Honorees

TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

Celebrating Texas Legends

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  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2017
  • ELOISE & JOHN PAUL DEJORIA – PAUL MITCHELL/PATRON
    ELOISE & JOHN PAUL DEJORIA – PAUL MITCHELL/PATRON
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2017
  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
    KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
    Multimedia, 2017
  • LYNN WYATT
    LYNN WYATT
    Individual Arts Patron, 2017
  • LAUREN ANDERSON
    LAUREN ANDERSON
    Dance, 2017
  • YOLANDA ADAMS
    YOLANDA ADAMS
    Music, 2017
  • DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE
    DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE
    Arts Education, 2017
  • RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY
    RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY
    Theatre, 2017
  • THE TOBIN ENDOWMENT
    THE TOBIN ENDOWMENT
    Foundation Arts Patron, 2017
  • LEO VILLAREAL
    LEO VILLAREAL
    Visual Arts, 2017
  • FRANK WELCH
    FRANK WELCH
    Architecture, 2017
  • JOHN PHILLIP SANTOS
    JOHN PHILLIP SANTOS
    Literary Arts, 2017
  • SCOTT PELLEY
    SCOTT PELLEY
    Journalism, 2017
  • KENNY ROGERS
    KENNY ROGERS
    Lifetime Achievement , 2017
  • MARGARET MCDERMOTT
    MARGARET MCDERMOTT
    Individual Arts Patron, 2015
  • T BONE BURNETT
    T BONE BURNETT
    Music, 2015
  • ROBERT SCHENKKAN
    ROBERT SCHENKKAN
    Theatre, 2015
  • RICK LOWE
    RICK LOWE
    Visual Arts, 2015
  • LAWRENCE WRIGHT
    LAWRENCE WRIGHT
    Literary Arts, 2015
  • KILGORE COLLEGE RANGERETTES
    KILGORE COLLEGE RANGERETTES
    Dance, 2015
  • DAN RATHER
    DAN RATHER
    Television, 2015
  • CHARLES RENFRO
    CHARLES RENFRO
    Architecture, 2015
  • CHANDRA WILSON
    CHANDRA WILSON
    Television, 2015
  • BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
    BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
    Arts Education, 2015
  • JAMIE FOXX
    JAMIE FOXX
    Film, 2015
  • THE GATLIN BROTHERS
    THE GATLIN BROTHERS
    Lifetime Achievement, 2015
  • RUTH ALTSHULER
    RUTH ALTSHULER
    Standing Ovation Award, 2015
  • EMILIO NICOLAS
    EMILIO NICOLAS
    Multimedia, 2015
  • DR. PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP
    DR. PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2015
  • STEVE MILLER
    STEVE MILLER
    Music, 2013
  • EVA LONGORIA
    EVA LONGORIA
    Multimedia, 2013
  • KIMBELL FOUNDATION
    KIMBELL FOUNDATION
    Foundation Arts Patron, 2013
  • GENE JONES & CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON
    GENE JONES & CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON
    Individual Arts Patrons, 2013
  • BIG THOUGHT
    BIG THOUGHT
    Arts Education, 2013
  • HOUSTON BALLET
    HOUSTON BALLET
    Dance, 2013
  • JAMES SURLS
    JAMES SURLS
    Visual Arts, 2013
  • GREATER TUNA(JOE SEARS & JASTON WILLIAMS)
    GREATER TUNA(JOE SEARS & JASTON WILLIAMS)
    Theatre, 2013
  • TEXAS MONTHLY
    TEXAS MONTHLY
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2013
  • JOCELYN L. STRAUS
    JOCELYN L. STRAUS
    Chair Emeritus, 2011
  • SARAH & ERNEST BUTLER
    SARAH & ERNEST BUTLER
    Individual Arts Patrons, 2011
  • H-E-B
    H-E-B
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2011
  • TOM STALEY
    TOM STALEY
    Arts Education, 2011
  • ROBERT EDSEL
    ROBERT EDSEL
    Literary Arts, 2011
  • ALLEY THEATRE
    ALLEY THEATRE
    Theatre, 2011
  • JAMES DRAKE
    JAMES DRAKE
    Visual Arts, 2011
  • BOB SCHIEFFER
    BOB SCHIEFFER
    Journalism, 2011
  • BILL PAXTON
    BILL PAXTON
    Film - Actor, 2011
  • MARCIA GAY HARDEN
    MARCIA GAY HARDEN
    Film - Actress, 2011
  • RAY BENSON
    RAY BENSON
    Multimedia, 2011
  • ZZ TOP
    ZZ TOP
    Music, 2011
  • BARBARA SMITH CONRAD
    BARBARA SMITH CONRAD
    Lifetime Achievement, 2011
  • KEITH CARTER
    KEITH CARTER
    Visual Arts, 2009
  • BETTY BUCKLEY
    BETTY BUCKLEY
    Theatre Arts, 2009
  • CLINT BLACK
    CLINT BLACK
    Music, 2009
  • AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
    AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
    Multimedia, 2009
  • T.R. FEHRENBACH
    T.R. FEHRENBACH
    Literary Arts, 2009
  • EDITH O’DONNELL
    EDITH O’DONNELL
    Individual Arts Patron, 2009
  • ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
    ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
    Film, 2009
  • ANHEUSER BUSCH COMPANY
    ANHEUSER BUSCH COMPANY
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2009
  • JAMES DICK
    JAMES DICK
    Arts Education, 2009
  • LAKE | FLATO ARCHITECTS
    LAKE | FLATO ARCHITECTS
    Architecture, 2009
  • ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG
    ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG
    Lifetime Achievement, 2009
  • LAURA W. BUSH
    LAURA W. BUSH
    Standing Ovation Award, 2009
  • BILL WITTLIFF
    BILL WITTLIFF
    Multimedia, 2007
  • SID W. RICHARDSON FOUNDATION
    SID W. RICHARDSON FOUNDATION
    Foundation Arts Patron, 2007
  • NEIMAN MARCUS
    NEIMAN MARCUS
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2007
  • JESUS MORALES
    JESUS MORALES
    Visual Arts, 2007
  • JUDITH IVEY
    JUDITH IVEY
    Theatre, 2007
  • DIANA & BILL HOBBY
    DIANA & BILL HOBBY
    Individual Arts Patrons, 2007
  • ORNETTE COLEMAN
    ORNETTE COLEMAN
    Music, 2007
  • SANDRA BROWN
    SANDRA BROWN
    Literary Arts, 2007
  • DR. PAUL BAKER
    DR. PAUL BAKER
    Arts Education, 2007
  • ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE
    ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE
    Dance, 2007
  • WALTER CRONKITE
    WALTER CRONKITE
    Lifetime Achievement, 2007
  • NASHER FOUNDATION/RAYMOND D. NASHER
    NASHER FOUNDATION/RAYMOND D. NASHER
    Foundation Arts Patron/Dallas, 2005
  • JOE R. & TERESA LOZANO LONG
    JOE R. & TERESA LOZANO LONG
    Individual Arts Patrons/Austin, 2005
  • JOSE CISNEROS
    JOSE CISNEROS
    Visual Arts/El Paso, 2005
  • ROBERT WILSON
    ROBERT WILSON
    Theatre/Waco, 2005
  • PHYLICIA RASHAD
    PHYLICIA RASHAD
    Television/Theatre/Houston, 2005
  • LYLE LOVETT
    LYLE LOVETT
    Music/Klein, 2005
  • NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
    NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
    Literary Arts/San Antonio, 2005
  • BEN STEVENSON, O.B.E.
    BEN STEVENSON, O.B.E.
    Dance/Houston, 2005
  • GINGER HEAD-GEARHEART
    GINGER HEAD-GEARHEART
    Arts Education/Fort Worth, 2005
  • VIKKI CARR
    VIKKI CARR
    Lifetime Achievement/El Paso, 2005
  • HOUSTON ENDOWMENT INC
    HOUSTON ENDOWMENT INC
    Foundation Arts Patron/Houston, 2003
  • EXXON MOBIL
    EXXON MOBIL
    Corporate Arts Patron/Irving, 2003
  • TOMMY TUNE
    TOMMY TUNE
  • CHARLEY PRIDE
    CHARLEY PRIDE
    Music/Dallas, 2003
  • FESS PARKER
    FESS PARKER
    Media-Film/Television Acting/Fort Worth, 2003
  • LYDIA MENDOZA
    LYDIA MENDOZA
    Folk Arts/San Antonio, 2003
  • ENID HOLM
    ENID HOLM
    Theatre/Odessa, 2003
  • DEALEY HERNDON
    DEALEY HERNDON
    State Capitol Preservation Project Architectural, 2003
  • NANCY BLACKBURN HAMON
    NANCY BLACKBURN HAMON
    Individual Arts Patron/ Dallas, 2003
  • JOHN GRAVES
    JOHN GRAVES
    Lifetime Achievement/Glen Rose, 2003
  • GLENNA GOODACRE
    GLENNA GOODACRE
    Visual Arts/Dallas, 2003
  • SANDRA CISNEROS
    SANDRA CISNEROS
    Literary Arts/San Antonio, 2003
  • MARCA LEE BIRCHER
    MARCA LEE BIRCHER
    Arts Education/Dallas, 2003
  • VAN CLIBURN
    VAN CLIBURN
    Lifetime Achievement, 2001
  • TOMMY LEE JONES
    TOMMY LEE JONES
    Film, 2001
  • WILLIE NELSON
    WILLIE NELSON
    Music, 2001
  • DEBBIE ALLEN
    DEBBIE ALLEN
    Dance, 2001
  • NEIL HESS
    NEIL HESS
    Theatre, 2001
  • HORTON FOOTE
    HORTON FOOTE
    Literary Arts, 2001
  • JOHN BIGGERS
    JOHN BIGGERS
    Visual Arts, 2001
  • FLACO & SANTIAGO JIMENEZ
    FLACO & SANTIAGO JIMENEZ
    Folk Arts, 2001
  • WAYNE BELL
    WAYNE BELL
    Architecture, 2001
  • GILBERTO ZEPEDA, JR.
    GILBERTO ZEPEDA, JR.
    Arts Education, 2001
  • JACK BLANTON
    JACK BLANTON
    Individual Arts Patron, 2001
  • SBC COMMUNICATIONS
    SBC COMMUNICATIONS
    Corporate Arts Patron, 2001
  • THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION
    THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION
    Foundation Arts Patron, 2001
ELOISE & JOHN PAUL DEJORIA – PAUL MITCHELL/PATRON
Corporate Arts Patron, 2017

Eloise and John Paul DeJoria are corporate mainstays, having co-founded Patrón Spirits Company and John Paul Mitchell Systems. John Paul, having built John Paul Mitchell Systems from scratch, and his Houston-born wife, Eloise, have been giving back on both state and global scales for a very long time. The DeJoria’s are longtime supporters of Food4Africa, and in 2008, they traveled to sub-Saharan Africa to join Nelson Mandela in his efforts to help feed over 17,000 orphaned children. In that same year, DeJoria’s company, Paul Mitchell, helped provide over 400,000 life-saving meals for children. The DeJoria’s are also recognized for Eloise’s contributions and charitable work to The Austin Recovery Center, The Austin Children’s Shelter, the Long Center for Performing Arts, The Paramount Theater, and The Austin Film Society.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Multimedia, 2017

Kris Kristofferson’s many talents transcend many mediums. From stage to screen, Kristofferson proves to excel at any artistic challenge. Born in Brownsville, Texas, is an American musician, singer, and actor, as well as a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford University in England, earning a postgraduate degree in English literature. After retiring from the army, Kristofferson moved to Tennessee to begin recording music and was signed Epic Records and subsequently Monument Records as an artist. Kristofferson has been nominated and has won several awards, most notably a Golden Globes (Best Actor in ‘A Star Is Born’), American Veterans “Veteran of the Year Award,” and Country Music Television’s Johnny Cash Visionary Award. He has also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Game, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

LYNN WYATT
Individual Arts Patron, 2017

Dubbed in 2000 as the Socialite of the Century by Texas Monthly, Lynn Wyatt is a force to be reckoned with. A native Houstonian, she married Oscar Wyatt, an oil tycoon, in 1960 with whom she shares four sons. Wyatt is best known for her impeccable fashion and charitable activities, including raising money for organizations such as the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Elton John AIDS Foundation. She has served on many Boards during her lifetime, including the U.S. Naval Academy Board, the Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A., and the Medical Prevention and Research Institute. At age 60, Wyatt received her Black Belt First Degree in Taekwondo.

