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The Art Studio, Inc. was well represented at the Press Club of Southeast Texas Excellence in Media awards, held virtually Oct. 23, 2021, earning 10 awards overall for its media.

The organization’s website,, was named best Public Relations Website. Awards also went to staff of the organization’s ISSUE arts magazine.

“We are so excited and proud of our amazing team of volunteers who make everything possible,” Stephanie Orta, TASI assistant director, said. “They keep the torch burning for our arts community and we are honored they have placed for The Art Studio Inc., Beaumont, in so many different divisions.”

Former ISSUE editor Andy Coughlan earned first place awards for Magazine Photo and Magazine Writing Portfolio for his work on the magazine. Former TASI board chairman Stephan Malick won first place in the Guest Column category for his contributions to ISSUE.

Second place awards went to Malick in the Magazine News category, and Coughlan for Magazine Profile and Digital Feature Story.

Coughlan placed third in Magazine News and teamed with TASI curator Michelle Cate to place third in the Magazine Layout category for the final ISSUE.

Jeff Dixon earned honorable mention for his Geek’s Guide in ISSUE.

Eligible entries were published in the 2020 calendar year. The Press Club draws its membership from Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, Chambers, Jasper, Tyler, Polk and Newton counties. Press Club members are professionals in media, public relations, academia, public affairs, and corporate communication and public information.

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