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2010 Austin Visual Arts Awards

In an effort to recognize Austin's top artists for their achievements in the field, and to expand, promote, and document Austin's role as a leading arts destination, the Austin Visual Arts Association, in conjunction with the arts industry, is launching the second Austin Visual Arts Awards on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 7 p.m., with a cocktail gala at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus.

The event will pay tribute to the many noteworthy Austin artists who have earned a place in history, as well as to our rising contemporary artists. Dozens of art industry organizations - including museums, galleries, studios, and professional associations - participate in the selection process to honor Austin's leading artists. The evening will provide entertainment, a cocktail reception with tasty hors d'oeuvres, and a networking event to get to know the local talent. Winners will be presented by notables in the art scene and given a "Fearing" Award, a bronze metal designed by sculptor Bob Coffee, named after last year's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner William Kelly Fearing. AVAA will also award "Fearings" to the Artist of the Year for 2D, Photography/Printmaking, 3D/Mixed Media, New Media, Early Career, as well as a Collectors Circle Award for career artists who consistently create outstanding series of works, and special awards for the Service to the Arts and Arts Patron of the Year categories. A Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to this year's most notable selection.

The Austin Visual Arts Association is a non-profit arts organization composed of working artists and supporters of the arts. Established in 1977 at the suggestion of the Arts Commission, AVAA (formerly Austin Contemporary Visual Arts Association, ACVAA) is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Austin. Founded by a group of interested artists, museum professionals and gallery owners, our stated purpose is to "encourage the knowledge, appreciation and practice of contemporary visual art." The Association offers members an art-based networking structure, an ongoing seminar series, as well as the opportunity to exhibit their work. In addition, AVAA provides information to its members about art events, job opportunities, gallery contacts, and current trends in the Austin art market. AVAA's vitality depends largely on the active participation of its members.

Event tickets are available for $25 at www.avaaonline.org. For more information, please contact AVAA Director Kelli Montgomery · kelli@avaaonline.org

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