Add your name (or your favorite artist's) to the nominees for Jasper Artists of the Year -- deadline = September 15th

Nominations for Jasper Artist of the Year are coming in regularly, so don't forget to file your favorite artist in among them - even if your favorite artist is yourself!

Deadline to nominate artists is September 15th -- then we'll throw the top three nominees' names and accomplishments back to the public so you can choose by voting on the Jasper website.

We'll announce the winners at the November/December release event on November 15th.

The top three artists nominated in each of the five categories below will also have an article written about them in the November issue.

We will not publish who nominated the artists -- even to the editorial staff at Jasper -- so feel no fear or embarrassment in nominating yourself. Hell, you worked hard and you should be proud of your accomplishments.

There is no limit to the number of artists you nominate or the number of categories in which you nominate them.

Here's the low down once again --

Jasper Magazine is accepting nominations for the title “Artist of the Year” in each of the following five categories:

  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Literary Arts

Artists, 18 and older, working in the greater Columbia arts community are eligible for the title based upon their artistic accomplishments during the period from September 2011 until September 2012.*

Nominations should be sent to with the subject heading “Artist of the Year” and should be accompanied by

1)   a single paragraph explaining why the nominee should be considered

2)   a brief, but comprehensive list of work produced, performed , published, or presented during the September 2011 – September 2012 time period

Nominations must be received online by midnight September 15, 2012.

Results will be announced in the November issue of Jasper Magazine.

Upon closing of the nomination call, a panel of judges will select the top three candidates in each field and, from these three finalists, the public will be invited to vote online for each of their top choices.

  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Artists may nominate themselves.
  • Artists should be made aware of their nomination and agree to participate in the competition.
  • Employees of Jasper Magazine and clients of Muddy Ford Press are not eligible for competition.


The category Dance includes:  performance, choreography, or direction of any form of dance including, but not limited to ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, ballroom, or folk.

The category Theatre includes: directing or acting in one or more local performances.

The category Music includes: conducting, directing, writing, or performing any style of music in one or more local concerts or recordings; both individuals and groups are eligible.

The category Visual Arts includes: the completion and presentation of any form of non-performing or non-literary arts, such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, print-making, mixed-media, etc.

The category Literary Arts includes: the completion, publication, and/or presentation of any form of prose, poetry, or non-fiction writing, as well as playwriting and the writing of executed screenplays.

*Jasper 2012 Artist of the Year Awards will not be awarded based on achievements accomplished prior to September 2011. The purpose of the awards is to recognize artistic achievements accomplished within a calendar year.