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TCA accepting nominations for state artist, musician and poet laureate

Staff Writer
Austin 360

The TCA is a looking for a few good visual artist, musicians and poets to be nominated for the next round of official Texas State Artist designation.

From the TCAA news release:

The Texas Commission on the Arts is seeking nominations for the positions of 2015 and 2016 State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Artist two-dimensional media (e.g., painting, photography), and State Artist three-dimensional media (e.g., sculpture).

All Texas citizens are encouraged to make nominations, and self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination form and complete information are available online at http://www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/. The deadline for Texas State Artists nominations is Oct. 15, 2014.

ll qualified nominees must be 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.

Chosen artists will join the company of previous state artists such as Willie Nelson, James Surls, Dean Young, and Kathy Vargas and receive statewide recognition. Texas State Artists also have the opportunity to participate in TCA events and promotions, including participation on TCA’s Texas Touring Roster and other state initiatives in relation to their respective arts discipline.

The 84th Texas Legislature will make the appointments next spring when they are in session.