Benbrook’s newest community event is cleared for takeoff, and we need YOU to let your talent soar!
“Art on the Fly,” a free, drive-by art show, will be on exhibit daily November 2-14 in the east parking lot of First Baptist Church of Benbrook, 1015 McKinley Street. Visitors will enjoy the display of locally produced art from the safety and comfort of their own vehicle. The City is now accepting registrations and submissions from aspiring artists—and if your work is chosen for the exhibit, you will be eligible to win one of a couple $500 cash prizes! Your work may even be chosen to grace the cover of the City’s Annual Report!
NOT PERFECTION, JUST PASSIONAll skill levels and ages, including children, are welcome to submit works for consideration in the show—we are not looking for perfection, just passion. Note that the piece must be an original work, and that the subject matter must be inspired by Benbrook’s aeronautic history.
Benbrook served as the home of Carruthers Field, a military training airstrip during World War I, and the home base for one of our more famous visitors, flight instructor and dance king, Captain Vernon Castle. Our skies have hosted all sorts of air travel, from special military helicopter landings to the Fort Worth Thunderbirds’ radio-controlled model plane displays. Benbrook has also been home to generations of individuals and families employed in the aerospace defense industry, with many local residents building planes and careers at Carswell Air Force Base, Convair, Lockheed Martin, and the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.
One exhibitor will win a $500 cash prize and have his or her work appear on the cover of our annual report. Another exhibitor will be randomly chosen to win a $500 cash prize. So let your imagination take flight!
DON’T JUST WING IT: SPECS FOR SUBMITTALIndividuals wanting to submit artwork must register by Friday, September 18. There is no fee to participate. Even if you are still working on your piece, we encourage you to register now. The deadline to submit your artwork is Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
Most media are acceptable (acrylic, crayon, digital, pastels, etc.); just keep in mind that bold, colorful art is best, as pieces chosen for exhibit will be enlarged to accommodate an impressive 9’ X 7’ framed fabric banner. Artists must produce original work on 11” X 17” paper or card stock. Full submission details will be forwarded to participants when they register.
For inspiration, participants may request a FREE copy of the book Images of America: Benbrook (while supplies last) at registration. The book is filled with photos celebrating Benbrook, along with our unique flying history, to help lift off your imagination.
In addition to the cash awards, each artist whose work is chosen for exhibit will receive a framed appreciation letter from the Mayor of Benbrook, Dr. Jerry Dittrich.
For more information, please read our FAQs. Remember, art pieces will be accepted through September 30.
Event Sponsors: The City of Benbrook, the Benbrook Economic Development Corporation, and First Baptist Church of Benbrook