LAUREN ANDERSON
Dance, 2017

Hailing from Houston, Lauren Anderson is a beloved ballerina and household name in the dance world. She joined the Houston Ballet and rose to lead dancer in 1990, making Anderson the first African-American principal ballerina in a major ballet company in the United States. Despite retiring from performing in 2006, Anderson remains a vibrant and important figure in the dance community as a teacher, speaker and Education & Community Engagement Program manager at the Houston Ballet. In September 2016, a pair of her pointe shoes were placed in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

YOLANDA ADAMS
Music, 2017

Born and raised in Houston, Yolanda Adam’s gospel beginnings were with Houston’s Southeast Inspirational Choir. She began singing in grade school, and after graduating from Texas Southern University, she would leave her career as a schoolteacher to pursue singing full-time. Adams would continue to showcase her talents, signing record deals with major labels. Adams has won four GRAMMY© Awards, 16 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, seven NAACP© Image Awards, five BET© Awards, and one American Music Award. Adams also hosts the ‘Yolanda Adams Morning Show,’ streaming on Houston’s radio waves.

DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE
Arts Education, 2017

Founded in 1976 by Artistic Advisor Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) is the nation’s 10th largest and Dallas’s oldest continuously operating minority professional dance company. Its mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. Over its 40-year history, DBDT has performed in two Olympic Cultural events, five continents, 15 countries and 31 states for four million arts patrons and 2.6 million students; and annually serves more than 100,000 people, including over 20,000 youth. Its performance and educational programs bridge cultures, reach diverse communities and encompass ever-expanding audiences.

RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY
Theatre, 2017

Raised in Houston, Renee Elise Goldsberry is the embodiment of creativity, saying that being onstage is, “like sharing the magic,” according to Time. She is most well known for playing Angelica Schuyler Church in the original cast of Broadway hit, Hamilton. Her other main stage credits include Good People, The Color Purple, Rent, and The Lion King. Goldsberry has also appeared on screen, most notably in the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. She has been nominated and has won a bevy of awards, such as a Daytime Emmy Award for her role in One Life to Live, and a Lucille Lortel Award, a GRAMMY© Award, and a Tony Award, all for her role in Hamilton.

THE TOBIN ENDOWMENT
Foundation Arts Patron, 2017

The Tobin Endowment is a private charitable foundation that sustains art, theater, opera, historic preservation, and civic support through philanthropic work. Through charitable grants to non-profit organizations, primarily in San Antonio, The Tobin Endowment fulfills its mission to support the ideals cherished by the Tobin family. Completing its 16th year of charitable giving, the total grant making activity of The Tobin Endowment is $56,104,198. The Tobin Endowment supports and promotes the arts, together with charitable, scientific, literary, and educational organizations, by making direct charitable grants to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations.

LEO VILLAREAL
Visual Arts, 2017

Leo Villareal was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives and works in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts in sculpture from Yale University and his master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. He has exhibited widely and has created installations for public spaces and museums in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Villareal unveiled his largest project to date on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. Much of his work has been showcased through the Lone Star State – in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Marfa, and San Antonio. He’s also installed a piece at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, keeping it in the Texas Medal of Arts Awards family with former honoree, Gene Jones.

FRANK WELCH
Architecture, 2017

Frank Welch is a Dallas based architect whose roots go back to 1959 when Welch opened his first office in West Texas. His reputation for distinguished design grew quickly – originally for single family homes, Welch now works on a broad range of building types. Receiving over 50 awards for his design excellence, Welch’s work is an architecture that excites and pleases as it assures and comforts.

JOHN PHILLIP SANTOS
Literary Arts, 2017

John Phillip Santos is a writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas.  His two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award Finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, together tell the ancestral stories of his mother and father’s families, an American origin story of the centuries-long migrations that emerged out of Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas.  His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.  As a documentary producer he has produced dozens of documentaries and news programs on cultural themes in sixteen countries for CBS and PBS.  His journalism and commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Antonio Express-News, the Manchester Guardian, Texas Monthly and other publications in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.  This work is archived in the Special Collections of the University of Texas San Antonio.

A proud graduate of Texas public schools, Santos was the first Latino to be selected as a Rhodes Scholar and holds degrees in English Literature and Language from Oxford University, and Philosophy and Literature from the University of Notre Dame.

After twenty-two years in Manhattan, Santos returned to his borderlands hometown of San Antonio in 2005, where he now lives with his wife, the poet Frances Treviño Santos and their daughter, Francesca de la Luz.

Since 2010, he has been University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, teaching in the Honors College at the University of Texas San Antonio.

 

SCOTT PELLEY
Journalism, 2017

Considered to be one of the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism, Scott Pelley has had a legendary career. Born in San Antonio and raised in Lubbock, his journey began when he was just fifteen-years-old, when he started working as a copyboy for the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal. After attending Texas Tech University for journalism, Pelley worked in Lubbock, Fort Worth, and Dallas, before joining CBS in New York City. Pelley has been recognized for many successes, receiving multiple Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards and George Foster Peabody Awards. He has also been the correspondent on teams that have won 33 Emmy Awards. Pelley is currently the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and is a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

KENNY ROGERS
Lifetime Achievement , 2017

Born in Houston, Kenny Rogers, has experienced a successful artistic career spanning nearly six decades. In conjunction with the Texas Medal of Arts, Rogers is also on his farewell retirement tour. Rogers has countless awards, from GRAMMYs© to American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards to Country Music Television’s Music Awards. Rogers has also contributed to many charity groups, including co-chairing the “Hands Across America” fundraiser for America’s hungry and recording the historical “We Are The World” for USA For Africa, which raised money for famine relief in Africa. Rogers is most known for his hits, “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” and his duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” with Dolly Parton. Kenny has enjoyed a very full career, taking pride in his being polled, “Favorite Singer of All Time,” by USA Today and People.

MARGARET MCDERMOTT
Individual Arts Patron, 2015

Margaret McDermott is a civic leader,philanthropist, patron of the arts and educational champion long committed to making her community a better place. In 1955, she and her late husband Eugene McDermott, co-founder of Texas Instruments, established The McDermott Foundation, which has given millions of dollars in support of educational, cultural, social, and other civic ventures. Mrs.McDermott will celebrate her 103rd birthday in February.

T BONE BURNETT
Music, 2015

T Bone Burnett is an innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer,concert producer, record company owner, and artists’ advocate with 40 years of experience in music and entertainment. He has won 13 GRAMMY Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe in addition to numerous other awards. Burnett grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he first began making records in 1965.

ROBERT SCHENKKAN
Theatre, 2015

Robert Schenkkan, who grew up in Austin and received a B.A. in drama from the University of Texas, is an award-winning writer of theater, film and television. He co-authored the film, The Quiet Americanand has written and published 14 full-length plays, including The Kentucky Cycle,winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.His most recent play, All The Waywon the Drama League Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the TONY Award for Best Play.

RICK LOWE
Visual Arts, 2015

The 2014 winner of the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant, Artist Rick Lowe of Houston has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. He founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston,and he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans, a collaborative effort to engage artists and creativity in the rebuilding of the City after Hurricane Katrina. He has received many honors, and in 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Rick to the National Council on the Arts.

LAWRENCE WRIGHT
Literary Arts, 2015

Lawrence Wright is an author,screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He has written eight books of nonfiction, including In the New WorldRemembering SatanThe Looming TowerGoing ClearThirteen Days in September, and one novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors,including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He is also a playwright and screenwriter, and a longtime resident of Austin.

KILGORE COLLEGE RANGERETTES
Dance, 2015

The Kilgore College Rangerettes, founded in 1939 at Kilgore College, were the first group of their kind and pioneered the field of dancing drill teams that has spurred a multi-billion-dollar dance/drill team industry worldwide. Known for their precise high kicks and jump splits, the Rangerettes have appeared in major athletic events across the nation and have performed at the New Year’s Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas each year since 1951. They were also featured in the Cinerama movie, Seven Wonders of the World.  

DAN RATHER
Television, 2015

For more than 60 years, journalist Dan Rather has covered virtually every major event in the world and he continues to do extensive on-scene reporting. He began his career as an Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas, in 1950, and later served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS, helped to found 48 HOURS, was a correspondent for 60 MINUTES and has been a regular contributor to CBS News Radio. In 2006 he founded the company News and Guts and became anchor and managing editor of DAN RATHER REPORTS on HDNet (now AXS TV), which specializes in investigative journalism, international reporting, and in-depth interviews.

CHARLES RENFRO
Architecture, 2015

Charles Renfro is a Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates the performing arts, visual arts, and architecture. He has led numerous high-profile design projects, including the High Line, and his work has been exhibited worldwide. In 2012, he was honored as a Rice University Distinguished Alumnus.

CHANDRA WILSON
Television, 2015

Houston native Chandra Wilson is in her 11th season on Grey’s Anatomy.  She has appeared in numerous television, film, and Broadway roles and has received the Screen Actors Guild Award, People’s Choice Award, Prism Award, three NAACP Image Awards and four EMMY Awards. She serves as national spokesperson for the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association and manages the Sermoonjoy Scholarship Fund.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
Arts Education, 2015

Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts is an arts magnet high school providing intensive training in the arts and academics, preparing students to pursue college, conservatory or artistic careers. Ninety-nine percent of its students graduate, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts named the school as one of the five Distinguished Schools in the Arts.  Distinguished graduates include R&B vocalist Erykah Badu, jazz singer Norah Jones, and Edie Brickell of the New Bohemians.

JAMIE FOXX
Film, 2015
Comedian, actor and musician Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas. Adopted by his maternal grandparents at a young age, his adolescence included Boy Scouts, the church choir and high school football. Although he studied music in college and released an album, his life changed when he tried his hand at stand-up comedy. As an actor, Foxx earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, as well as a Golden Globe Award for his work in Ray.
THE GATLIN BROTHERS
Lifetime Achievement, 2015

Raised on Gospel music, Larry, Steve,and Rudy Gatlin first began entertaining audiences in churches and then on the Slim Willet radio and TV shows in Abilene, Texas when they were 2, 4, and 6 years old.  This early start in music led Larry to a successful songwriting and singing career, then to the 1979 creation of the legendary Gatlin Brothers Trio, which had hits at the top of the country charts for decades. 

RUTH ALTSHULER
Standing Ovation Award, 2015

Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler of Dallas has devoted her life to philanthropic and charitable interests and a variety of business activities. She has served on and chaired numerous local, statewide, and national boards, and rose to be the first female chairman of several of them. She has received many notable honors and awards for her achievements and unwavering commitment to community service.

EMILIO NICOLAS
Multimedia, 2015

Emilio Nicolas, Sr. is one of the founding pioneers of Spanish language television in the United States. He began his television career in 1955 in San Antonio, later becoming the general manager and part owner of the nation’s first full-time Spanish-language television station. He helped to create a nationwide network of stations and affiliates that later became the present-day Hispanic broadcast network Univision.

