

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Reception for ACAC Officers & Chairmen Art Show

  • Mike Lanier's Studio 13
  • 909 N. 13th St.Abilene
  • 325-660-6834Doris Kinney
  • 02/09/19 - 02/09/19
  • 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Free

Artists' reception for Abilene Creative Arts Club Art Show featuring paintings by Officers and Committee Chairmen. In February, the show may also be viewed on weekdays during normal business hours at Studio 13.

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Trout Derby

  • Cal Young Park Lake
  • 950 T&P LaneAbilene
  • 325-676-6445City of Abilene Parks and Recreation
  • 02/09/19 - 02/09/19
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

Bring your family out and join City of Abilene Parks and Recreation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for some rainbow trout fishing fun. No fishing experience is needed. The event will include fishing at the pond as well as activities that will highlight fish identification, casting, knot tying, and more. Hot dogs, chips, and hot cocoa will be provided. Please bring your own equipment if you have it.

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The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Hollye Jaklewicz
  • 02/10/19 - 02/10/19
  • 2 p.m.
  • $10-Person $9-Military

When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is spoiled, Mrs. Frizzle once again saves the day. Join the class as the magic school bus blasts off to explore the solar system, musical style.

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February ArtWalk: In a word...LOVE

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Manny De Los Santos
  • 02/14/19 - 02/14/19
  • 5 to 8 p.m.; Poetic readings, 6 p.m.
  • Free

Love is an opportunity for local poets and writers to showcase their chops and perform poetry dealings with the theme of love. Writers must only enter original pieces, but may have another person read them aloud. The public is invited to listen to local poets recite heartfelt writings and ideas.

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Love Around the World at The Grace

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 02/15/19 - 02/15/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • $125-Per person

Guests will enjoy a progressive evening 'traveling' around the museum as they visit four unique regions of the globe: Brazil, China, Scotland, and California's Napa Valley. Taste deliciously paired bites and sips and soak up the cultures as you spend time in each destination.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/16/19 - 02/16/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Texas Farm Ranch & Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 TX-36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/19/19 - 02/20/19
  • Tues., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free

Annual agribusiness event, in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Taylor County. Continuing Education Unit’s (CEU), seminars, equipment demonstrations and agribusiness related product showcase.

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Ag Scholarship Luncheon with Dr. Temple Grandin

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 TX-36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/20/19 - 02/20/19
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $400-Per table

Presented by Capital Farm Credit featuring Professor, Livestock Animal Behavior Consultant and Autism Spokesperson Dr. Temple Grandin. Meet the Agriculture Family of the Year.

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Little Women, Musical

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van-Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 02/20/19 - 02/24/19
  • 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-23; 2 p.m., Feb. 24

Follow the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March in this performance based on Louisa May Alcott's life.

AISD Ice Breaker Fast-pitch Tournament

  • Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Red Bud Park
  • Abileneabilene
  • 325-677-1444Stacey Herring
  • 02/21/19 - 02/23/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school fast-pitch softball tournament.

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Broadway in Abilene: Something Rotten!

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Randy Cole
  • 02/22/19 - 02/22/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $35-$65

Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

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Group Exhibit Reception

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 02/22/19 - 02/22/19
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Free

Exhibit Reception for 3 exhibits at The Center for Contemporary Arts: Kathie Walker Millar: Full Tilt Tea Party; T.M.Gand: Wonders of the World; and Len Testa: Bathed in Color. 

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UIL Region 2-1A Girls' Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Colosseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 02/22/19 - 02/23/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

Athletes compete in basketball regional championships.

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Ballroom Dancing

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 02/23/19 - 02/23/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $5

A grand evening of ballroom dancing featuring a mix of dances, such as the foxtrot, waltz, tango, and more.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/23/19 - 02/23/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Museums & Galleries

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A Visual Epilogue: Linda Ridgway & Harry Geffert

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 09/16/18 - 02/23/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

The first and last, two person exhibition of drawings and sculpture by two contemporary artists who worked together in life and in the studio for decades. The original concept for the exhibition has been transformed by the November 2017 tragic, sudden death of Harry Geffert.  A selection of Geffert’s recent sculpture and new drawings by Ridgway will be a celebration of their life and work. 

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INHERIT the EARTH: Margaret Smithers-Crump

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 09/16/18 - 02/09/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

The art of Margaret Smithers-Crump is rooted in a life-long love of both our planet as well as personal and global human interactions with the natural world. Her current work examines microscopic and macroscopic relationships in nature. Travels aboard and experience of the vast open spaces of West Texas has had a particular influence on the works to be exhibited at The Grace Museum. Smithers- Crump’s installation will feature new work created from recycled Plexiglas. The delicate and ephemeral quality of the sculpture focuses on the vulnerability and interconnectedness of the Earth’s diverse life forms and ecosystems. 

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Magic & Logic: Robert Langham

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 09/16/18 - 02/09/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Robert Langham’s kinetic still life, logic defying, photographs are made with a magician’s sleight-of-hand and the skill of a master-of-the-darkroom. Spending time with Robert Langham’s not-so-still life photographs, you will be surprised to discover that they are made using traditional film, low tech hands on tricks and dark room processes without the use of digital media or computer editing.

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Outside of Time: Philip John Evett (1923-2016)

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 09/16/18 - 02/09/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Philip John Evett’s sculpture exists outside of time. It is impossible to place the work into one particular style or art movement even though he was a prolific artist for more than 60 years.  Retro, modern, contemporary, and classical are all appropriate in describing his elegant sculpted forms. He originally worked with stone, clay, plastic, steel, and iron, but for the last 50 years, maple, cedar, mahogany, and  oak were his been his primary media.

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CCAN: CCA Arts National Competition

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Darla Harmon
  • 11/06/18 - 01/26/19
  • Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $35-Per entry

A national art competition open to all artists 21 years of age and over. Artists can submit up to 3 artworks in various mediums. Submitted artwork must not have been shown previously at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA).

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Skyline Maker: The Architecture of David S. Castle

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 11/08/18 - 07/18/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

This exhibition will highlight the career of Abilene architect David S. Castle. As one of the most significant and prominent architects in Abilene and the Big Country in the early to mid-1900s, David S. Castle designed and built hundreds of schools, residential buildings, hotels, medical buildings, municipal buildings, churches, recreational buildings, and courthouses. The exhibition will discuss Castle’s role in the history of architecture in Abilene and the surrounding areas, concentrating on Castle’s contributions to the evolution and growth of Abilene. The buildings he designed are a reflection of the development of Abilene as a trade route and important hub in the oil industry throughout the early twentieth century.