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Rio Brazos

The Rio Brazos Art Exhibition

23rd Annual Rio Brazos Art Exhibition: Call for Entries

The Tarleton State University Department of Fine Arts is thrilled to announce the return of the 23rd annual Rio Brazos Art Exhibition. Open to all media, this exhibition aims to curate a selection of exemplary contemporary work from artists around the country. All proceeds from the exhibition will go to scholarships for the Art and Digital Media Studies program at Tarleton State University.

The exhibition will open on Saturday April 10, 2021 at the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Educational Center in Granbury, Texas and runs daily through May 2. The exhibition is sponsored by Tarleton State University, the City of Granbury and numerous local and regional businesses. Over $3,000 in artist awards are anticipated.

All applications will be received through CaFÉ ( Apply today!

1-31-21 Call for entry opens
3-9-21 Deadline to receive entries (11:59p.m. CST)
3-15-21 Notification of acceptance through email
3-27-21 Artwork mail deliver deadline
3-27-21 Artwork hand-deliver date
4-10-21 Show opens at Langdon Center in Granbury
5-2-21 Closing Reception @ Gallery 2-4pm
5-2-21 Show closes
Any questions, please contact Chris Ireland, Rio Brazos Exhibition coordinator,

This year's juror is artist, educator, and author Diane Durant. Diane works with image, text, and found objects to tell true stories, from paddling rivers and road trips to all the everyday stops in between. She is a graduate of Baylor University (BFA '01), Dallas Theological Seminary (MA/BC '04), and the University of Texas at Dallas (MA '07, PhD '13) where she currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of the Marilyn & Jerry Comer Collection of Photography. She serves on the university's Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity as well as the Social Justice Council for the WNBA's Dallas Wings organization. Diane is a member of both the Board of Directors for the Cedars Union, a non-profit arts incubator in North Texas, and the Society for Photographic Education’s LGBTQ Caucus Leadership Team. She is also Chair of the SouthCentral Chapter. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally; appeared online at Don't Smile and Lenscratch; featured in print with Chronicles and Sun Magazine; and belong to the permanent collection of the National Park Service. Her creative writing has appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, RiverSedge, di-verse-city, the Texas Poetry Calendar, Stymie, and The Spectacle. She is the former president of 500X Gallery in Dallas and past editor of The Grassburr, The Rope, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. In 2018, Diane was named as one of four inaugural Carter Community Artists with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. Her first monograph, Stories, 1986–88, was released by Daylight Books in April. More often than not, she eats cake for breakfast. 

The Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center is nestled one block off Granbury’s historic square in the Brazos River Valley and serves as a focal point for the fine arts in the Lake Granbury area. The Langdon Center serves as the cultural and educational hub of the downtown area in cooperation with the City of Granbury and Tarleton State University.

Part of the A&M System since 1917, Tarleton State University offers affordable undergraduate and graduate degrees from locations in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online. The main campus of Tarleton is located 31 miles southwest of Granbury in Stephenville. Founded in 1899 as a private, liberal arts college, Tarleton is now one of the state’s fastest growing institutions with an enrollment exceeding 15,000 and serves as the educational and cultural flagship of the Cross Timbers region.

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Programs and Opportunities

Tarleton Art Society in front of the Guggenheim

Tarleton Art Society

Tarleton Art Society is a student-run organization that brings together like-minded individuals from various artistic disciplines to promote artistic knowledge. Each year there is a wide range of activities hosted by this organization, including fundraisers, mural painting, field trips, New York City visits, and workshops. For more information, contact Tim Harding, Faculty Advisor.

Tarleton Film Festival

Annual Film and Moving Image Festival

The Fine Arts/Digital Media Studies and Communication Studies Departments of Tarleton State University are proud to present a competitive student media festival, the 15th Annual Tarleton Student Film and Moving Media Festival, screening virtually starting on November 13 and running through November 15. Check out the work here.


Digital Motion Capture Lab

Digital Motion Capture Lab

The Digital Media Studies program includes a state-of-the-art Vicon Motion Capture System, as well as professional video and digital imaging studio equipment. Our facilities also feature 2D and 3D printers and scanners and other digital fabrication devices.

Visiting Artist Lectures and Workshops

Visiting Artist Lectures and Workshops

Every semester the Department of Fine Arts holds a number of visiting artist lectures and workshops featuring artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as nationally; here, artists visit and lecture about their experiences and work. Recent workshops included 19th-century process photography as well as advanced sculpture casting. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Student Work

Tarleton Game Club

The Tarleton Game club is a student-run art club at Tarleton that meets weekly, usually in FA room 162. Tarleton Game Club is a club that promotes game design, games, game development and more for Tarleton students and staff. Each year the club hosts tournaments, LAN parties, designs their own games, and enters game design competitions. See the Tarleton Game Club Facebook page and the Steam page for more info.