AVAA Awards

AVAA hosted its third Austin Visual Arts Awards at the AT&T Executive Conference Center on November 15th, 2012. The event, led by Master of Ceremonies Carla Stanmyre McDonald (YNN’s Arts Minute host), was a gathering of some of the most influential people in the Austin visual arts scene. The presenters included Umlauf Sculpture Garden’s Executive Director Nelie Plourde, Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires, University of Texas Professor of Visual Art Studies Dr. Christopher Adejumo, and Austin Arts Commissioner Bruce Willenzik. Award winners, chosen by gallery owners, museum staff, art writers, etc., were presented with bronze medals designed by sculptor Bob Coffee.

2012 Austin Visual Arts Awards Winners:

Lifetime Achievement – Sam Coronado

President’s Award of Excellence – Jack White

Service to the Arts Award – Bob Coffee

Collectors Circle Award – John Christensen

Artist of the Year, New Media – Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Artist of the Year, Early Career – Katie Rose Pipkin

Artist of the Year, Photography- Barry Stone

Artist of the Year, Printmaking – Miguel Aragon

Artist of the Year, 3-Dimensional Art – Michael A. Garcia

Artist of the Year, 2-Dimensional Art – Leah Haney

The 2012 finalists were as follows:

Artist of the Year – 2D

Werllayne Nunes,
Hector Hernandez, Caroline Wright

Artist of the Year – 3D

James Edward Talbot,
Jamie Panzer,
Margaret Meehan,
John A. Maisano

Artist of the Year – Photography and Printmaking

Mike Osborne,
William Hundley,
Carol Hayman,
Eleanor Droll

Artist of the Year –New Media Arts

Ivete Lucas, Ezra Masch, Robert Melton

Artist of the Year – Early Career

Ink Tank Collective, Colin Doyle

Collectors Circle Award

Lawrence McFarland, Ishmael Soto,
Claude van Lingen, Catherine Lee