The Mark Chapman Collection


Lawyer, real estate man, oil man, scholar, artist, poet, philanthropist, friend …

Mark Chapman was a bright, creative man who appreciated and patronized the arts. Sadly, he

was a man who left us much too soon. Together with his beloved wife, Cheryl, he traveled the

world, amassing a unique and diverse art collection. 

Travel the globe with Mark and Cheryl in this curated retrospective of art from around the world. Included in the exhibition, as well, are works by Mark himself. The collection is uniquely diverse ranging from works from the 1800’s to works from the 21st Century. Modern, tempestuous, humorous, beautiful, colorful, historical are all words that readily describe the paintings and sculptures from held in the collection.  Ths is truly a classic to contemporary collection with notable works being offered.

Mark Chapman’s legacy continues with this special offering. The exhibit and sale will open in the Ross Gallery at Arts for Rural Texas in Fayetteville, Texas. The opening reception is on September 17th, 2019, from 6 PM – 8 PM. The exhibit will hang through October 19th. 

Exhibition Dates: September 14th - October 19th, 2019

Proceeds from the sale of works from the Mark Chapman goes to support two non-profit organizations, Arts for Rural Texas and PUPS (Prevent Unwanted Pets)


The 2020 Emerging Artists Competition

Open to students 6th - 12th grade

  The 2019 Emerging Artists Competition Call for Entry has just been announced by Arts for Rural Texas. Teens, grades 6th – 12th, of Fayette and surrounding counties are offered the opportunity to enter this annual event offered by the 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, Texas. Each summer ARTS, with the underwriting of Mary Le and Arne Johnson, sponsors the Emerging Artists Competition. The event is designed to encourage the youth of the region to create original artwork and expressive design. ARTS wishes to nurture creative thinking in youth, knowing that by participating in the arts youth develop strong leadership skills, improved self-esteem, generally achieve better school grades and develop problem solving abilities. 

Up to $3500 in prize money will be awarded at the event that open August 15th at 4 PM in the Ross Gallery at Arts for Rural Texas, 114 N. Live Oak, Fayetteville, Texas. Teens are encouraged to submit 2 pieces of original and recent art for the contest. The deadline for entry is August 14th. Awards are given for Best of Show ($500) with first ($250), second ($125), and third ($75) place in each grade level. Eligible media and categories are: Color Drawing, Black and White Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Three Dimensional Design, and Photography. (View more details online at The contest is free to enter and open to all youth who have completed the fifth grade through the senior year in high school, with graduation in May of 2020.

For more information and to make entry online go to or call 979-378-2113 to request an application. Artwork must be delivered for the show and judging to ARTS’ Fayetteville location, 114 N. Live Oak, no later than 3 PM, August 8th, 2020. The Opening Reception and Awards Presentation will occur on August 15th, 2020, from 4 PM - 5 PM at ARTS.

Exhibition dates are August 15th– August 29th.

Exhibition Dates: August 15th - August 29th

Join us for the Artists Reception and Awards Presentation

At our Ross Gallery

Saturday, August 15th