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Detail of Government Canyon State Natural Area by Clemente Guzman


State Parks Enlist Artists to Help Celebrate Anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the Texas state park system is coming in 2023, and the planned celebration will feature an artistic component.

Thirty artists have been chosen to paint at least 60 state parks. Parks such as Caddo Lake, Brazos Bend, Galveston Island and Palo Duro Canyon will get the artistic treatment, along with future parks such as Chinati Mountains and Palo Pinto Mountains.

The list of notable Texas landscape artists who have signed on to the project include Billy Hassell of Fort Worth, Randy Bacon of Albany, Mary Baxter of Marfa, David Caton of Utopia, Noe Perez of Corpus Christi, former TPWD artist Clemente Guzman of San Antonio and Margie Crisp and William Montgomery of Elgin.

Photo by Alan Fisher / TPWD

David Caton at Big Bend Ranch State Park

The paintings will go on exhibit in 2023 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. They will also be featured in a book to be published by Texas A&M Press.

Twenty-five percent of the profits from the sale of the paintings will go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

“There’s a wonderful legacy of art in support of the environment,” says Andy Sansom, former executive director of TPWD who is helping spearhead the project for Texas A&M Press. “This is a stunning example of that. Beyond the dollars and cents, it’s inspirational.”

Some artists have begun their paintings, and some are still formulating their artistic visions.

“I love the state park centennial painting idea, and I’m excited about my two parks — South Llano River State Park and Franklin Mountains State Park,” says Margie Crisp.

“We want the project to be a roaring success.”

Photo by Alan Fisher / TPWD

Fidencio Duran at LBJ State Park

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