Despite icy roads and many no-shows, the Austin Visual Arts Awards went on, reports Robert Faires in today’s Austin Chronicle. The 2009 winners are: Artist of the Year 2 Dimensional Art: Erin Curtis; Artist of the Year 3 Dimensional Art: Beili Liu; Artist of the Year Photography: Roberto "Bear" Guerra; Artist of the Year New Media: Michael Smith; Artist of the Year Early Career: Heather Tolleson; Collectors Circle Award: Bob "Daddy-O" Wade; Service to the Arts: Jana Swec, Shea Little, Joseph Phillips for East Austin Studio Tour; President’s Award of Excellence: Will Klemm, Roi James; Arts Patron of the Year: Becky Beaver; Lifetime Achievement: Kelly Fearing; Lifetime Achievement in Memoriam: Robert Dale Anderson; Lifetime Achievement in Memoriam: Michael Frary and Peggy Frary.
also by Bill Davenport
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