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State Arts Appointments for 2011 Include Musician Lyle Lovett, Poet David M. Parsons

The Texas Commission on the Arts announced today the Texas State Legislature's appointments to the positions of state poet laureate, state musician and state artists for 2011 and 2012.

Klein native Lyle Lovett has been appointed as 2011 Texas state musician, while Conroe poet David M. Parsons became this year's state poet laureate. Austin artist Melissa Martin is this year's two-dimensional artist and Rockport's Jesus Moroles was was selected as 2011 state three-dimensional artist.

Houston's own Billy F. Gibbons was appointed Texas state musician for 2012. The other 2012 appointees include poet Jan Seale of McAllen, two-dimensional artist Karl Umlauf of Waco and three-dimensional artist Bill FitzGibbons of San Antonio.

"In honoring these individuals we bring attention to the important role the arts play in shaping Texas' cultural landscape," said Gary Gibbs, executive director for the Texas Commission on the Arts, in a release. "These Texas State Artists are the best of the best. Their work defines our character of place and reflects the distinctive qualities that make Texas unique."

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