The Bike Zoo
Ringmaster, co-founder, and UT Austin mechanical engineering graduate Jeremy Rosen and the Bike Zoo create life-long memories. Since unveiling their bike animals at the Austin First Night Parade in 2005, the Bike Zoo has rapidly expanded, performing at festivals, parades, and schools across the US and Mexico. Millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo since its inception. They present a magical, immersive, and interactive environment for people of all ages. A unique addition to any festival, public space, corporate, family, or educational event, the Bike Zoo's ever-growing family of playful, hand-built bicycle creatures includes the giant 80-foot 6-rider Rattlesnake, seven giant Butterflies, the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, the Barn Owl, the majestic Bald Eagle, the Praying Mantis, the 10-rider Bicycle Carousel, and the latest, the Giant Armadillo! You can count on the Bike Zoo to engage visitors of all ages and captivate the imaginations of those who see or interact with the larger-than-life zoo. The Bike Zoo’s creatures offer the public the opportunity to realize their fantasy of flight. Where else can you ride a 12-foot butterfly or an 80-foot rattlesnake? Some creatures serve as a stage or mobile activity booth and can accommodate people with special needs. Photo by Juliana Halverson.
13730 Immanuel Rd
Pflugerville, TX 78660
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $0 - $20,000
workshop fees $3,000 - $25,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
State Artist Marc Burckhardt
Marc Burckhardt is the 2010 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work. Born in Germany and raised in Texas, Marc Burckhardt’s work juxtaposes old world styles and symbols with contemporary American themes. As a youth, he spent summers in Europe with his family, a tradition he continues today. The paintings, architecture, and perspectives he encounters there combine with his studies of art history to inform his work, which utilizes old masters' techniques to achieve the texture and luminosity that distinguish his paintings. Marc lives and works in a 1910 farmhouse in the shadow of downtown Austin Texas.
The Creativity Shell is on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches sewing/textile arts and other creative trades classes to students in their mobile studios, libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness, trauma and human trafficking. Classes and events led by the Creativity Shell are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills. The sewing/textile arts and other creative programs can last anywhere from a 2-hour workshop to a 15-week semester. To give students creative outlets to showcase their work, the Creativity Shell has launched two major annual events in Houston. The Munchkin Market is a popular event among K-12 students. Students participating in this event learn to make their own items and sell it to the public. The second event is the annual fashion show called Creativity Rocks! For students to participate in Creativity Rocks, they must design, make and model their own outfit based on the annual theme of the show. The Creativity Shell’s ability to make classes fun and exciting for children creates a positive atmosphere with children willingly enrolling in the programs. Photo by Shelancia Daniel.
1580 Kingwood Drive #A
Kingwood, TX 77339
public performance/concert $300 - $4,500
school performance $600 - $6,000
workshop fees $300 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $600 - $2,500
State Artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Jennifer Ling Datchuk, the 2021 Texas State Visual Artist in 3-D work, is an artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She is an Assistant Professor of art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Artpace in San Antonio. In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft. Photo: Clint Datchuk
State Artist Dornith Doherty
Dornith Doherty, 2016 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, is inspired by the expressive possibilities of photography. Her work explores the ever more complex relationship between the natural environment and human agency through projects focusing on landscape stewardship and genetic resource preservation. Wide ranging travel to work in collaboration with biologists and institutions has resulted in an extensive body of work, Archiving Eden. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. Her work has been extensively shown and collected, both nationally and internationally.
State Artist Gaspar Enriquez
Born in 1942 and raised in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio, Gaspar Enriquez earned a BA in art from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1970 and an MA in metals from New Mexico State University in 1985. His dramatic portraits range from works on paper of writer Rudolfo Anaya, artist Luis Jimenez, and artist John Valadez for the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, to 24-feet-high pieces commissioned for the San Antonio Convention Center, to illustrations for Rudolfo Anaya’s Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez. No matter their size, his powerful, acrylic, air-brushed portraits reveal his subjects’ dignity and demand the viewer’s attention. His works are held by museums including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Tucson Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, and by private collectors such as Cheech Marin. Mr. Enriquez is the recipient of the Father Rahm Segundo Barrio Person of the Year Award (2016) and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Fellowship (1994). In 2015, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at El Paso.
