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Saturday, January 14th, 2006
George Boutwell 2006 Texas State Artist of the Year
Contact:          Pam Fulcher Rockport Center for the Arts 361-729-5519 January 14, 2006

For Immediate Release

2006 texas state artist in exhibit

at rockport center for the arts

Rockport, TX --  George Boutwell, recently named 2006 Texas Artist of the Year by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas State Legislature, is one of the featured artists at a new exhibition at the Rockport Center for the Arts.  The exhibition, entitled “Trains, Planes & Automobiles (and Boats) runs through January 28th.

A resident of Clifton, TX, Boutwell was born in East Hartford, CT and has spent most of his life in the Austin area. 

Too poor to afford art lessons, Boutwell read every art book available and practiced continually to become a professional commercial artist, including a position as Art Director for Texas Highways Magazine.  As a result of his success, he was able to take a correspondence course in Fine Art, which helped him make the full-time transition to Fine Art in 1973. Boutwell’s work has been featured in numerous travel, association and art publications.  His paintings are in many private and corporate collections including the Baseball Hall of Fame, Dr. Pepper Co., University of Texas and the Texas Pharmacy Foundation. “We are honored to have an artist of George’s caliber on display,” stated Beverly Morgan, executive director of the Rockport Center of the Arts.  “We knew he was an incredible talent and were delighted when he agreed to participate in this exhibit.  When we made this decision 18 months ago (???), we had no idea that he was to receive this prestigious award. 


“It’s an exciting opportunity for our community,” she added.

A non-profit organization, the Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expression and appreciation of art for residents and tourists alike.   

For more information on upcoming exhibitions and art classes, please call 361-729-5519.