Nominations Sought for Texas State Artists, Poet Laureate

Right: Beili Lui, "Airseed Mono," , Sumi ink on yupo paper; Left: Beverly Penn, "Genus," bronze, metal, mardboard, mica

The Texas Commission on the Arts is seeking nominations for the positions of 2019 and 2020 State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Artist two-dimensional media and State Artist three-dimensional media.

All Texas citizens are encouraged to make nominations. Self-nominations are accepted and people can nominate more than one artist.

The nomination form is available at arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/. The deadline is Oct. 15, 2018.

Nominees must be either native Texans or five-year residents of the state. Candidates must have received recognition for high levels of excellence and success in their respective disciplines. They also must have received critical reviews in state, regional or national publications.

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The current 2017 and 2018 appointments are musicians George Strait and Marcia Ball; poet laureates Carol Coffee Reposa and Jenny Browne; 2D artists Sedrick Huckaby and Kermit Oliver; and 3D artists Beverly Penn and Beili Liu.

“We are fortunate to have many outstanding artists in Texas, and we anticipate receiving numerous qualified nominations,” said Gary Gibbs, executive director of TCA. “Being named a Texas State Artist is the Texas Legislature’s highest honor for an artist, and it brings new career opportunities and recognition from the arts community and the general public.”

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