Houston-born J Muzacz is a muralist and public artist with 15 years of experience painting large-scale murals for both public and private clients. He is also an educator and author/illustrator with two books to his credit, both bilingual in English and Japanese, from his time teaching overseas in Japan. He has lived and worked in Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, having painted numerous notable murals abroad, one of which found its way into a Samsung commercial, as well as the cover of Hong Kong Airlines magazine. Connecting his passions for art and travel, J is eager to tour and engage with schools and communities all over the state of Texas, making and facilitating mural and mosaic art that uplifts, educates, and inspires people of all ages for years to come. Recently J has been commissioned across the country for commercial murals in Florida, California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. He has also been invited to festivals as a featured artist in Austin, Houston, and Flint, Michigan, just to name a few. Photo by Luis Armando.
1717 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $500 - $12,000
school performance $500 - $12,000
workshop fees $500 - $12,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $2,500
State Artist Diana Kersey
When Diana Kersey was growing up in Lubbock, her parents let her dig a mud pit in their backyard. Thirteen inches down, she hit clay, and she’s been working with it ever since. Kersey is a visual artist working exclusively in clay, from small studio pieces to large architectural installations. Her work has become instantly identifiable, due to the muscular, spontaneous qualities of the material enhanced with her colorful, translucent glazes. Her public works have been commissioned by the City of San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit, the San Antonio River Authority, and the City of Harlingen. In 2021 she completed her largest private commission to date, The Riparian Edge, for a San Antonio office tower. Kersey earned an MFA in ceramics from Washington State University in 1997, and a BFA in drawing from Texas Tech University in 1994. She is on faculty at Northwest Vista College and owns and operates Kersey Ceramics LLC in San Antonio. Workshops are available for beginner through advanced ceramic artists or structured as a community project for a specific location: pottery, sculpture, or architectural ceramics. Photo by Clara Lewis-Valero.
San Antonio, TX
public performance/concert $300
workshop fees $700/day
travel/per diem/lodging $300
Laser Spectacles, Inc.
Laser Spectacles, Inc. uses laser light to create art and entertainment for events. Tim Walsh, the president of Laser Spectacles, is called 'The Memory Weaver' for his ability to transform a venue with lasers and music into an experience that attendees will remember forever. The company energizes fairs or festivals with dancing laser beams and mesmerizing laser graphics, brings historical buildings to life using exciting 'laser mapping' techniques, and provides interactive experiences for attendees. Venues include fairs, festivals, rodeos, churches, meetings, libraries, sporting events, anywhere large groups of people are gathered. Lasers bring a sense of excitement to an event, and provide an alternative to fireworks for a 'grand finale.' And lasers can communicate! Using logo projection and laser text projection, attendees can see sponsor logos and even learn about the theme and history of the event, all presented as part of an entertaining light show. Company president Tim Walsh is an accomplished composer and performer and has applied his talent to create laser art in unusual ways that have won many awards over the last 30 years. Photo by Jake Splawn.
PO Box 1535
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $3,500 - $20,000
school performance $2,000 - $5,500
workshop fees $2,000 - $5,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,500
State Artist Ken Little
Ken Little, 2014 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a visual artist and a musician. Since 1988, he has maintained an art studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited his work in sculpture, nationally, and internationally. He has received many awards and honors, including his current designation as the 2014 Texas State 3 Dimensional Artist of the year.
27631 Timberline Drive
San Antonio, TX 78260
public performance/concert $200 - $1,000
school performance $150 - $1,500
State Artist Mary McCleary
Mary McCleary makes collages of great complexity that combine painterly craftsmanship and striking iconography. Her subject matter comes from religion, science, history, and literature. McCleary has participated in over 350 one-person and group exhibits in museums and galleries in 29 states, Mexico, Canada, and Russia. These venues include the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Biblical Art, Boston Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. McCleary’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; El Paso Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum of Art; Art Museum of South Texas; and Art Museum of Southeast Texas. She is Regents Professor of Art Emeritus at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where she taught from 1975 to 2005. In 2011, she was named Texas Artist of the Year by Art League Houston.