DR. PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP
Corporate Arts Patron, 2015

From the invention of the nation’s oldest soft drink to becoming a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) has a proud legacy of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.  Today, DPS is one of North America’s leading refreshment beverage companies with more than 50 brands under its umbrella.

STEVE MILLER
Music, 2013

After attending high school in Dallas in the 60s, Steve Miller formed, and serves as lead guitarist and vocalist for, the Steve Miller Band.

Their first album, Children of the Future, came out in 1968 and subsequent releases of Sailor (1968), Brave New World (1969), Your Saving Grace (1969) and Number 5 (1970) had the band developing their signature sound. In 1973, album The Joker was met with praise with the title track reaching number one on the Billboard charts.

The band’s next two albums, Fly Like an Eagle (1976) and Book of Dreams (1977), both had a number of hit singles, and had the band touring worldwide.

His 1978 album, Greatest Hits 1974-78, became one of the best-selling releases of all-time with over 13 million copies sold.

Miller, along with the Steve Miller Band, has 18 studio albums, three live albums, seven official compilation albums and 29 singles.

To watch an interview with Steve Miller on the importance of the arts, click here.

EVA LONGORIA
Multimedia, 2013

Longoria grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Texas A&M – Kingsville, and is now a well-known actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She appeared on long-running CBS Daytime soap opera, The Young in the Restless from 2001-2003 before accepting the role of Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s Desperate Housewives (2004-2012). She has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her work, and received a People’s Choice Award and multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2006, she also helped create Eva’s Heroes, a foundation offering aid for developmentally challenged youth. She was named Philanthropist of the Year (2009) by the Hollywood Reporter for her numerous charitable contributions, including establishing The Eva Longoria Foundation, which helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.  She is now directing and producing three new television shows: NBC’s, Ready for Love; Lifetime Television’s, Devious Maids; and Hulu’s, Mother Up. Additionally, she is featured in several films in the works including: Baytown Outlaws (2012) with Billy Bob Thornton; A Dark Truth (2012) with Andy Garcia and Forest Whitaker; and Crazy Kind of Love (2013) with Virginia Madsen. Longoria has three films set to be released in 2014: Frontera, Any Day and Refugio.

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KIMBELL FOUNDATION
Foundation Arts Patron, 2013

Established in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimball, the Kimbell Art Foundation provides the funding and guidance for Fort Worth’s Kimball Art Museum, which houses a world-class collection of 350 works that span from antiquity to the 20th century.

Over a million visitors have explored the halls of the Kimbell, viewing works from European masters including Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Monet and Matisse.

The art museum celebrated its 40th year in operation in 2012, and in late 2013, a second building designed by architect Renzo Piano opened to further expand the collection.

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GENE JONES & CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON
Individual Arts Patrons, 2013

For over 25 years, Dallas-based nonprofit Big Thought has provided programs for more than 100,000 children and their families to learn to excel academically and contribute to their community.

The group develops creative learning programs that connect classroom objectives to arts and culture.

The organization creates more than a million hours of programming and creative instruction each year.

Big Thought has received many national honors including the Americans for the Arts “2009 Arts in Education Award” and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities “Coming Up Taller Award” in 2004.

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BIG THOUGHT
Arts Education, 2013

For over 25 years, Dallas-based nonprofit Big Thought has provided programs for more than 100,000 children and their families to learn to excel academically and contribute to their community.

The group develops creative learning programs that connect classroom objectives to arts and culture.

The organization creates more than a million hours of programming and creative instruction each year.

Big Thought has received many national honors including the Americans for the Arts “2009 Arts in Education Award” and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities “Coming Up Taller Award” in 2004.

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HOUSTON BALLET
Dance, 2013

Founded in the late 1950s, the Houston Ballet has evolved into a company of fifty-five dancers, making it the fourth largest ballet company in the United States.

With the addition of The Houston Ballet Center for Dance, a multi-million dollar expansion opened in April 2011, the Ballet now provides dance education to more than 20,500 Houston-area students.

The company has toured extensively internationally, and Houston Ballet students have received numerous honors for their work.

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JAMES SURLS
Visual Arts, 2013

A former Southern Methodist University professor, sculptor James Surls is known for his large-scale works, which have been displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Houston, The Lawndale Alternative Space in Houston and other notable institutions throughout the nation.

A book of his work titled James Surls: From the Heartland was published by The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas.

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GREATER TUNA(JOE SEARS & JASTON WILLIAMS)
Theatre, 2013

Together, Jaston Williams and Joe Sears co-wrote and starred in the successful Tuna plays: Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, Red White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas, which have toured throughout the United States since 1982. The series is a satire on small town life in Texas and the series has brought joy to countless Texans who grew up considering the residents of Tuna, Texas, family.

Sears earned a 1995 Tony Award-nomination for Best Actor for his work in the Tuna series. He has performed at the White House for President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, and his credits also include a season with Theatre Works USA in New York, television and eight Shakespeare plays.

Williams’s career spans over forty years, and he has taken on roles by Chekhov, Ionesco, Wilder, Genet and Sondheim, among many others. In 2013, Williams is continuing work on a novel set in the Texas Panhandle.

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TEXAS MONTHLY
Corporate Arts Patron, 2013

Since 1973, Texas Monthly, dubbed “the national magazine of Texas,” has documented life in Texas by employing a dedicated staff who report on issues ranging from art, education, the environment, culture, charity and politics.

The award-winning magazine operates both online and in print, and provides a definitive voice on all things Texas with a circulation of nearly 300,000. Each edition is read by over 2,500,000 individuals.

Owned by Emmis Publishing, Texas Monthly maintains a mission of promoting distinctive Texas culture by acting as a guidebook to the state and providing insightful editorial content meaningful to both residents of the state and on a national scene.

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JOCELYN L. STRAUS
Chair Emeritus, 2011

Jocelyn L. Straus graduated from St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio and Mills College in Oakland, California.  She is married to Joe R. Straus, Jr. and has three children Jocelyn E. Selig, Susan B. Straus and Joseph Richard Straus, III and grandchildren Stuart Straus Selig, Jocelyn Eleanor Selig, Sara Eleanor Straus and Robyn Bronson Straus.

She is one of San Antonio’s most active community leaders.  She is Founding Chairman of the Foundation for Cultural Arts in San Antonio, also known as the Las Casas Foundation, and is the Founding President of the San Antonio Performing Arts Association.  She is the driving force behind the restoration of San Antonio’s historic Majestic and Charline McCombs Empire Theatres, focusing attention and resources for their continuing preservation.

She has served time on numerous boards such as:  the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on the Arts; National Council on the Arts and advisory member of the National Endowment of the Arts; the Army Community Council; The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Fine Arts and the Humanities; Bexar County Hospital District, Cancer Therapy and Research Center; Texas Research and Technology Foundation Advisory Board; the Chairman Development Board of the University of Texas at San Antonio as well serving with numerous other committees and organizations.

Joci serves on the National Advisory Board of Jim Cullum’s Riverwalk Jazz and is one of six members who serve on the State Preservation Board being the only citizen member since the others are all elected State officials. This committee oversees preservation, maintenance and restoration of the State Capitol and other buildings.  She is the former Chair and currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County as well as being the Founder of the Woman’s Leadership Council of the United Way. Joci was appointed during the Reagan-Bush years to the National Council on the Arts where she serves as member emeritus.  She has served as President of the Development Board for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for twenty years.

Joci has been honored with numerous honors and awards some to include:  Recipient of San Antonio Junior League Award for “Volunteer Extraordinaire” 1982, San Antonio Light nomination for “Today’s Woman” 1983, Elected to San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in Volunteer Service Category 1984, “Visionary Award” given by Texas Society to Prevent Blindness 1988, Award for “Outstanding Community Service” from American Heart Association 1989, Recipient of first “Star Award” given by San Antonio Performing Arts Association 1990, “The Yellow Rose Award” given by Juvenile Diabetes Association of San Antonio 1990, Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor Award 1994, Battle of Flowers Parade Grand Marshall San Antonio Fiesta 1996, U.T. Austin School of Architecture Interior Design Award for the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 1999, AVANCE “Mother of the Year” Award 2000, Girl Scouts of San Antonio and Bexar County Trefoil Award 2001, Junior Achievement of South Texas “San Antonio Business Hall of Fame Laureate” 2002, “Downtowner of the Year” Award 2003 The Downtown Alliance, “2005 Laura Bush Service & Education Award” from Republican Business Women of Bexar County, City Year Champion Award 2007, Jocelyn and Joe Straus Endowed Chair in Trauma Research established by The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2007.

Joe and Joci Straus have also been Co-Chairs of the Celebration of Reading since its inception when Barbara Bush began this very important Foundation for Family Literacy.

Joci Straus is a formidable advocate for national funding of the San Antonio’s arts agencies and is accomplished in voluntary giving, voluntary service and voluntary association for the benefit of the citizens of San Antonio and Texas.

SARAH & ERNEST BUTLER
Individual Arts Patrons, 2011

We moved to Austin with our young family forty-one years ago after completing two years of requiring military service. At the time, we founded the Austin Ear Nose and Throat Clinic.

We both graduated from Baylor University in Waco, and Ernest is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

We have a strong belief in the value of public education. Both of our children attended Austin Independent School District Schools and as undergraduates attended The University of Texas at Austin. Our son Robert pursued a degree in Chemical Engineering before attending University of Texas Medical Branch for his degree in Medicine. Our daughter Linda attended The University of Texas in the Plan II program before attending Baylor Law School for her degree in Law.

During the years we have lived in Austin we have participated in support of the fine arts in the Austin Community and at The University of Texas. The following is a list of our interests:

Butler School of Music

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Ballet Austin

Blanton Museum of Art

Austin Nature and Science Center (Dino Pit)

Texas Memorial Museum (now called Texas Nature and Science Center)

Austin Lyric Opera

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Austin Museum of Art

Currently, Sarah is Board Chair of Ballet Austin and President of Ballet Austin Foundation. The Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin is the home of Ballet Austin. The Ballet Austin Academy and the Butler Community School now have the largest enrollment of any school of ballet in the United States. Sarah is a member of the Blanton Museum of Art Advisory Committee. The Blanton is the largest University of Art Museum in the United States.

Ernest is a Board of Directors member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and he serves as Chair of the Endowment Investment Advisory Committee. The Butlers have endowed the Butler Pops Series of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Concertmaster Chair.

The University of Texas Butler School of Music, one of the outstanding schools in the world, was recently named Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music in honor of their endowment and thirty-five years of support for the school. The Butler Opera Center actively trains young artists for careers in opera and it supports opera throughout the Austin community.

H-E-B
Corporate Arts Patron, 2011

In the last three years alone, H-E-B has supported more than 125 arts and cultural organizations in more than 30 communities in Texas. H-E-B’s support ranges from community-based festivals, such as First Night, to world-class artists and Broadway. Their reach spans small towns and large cities from the Rio Grande along the Mexican border to the Trinity River in Dallas-Fort Worth and everything in between.  And their impact is international with support for the 39th International Concerto Competition in Corpus Christi, Kingville’s International Young Performers Competitions and Asian American Dance in Houston.

From Old Masters to New Works, H-E-B values rich and varied arts experiences. Their support builds cultural awareness with a Dia de los Muertos celebration in Waco, broadens the horizons of children at Zavalla Elementary in Austin, and energizes an historical jewel such as San Antonio’s King William District Arts Fair. H-E-B’ significant investment demonstrates their understanding that the arts are an integral part of building a strong community, educating our children, embracing our diversity preserving our history and building our future.

TOM STALEY
Arts Education, 2011

Until recently, Thomas F. Staley was Director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was also Professor of English and held The Harry Huntt Ransom Chair in Liberal Arts.

