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State Artists of Texas

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Culture and the Arts

 

State Artist David Keens

The 2007 state three-dimensional artist David Keens, above, established and now heads the Glass Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Photo by Eli Grothe/Almanac files.

Since 2001, a committee of seven members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House selects the state artists based on recommendations from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Earlier, the Legislature made the nominations.

 

Term Artist Residence
1971–1972 Joe Ruiz Grandee Arlington
1972–1973 Melvin C. Warren Clifton
1973–1974 Ronald Thomason Weatherford
  alternate, A.C. Gentry Jr. Tyler
1974–1975 Joe Rader Roberts Dripping Springs
  alternate, Bette Lou Voorhis Austin
1975–1976 Jack White New Braunfels
July 4, 1975 — July 4, 1976 Robert Summers (Bicentennial Artist) Glen Rose
1976–1977 James Boren Clifton
  alternate, Kenneth Wyatt Lubbock
1977–1978 Edward "Buck" Schiwetz DeWitt County

alternate, Renne Hughes Tarrant County
1978–1979 Jack Cowan Rockport
  alternate, Gary Henry Palo Pinto County
  alternate, Joyce Tally Caldwell County
1979–1980 Dalhart Windberg Travis County

alternate, Grant Lathe Canyon Lake
1980–1981 Harry Ahysen Huntsville

alternate, Jim Reno Simonton
1981–1982 Jerry Newman Beaumont

alternate, Raul Guiterrez San Antonio
1982–1983 Dr. James H. Johnson Bryan

alternate, Armando Hinojosa Laredo
1983–1984 Raul  Guiterrez San Antonio

alternate, James Eddleman Lubbock
1984–1985 Covelle Jones Lubbock

alternate, Ragan Gennusa Dripping Springs
1985–1986 Ragan Gennusa Dripping Springs
1986–1987 Chuch DeHaan Graford
1987–1988 Neil Caldwell Angleton
  alternate, Rey Gaytan Austin
1988–1989 George Hallmark Walnut Springs
  alternate, Tony Eubanks Grapevine
 
 Two-dimensional Art 

(In 1990, the designation was divided into the categories of two-dimensional art and three-dimensional art.)
 

Term Artist / Two-dimensional Residence, Hometown
1990–1991 Mondel Rogers Sweetwater
1991–1992 Woodrow Foster Center
  alternate, Harold Phenix Houston
1993–1994 Roy Lee Ward Hunt
1994–1995 Frederick Carter El Paso
1996 none designated  
1997–1998 Ernesto Martinez El Paso
1998–1999 Carl Rice Embrey San Antonio
2000–2002 none designated
2003 Ralph White Austin
2004 Sam Caldwell Houston
2005 Kathy Vargas San Antonio
2006 George Boutwell Bosque
2007 Lee Herring Rockwall
2008 Janet Eager Krueger Encinal
2009 René Alvarado San Angelo
2010 Marc Burkhardt Austin
2011 Melissa Miller Austin
2012 Karl Umlauf Waco
2013 Jim Woodson Waco, Fort Worth
2014 Julie Speed Austin, Marfa
2015 Vincent Valdez San Antonio
2016 Dornith Doherty Southlake, Houston
2017 Kermit Oliver Waco, Houston, Refugio
2018 Sedrick Huckaby Fort Worth
 
 Three-dimensional Art

 

Term Artist / Three-dimensional Residence, Hometown
1990–1991 Ron Wells Cleveland
1991–1992 Kent Ullberg Corpus Christi

alternate, Mark Clapham Conroe
1993–1994 James Eddleman Lubbock
1994–1995 Garland A. Weeks Wichita Falls
1996 none designated
1997–1998 Jim Reno Kerrville
1998–1999 Edd Hayes Humble
2000–2002 none designated
2003 Dixie Friend Gay Houston
2004 David Hickman Dallas
2005 Sharon Kopriva Houston
2006 James Suris Athens
2007 David Keens Arlington
2008 Damian Priour Austin
2009 Eliseo Garcia Farmers Branch
2010 John Bennett Fredericksburg
2011 Jesús Moroles Rockport
2012 Bill FitzGibbons San Antonio
2013 Joseph Havel Houston
2014 Ken Little San Antonio, Canyon
2015 Margo Sawyer Elgin, Houston
2016 Dario Robleto Houston, San Antonio
2017 Beverly Penn San Marcos
2018 Beili Liu Austin

 

 

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