The Texas Commission on the Arts Announces Call for Nominations for State Poet Laureate, Musician, Visual Artists

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is seeking nominations for the positions of 2011 and 2012 State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-dimensional Artist and State Three-dimensional Artist. All Texas citizens are encouraged to make a nomination, and self-nominations are encouraged. Nomination forms and complete information are available online at Deadline for Texas State Artists nominations is Nov. 1, 2010.

Chosen artists will join the company of previous state artists such as Willie Nelson, James Surls, Red Steagall, 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.

“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 state artist is quite an honor, one that brings new career opportunities for recognition from the arts community and the general public.”

TCA oversees the selection process for the four positions, created by S.B. 1043 of the 77th Legislature. State artists are chosen by the legislative-appointed Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. All 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. State artist selections are made using the online nomination form at Multiple submissions, email or telephone nominations will not be considered in the selection process.

Texas State Artists serve one-year terms and represent the state’s artistic legacy. Texas State Artists should be widely recognized for their contributions to the state and the advancement of their respective art forms. They should be established artists with a statewide, national or international reputation. They should reflect Texas’ diversity and high-quality artistic offerings.

In addition to providing biographical information, a resume, bibliography of critical reviews and a list of awards, the nomination process requires the submission of work samples for review by a TCA evaluation panel. After reviewing these materials, the evaluation panel will submit a list of 10 names per artist category for consideration by the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee, as specified in the legislation. The Committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House of Representatives, will make the final selections in 2011 when the 82nd Legislature convenes.

About The Texas Commission on the Arts
The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit