A Quick Sara Hickman eBlast for May 27, 2009

Good news, friends! It's official: our pal Sara has been named the official 2010 Texas State Musician! People asked, "who could possibly top the 2009 appointee, Willie Nelson?" Well, now we know!

Here's the news direct from the Texas Commission on the Arts:
Commission Announces Appointments of State Poet Laureate, Musician and Visual Artists

AUSTIN, Texas – May 26, 2009 – The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has announced its appointments to the positions of state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist and state three-dimensional artist. These positions, created by SB 1043 of the 77th Legislature, will be filled by one-year appointments. The eight appointees named for 2009 and 2010 were selected for the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas
The 2009 appointees include Texas State Poet Laureate Paul Ruffin of Huntsville, Texas State Musician Willie Nelson of Austin, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Rene Alvarado of San Angelo, and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Eliseo Garcia of Dallas. The 2010 appointees include Texas State Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton of Denton, Texas State Musician Sara Hickman of Austin, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Marc Burckhardt of Austin and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist John Bennett of Fredericksburg.

“State artists demonstrate the essence of what art in Texas is all about,” Rep. Mark Homer, chair of the House of Representative's Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism said. “The work of these artists, and others like them, ensures that art and culture thrives in our great state, and we are pleased to honor these talented men and women with this recognition.”

Nominees must be native Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years. They must have attained the highest levels of excellence and success in their respective disciplines and have received critical reviews in state, regional or national publications.

In addition, poet laureate nominees must have a substantial body of work, including at least one publication that is not self-published or vanity press. State musician nominees must have a substantial body of work, including at least two nationally available records, or at least 20 years experience teaching music in a formal classroom, or must receive the majority of their income from musical endeavors. Visual artist nominees must work in two- or three-dimensional art mediums, must have participated in at least one one-person show, and must have an extensive history of exhibiting in recognized museums and galleries.

Any Texas citizen was able to submit up to three nominations per artist category; however, self-nominations were not accepted. TCA reviewed all nominations and developed a list of finalists for submission to the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, made the final selections.

“Texas is home to so many talented artists, and this diverse group exemplifies the best of the best,” said Texas Commission on the Arts Executive Director Dr. Gary Gibbs. “This honor rewards these talented Texans for their outstanding artistic achievements, and we are proud to have them represent the state.”


Tomorrow, Thursday May 28, at 9:30am a resolution naming Sara as State Musician will be read at the Texas State Capitol. If you're in Austin, you're cordially invited to attend!

During the reading of the resolution, legislators will recognize Sara and briefly talk about her accomplishments.

The first resolution will be read in the House chamber at the west end of the Capitol. The Senate Resolution will follow in the Senate chamber at the east end of the Capitol. All family and friends will need to be seated in the gallery (upstairs, overlooking the chamber floor) in both the House and Senate.

Dress code for the event is business attire. Legislators and staff will be in suits, but there is no dress code for visitors to the capitol.

If you're not able to attend, you can follow along with live video from the House on the Texas Leg website:

We'll send out another newsletter soon to fill you in on what being Texas State Musician entails and all the other news!


As if an appearance at the Capitol wasn't enough, Sara will be zipping over to Denton for a show Thursday nite!

Catch her performance at Dan's Silver Leaf, 301 Industrial St. Denton, TX 76201, at 9pm. These are old stompin' grounds for Sara and she's looking forward to stompin' here again! For more info: (940) 320-2000 or
Tickets are only $10!!

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