Joe Ely, Margo Sawyer and Jimmie Vaughan among Texas State artists for 2015-2016

Texas State Legislature on Thursday will announce its appointment to the positions of state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist and state three-dimensional artist.

Margo Sawyer's "Reflect" installation at Umlauf Sculpture Garden.
Margo Sawyer’s “Reflect” installation at Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

The 2015 appointees include Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla of San Antonio, Texas State Musician Jimmie Vaughan of Austin, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Vincent Valdez of San Antonio and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Margo Sawyer of Elgin.

The 2016 appointees include Texas Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero of San Antonio, Texas State Musician Joe Ely of Austin, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Dornith Doherty of Southlake, and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Dario Robleto of Houston.

Any Texas resident is able to nominate an artist in any of the four categories and self-nominations  are encouraged. The Texas Commission of the Arts reviewed all nominations and determined a list of finalists.

http://www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/current-state-artists/

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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