The Bowling Green Arts Commission (BGAC) was formed in July 2007 to foster art appreciation and experience in the historic town of Bowling Green and its surrounding Caroline County, Virginia. The BGAC has thrived due to its emphasis on utilizing the inspiration and skills of its members, who arrive with a variety of artistic backgrounds and specializations.  While the initial focus was on the visual arts, including painting, sketching, sculpture, pottery and artistic design, the scope of interest has recently expanded to include the nurturing of music as a form of artistic expression.

Sidney E. King Arts Center

The Bowling Green Arts Commission is proud of its acquisition of the Sidney E. King paintings depicting scenes from the Civil War.  These paintings will be the centerpiece of the new arts building in the center of town.  The building will house a variety of artwork, as well as provide studio and classroom space for established and beginning artists from Bowling Green, Caroline County, and beyond.

Bowling Green Arts Commission

117 Butler Street, Town Hall (P.O. Box 468)

Bowling Green, VA 22427


Recent News

Civil War Lecture Series

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 5th for the 2nd installment of the art center's lecture series on the Civil War and Sidney King paintings.The speaker is Frank O'Reilly, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author for his work on the Fredericksburg Campaign. O'Reilly has also lectured all over the world, appeared on CSPAN and various documentaries, and served as the Sesquicentennial special events coordinator for the 150th anniversary commemorations for the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Overland campaigns. He will be discussing the Battle of Chancellorsville starting at 2pm. The lecture will last around 45 minutes and follow with a Q&A period. This is a free event and light refreshments will be served.

Mark your Calendars!

This year's November Art Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15th. To enter the Juried Art Contest, print and complete the application on our Winter Art Show page. Entries are due October 17th.

‚ÄčPainting Auction

Congrats to Mr. Jay Johnson as the highest bidder for the above painting by Jim Thomas (a student of Sidney King); the auction was held during the last Music on the Green August 22nd. We hope you enjoy this patriotic piece for years to come!

Mark your Calendars!

This year's November Art Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15th. Please check back often for more details.