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Houston Artist Gets State Recognition

Did you know Texas has official state artists? A Houstonian has just been named one of them.

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Houstonian Dario Robleto has been named the 2016 Texas State 3-D Visual Artist. Photo courtesy of Texas Commission on the Arts. Photo by: David A. Brown

Dario Robleto was pretty surprised when he found out he’d been designated as the Texas Sate 3-D Visual Artist for 2016. In fact, he didn’t even know he’d been nominated.

 “Yeah, that was a great call to get, ‘cause it’s so out of the blue,” he said with a chuckle.

The San Antonio native has lived here for the past eight years and his work takes him to other major US cities like New York. But he chooses Houston as his place to make art.

 “And everywhere I go, I’m constantly telling young artists that New York does not have to be the only choice,” Robleto said. “Somewhere like Houston is as great an art city as any one (city) I’ve been in.”

The Texas Commission on the Arts has a hand in the nomination process. Winners don’t receive a commission or stipend, but the Commission’s Anina Moore says they basically serve as artistic ambassadors for the state.

“Having these folks be recognized, and to have that recognition even show up on a national level because of these designations, really helps highlight the strong field that we have of folks working in Texas,” she said.

Robleto is one of four honorees. The other three categories include Texas State Musician, Poet Laureate, and 2-D Visual Artist. 

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