Conceived in 1994, New Texas Talent is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market. Each year hundreds of images are submitted for review by a gallery selected juror. The juror then independently selects artists to participate in the New Texas Talent exhibition. Through their participation in the show, some artists have been offered representation by galleries and/or have been extended invitations for inclusion in future exhibitions. The exhibition and its participants have also received media exposure in such publications as D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Observer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
2011 New Texas Talent Juror: Marcie Inman
About the Juror: As Director of Exhibitions for the Irving Arts Center, Ms. Inman is responsible for all aspects of the visual arts programming and permanent collection for the center's four galleries and Sculpture Garden. In addition to the supervision of annual community programming and exhibitions of student artwork, Ms. Inman has curated/organized over 200 original and touring exhibitions that have contributed to the IAC's growing regional and national reputation as a unique and exciting venue for the visual arts. In 2007, the Irving Arts Center became an official Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. This designation has opened the door to long term loan of two monumental sculptures by Rueben Nakian from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. that are on display in the IAC's Sculpture Garden, along with other loans and special exhibitions planned for the future enjoyment of local residents and visitor.