Staley has written or edited 15 books on James Joyce, Italo Svevo, modern British women novelists, including Jean Rhys and Dorothy Richardson and modern literature in general. His critical articles on a wide range of subjects have appeared in journals in this country and abroad. He has been the chairman or co-chairman of four international James Joyce symposia in Dublin and Trieste, and is a board member and former president of the James Joyce Foundation. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Trieste in 1966 and again in 1971. Among his books are An Annotated Critical Bibliography of James Joyce (1989), Reflections on James Joyce: Stuart Gilbert’s Paris Journal (1993) and Writing the Lives of Writers (1998).

Staley is the founding editor of the James Joyce Quarterly, which he edited for 26 years.  In 1990, he initiated Joyce Studies Annual, published under the auspices of the Ransom Center at The University of Texas Press until 2004. He currently edits a series on literary modernism at the University of Texas Press.

He has written and spoken widely in the United States and Europe on literary subjects, libraries, the state of the humanities in contemporary culture and the building of modern library collections.

Staley has served on a number of editorial and educational boards, including Twentieth Century Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, the International James Joyce Foundation and the American Writers Museum Foundation. He also served on the Board of Advisors of the Library of America for five years.

ROBERT EDSEL
Literary Arts, 2011

Robert M. Edsel is the author of the non-fiction books Rescuing Da Vinci, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. He is the co-producer of the documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art.

Mr. Edsel was formerly a nationally ranked tennis player. In 1981, he began his business career in oil and gas exploration. His company, Gemini Exploration pioneered the use of horizontal drilling technology throughout the early 1990s. By 1995, Gemini had become the second most active driller of horizontal wells in the United States and Mr. Edsel sold the company’s assets to Union Pacific Resources Company.

The following year he moved to Florence with his family where he became curious as to how so many of the monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. By 2001, that question had become a full-time job. Mr. Edsel has dedicated over the last ten years of his life to telling the story of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures, through three books he has authored – one of which is now a major motion picture, starring George Clooney, a film he co-produced and an educational program he created. Mr. Edsel is also the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity which was one of ten recipients of the 2007 National Humanities Medal, presented by President George W. Bush. The National Humanities Medal is the highest honor given in the United States for excellence in the Humanities field.

In January 2010, Robert Edsel was invited to become a trustee of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA. The museum was founded by renowned historian, author and educator, Dr. Stephen Ambrose and opened on June 6, 2000, the 56th anniversary of D-Day.

ALLEY THEATRE
Theatre, 2011

Founded more than 60 years ago, the Alley Theatre paved the way for performing arts in Houston thanks to its visionary founder Nina Vance, who wanted Houston audiences to experience thought-provoking theatre performed by a professional company year round. Today, the Alley continues Ms. Vance’s vision and is a nationally recognized performing arts company, advancing theatre into the 21st century.

Ms. Vance’s reality of having a theatre for all of Houston to enjoy was realized in the late 1940s and has prospered into one of the nation’s most renowned theatres under the leadership of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. The Alley provides audiences with inspirational and provocative theatre, while uniting theatre artists and audiences to experience the power of dynamic and diverse stories that illuminate the breadth and complexities of the human condition – making them think, feel, dream and be entertained.

With great support by its Board of Trustees, the Alley is focused on creating and maintaining an exceptional company of actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs and authors to advance theatre as an art form by creating new work that will become classics for the future. Engaging Houston audience members with theatre artists is a core tradition at the Alley, which harkens back to its humble beginnings as a small theatre for the people.

By 1962, Ms. Vance and her staff had conceived of a new home for the Alley with two stages in the heart of downtown Houston and thanks to a charitable trust established by the late Jesse H. Jones and Mrs. Jones and a grant from the Ford Foundation, that dream soon became a reality. In 1968, the modern and innovative Alley Theatre at 615 Texas Avenue, designed by noted 20th century architect Ulrich Franzen, opened its doors to the theatre-going public.

The Alley’s productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatres themselves. The state-of-the-art “theatre-making laboratory in the sky,” is located 14 stories above downtown Houston and is one of the most complete and largest facilities of its kind anywhere. And on our two stages – the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage – we present a wide ranging repertoire of 11 productions each season. The Alley is also home to our educational programs where we connect with the youth of the city and state – our future audience and future artists.

During Mr. Boyd’s tenure, the Alley has risen in national and international prominence, winning the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and experiencing record growth in its Houston audiences, while also transferring its productions to major European Festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), to Broadway and New York’s Lincoln Center, and on tour to 40 American cities, as well as Berlin, Paris and St. Petersburg. Mr. Boyd’s addition of artistic associates such as Edward Albee, Robert Wilson, Frank Wildhorn, Vanessa Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave, and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph, and his commitment to creating a home for theatre artists has made the Alley unique among American theatre companies. Major projects that have taken seed at the Alley that appeared on New York City stages in the winter and spring of 2011 are Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries off-Broadway and Gregory Boyd, Jack Murphy and Frank Wildhorn’s musical Wonderland on Broadway. Under Artistic Director Gregory Boyd, Wonderland is the third Alley production to go to Broadway, following The Civil War and the newly discovered Tennessee Williams drama Not About Nightingales, both nominated for Tony Awards.

Past notable productions at the Alley include the world premiere of Jekyll & Hyde and the 1964 world premiere of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and the U.S. premieres of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby and Marriage Play, as well as Robert Wilson’s productions of Danton’s Death, When We Dead Awaken and Hamlet; the epic 10-play The Greeks and Shakespeare’s The Roman Plays (with Vanessa Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave), and premieres by Ken Ludwig (Treasure Island, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris), Horton Foote, Eve Ensler, Keith Reddin, Herbert Siguenza and original work developed through the Alley’s New Play Initiative including Kenneth Lin’s Intelligence-Slave and two premieres by Alley Company Artist Rajiv Joseph.

The Alley continues to further its collaboration with the best theatre artists working today, and encourage and cultivate the new voices, new work, and new artists of the American theatre. At the Alley, audiences witness the creative transformation of theatre artists as they produce and perform in diverse productions over many seasons. Ms. Vance’s words about Houston’s premier theatre have never rung more true to Alley audiences: “This is your theatre.”

JAMES DRAKE
Visual Arts, 2011

James Drake is an international artist who was born in Lubbock, Texas, lived in El Paso and graduated from the Art Center College of Design, in Los Angeles, California, with a Masters of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He has had over eighty one-person shows, including exhibitions at Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, N.M., the Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

He has been invited to participate in over one hundred group exhibitions including the 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, The Whitney Biennial 2000, New York, N.Y., and The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Over thirty-five Museums and Institutions have included his work in their permanent collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, N.Y., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y.

In 2001 James Drake received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Nancy Graves Award for Visual Arts. In 1989 he received Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship from the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, and two National Endowment for the Arts Grants.

In the fall of 2008, The University of Texas Press published his first monograph. It surveys more than thirty-five years of his art, through the media of sculpture, video and drawing.

BOB SCHIEFFER
Journalism, 2011

Bob Schieffer began a new chapter in his long career when most people are retiring. He had planned to retire in 2008 at age 71. Instead, he published his fourth book, Bob Schieffer’s America, moderated the final debate of the 2008 campaign, received an Emmy for lifetime achievement, was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and along with his country music band Honky Tonk Confidential, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

2010 marks Schieffer’s 53rd year as a reporter and his 41st year at CBS News. He is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital – the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill.  He has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973.

Schieffer anchored the CBS Evening News from March 2005 to August 2006, an 18-month period that saw a substantial increase in viewers.  Schieffer has served as the moderator of “Face the Nation,” CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast, since 1991. He is also CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, a post he has held since 1982.

Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. Schieffer later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News.

Schieffer has received virtually every award in broadcast journalism, but feels the greatest honor was bestowed upon him in 2005 when his alma mater, Texas Christian University, created the Schieffer School of Journalism.

He has no plans to retire anytime soon.

Bob Schieffer began a new chapter in his long career when most people are retiring. He had planned to retire in 2008 at age 71. Instead, he published his fourth book, Bob Schieffer’s America, moderated the final debate of the 2008 campaign, received an Emmy for lifetime achievement, was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and along with his country music band Honky Tonk Confidential, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

2010 marks Schieffer’s 53rd year as a reporter and his 41st year at CBS News. He is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital – the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill.  He has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973.

Schieffer anchored the CBS Evening News from March 2005 to August 2006, an 18-month period that saw a substantial increase in viewers.  Schieffer has served as the moderator of “Face the Nation,” CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast, since 1991. He is also CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, a post he has held since 1982.

Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. Schieffer later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News.

Schieffer has received virtually every award in broadcast journalism, but feels the greatest honor was bestowed upon him in 2005 when his alma mater, Texas Christian University, created the Schieffer School of Journalism.

He has no plans to retire anytime soon.

BILL PAXTON
Film - Actor, 2011

As one of Hollywood’s leading men, Bill Paxton continues to make quality films both in front of and behind the camera.

Paxton was in production on the fifth and final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed series Big Love (2009 AFI and Golden Globe nominee). His character, Bill Henrickson, is a loving father, and husband to three wives, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin. Paxton was honored with three Golden Globe nominations (2007, 2008, & 2009) for his work on the first three seasons of the show. The show’s fifth season premiered in January 2011.

On the big screen, Paxton was seen in Stephen Soderbergh’s action thriller Haywire, opposite Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas, which was released in January 2011. He also explored executive producing, along with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, on a film called Parkland, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and was released in 2013.

After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy Weird Science and James Cameron’s sci-fi pic Aliens, Paxton’s performance as the small-town sheriff in Carl Franklin’s One False Move marked his emergence as a leading man. He went on to star in a host of blockbusters including: Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Mighty Joe Young, Titanic, U-571 and Vertical Limit.

In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his Best Actor choice for his turn as ‘Hank Mitchell’ in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan. In addition, Paxton received a Golden Globe nomination that same year for his performance as ‘Colonel John Paul Vann’ in HBO’s A Bright Shining Lie.

Paxton segued his on-camera experience into becoming a feature film director. In 2001, Paxton helmed the gothic thriller Frailty, in which he also starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and, in 2005, directed the sports drama, The Greatest Game Ever Played starring Shia LaBeouf. Both films are considered modern classics of their respective genres, and Frailty was honored with the National Board of Review 2002 special mention for excellence in filmmaking. Additionally, Paxton served as a producer on the features The Good Life and Traveller, in which he starred along with Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies.

Paxton began his career as a set dresser on producer Roger Corman’s Big Bad Mama in the mid-1970s. After working in the art department on several features, Paxton moved to New York to study acting with Stella Adler. Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the low-budget sci-fi movie Galaxy of Terror. Subsequently, he began landing acting jobs in movies such as Mortuary and Night Warning. Paxton earned a cult following for his work in movies including Near Dark, Boxing Helena, The Dark Backwards and Broken Lizard’s Club Dread. His other credits include Trespass, Indian Summer, The Evening Star, Streets of Fire, Frank and Jesse, Navy Seals, Predator 2, The Vagrant and Pass the Ammo.

In addition to his awards for acting and directing, Paxton holds the distinction as the only actor to have visited the wreck site of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss. Paxton completed four descents to the site, two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.

Paxton, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, now resides with his wife and children in California.

MARCIA GAY HARDEN
Film - Actress, 2011

Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden has forged a remarkable body of work, always staying true to her chameleon style of “becoming the character.” Her character portraits have been described by critics as “searing”, “heartbreaking”, “inventive”, “pure and profane simultaneously”, “astonishing”, “authentic” and “sensuous.” From the glamorous Ava Gardner in Sinatra, to the artist Lee Krasner in Pollock (for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), to the down-and-out Celeste in Mystic River (another role which received an Academy Award nomination), Marcia has created a signature style based in character transformation. Her versatility and wide-range have been praised in such films as Millers Crossing, The First Wives Club, Meet Joe Black, Mona Lisa Smile, The Hoax and Used People.

