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Austin Visual Arts Association announces finalists for the 2012 Visual Arts Awards

Austin Visual Arts Association announces finalists for the 2012 Visual Arts Awards

The Austin Visual Arts Association has announced the list of finalists for the this year's Austin Visual Arts Awards.

Comprised primarily of working artists, gallery owners and private collectors, the long-running nonprofit works to enhance the city's appreciation and engagement with the visual arts in all its forms. They also showcase local work through regular exhibitions at Austin Art Space Gallery.

Every year, the AVA Awards recognize the Austin artists who have achieved excellence in a full range of mediums, as well as citing early career risers and lifetime achievers. The finalists are chosen by a hand-selected team of 12 arts-minded individuals who come from all backgrounds of Austin's arts communities.

Without further ado, the finalists for the 2012 Austin Visual Arts Awards are:

Artist of the Year: 2D

  • Werllayne Nunes
  • Leah Haney
  • Hector Hernandez
  • Caroline Wright

Artist of the Year: 3D

  • James Edward Talbot
  • Jamie Panzer
  • Michael A. Garcia
  • Margaret Meehan
  • John A. Maisano

Artist of the Year: Photography and Printmaking

  • Mike Osborne
  • Barry Stone
  • Miguel Aragon
  • William Hundley
  • Carol Hayman
  • Eleanor Droll

Artist of the Year: New Media Arts

  • Wura-Natasha Ogunji
  • Ivete Lucas
  • Ezra Masch
  • Robert Melton

Artist of the Year: Early Career

  • Ink Tank Collective
  • Katie Rose Pipkin
  • Colin Doyle

Service to the Arts Award

  • Bob Coffee

President’s Award

  • Jack White

Collectors Circle Award

  • Lawrence McFarland
  • Ishmael Soto
  • Claude van Lingen
  • Catherine Lee
  • John Christensen

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Sam Coronado

The Awards ceremony will take place Nov. 15, once again at the AT&T Executive Conference Center. Carla Stanmyre McDonald, founder and president of Dynabrand PR, will be the host for the night's event. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the 2012 awards presented afterward.

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Michael A. Garcia. Finalist, Artist of the Year: 3D Courtesy of Austin Visual Arts Association
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Ink Tank. Finalist, Artist of the Year: Early Career Courtesy of Austin Visual Arts Association