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What Texas Means to Me: 2nd Annual Art Awards Show Selects 40 Diverse Works from Inside and Outside Texas

Nature Takes Over by Kathryn Paige

Nature Takes Over by Kathryn Paige

Austin Art Space announced the selection of artwork to be featured in its second annual juried awards show and exhibit focused on everything Texas, entitled ‘What Texas Means to Me’ running July 2 – August 28, 2010. The show’s theme is built entirely upon artists’ impressions of any aspect of Texas’ past, present or future. And, those inspirations proved to be wide-ranging from abstract and contemporary to representational and traditional. Pastel, oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, photography and sculpture are among the media included.

The final 40 art pieces were chosen from over 150 entries from artists as near as Austin and Georgetown to Dallas, Houston, and Lubbock to as far away as Missouri, Arizona, Maryland and South Africa. In all, works by 35 different artists were selected for presentation.

The juror for this year’s show was well-known Austin artist Phillip Wade. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, with a MFA in Painting from the University of Texas, he currently mentors and teaches at the Austin Museum of Art. His work resides in several galleries and innumerable collections around the country including the Driskill Hotel, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bentsen, and actress Diane Ladd.

Valerie Walden, co-founder and director of Austin Art Space commented, “This awards show gets better every year. The range of styles is impressive, and the breadth and depth of the interpretations are inspiring. We have introspective examination and liberal symbolism contrasted against more traditional representations from across Texas, from out of state and from another hemisphere. We are exceedingly pleased with the quality of the work submitted. At least 300 people attended the opening reception last year. We expect a Texas-sized turnout this year, too.”

All patrons are invited to attend the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and many of the artists are expected to be on hand to discuss their work. Mr. Wade will award first and second prizes along with honorable mentions at that time. Many of the pieces will be offered for sale. The exhibit continues during regular gallery hours, ending on Saturday, August 28.

About the Selected Artwork

A preview of selections is at At the bottom of the page click on “Preview Artwork”.

About the Participating Artists

The artists selected to participate in the 2nd Annual “What Texas Means to Me” Awards Show are:

  • Theresa Bayer, Austin, TX
  • Jeffrey Brailas, Houston, TX
  • Sharon Byars, Austin, TX
  • Sandi Carlton, Leander, TX
  • Bob Coffee, Austin, TX
  • Janie Coleman, Austin, TX
  • Cecilla De Jesus, Dallas, TX
  • Gary Deininger, Silver Springs, MD
  • Mariko Frost, Wylie, TX
  • Christine Gilbert, Austin, TX
  • Pia Greenberg, Friendswood, TX
  • Renee Harvey, Austin, TX
  • Kay Hughes, Austin, TX
  • Betty Jameson, Austin, TX
  • Leslie Kell, Manchaca, TX
  • Eve Larson, Austin, TX
  • Layla Luna, Mesa, AZ
  • Robert McArthur, Austin, TX
  • Fran McDonald Berry, Austin, TX
  • Nancy Michalewicz, Austin, TX
  • Jannise Mora, San Antonio, TX
  • Cindy Morawski, San Antonio, TX
  • Armin Muhsam, Maryville, MO
  • Makiwa Mutomba, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Kathryn Paige, Round Rock, TX
  • Silvia PintoSouza, Houston, TX
  • Marilyn Rea Nasky, Volente, TX
  • Sandra Reiff, Austin, TX
  • Debbi Smith Rourke, Austin, TX
  • Ellen Russell, Austin, TX
  • David Schulze, Dallas, TX
  • Susanne Slay-Westbrook, Austin, TX
  • Catherine Small, Austin, TX
  • Kenneth Verdugo, Lewisville, TX
  • Rom Welborn, Austin, TX

About Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios

Austin Art Space opened in November 2008 as a cooperative space for established and emerging artists to create, collaborate and present their work. There are nine artists-in-residence at the studios. The gallery presents the work of these artists and hosts juried shows, as well as solo and group exhibitions by other artists. The gallery is available for rental for public and private exhibits and receptions. Austin Art Space is located in a free-standing shopping center behind Northcross Mall. The public gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 6pm, or by appointment. Operating as a collective, the working studios are open Monday through Thursday whenever artists are on the premises. More information at,, or 512.771.2868.

Nature Takes Over by Kathryn Paige

Nature Takes Over by Kathryn Paige

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