Marcia has chosen a life away from mainstream Hollywood, crossing between independent and studio films and television and theatre. In 2009, she garnered a Best Actress Tony Award for her starring role in the Tony Award-winning Broadway play God of Courage. Her nominated co-stars in the play included James Gandolfini, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. Additionally, she received an Outer Circle Critics Award for her performance, as well as nominations from the Drama Desk and Drama League. That same year, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. Other nominations include a Tony nomination for Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (for which she won the Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards), an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on Law and Order: SVU, also an Independent Spirit Award nomination for American Gun.

Marcia finished production on two indie feature films, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, co-starring Peter Gallagher and Ellen Burstyn, and Detachment, co-starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu. She also recently reprised her Emmy Award nominated role on NBC’s Law and Order: SVU. Additionally, Marcia wrapped Lifetime’s The Amanda Knox Story, portraying Amanda’s mother, Edda Mellas, opposite Hayden Panettierre. Earlier this year, Marcia finished production on If I Were You, co-starring Aidan Quinn and Valerie Mahaffey. Recent films include the following: Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It, in which her daughter Eulala Scheel had a co-starring role; The Maiden Heist with William H. Macy, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Walken; Canvas, Rails and Ties; Stephen King’s The Mist (for which she won a Saturn Award); Sean Penn’s Into the Wild; and The Christmas Cottage with Peter O’Toole. On the television front, Marcia co-starred in the critically acclaimed FX drama Damages, opposite William Hurt and Glen Close.

Marcia graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate Acting program at New York University. She resides in Harlem with her husband and three children.

RAY BENSON
Multimedia, 2011

Ray Benson is the front man and founder of the world-renowned Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. For forty years, he has been the driving force behind “The Wheel” and has overseen the release of more than 25 albums, countless tours, and has won nine GRAMMY™ Awards.

Ray’s honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, the Technical Excellence and Creativity Award’s Les Paul Award, and, in 2004, he was made the official Texas State Musician. He starred in a play her co-wrote called, A Ride with Bob: The Bob Wills Musical. He is an active advocate and Board Member for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

ZZ TOP
Music, 2011

Band members: Billy F Gibbons – lead guitar, lead vocals, Dusty Hill – bass, Frank Beard – drums, percussion

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, ZZ Top formed in 1969 and played its first show in February 1970 at a Knights of Columbus Hall in Beaumont, Texas. The personnel line-up has not changed in the intervening years: no other major band can make that claim. The group toured extensively on the eve of their anniversary, co-headlining with county superstars Brooks & Dunn, as well as on their own in an intimate concert that was called the “In Your Face Tour” that recalled their roots.

Their third album, Tres Hombres (1973), hit the Top Ten and became the band’s first gold album. To date, they have released 20 full-length albums.

ZZ Top drew 80,000 fans to a 1974 Labor Day stadium concert that they dub “ZZ Top’s First Annual Texas Size Rompin’ Stompin’ Barndance and Bar B.Q.”

The Texas trio’s first big hit single, “Tush,” hit the charts in 1975. Beginning with the 1979 song “Cheap Sunglasses”, Gibbons and Hill are almost always pictured wearing sunglasses, similar clothing, and chest-length beards. Ironically, Beard usually spots just a mustache. In 1984, the Gillette Company reportedly offered Gibbons and Hill $1 million each to shave their beards for a television commercial, but they declined stating, “We are too ugly without ‘em.”

Eliminator was released in 1983 and stayed on the charts for over three years and eventually became certified ten times platinum. Eliminator became one of the biggest albums of the decade, selling more than 10 million copies and it received the industry’s first Diamond sales award. Three of its songs – “Gimmie All Your Lovin’”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” – became major hits.

At the first annual MTV Music Video Awards (1984), the band won in two categories: Best Group Video for “Legs” and Best Direction for “Sharp Dressed Man.”

Since the release of Eliminator in 1983, ZZ Top have been international superstars. The group followed Eliminator with Afterburner (1985), another multi-Platinum Top 5 album that yielded the following four Top Forty Hits: “Sleeping Bag,” “Stages,” “Rough Bay” and “Velcro Fly.”

The band was named “Official Texas Heroes” by the state’s House of Representatives in 1986.

Texas governor Ann Richards declared May 4, 1991, ZZ Top Day.

The band performed at Superbowl XXXI January 26, 1997.

The band released XXX in 1999 to coincide with the group’s 30th anniversary.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004, and they performed at the 2008 Orange Bowl in Miami.

They played “Sharp Dressed Man” on the May 21, 2008, American Idol Finale with winner David Cook.

They released a DVD in June 2008 called Live From Texas.

They toured North America, the UK, and Eastern Europe in 2009. Billy played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in 2009.

In 2009, ZZ Top released a 2-disc DVD set called Double Down Live.

BARBARA SMITH CONRAD
Lifetime Achievement, 2011

Noted for her dazzling portrayals of leading mezzo-soprano roles and for her luscious voice, Barbara Conrad has captivated audiences and garnered extraordinary acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Wiener Staatsoper and at international opera houses in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, South America, Canada and throughout the U.S.

Under the direction of conductors Levine, Maazel, Rudel, Bernstein, Peters and Patenè, among others, Barbara Conrad has performed much of the mezzo-soprano concert repertoire with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the N.Y. Philharmonic and the London, Boston, Cleveland and Detroit Symphonies.

A recipient of The University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award, Barbara Conrad was honored by her alma mater with the founding of the Barbara Conrad Endowed Scholarship in Fine Arts and is currently the Artistic Advisor and Ambassador for the Collection of American Spirituals for the University of Texas’ Center for American History.  Ms. Conrad continues to complement her performing activities with artist residencies and master classes, establishing herself as one of the foremost builders of voice, both in this country and abroad. Ms. Conrad remains passionately committed to the development of talented young artists.

As co-director and co-founder of the Wagner Theater Program at Mannes College of Music, Barbara Conrad continues to share her knowledge of the intricate workings of breath and body. Combining Laban-Bartenieff principles of movement and three-dimensional core support to her extensive performance experience, Ms. Conrad has adapted and developed physical exercises and vocal techniques of breath flow particularly crucial to the dramatic vocal repertoire. These techniques aid and insure the beauty, health and vibrancy of the emerging voice. Ms. Conrad currently maintains a private vocal studio in Manhattan.

KEITH CARTER
Visual Arts, 2009

Called a “Poet of the Ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter’s haunting, enigmatic photographs have been shown in over one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries.  Ten books of his work have been published including a mid-career survey, Keith Carter Photographs/Twenty-Five Years and his newest, A Certain Alchemy.

He has been featured on the arts segment of nationally televised CBS Sunday Morning, and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts regional survey grants and the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The George Eastman House and The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University.  Keith Carter holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he has been awarded the University’s two highest teaching honors, the University Professor Award and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Prize.

BETTY BUCKLEY
Theatre Arts, 2009

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway hit Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination in London for her performance in Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.

Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song And Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carrie.

Her film credits include M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Brian de Palma’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic and Woody Allen’s Another Woman.

Her TV credits include the HBO series OZ, Eight is Enough, Law & Order: SVU and Without A Trace.

Ms. Buckley has recorded 11 CD’s and has received two Grammy nominations. She tours extensively in concert with her ensemble of jazz musicians.

For over thirty-five years Ms. Buckley has been a teacher of scene study and song interpretation in various cities and Art’s Conservatories and currently gives Master Classes in Fort Worth. In 2007, Ms. Buckley was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

CLINT BLACK
Music, 2009

Clint Black is a profound, not to mention prolific, songwriter.  To date, he has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs. Raised in Houston, Black is an accomplished guitarist, and humbly describes himself as proficient on drums, harmonica, bass guitar and any assortment of percussion instruments.  Black has won a collection of awards including: Country Music Association Horizon Award, Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite New Male Country Artist, Academy of Country Music Best New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Best Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Album of the Year (Killin’ Time) and Academy of Country Music Single of the Year (“A Better Man”).

To date, Clint has had nearly two dozen number one hit singles, and almost as many Top Five and Top 10 hits, all of them original compositions.  In 2003, Black launched his own record label, Equity Music Group.  The label proved itself to be a little scrapper, taking on the big corporations with a flair and success that earned it Billboard’s number two Independent Imprint of the Year and number four Independent Label of the Year over all genres in 2006.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Multimedia, 2009

When Austin City Limits began more than 30 years ago its goal was not to be iconic or acclaimed and it certainly wasn’t to be one of the longest running series in the history of American television. It was simply to shine a brighter light on the amazing live music scene that was thriving in the great city of Austin, TX.

Thirty-five years later, Austin City Limits continues to present audiences with today’s most diverse, original, cutting-edge musical talent in an intimate concert setting.  The series embodies its motto of, “Great Music. No Limits,” and has expanded beyond the television screen to include a festival and CD/DVD series. The list of artists who have graced the legendary stage is seemingly endless: Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Buena Vista Social Club, Beck, Norah Jones, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Van Morrison, Coldplay, Juanes, R.E.M. and many more.

Austin City Limits was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003. It’s the only television show ever to be honored with this award. Produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, ACL is broadcast in dynamic high definition and 5.1 surround sound on PBS HD channels where available. The show airs nationally on 97% of the country’s PBS stations.

T.R. FEHRENBACH
Literary Arts, 2009

Ted Fehrenbach is the renowned historian of the State of Texas and the author of the still definitive book on Texas history entitled Lone Star, A History of Texas and the Texans, the most widely read history of Texas and basis for the PBS miniseries. He was born in San Benito, Texas, in 1925 to a pioneer South Texas family. He attended schools in Texas and California and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1947. Serving in WWII and Korea, Fehrenbach saw combat as a platoon leader, company commander and battalion staff officer with the 2nd Infantry Division, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Recognized three times by the Texas Legislature, Fehrenbach is the author of 18 nonfiction books, including Fire and Blood – A History of Mexico, Comanches and This Kind of War, for which he was honored at a Twilight Tattoo on the Ellipse south of the White House. His works have been translated into 10 languages and continue to stimulate interest in and study of the fascinating history of Texas and the Southwest. Fehrenbach was appointed by Texas Governors Clements and Bush to three terms (1983-2001) on the Texas Historical Commission, where he served as Chairman from 1987 to 1991. In 2001, Governor Perry appointed Fehrenbach as the Texas Historical Commission Commissioner Emeritus, one of only two statewide emeritus positions. He resided in San Antonio with his wife, Lillian, until his death on Dec. 1, 2013.

EDITH O’DONNELL
Individual Arts Patron, 2009

Edith O’Donnell, civic leader and philanthropist, has played a pivotal role in advancing the arts and education in Dallas and beyond. Edith O’Donnell’s fascination with arts came as a freshman at Mills College in 1945. Her brilliant art history professor had escaped Nazi Germany with only the clothes on his back, his teaching materials and slides. This teacher awakened her life-long interest in art and art education. Since college, O’Donnell has enjoyed taking art courses at The Dallas Museum of Art and Southern Methodist University as well as volunteering and serving on the DMA Board and Education Committee.

O’Donnell co-founded Young Audiences of Greater Dallas in 1989 (now Big Thought), which reaches thousands of students each year and recently received an $8 million grant from the Wallace Foundation. In 1994, she founded Advanced Placement Art and Music Theory currently operating in 21 high schools and middle schools. AP Arts hosts the annual juried Young Master’s Competition showcasing the talent of 35 local students. In its 14-year history, AP Arts has reached 7,500 art and music students. Last year’s students received $9,962,000 in scholarships.

In 1986, O’Donnell was appointed to The Texas Commission on the Arts for a six-year term. She was also appointed to the original board of The Friends of the Governor’s Mansion of Texas. Currently, O’Donnell serves on the advisory board of The University of Texas College of Fine Art.

