For anyone who has visited Austin recently, it’s obvious that the city is in a blossoming stage. What was once a sleepy college town, known for its eccentric characters, has transformed into a respected destination for all manner of culture, particularly fine art. There is no shortage of unbridled talent and individuals focused on propelling the moment further. The University of Texas has an excellent MFA program that keeps the intellectual rigor high, the museum and artist-run spaces are healthy, and the city is experiencing palpable economic growth. We’ve assembled a list of our favorite people who are fanning the hot flames of Austin’s art fire.