Celebrating Texas Legends

The 10th biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards will take place in Austin, Texas, February 26-27, 2019.

Since its inception in 2001, the biennial Awards have recognized more than 100 Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages.

“Art,” a poet once wrote, “is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.” If this is so, and I think that it is, I would add: Texas is the human artist’s ultimate muse. And Texas is God’s masterpiece. No one who has the good fortune to be born or even just live in Texas ever needs to be taught what beauty is — one need only open one’s senses to the varied bounty that surrounds and abounds here. In the Texas sky, in her earth, and in her wildflowers are colors enough to paint a thousand canvases. A symphony plays through her streams, her thunderstorms, and her birdsongs. Texas leaves no writer without a tale. And just the fact of being Texan seems ample training for the dramatic arts.

 – Dan Rather
Master of Ceremonies, premier Texas Medal of Arts Awards, March 2001.