Events and Activities

Annual Quilting & Textile Competition Show

This is a non-juried competition show open to all quilters & textile artists held annually in January; check the calendar for dates. 

This competition accepts entries of all kinds of textile art, including but not limited to quilting, knitting, crochet, lacework, embroidery, beadwork, felting, appliqué, handmade apparel, woven pieces, rug-making, etc. Awards are given in both Youth and Adult Divisions; top winner of the Youth Division will be awarded the Carrie A. Warren-Gentry Youth Talent in Textile Arts Memorial Award. Both divisions will also award multiple place winners, with the possibility of special merit awards. Both divisions are eligible for a singular People’s Choice award.

 

Annual High School Art Show Competition / Young Artist Showcase

This is a non-juried art competition show open to any high school student, including home-schooled students, and an opportunity for younger artists to display artwork in a non-competitive showcase held annually in February; check the calendar for dates. 

The focus of this show is to encourage young artists to share their artwork, to continue the process of learning and improving artistic technique, to experience participation in a competitive gallery show, and to expand minds through the creation of art. 

 

Digital Art Show

This is a non-juried show open to all artists. Cash awards and ribbons will be given for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place entries. The People’s Choice entry gets a ribbon. Check calendar for dates.

This show is open to all types of digital artists, that is, any artist that utilizes digital technology as a part of the creative and/or presentation process of their art

 

Spring Art Show

This is a non-juried show held in the Spring every year.  Cash awards and ribbons will be given for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place entries, plus the People’s Choice ribbon is awarded to the piece with the most votes from the public. Check the calendar for dates.

This show is an open category show open to all forms of art; main categories will include paintings (oils, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, ink and wash, tempera, or encaustic paints), drawings (charcoal, chalk, crayon, pastel, pencil, or pen and ink), printmaking (woodcuts, stencils, block print, scratch art, engraving, etching and lithography, or screen-printing, foil imaging, or giclee prints), sculpture (bronze, stone, marble, wood, or clay), and mixed medium (a combination of 2 or more mediums).

 

Photography Show

This is a non-juried show open to all photographers held in May every year. There will be a Color category and a B&W category. Cash awards and ribbons will be given for The Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places

 

Ozark Heritage Show & L.L. Broadfoot Collection Exhibit

This exhibit is the one-time-of-the-year that the museum displays its L.L. Broadfoot collection, a series of charcoal drawings and oil paintings depicting the people, places, and history of the Ozarks.

 

West Plains Gazette Exhibit: A Legendary Tribute to A Beloved Hometown

An introspective look at one of West Plains, Missouri’s most comprehensive publications; In print from 1978-1987, the West Plains Gazette was created by the well-known West Plains native, Russ Cochran, and his rotating staff of contributors to document, honor, and explore the people, places, traditions, and stories of the Ozarks. The exhibition will culminate in a Celebration of Life for the recently-deceased creator at the Harlin’s August 2nd, 2020 Gala Night at the Museum event.

 

Welcome to the Wilderness: The History of Hunting, Fishing and Trapping in the Ozarks

An exhibit featuring the natural wildlife of the Ozarks region and education on the importance of hunting, fishing, and trapping as a way of life and a wildlife management tool.

 

Filtered Observations : The Works of John P. Lasater IV 

View the world through the brushstrokes of award-winning artist, John P. Lasater IV, of Northwest Arkansas, a preeminent figure in the American Plein air genre known for his representational style of art.

 

Harlin Museum’s 45th Annual Fall Art Show Competition 

Artists from the Ozarks region are invited to submit paintings for this important juried art show, held in October every year. Prizes will include but are not limited to awarding the overall Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Prizes; there will also be Memorial Awards, Purchase Awards, Artistic Encouragement Awards, and a People’s Choice Award.

This show is an open category show open to all forms of art; main categories will include paintings (oils, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, ink and wash, tempera, or encaustic paints), drawings (charcoal, chalk, crayon, pastel, pencil, or pen and ink), printmaking (woodcuts, stencils, block print, scratch art, engraving, etching and lithography, or screen-printing, foil imaging, or giclee prints), sculpture (bronze, stone, marble, wood, or clay), and mixed medium (a combination of 2 or more mediums).

 

 

A Solo Photography Show by Carr Ward

 

Historic Railways of the Ozarks & Model Train Village Exhibit 

This fantastic exhibit is a feast for the eyes with an expansive working tabletop railway set in a tiny winter-themed village, as well as historical displays telling the story of the railway in the Ozarks and how its construction made a boomtown out of West Plains and the surrounding area. The perfect wintertime indoor exhibit to bring the kids!!!