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
Film, 2009

Robert Rodriguez, born in San Antonio, Texas, prepared for his film career by making a series of home movies featuring his family as cast and crew members. In 1991 as a student at The University of Texas at Austin, Robert Rodriguez wrote the script to his first feature film, El Mariachi, while sequestered at a drug research facility as a paid subject in a clinical experiment. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting El Mariachi which Rodriguez wrote, directed, photographed, edited and sound-recorded for $7,000. The film went on to win the coveted Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival and became the lowest budget movie ever released by a major studio and the first American film released in Spanish.

Rodriguez wrote, produced, directed and edited Desperado, a sequel to El Mariachi, for Columbia Pictures in 1995, introducing American audiences to Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. The third installment to the El Mariachi trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, was released in 2003, which Robert wrote, shot and edited himself.

In 1996, Rodriguez teamed up with Quentin Tarantino on the outrageous From Dusk Till Dawn for Dimension Films, acting as director, editor and executive producer. Rodriguez and Tarantino would go on to collaborate again in 2007 as co-directors of Grindhouse, an ode to exploitation double features of the 1970s.

In 2000, Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellán founded Troublemaker Studios, their Austin-based production company, which he is co-owner and president of. The studio includes a world renowned visual effects studio, music and publishing arms. The studio has played a primary role in making Austin a filmmaking hub.

In 2001, Spy Kids, a critically acclaimed movie and box office success, went on to break $100 million domestically. He followed that with Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, which won rave reviews, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, an adventure in 3-D.

Rodriguez directed The Faculty, starring Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood, released by Dimension Films, in 1998. His next endeavor, Frank Miller’s Sin City, which was co-directed by the creator of Sin City himself, Frank Miller, featured an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy and Benicio Del Toro, among many others and was released in April 2005. He returned to his love of family fare with The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, also released in 2005.

Rodriguez is currently in post-production on the family comedy adventure, “Shorts,” which he wrote, directed, produced, shot, edited and composed the music for. Starring Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, James Spader and Leslie Mann, “Shorts” will be released by Warner Bros. in summer 2009.

ANHEUSER BUSCH COMPANY
Corporate Arts Patron, 2009

For more than 100 years, Anheuser-Busch, a wholly owned subsidiary of InBev, and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation have reached out to groups in need, contributing to community organizations across the country and touching countless individual lives.

During the past decade alone, the company and its foundation have donated more than $370 million to charitable organizations, including those that support education, the arts, cultural enrichment, economic development and environmental conservation.

JAMES DICK
Arts Education, 2009

Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick’s early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career.  Acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world’s premier concert halls include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and 92nd Street “Y”, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Rudolphinum in Prague, Victoria Hall in Singapore. He continues his successful performing career nationally and internationally.

His many honors include: Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, 2003 Texas State Musician, International Sterling Patron of the Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity, 2007 Arts Champion of the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and Texas Lyceum 2007 Stewardship of Texas Value Award.

James Dick remains committed to music education. In 1971, he established The International Festival-Institute at Round Top. This educational project, one of the most distinguished in the United States, welcomes Young Artists looking for developing their skills in solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire.

LAKE | FLATO ARCHITECTS
Architecture, 2009

In 1984 David Lake and Ted Flato founded Lake|Flato Architects which for the past 25 years has produced some of the most respected buildings in the state. Lake, an Austin native and University of Texas graduate, and Flato, a Corpus Christi native and Stanford University graduate, first worked together in the office of Texas regional modernist O’Neil Ford. The work produced by Lake and Flato exhibits an appreciation for the honesty of modernism, the pragmatic solutions of vernacular architecture and a respect for the rich and varied context of the Texan landscape. Long advocates for the integration of sustainable building strategies, their designs conserved energy and natural resources long before this approach began to be adopted by the rest of the profession.

From small vacation homes in south Texas to larger institutional buildings at universities throughout the country, the architecture produced by Lake and Flato all shares a respect for the uniqueness of its place in both the natural and built landscapes.  The Australian architect Glenn Murcutt describes their body of work as “Modern and yet not sensational.  Many projects possess that all-too-rare quality of serenity.  It is simple and joyous architecture rooted within the regions to which it belongs.”  This view is shared by the American Institute of Architects, who in 2004 awarded Lake|Flato Architects the prestigious Firm Award – the highest honor an American architecture firm can receive.

From their office located two blocks from the Alamo, Lake and Flato are currently working on a Recreational Sports Center for Rice University and the new central library for Austin as well as a winery in Paso Robles, California, and a visitor’s center in Naples, Florida.

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG
Lifetime Achievement, 2009

Robert Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1925.  He studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute (1947-1948), and the Academie Julian, Paris (1948). In 1948-49, he attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina studying with Joseph Albers, and formed friendships with Merce Cunningham, John Cage and David Tudor. In 1949 he moved to New York and studied at the Art Students League.

During the early 1950’s, Rauschenberg launched into an exploration of monochromatic paintings in “white,” “red’ and “black”, which often contained collage elements. These works were predecessors to his famous “combines”, paintings or assemblages that incorporated disparate items, frequently gathered from the street.

Rauschenberg’s work reflects a broad vision. Inclusion, both in the materials he uses and in the relationship with the viewer, permeates his art. Whether working independently in various mediums, or collaboratively, his interests include dance and performance.  He has worked not only as an active performer, but as set, costume, and lighting designer as well with such dance and performance luminaries as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Viola Farber, Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown; he was part of the Judson Dance Theater; and has also choreographed his own productions.

Rauschenberg is represented in every major museum collection.  In 2007, significant exhibitions opened at the Menil in Houston, and the Museu Serralves Museu de Arte Contemporanea In Porto, Portugal.  The Serralves exhibition, a capsule of works created between 1970 and 1976, just closed in Munich, and will open in Naples in October, 2008, before concluding in 2009.  Shows of his most recent editioned works, The Lotus Series, are currently at several galleries around the world.

Robert Rauschenberg lived and worked in Captiva, Florida until his death on May 12, 2008.

LAURA W. BUSH
Standing Ovation Award, 2009

While Laura W. Bush is known throughout the nation and the world as a significant supporter of the arts, her public involvement in the arts community began in Texas. Throughout her husband’s term as Governor of Texas, she enjoyed showcasing the works of Texas artists at the Governor’s Mansion and State Capitol in Austin, Texas. In 2002, the Laura W. Bush Endowment for Education and Outreach at the Austin Museum of Art was established to give children more opportunities to experience the arts.

As a former teacher and librarian, Mrs. Bush’s love for children and for literature is apparent in much of her work in the arts. In 1995, Mrs. Bush founded the Texas Book Festival to pay tribute to Texas authors, to encourage Texans to read and to support public libraries. In 2001, she took her book festival idea to the national level, teaming up with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival.

On the national level, Mrs. Bush has served as honorary chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts in Humanities as well as encouraged and supported many art programs. Some of her public roles include serving as co-chair of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Shakespeare in America Program, announcing the launch of the Global Cultural Initiative to enhance U.S. cultural diplomacy efforts, and serving as honorary chair of the NEA’s “Big Read” program, which has now reached beyond the United States to Russia, Pakistan and Egypt.

Mrs. Bush developed the White House Salute to America’s Authors, a series of literary events honoring some of our country’s most significant authors, among them Mark Twain, writers from the Harlem Renaissance and women authors of the American West. She collaborated on a children’s book titled “Read All About It” with her daughter, Jenna. She also extends her passion for the arts to at-risk youth by having presided over the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognizes and supports outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people and provide learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.

After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Mrs. Bush looked for ways to show the nation how to heal through the power of the arts. She encouraged children to write down their thoughts or draw pictures to express their feelings about the national tragedy. She also helped the Kennedy Center present a concert of remembrance and spoke at the opening of the National Museum of American History’s exhibition, September 11, 2001: Bearing Witness to History.

Mrs. Bush has also worked with several other nations to strengthen their own arts communities, and through her interaction with them, she has brought the world closer together. In 2003, Mrs. Bush played an integral part in bringing the Iraqi National Orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center in a joint concert with the National Symphony Orchestra. After visiting Pakistan and meeting with President and Mrs. Musharraf in 2006, Mrs. Bush teamed up with the Kennedy Center to revitalize Pakistan’s arts infrastructure by working with their arts leaders to rebuild damaged facilities and undercapitalized arts organizations and launching a website about Pakistani culture. Also thanks to Mrs. Bush’s cultural diplomacy, the Smithsonian Institute is helping to provide thousands of key art leaders around the world with arts management training.

We are blessed to call her one of our own. A Texan, an incredible advocate for the arts, reaching across all boundaries and borders to open doors and raise awareness of the gift the arts provide our children, our nation and the world.

To watch an interview with Mrs. Bush on the importance of the arts, please click here.

BILL WITTLIFF
Multimedia, 2007

Bill Wittliff is a distinguished photographer and writer, whose photographs have been exhibited in the United States and abroad, published not only in his two recent books with The University of Texas (UT) Press, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy (2004) and La Vida Brinca: Tragaluz Photographs (2006), but also in numerous catalogs, books and periodicals. Bill’s third book with UT Press, A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove, was published in fall 2007. As a screenwriter and producer, his credits include The Perfect Storm (2000), The Black Stallion (1979), Legends of the Fall (1994), and Lonesome Dove (1989) among others.

Bill is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a past board member of the Sundance Institute, a board member of the Austin Film Festival, and a member of the Texas Philosophical Society. Wittliff is also a past president and Fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters and a recipient of major awards for writing, filmmaking and book design. He is a graduate of The University of Texas. He continues to work on photographic projects, is editor of the Wittliff Gallery Series with UT Press and completed a motion picture script about Lieutenant General Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers.

Bill and his wife Sally are cofounders of the Southwestern Writers Collection, the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography at Texas State University in San Marcos and of the highly regarded Encino Press.

SID W. RICHARDSON FOUNDATION
Foundation Arts Patron, 2007

Mr. Edward P. Bass, president of the board of directors of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, accepted the award for the Fort Worth-based organization founded 1947 by his great-uncle, Sid W. Richardson (1891-1959). Although Mr. Richardson’s interests reached beyond Texas and his personal contacts were worldwide, he retained his utmost concern for the people of his home state. The foundation provides grants to nonprofit educational, health, human service and cultural organizations in Texas to help them fulfill their missions.

Because of his love for Western Art, Mr. Richardson became an avid collector of paintings of the Old West by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Today, these magnificent paintings are on permanent exhibit in the Sid Richardson Museum in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Supported by the foundation, the recently renovated museum is open daily to the public free of charge. Since the museum’s opening in 1982, nearly one million visitors from all 50 states and 68 countries have viewed its paintings.

NEIMAN MARCUS
Corporate Arts Patron, 2007

Neiman Marcus is the premier retailer of luxury and designer merchandise in the United States, and each location is dedicated to serving worthwhile causes and supporting the community where each store resides. Almost 100 years ago, the founders of Neiman Marcus were staunch believers in corporate philanthropy and supporting charities in the arts, education, and medicine, and have always been quick to lend their time, talent, and treasures. Furthermore, Neiman Marcus’ passion for the arts is not exclusive to art philanthropy. In 1951, Stanley Marcus purchased Mariposa, a large scale mobile by Alexander Calder, and with that the Neiman Marcus art collection was born. Neiman Marcus continues the tradition by selecting works of art which are suitable for each store environment, and works come from various cultures, by both established and emerging artists. But Tansky, president and chief executive officer of the Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. accepted the award for the company.

