About the Award

The Haven Allen Artist of the Year Award is offered in memory of VSA Texas former board member Forrest Haven Street-Allen. The award honors an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the arts.

Each year, the Artist of the Year Award is given to one artist with a disability in Texas who, through a one-time creative act or a substantial record of achievement, embodies the spirit and vision of VSA Texas. This individual challenges perceptions of how people contribute by demonstrating artistic excellence or leading the way as a community catalyst for change.

In addition to a plaque commemorating artistic achievement, each award also consists of an honorarium of $500, recognition as a featured artist on the VSA Texas website, and an invitation to attend our annual event as the guest of honor to be publicly recognized for individual artistic achievements.

Nominations are open to any artist with a disability over the age of 16 years in any discipline including visual art, dance, music, performance, craft, and writing. Self-nominations are allowed as well as multiple nominations for an individual. Nominations will be juried by a panel of judges and the results will be announced in May 2019. All nominations must be in by February 28th, 2019 to be considered for the award.

Download the nomination form. For more information call us toll-free at 1-866-489-8412 or email info@vsatx.org.

colorful glass spiral with plaque underneath reading Haven Allen Artist of the Year Joan Fabian 2018
two dancers, one in a wheelchair, pose on a glass walkway