Wildlife Conservation Artist Vickie McMillan-Hayes
Vickie McMillan-Hayes is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Her exhibitions include art museums and galleries throughout the country and abroad. Vickie is published in well-known books, magazines, articles, and reviews both locally and internationally. Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings and murals with groups of people for installation in libraries, public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, government organizations, treatment centers, foster care, and health and human service centers. She delivers specialized workshops including AP art, residencies, lectures (elementary-college), live performance painting, collaborative painting at festivals, team-building and staff development (teachers), judging (is a rodeo art judge). Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum goals for schools, foster unity in the community, advance global conservation causes, and encourage the use of recycled materials when possible. Each project is designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. Vickie teaches and demonstrates the use of materials, technique, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. Large scale murals/paintings can be based on curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Participants are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to unveiling. Photo by Vickie McMillan-Hayes.
10419 Hollowback Dr.
Katy, TX 77494
public performance/concert $2,500 - $50,000
school performance $700 - $2,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,200
Paradox Traveling Art
Paradox Traveling Art was founded and created by El Paso, Texas artist Laura Turón. The project is a traveling art installation project housed within a converted full-size school bus. The bus functions as a gallery and an art piece at the same time. With this project, Ms. Turón focuses on delivering art to areas that have limited or no access to art spaces; inspiring and encouraging artists; and providing art workshops, exhibitions at events, and lectures that promote creative expression and critical thinking. Available programs include interactive art installation exhibitions--visitors walk inside the gallery space within the bus, and interact with the current installation; workshops-- visitors are able to participate in workshops to create art installations displayed within the gallery space or in workshops related to the current exhibit; and art talks-- the current artist provides a talk about the current art installations and does a Q&A. Photo by Laura Turón.
2809 Sacramento Ave
El Paso, TX 79930
public performance/concert $1,200 - $8,000
school performance $1,200 - $8,000
workshop fees $1,200 - $8,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $700
State Artist Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto, the 2016 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a native of San Antonio. His sculptures, prints and installations combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten corners of history, art and science. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997 and has had works included in many prestigious group shows and collections. His work has been seen most recently in solo exhibitions at the Menil Collection, Houston and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, the 2009 USA Rasmuson Fellowship, and the 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He is currently an Artist Research Fellow at Rice University in Houston, where he lives and works.
State Artist Margo Sawyer
Margo Sawyer, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 3-D works, investigates the relationship between color, space and transcendence through her sculpture. Art and architecture converge in her works to transform mundane structures into euphoric icons, marrying exquisite materials in unexpected ways to form large public spaces that become intimate refuges. Her recent body of work, Synchronicity of Color, includes the lauded work that is a focal point at Houston’s Discovery Green. Margo Sawyer holds a B.A. Honors Degree from the Chelsea School of Art in London and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University. Sawyer has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship, two Fulbright Research Awards, the Japan Foundation Fellowship for Artists, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. She has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an ArtPace resident artist in San Antonio. Her sculpture is in the public art collections of the Cities of New York City, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, and at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sawyer is a Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bright & Early Building
107 South Avenue C
Elgin, TX 78621
public performance/concert $700 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $3,000
workshop fees $500 - $5,000
State Artist Vincent Valdez
Vincent Valdez, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. He received a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his B.F.A. in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in San Antonio when Stations, his suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown. Other exhibition venues include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, Parsons Paris, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. A recipient of residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania in Berlin, Valdez currently serves as Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. Mr. Valdez is available for visiting artist workshops/lectures and also for audio/visual projects such as this one: http://livestream.com/wlu/strangest-fruit-radio-hour.
State Artist James C. Watkins
James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has worked with clay for over 40 years. His work is held in 25 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library, the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Everson Museum, the Tweed Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Watkins’ work has been widely exhibited in 47 solo exhibitions and 172 group exhibitions. Watkins is a Texas Tech University, Horn Distinguished Professor Emeritus and the 2019 recipient of the HCCC Texas Master Award presented by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Watkins is the author of Reflections Made of Memories and the co-author of two books: Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques co-authored with Paul Andrew Wandless, and Architectural Delineation: Presentation Techniques and Projects, co-authored with James T. Davis. His work is the subject of the book A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins by Kippra D. Hopper. Watkins has also written numerous articles for national and international magazines. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Indiana University. Mr. Watkins offers lectures, wheel throwing pottery demonstrations, and alternative firing workshops based on his book, “Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques” co-authored with Paul Andrew Wandless. Photo by Bonni Oakes.