JESUS MORALES
Visual Arts, 2007

Mr. Morales was born in Corpus Christi, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, and currently lives in Rockport. After apprenticing under Luis Jimenez in 1978 and studying in Petrasanta, Italy in 1979, he began creating a body of work that would gain him worldwide recognition and acclaim. His most visible public sculpture is “Lapstrake” (1987), a massive, 22-foot-tall, 64 ton work located across from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He received national attention with his inclusion in the landmark exhibition “Contemporary Hispanic Art in the United States,” which was shown at major American museums. Mr. Morales’ largest scale single work is the granite “Houston Police Officers Memorial,” dedicated in November 1992. He has more than 2,000 works in places, including China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and the U.S., in museum, corporate, public, and private collections. Among his distinctions, Mr. Morales is a member of the Board of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washinton, D.C.

JUDITH IVEY
Theatre, 2007

Born in El Paso, Judith Ivey has received numerous honors and recognition for her extensive work in television, film, and on stage. She is the recipient of the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her featured actress roles in Steaming (1983) and Hurlyburly (1985), and the Obie Award for her performance in The Moonshot Tape (1993). Most recently she was honored with the 2004 Sydney Kingsley-Madge Evans Award from the Dramatist’s Guild and has been inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame. Some of her film credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Washington Square (1997), Mystery, Alaska (1999), and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Ms. Ivey starred in four TV series, the most memorable being Designing Women. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in Hallmark’s What the Deaf Man Heard (1997). Her directing credits include Southern Comforts at Primary Stages in New York City, Bad Dates at the Northlight Repertory Theatre in Chicago, the acclaimed Steel Magnolias at Houston’s Alley Theatre, and More at the off-broadway Union Square Theatre and the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. During the 2006-2007 theater season, Ms. Ivey has been touring the US while starring in a one-woman show, Irene O’Garden’s Woman on Fire.

DIANA & BILL HOBBY
Individual Arts Patrons, 2007

Businessman, educator, and enduring public servant, Bill Hobby and his wife Diana are avid supporters of the arts. Born in Houston, Mr. Hobby is former Texas Lieutenant Governor (1973-1991), president emeritus of the Texas Senate, and past president and executive editor of The Houston Post (1965-1983). Since 1983, he has served as chairman of Hobby Communications. He holds a number of honorary doctorates, association memberships, and directorships, including seats on the boards of Southwest Airlines (since 1990) and The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation (since 1998). He was chancellor for the University of Houston System (1995-1997) and a Sid Richardson Professor at The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs (1990-1997). Since 1989, he has served as a Radoslav Tsanoff Professor for his alma mater, Rice University. Diana Hobby graduated from Radcliff College where she was named Phi Beta Kappa, and received her Master of Arts from Georgetown University. She taught school before her marriage to Bill in 1954, and worked as an editor for the U.S. Government while he was in the U.S. Navy. She was book editor of The Houston Post from 1957 to 1971. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 1981, and retired in 1991 as associate editor of the University’s Studies in English Literature.

ORNETTE COLEMAN
Music, 2007

Born in Fort Worth, Ornette Coleman taught himself to play saxophone and formed his own band at age 14. Since the late 1950s, when he burst on the New York jazz scene with his legendary engagement at the Five Spot, Coleman has been teaching the world new ways of listening to music. His revolutionary musical ideas have been controversial, but today his enormous contribution to modern music is recognized throughout the world. In 1958, with the release of his debut album Something Else, it was clear that Coleman had ushered in a new era in jazz history. His music, freed from the prevailing conventions of harmony, rhythm, and melody, transformed the art form. From 1959 through the 1960s, Coleman released more than 20 critically acclaimed albums on the Atlantic and Blue Note labels, most now recognized as jazz classics. He also began writing string quartets, woodwind quintets, and symphonies based on his theory. Mr. Coleman has been granted a number of honorary doctorate degrees, the distinguished MacArthur Fellowship award (1994), and induction to the American Academy of Arts and letters (1997). Mr. Coleman has been named one of the 2007 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. His latest album, Sound Grammar, has been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group.”

SANDRA BROWN
Literary Arts, 2007

Sandra Brown is the author of more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. A lifelong Texan, Ms. Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University. Her recent bestsellers include Ricochet (2006), Chill Factor (2005), White Hot (2004), Hello, Darkness (2003), The Crush (2002), Envy (2001), The Switch (2000), The Alibi (1999), Unspeakable (1998) and Fat Tuesday (1997). Ms. Brown’s books now have 70 million copies in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into 33 languages. She has won numerous awards, including the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

DR. PAUL BAKER
Arts Education, 2007

Director, teacher, dramatist, consultant and innovator, Dr. Paul Baker has been instrumental in developing a new concept of theater over the course of his 60-year career. Born in Hereford, Dr. Baker has been referred to as “the most important man in the history of Texas Theater.” A graduate of The School of Drama, Yale University and the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates from Trinity University and Texas Christian University, Dr. Baker has traveled throughout the world in his quest for ideas about theater design and production. He has served as Chairman of Drama at both Baylor University (1939-1963) and Trinity University (1963-1978). He designed Baylor Theater (1941) and, in association with Arthur Rogers, also designed the Ruth Taylor Theater at Trinity University (1967). He is Founding Director of the Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Independent School District’s Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Dr. Baker is the recipient of many awards for outstanding contributions to the arts, including The Rodgers and Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Theatrical Contributions in the Southwest, Texas Educational Theater Founder Award and The Thomas De Gretani Award for Outstanding Service to American Theater. A published author, active director and sought-after consultant, he now resides with his wife, Kitty, at their ranch in Waelder, Texas.

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE
Dance, 2007

Born in Rogers, Texas, Alvin Ailey was introduced to dance by performances of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. When Mr. Ailey began creating dance, he drew upon his “blood memories” of Texas, the blues, spirituals and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) grew from the now fabled performance in March 1958, at the 92nd Street Young Men’s Hebrew Association in New York. Led by Mr. Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the company commissions new works while presenting important works from the past. In all, the Company has performed more than 200 works by more than 70 choreographers. Led by Artistic Director Judith Jamison since Mr. Ailey’s death in 1989, AAADT has gone on to perform for an estimated 21 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance.

WALTER CRONKITE
Lifetime Achievement, 2007

A sampling of Mr. Cronkite’s assignments as anchor and correspondent for CBS News over five decades reads like a synopsis of American and world history. Raised in Houston and an alumnus of The University of Texas, Mr. Cronkite has covered virtually every major news event during his more than 65 years in journalism. Mr. Cronkite’s accomplishments – both on-air and off – have won him acclaim and trust from journalism colleagues and the American public alike. In 1981, President Jimmy Carter presented Mr. Cronkite with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1982, the National Association of Broadcasters honored him with its Distinguished Service Award – the industry’s highest honor. Mr. Cronkite was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Hall of Fame” in March 1985. Mr. Cronkite passed away on July 17, 2009.

NASHER FOUNDATION/RAYMOND D. NASHER
Foundation Arts Patron/Dallas, 2005

The Nasher Foundation is headed by founding Chairman and President Raymond D. Nasher. The goals of the foundation are the following: to care for and preserve the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection and to enhance its accessibility to the public; to foster scholarly research into the interpretation of modern and contemporary sculpture; to support research studies on the conservation of sculpture; to support art education programs; and to develop other programs, principally in the arts, but also in public policy, medical research, and education. The Foundation’s program is internally developed.

The Foundation’s major project to date is the development and ongoing support of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a new institution dedicated to the exhibition, study, interpretation and conservation of world art, with a special emphasis on modern sculpture. Through exhibition and education programs, it strives to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of sculpture for as wide and diverse an audience as possible, from regional to national and international. The Nasher Sculpture Center shall also devote its resources to the fields of art scholarship and conservation studies.

The Center opened in October 2003 in the downtown Dallas Arts District. It was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with noted landscape architect Peter Walker. The Center includes a 1.5 acre garden and a 54,000 square foot building for the display of the widely acclaimed Nasher art collection, other exhibitions, and education activities.

JOE R. & TERESA LOZANO LONG
Individual Arts Patrons/Austin, 2005

Currently, Joe Long is president of The Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of The Headliners Club, Caritas of Austin, Arts Center Stage, and The Seton Fund. Terry Long, among many organizational memberships, is a Director on the board of Ballet Austin, a board member for the Texas Committee for National Museum of Women in the Arts and a council member of the National Council on the Arts appointed by George W. Bush.

The couple married in 1958 and presently live in Austin, Texas. Among their many philanthropic activities, most recently the Longs endowed the Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas with a ten million dollar gift, the income of which will be used principally for scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students and supplemental pay for faculty members who specialize in Latin American history, politics, government, art and history.

Joe Long was born in San Antonio and moved to Lean County during his childhood. He served in the Korean War and later attended Law School at the University of Texas. During this time, he worked with The Teacher Retirement System of Texas and taught school for one year at the Brown Schools, a private school in Austin for children with extreme learning disabilities. His many careers involve working for the State Securities Board, the Office of the Attorney General, and organizing his own law firm. He was also part of a group that organized two banks in Austin, First State Bank and Community National Bank, which was later sold to Norwest Corporation, now Wells Fargo Corporation. Since then, he has overseen his private business affairs and spends much of his time in philanthropic activities with several colleges and universities in Texas, as well as with several nonprofit corporations.

Teresa Long was born and raised in Premont, Texas, and also attended The University of Texas where she received her Bachelors, Master, and Doctorate in Education. After receiving her doctorate, Mrs. Long worked for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and later was a consultant for TEA’s Division of Compensatory Education. Governor John Connally appointed her to the staff of the Governor’s Committee on Public School Education, after which she was a consultant for the United States Office of Education on Migrant Education and the Head Start Program.

Joe and Teresa Long both speak and read Spanish fluently, and Mr. Long reads French and speaks enough to travel in a French-speaking country. They have developed a keen interest in impressionistic and past impressionistic art, and over the last 30 years has assembled a collection of over 200 art pieces principally devoted to this period of art.

JOSE CISNEROS
Visual Arts/El Paso, 2005

José Cisneros immigrated to the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border in 1925 during the Mexican Revolution. He never received a formal education but taught himself how to read and to draw. When he moved to El Paso in the 1930s, he was introduced to two men who greatly contributed to his development as an artist: the painter, writer, and illustrator Tom Lea, and Carl Hertzog, the great book designer and printer who established Texas Western Press. These relationships put Cisneros into the world of book illustration for which he became internationally renowned. These illustrations reveal the artist’s style and accuracy in rendering the historic places and people of the Spanish Southwest.

On April 22, 2002, Helen of Troy was the sole sponsor of the National Medal of the Arts and National Humanities Medal Ceremony at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush recognized seventeen national figures in the arts and humanities. Among those celebrated was José Cisneros, who received the National Humanities Medal. Cisneros passed away on Nov. 14 2009.

ROBERT WILSON
Theatre/Waco, 2005

The New York Times describes Robert Wilson as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater.” His works integrate a wide variety of artistic media, combining movement, dance, painting, lighting, furniture design, sculpture, music and text into a unified whole. A native of Waco, Texas, Wilson was educated at The University of Texas and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. By the late 1960s, he was acknowledged as one of the leading figures in Manhattan’s avant-garde theater and has since developed an international reputation as a world-class director and designer.

Throughout the world, Wilson has staged both original works and productions from the traditional theater repertoire. His non-theatrical artworks have been shown in museums and galleries internationally. In addition, his talents as an exhibition designer have graced numerous international venues including the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery in Berlin, the Vitra Design Museum and the Barbican Centre.

Each summer, Wilson develops new work at the Watermill Center in East Long Island – a theater laboratory that brings together students and experienced professionals in a multi-disciplinary environment, dedicated to creative collaboration. Currently work is under way to raise funds for the Center as a year-round facility.

PHYLICIA RASHAD
Television/Theatre/Houston, 2005

A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Howard University.

