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Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award For High School Students

The Texas Auto Writers Association and The Bill Neale Family are pleased to announce the Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students. The award is designed to honor the fine art techniques of renowned automotive artist Bill Neale and nurture the next-generation of automotive artists, car collectors and enthusiasts.

The competition is an opportunity for U.S. high school students (grades 9-12) who are aspiring automotive artists to receive recognition for their creativity and skill.

The Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students proudly supports the nonprofit TechForce Foundation. Learn more about the TechForce Foundation on the Official Award website BillNealeAward.org.

  • CALL FOR ENTRIESSeptember 21, 2023.  
  • ENTRY DEADLINE December 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM.
  • ENTRY FEE: No entry fee is required.
  • WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by February 1, 2024

OFFICIAL AWARD WEBSITE:  billnealeaward.org


  • Eligible entries must be from U.S. high school students in grades 9-12. High school status is determined by 9th-12th grade status as of September 1, 2023.

  • Please visit the Official Award website for complete eligibility rules and legal terms at  BillNealeAward.org.


High school entrants are asked to create their own original signed artwork that features the two main design elements featured in Bill Neale’s work, using a sports or racing car of the entrant’s choice as subject matter (no commercial logos are permitted*.)

The Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students celebrates Neale’s storytelling artistic style by showcasing two persistent themes in his work - racing and sports cars “in motion” set against colorful skies. Artwork should incorporate these two elements:

  • Theme #1: Cars In Motion

  • Theme #2: Colorful Skies

As also noted in Official Rules, no automaker names or copyrighted logos may be present in artwork.

The award recognizes Neale’s use of watercolor, acrylic, and oil Fine Art mediums. These are the only accepted mediums.

No digitally created artwork using software will be accepted.

Entries may be submitted as a JPG or PDF.



he Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award honors the world-renowned talent and legacy of automotive artistic icon Bill Neale. Neale, a long-time friend to TAWA, passed away in January of 2021 at the age of 95.

Neale, a U.S. Navy veteran, was a Navy pilot during World War II. After the war, he received his Bachelor and Master Degrees from North Texas State University School of Art with graduates studies at the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles.

Bill taught high-school art for five years while building his portfolio.  He then joined Tracy-Locke Advertising in 1953 as a staff artist and illustrator, quickly rising to Art Director, eventually becoming Vice President and Manager of Creative Services until he left to establish his own agency, Point Communications in 1973.

Neale’s automotive artwork and writer portraits graced the covers and pages of many publications including Car and Driver, Automobile, Road & Track and Cavallino, as well as many automotive event posters. He also created the logo for the ficticious Terlingua Racing Team that made its way onto Shelby Mustang race cars including a GT/350 driven by Ken Miles.

Neale was also a founding member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society and is listed in the Texas Advertising Hall of Fame and Texas Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

JUDGING AND ENTRIES                                                         


Students may submit 1 entry.  Late entries and those without completed entry forms will not be judged.


Artwork will be judged by a panel of judges using four criteria of equal weight: Uniqueness/Originality, Interpretation of Theme (Skill), Artistry of Concept and Overall Artistic Impression.

  • Artistry of Concept (Skill): 25%

  • Interpretation of Theme: 25%

  • Overall Artistic Impression: 25%

  • Uniqueness/Originality: 25%


1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be named based on the entries with the top three highest calculated totals. The entry with the highest total will be deemed the potential winner, the 2nd and 3rd highest totals the 2nd and 3rd place potential winners. A winner is deemed potential until eligibility is verified.

Winner will be notified by February 1, 2024.


  • 1st place winner: $1000 Cash Prize and travel accommodations to attend the Houston Mecum Auction in April 2024 for trophy presentation.*
  • 2nd place winner: $500 Cash Prize
  • 3rd place winner: $250 Cash Prize

*If Grand Prize Winner is unable to travel to receive the award in person, the trophy will be mailed.


By participating in and submitting Artwork in the Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students, (“Contest”), each student (“Entrant”) and parent/guardian if under 18 (“Participant”) agrees (on behalf of themselves and Entrant): (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Judges and The Shelby Foundation, Mecum Auctions, Terlingua Racing Team and the Texas Auto Writers Association (“Sponsors”), the Texas Auto Writers Association (“Host”) and TechForce Foundation (“Award Beneficiary”), which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsors, their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, private distributors, dealers and their respective advertising and promotion agencies; and all of the above’s respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, costs (including attorneys’ fees), fines, injuries (up to and including bodily injury and death), liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from (i) Entrant or Participants’ participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity; (including travel to/from any Contest activity); (ii) the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Prize (iii) the Released Parties’ violation of rights of publicity or privacy, claims of defamation or portrayal in a false light or based on any claim of infringement of intellectual property; and (iv) any typographical, human or other error in the printing, offering, selection, operation or announcement of any Contest activity and/or Prize; and (c) except where prohibited by law, to the use of Entrant’s and his/her Participant’s names, voices, performances, photographs/videos, images and/or likenesses for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide, including, but not limited to, on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Host, Sponsors, Award Beneficiary and their designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from Entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. Entrant and Participant agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on their own or through someone else regarding their participation in the Contest without the prior consent of the Sponsors, which it may withhold in its sole discretion. In the event Sponsors are prevented from continuing with the Contest by any event beyond its control, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, communications or equipment failure, utility or service interruptions, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared), interference with the Contest by any party, or any federal, state, local or provincial government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsors’ control (each a “Force Majeure'' event or occurrence), Sponsors shall have the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest or any Prize. Host and Sponsors additionally reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion: (a) to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest should causes beyond Host and Sponsors’ control corrupt or interfere with the administration, integrity, operation, security or proper play of the Contest; or (b) to disqualify any Entrant or Participant found to be, or suspected of: (i) tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of these Official Rules; or (iii) acting in an un-sportsmanlike manner.

Please visit the Official Award website to download eligibility rules and legal terms at BillNealeAward.org.

Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award For HS Students


Call for Entries Opens:

SEPT. 21, 2023

Entry Deadline

DEC. 28, 2023

Entry Form






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