Nominations are now open for 2015 & 2016 State Musician, State Poet Laureate, State Artist (2-D) & State Artist (3-D).

All Texas citizens are encouraged to participate and self-nominations are encouraged. Deadline for Texas State Artist nominations is October 15, 2014. Please use the online nomination form. We are not able to accept nominations via mail, email, or telephone.

All qualified nominees must be native Texans or five-year residents of the state. Texas State Artists are established artists with a statewide, national or international reputation. They reflect Texas’ diversity and high-quality artistic offerings. 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. Please note this is not a posthumous appointment.

In accordance with Chapter 3104 of the Texas Government Code, TCA oversees the selection process for State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-dimensional Artist and State Three-dimensional Artist. TCA issues the call for nominations, oversees an evaluation review process, and provides a list of finalists to the selection committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, makes the final selections. The 84th Texas Legislature will make the appointments in the spring of 2015 when they are in session.

Role & Responsibilities
Texas State Artists serve one-year terms and represent the state’s artistic legacy. State Artists receive statewide recognition, and the designation provides a unique marketing opportunity. State artists also have the opportunity to be included on TCA’s Texas Touring Roster.


Nomination Form


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For lists of previous and current Texas State Artists, please see the sidebar.