Richard Prather on location

Our next regular meeting on the third Tuesday in May, the 20th. The May demonstrator will be Richard Prather.

Richard won the "Best of Show" honors at the 2012 RCAS Regional Competition, and his winning work now hangs in the Richardson Library.

Richard says "Two passions have dominated my life - the great outdoors and painting it. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 1981 and subsequently pursued a career as a Wetlands Biologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

My study of art also commenced in college where I began to study painting. My style, media of choice and subject matter have each changed over the years. At first, being a trained biologist, I sought to portray my subjects as technically accurate as possible. However it wasn’t long before I realized something was missing.

I felt that my work lacked a sense of emotion and mood. Ultimately I left the studio and began to paint en plein air and found that “in the moment” connection, which allowed the emotion, I was feeling to come through. My desire is that I can continue to improve in my abilities as an artist each and every day and to share what I experience in my time afield."

For more information about Richard Prather and to see his work, visit Richard's Web Site.


RCAS has several workshops scheduled every year by accomplished artists - both local and national. Check out workshops page.

RCAS Workshop, April 25 & 26 - Abstract Acrylic Painting with Marie Renfro, a sought-after teacher and professional artist. Marie is a studio artist at Gallery 8 in Plano. Limited space available. The cost is $100.00. Contact Susan Martin at to add your name to the list. More info at January meeting. Check out Marie's website

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2014 RCAS 50+ Show

All artwork entered into the 2014 RCAS 50+ Showmust be picked up between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 26, 2014 on the second floor of the Richardson Library.

The RCAS 48th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
will be held May 1 through May 27, 2014 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas.

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Best of Show in the 2013 RCAS Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
Carol Devereaux's Expecting won Best of Show in last years Regional Show. Click here to see last year's entries.


We have several shows each season, including a show for local high school students and a well-regarded regional show for all Texas artists.

Show dates for the current season are listed on the Shows page. To see photos from previous shows, go to the Archives page.

Proudly Announcing the Judge for the 48th Annual RCAS Regional Art Show – Xiang Zhang

Cash prizes and merchandise awards are valued at over $6500.00.
Juror is nationally recognized oil painter Xiang Zhang
Show is displayed at the Eisemann Center in Richardson Texas
Entry deadline was February 28th.

We are delighted to have such a dynamic talent as Xiang Zhang to be our Judge for the Richardson Civic Art Society 2014 Regional Show which will be hanging in the Eisemann Center from May 1-27, 2014.

For more information CLICK HERE.

Artist Xiang Zhang


Born in the year of the Horse, Xiang Zhang (pronounced Shong Zang) grew up in China. After graduating from The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, where he was strongly influenced by the 19th century Russian masters, he received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from Tulane University in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he developed his special style of portraiture work and increasingly cowboy art.

Combining impressionistic, as well as realistic techniques, awards in regional and national shows marked him as an artist to watch. The excellent, consistent quality of Zhang’s work has made him one of the most collectible artists in the world.

Xiang Zhang’s paintings hang in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. If you want to see some of his works, please go to his website:

Xiang Zhang's Original Oil painting

Xiang Zhang's original painting titled "Ariving Fort Worth
Oil on linen, 50" x 82"


We are a non-profit organization operated for charitable and educational purposes. Our goal is to organize and support events in the Visual Arts that encourage the pursuit of excellence. We are located in Richardson, Texas and our projects are funded in part by the City of Richardson through the City of Richardson Arts Commission.

Richardson Civic Art Society Regional Show Reception at the Eisemann Center

Awards Reception at the Eisemann Center for the RCAS 47th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition.
Jane E. Jones
Art Studio

2014 Workshops

Non-Representational Design: Feb 3-7

Broken Color/Light: Feb 17-20

Experimental: March 17-20

Critique: Fridays, 9:30-12:30 or 1:30-4:00 Feb 21, Mar 21, May 16

See website for location and prices.
For info call 972-407-1566
Janice Hamilton Workshop
Hill Country Art Foundation May 19 – 22, 2014

Cost - $290.00

We will be working in oils or pastels

For information contact
Janice at or 214-348-0929