An Artist as Mayor

How many Mayors in the USA are artists? How many painters are Mayors?

I’ve always known that art is politics and politics is an art. Here to show us that it's real is the new Mayor of Marfa, Texas who is a woman (YASS) and an artist, specifically a painter. Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger won the election on May 6th by a LANDSLIDE.

Artnet News caught up with her over email:

How and why did you first start considering a run for mayor?
A number of people asked me to consider running a couple of years ago, but I didn’t really think about it seriously until late last year. Folks pointed out to me that I’m uniquely positioned in Marfa. I’ve been involved in a lot of different areas of our community over the past 15 years and I have good relationships with diverse individuals and groups here. I believe in public service and it became clear that it was the right time for me to step up.

Do you still plan to work as an artist?
I will definitely continue my studio practice while mayor!

I am glad that the people of Marfa got their heads on right but I am also honored to share my title as Artist with Ann Marie. Congrats! Here is to women, art, and better politics in America one election at a time!