MasterMind Award Nominations Now Open, & Have We Got a Deal For You

Nominations are now open for the fifth annual MasterMind Award competition honoring the best in Houston arts. We're looking for life-changing artistic types and we're also offering a special deal on our Deal of the Day today to help you get in the door cheaper at the party we throw called Artopia.

The Houston Press is looking for artists of all types who are changing our creative and cultural landscape in the Houston area. Past honorees have included a museum, theater companies, dancers, chefs and a filmmaker.

And once again, we're calling on you for nominations. If you know a good candidate, please send in his or her name and something about them to us. If you want to nominate yourself, by all means do so. And please don't limit yourself to the genres of past winners. We're very proud of all of them, but we'd also be pleased to see some scriptwriters, street performers and show choirs in the mix.

Three winners will each receive a check for $2,000 along with a plaque at a special ceremony that is part of the Press's annual Artopia Party celebrated at the Winter Street Studios on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Reminder: This is not a lifetime achievement award, nor is it a popularity contest. It is about artists doing cutting edge work right now. Nominees need not submit proposals outlining how they'd use the money.

A committee of Press representatives will evaluate the potential honorees in each field, and then pick winners whose cultural and creative contributions are helping to redesign -- and redefine -- where we live.

Deadline for nominations: By 5 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012. To nominate someone, e-mail masterminds@houstonpress.com or send your nominations to MasterMinds Nominations, Houston Press, 1621 Milam St., Houston, TX 77002.

And now for the Daily Deal information:

GA - $29 (reg $60) VIP - $49 (reg $100)

Highlights will be:

Two options: (1) general admission Artopia ticket for just $29 (a $60 door value) or (1) VIP Artopia ticket for just $49 (a $100 door value)..

Featuring fashion shows, visual and performing arts, and live music from local musicians as well as a curated art gallery featuring local artists.

Both tickets include complimentary sample bites from various local restaurants and complimentary beer, wine and liquor samples.

GA tickets get you entry into the event and access to all art, entertainment, and food and drink samples.

VIP tickets get you entry into the event, complimentary valet, access to the VIP lounge with seating and private bar, catered spread, and access to all general admission areas and entertainment.

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