Mystery Art Fest

What is Mystery Art Fest?

  • Mystery Art is an annual exhibit and auction of works by local and regional artists of all levels.
  • Artwork is donated by the artist and their name is hidden and becomes a mystery.
  • On the first day of the exhibit artwork is judged and awards are given.
  • Artwork is then displayed in the NorthLight Gallery for 3 weeks
  • At the end of the exhibit, artwork is auctioned at Mystery Art Fest Auction Night

Click the links below or scroll down the page to learn more!

2020 Artist Guidelines and Registration Forms
How Does It Work?
When Does All This Happen?
How Do I See The Artwork And Make A Bid?
Who Are The Award-Winners This Year?


How does it work?

Step 1:   Artists from all over the region and beyond donate art that is 8″ x 10″
Step 2:   Artwork is exhibited in the NorthLight Gallery and awards are made.
Step 3:   Throughout the exhibit we have many fun evening events (full calendar coming soon).
Step 4:   During the exhibit patrons bid on artwork by silent auction.
Step 5:   On Auction Night, the gallery is open for a competitive hour of silent auction bidding.
Step 6:   If a piece meets the highest silent auction bid possible, it goes to the live auction.
Step 7:   During the live auction patrons make a bid and solve the mystery: who created their newly-purchased art?

2020 Artist Entry Forms are available by clicking the link above or in person at The Kemp.


When does all this happen?

Along with the art auction, Mystery Art encompasses over three weeks of FREE events in the gallery throughout October.

September 9 9:00 – 5:00 PM Last Day for Artwork Drop-off
October 1   Judging for Awards
October 2 6:30 PM First Taste Gallery Dinner
October 3   Exhibit Open to the Public
October 8 5:30 – 7:30 PM Artists’ Reception
October 15 5:30 – 7:30 PM Late Hours Thursday
October 23 6:30 pm MYSTERY ART FEST and AUCTION

Who won last year’s awards?

In 2020 the Judges will be Karen Stamper (artist), Danny Bills (Curator of Collections, WFMA at MSU), Elizabeth Hunt Blanc (Director, Jesuit Dallas Museum).

The 2019 Judges were Danny Bills (Curator of Collections, WFMA at MSU), David Band (Allied Artists of America), Joe Barrington (Red Star Studio)
2019 Judge’s Awards:


Can I see this year’s artwork?

We’ll post this year’s artwork here when the exhibit is open to the public!


How do I bid on artwork?

Bidding is done on the final night of Mystery Art in an intensive one-hour silent bidding session. Not going to make it to the auction night? Advance bidding is available starting on the day the exhibit opens.