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Career Announcements (more headlines) 05-15-2011

Texas Selects Artists To Represent State

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Musicians Lyle Lovett, Billy F Gibbons, and Poet David M. Parsons Among Handful of Texan Artists Appointed by State Legislature

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has announced the Texas State Legislature's appointments to the positions of state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist and state three-dimensional artist. The positions, created by SB 1043 of the 77th Legislature, are filled for one-year terms. The eight appointees named for 2011 and 2012 were selected by a legislative-appointed committee for the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas.

The 2011 appointees include Texas State Musician Lyle Lovett of the North Harris County community of Klein, Texas Poet Laureate David M. Parsons of Conroe, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Melissa Miller of Austin, and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Jesus Moroles of Rockport. The 2012 appointees include Texas State Musician Billy F Gibbons of Houston, Texas Poet Laureate Jan Seale of McAllen, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Karl Umlauf of Waco, and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Bill FitzGibbons of San Antonio. Detailed biographical information on each of the artists is available on the TCA website at www.arts.state.tx.us/stateartist.

"For years, Texan artists have inspired people across our state and nation to share in their unique experiences and expand their creative horizons," said State Representative Ryan Guillen, Chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, & Tourism. "It's important that the residents of our state recognize these individuals for their invaluable artistic contributions which have enhanced the lives of so many."

Each State Artist reflects the state's diversity and high-quality artistic offerings. Nominees must be native Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years. They must have attained the highest levels of excellence and success in their respective disciplines and have received critical reviews in state, regional or national publications.

Any Texas citizen was able to nominate an artist in any of the four categories and self-nominations were encouraged. TCA reviewed all nominations and developed a list of finalists for submission to the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, made the final selections. The next call for nominations will take place in the fall of 2012.

"In honoring these individuals we bring attention to the important role the arts play in shaping Texas' cultural landscape," said Gary Gibbs, executive director for the Texas Commission on the Arts. "These Texas State Artists are the best of the best. Their work defines our character of place and reflects the distinctive qualities that make Texas unique."

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