Broadway credits include Gem of the Ocean, Raisin in the Sun (for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 2004), Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz and Ain’t Supposed to Die in a Natural Death. Off Broadway credits include Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story and Thulani Davis’ Everybody’s Ruby at the NYSF Public Theatre, The Negro Ensemble Company productions of Puppet Play, Zooman and the Sign, Sons and Fathers of Sons, In an Upstate Motel, Weep Not for Me, and The Great Mac Daddy, Lincoln Center’s production of Ed Bullins’ The Duplex and The Sirens at The Manhattan Theatre Club. In regional theater, she performed as Euripides’ Medea and in Blues for an Alabama Sky at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Other regional theaters at which she has performed are The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and the Huntington Theatre in Boston.

Know to television audiences for her role as “Claire Huxtable” on The Cosby Show and as “Ruth Lucas” on the CBS sitcom, Cosby, she received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Image Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for both of these roles. She has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards and has received two People’s Choice Awards.

Feature film credits include: Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, directed by Tim Reid; Free of Eden (opposite Sydney Poitier); Loving Jezebel, directed by Kwyn Bader; and The Visit, directed by Jordan Walker Pearlman.

Television film credits include: The Old Settler, directed by Debbie Allen; David’s Mother; False Witness; Jailbirds; and Polly-Comin’ Home. Other television appearances include Touched by an Angel, Blossom and A Different World.

As an active participant in charitable and nonprofit organizations, Phylicia supports the work of the Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service and Development (PRASAD) Project, an international charitable organization. She is also committed to the mission of CHILDREN’s HOSPITAL, which provides premium pediatric health care and services to children in the District of Columbia and to Recruiting New Teachers (RNT). In addition to supporting this organizations, Ms. Rashad is dedicated to the importance of the Fine Arts in education.

Phylicia has received many honorary doctorates from institutions including Providence College in Rhode Island, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Clark University and Barber-Scotia College, and is a recipient of the Harvard University Foundation Award. In 1999, she was the recipient of the Dorothy L. Height Dreamaker Award, sponsored by the National College of Negro Women Inc. in association with Aunt Jemima/The Quaker Oats Company. In December of 2001, Ms. Rashad was honored by the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television with The Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement.

LYLE LOVETT
Music/Klein, 2005

Lovett was born and raised in Klein, Texas, a small town named after his great-grandfather. He got his first guitar when he was seven years old and his first public performance came in the second grade when he sang “Long Tall Texan” at a school talent show, which he later recorded as a duet with Randy Newman on the 1996 release The Road to Ensenada. He didn’t begin his musical career until he began writing songs while he attended Texas A&M University in the late ‘70s, where he studied journalism and German. While he was a student, he performed covers and original songs at local folk festivals and clubs. As a graduate student, he traveled to Germany to study and continued to write and play music while he was in Europe. However, he didn’t begin to pursue a musical career in earnest until he returned to the United States in the early ‘80s.

Upon his return to the States, Lovett played clubs throughout Texas, eventually landing a spot in the 1983 Mickey Rooney TV movie Bill: On His Own. The following year Nanci Griffith, whom Lovett had interviewed for a school paper while he was in college, recorded his “If I Were the Woman You Wanted” on her Once in a Very Blue Moon album. He, too, sang on that album as well as on Griffith’s 1985 album The Last of the True Believers. Guy Clark heard a demo tape of Lovett’s songs in 1984 and directed toward Tony Brown of MCA Records. Over the next year, MCA worked out the details of a record contract with Lyle. In the meantime, he made his first recorded appearance on Fast Folk Magazine, Vol. 2 #8, later that year. Lovett signed with MCA/Curb in 1986.

It has been almost twenty years since Lovett arrived in Nashville with a demo tape hinting of the brilliantly eccentric career to come – a resume that now includes twelve albums, acclaim from the pickiest of critics, a loyal fan base, four million records sold, even a second calling as a successful film actor.

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
Literary Arts/San Antonio, 2005

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, moved to Jerusalem (her Palestinian father’s home city) as a teen, and has lived many years in old downtown San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, photographer Michael Nye, and their son. Her parents Miriam and Aziz Shihab (a journalist retired from The Dallas Morning News) have lived for many years in Dallas, and her brother, Adlai Shihab, in Plano. Her husband grew up in Corpus Christi.

A poet, essayist, and writer of novels and short stories for teens, she was a National Book Finalist for 19 Varieties of Gazelle. Other collections of poetry include Words Under the Words, Red Suitcase, Fuel, Come with Me: Poems for a Journal, and A Maze Me. She has edited seven prize-winning anthologies of poetry for young readers, most recently Is This Forever or What? Poems and Paintings from Texas (2004). Since graduating from Trinity University, she has conducted writing workshops and given readings and talks in hundreds of schools worldwide, originally working through the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Nye has been a Lannon Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow (through The Library of Congress). She has worked three times as visiting instructor through the Michener Center for Writers in Austin and taught two classes in Spring 2005. For many years she has been the poetry editor of The Texas Observer and is a regular columnist for Organica.

BEN STEVENSON, O.B.E.
Dance/Houston, 2005

Ben Stevenson is not the artistic director of Texas Ballet Theater of Fort Worth. He nurtured Houston Ballet from a small provincial ensemble to one of the nation’s largest dance companies. For his contributions to the world of international dance, Mr. Stevenson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) by Queen Elizabeth II. He is one of the most original figures in the development of regional ballet in America.

A native of Portsmouth, England, he received his dance training at the Arts Educational School in London. He was awarded the prestigious Adeline Genee Gold Medal, the highest award given to a dancer by the Royal Academy of Dancing. He performed with Alicia Markova in Where the Rainbow Ends and was invited to join Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet by Dame Ninette de Valois, where he worked with Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko. Sir Ashton Dolin invited him to dance with London Festival Ballet where, as a principal dancer, he performed leading roles in all the classics.

Mr. Stevenson’s choreography includes Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Don Quixote and original productions of Dracula, The Snow Maiden, Peer Gynt and Cleopatra. He has staged his ballets for English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, La Scala in Milan, Munich State Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, London City Ballet, Ballet de Santiago and many companies in the United States.

GINGER HEAD-GEARHEART
Arts Education/Fort Worth, 2005

Ginger Head graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since that time, she has devoted much of her energy to teaching and promoting the arts, and to developing arts education programs for schools and communities. She has worked at local, state and national levels on innovative arts programs for international arts and cultural institutions. She created a special program for deaf and hearing-impaired students that is considered part of the curriculum for middle and high school deaf students in Texas. The program has been emulated in Southern California.

Among her many successes is the nationally recognized non-profit organization Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, a program she developed in collaboration with community arts and cultural leaders and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This program, under Mrs. Head’s leadership as founder and executive/creative director, has reached over 4,000,000 students with experiences that connect to learning in the arts, sciences, humanities, literacy and technology, and has raised approximately $6,400,000. It has become a model for other Kennedy Center programs and is hailed by numerous state national organizations, as well as by the Department of Education.

Since 2001, Mrs. Head has guided the development of a program, based on the Imagination Celebration model, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The program has resulted in a partnership between artists, teachers, students and institutions in Texas and Monterrey. Partners of the Americas has invited Mrs. Head to work with their international network to develop similar programs.

VIKKI CARR
Lifetime Achievement/El Paso, 2005

Vikki Carr is one of the best-loved and most accomplished entertainers in the United States, Latin America and Europe. The three-time Grammy Award winner, whose international success spans four decades, has released 59 best-selling recordings. She has performed for the Queen of England, five United States Presidents, war-time soldiers in Vietnam and sold-out audiences around the world. She has worked in radio, television, film and theater. Her music embraces two languages and she is among the first artists to bridge the cultures of the United States and Latin America.

Vikki made her acting debut on the Bing Crosby Show. She has since had several guest roles in numerous television series ranging from Mod Squad to Fantasy Island to Baywatch. A frequent guest star on major network variety shows, Vikki was also the first female to regularly guest host for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Her stage performances in South Pacific, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road have been strongly praised by critics.

HOUSTON ENDOWMENT INC
Foundation Arts Patron/Houston, 2003

Houston Endowment Inc., a private charitable foundation established in 1937 by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones, has assisted numerous Texas arts organizations through grants of nearly $50 million during the last six years alone.

Houston Endowment strives to enrich communities and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Houston, and of Texas, by supporting a broad spectrum of charitable organizations and educational institutions. The communities served may be as small as an inner-city neighborhood or as large as the entire state of Texas. Geography is not the only way communities are defined; the Foundation also supports diverse groups of people who form communities around a common interest or cause. Over the years, Houston Endowment’s assets have grown to approximately $1.3 billion, enabling the foundation to donate more than $70 million annually to help fulfill its founders’ vision of a healthy, vibrant community.

EXXON MOBIL
Corporate Arts Patron/Irving, 2003

Exxon Mobil recognizes the important role the arts play in the lives of children and families in the State of Texas and has been a long-time patron to various art and cultural institutions in many communities throughout Texas.

Throughout partnerships with the Houston Symphony, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Texas State History Museum, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Dallas Theater Center, Exxon Mobile has been able to provide hands-on experiences that enrich, inspire and educate young people and non-traditional audiences. Programs such as the Exxon Mobil School Tours Program in Houston, Young Audiences in Beaumont and the Exxon Mobil Youth Concert Series in Dallas go beyond the typical museum or concert performance. Working with local school districts, educational curriculum is developed and accompanies the overall experience by providing extensive classroom studies prior to the visit.

In 2002, Exxon Mobil provided more than $2 million to Texas arts, cultural and historical associations, and more than $10.2 million worldwide.

TOMMY TUNE

Tommy Tune – dancer, singer, choreographer and director – is the winner of nine Tony Awards and is the only person in theatrical history to win in four different categories and to win the same two Tony Awards two years in a row. He began his Broadway career in 1965 in the chorus of Baker Street and won his first Tony Award in Michael Bennett’s Seesaw in 1973. He directed The Club in 1976 and then worked on The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, for which he won his second Tony in the category of Best Choreography. Tune’s other Tony-winning productions include Nine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. His Tommy Tune Tonite! one-man show played on Broadway and toured nationally and internationally.

Tune is the winner of eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards, Dance magazine’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 1990 American Dance Award, the 1990 Drama League Musical Theater Award for Direction and Choreography, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement, The University of Texas’ Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Jean Cocteau International Style Award. A native of Houston, Tune attended The University of Texas and the University of Houston.

CHARLEY PRIDE
Music/Dallas, 2003

Charley Pride is one of country music’s premier artist and one of the top twenty best-selling country artists of all time. He began his unofficial music career in the late 1950s as a ballplayer with the Negro American League’s Memphis Red Sox, singing and playing guitar on the team bus when traveling between ballparks. After a tryout with the New York Mets, Pride passed through Nashville and met Jack Johnson and later producer Jack Clement, who immediately asked Pride to record a two-song demo. Three months later, the demo landed in the hands of RCA Records’ Chet Atkins, who instantly signed Pride to the label.

Between 1969, when Pride first his number one on the singles chart with “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me),” and 1984, when he commanded the top spot again with “Every Heart Should Have One,” Pride scored more than thirty-six number one country singles. His most memorable songs include “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone?,” and “Burgers and Fries,” to name a few. Pride joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993, the first African American to do so in its history. In 2000, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Pride and his family reside in Dallas.

FESS PARKER
Media-Film/Television Acting/Fort Worth, 2003

Fess Parker, the legendary actor who portrayed frontiersman Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, has been called an American icon. He graduated from The University of Texas in 1950 and completed work on his Master’s Degree in Drama at the University of Southern California (USC). Parker began acting professionally in 1951 in the national company of Mister Roberts and made his film debut in Untamed Frontier. In 1954, Walt Disney signed Parker to play the title role in Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. He later starred in Old Yeller, The Great Locomotive Chase and Westward Ho the Wagons! In 1964, Parker began filming Daniel Boone, one of the highest-rated television shows of its time.

Parker was an author, song composer, recording artist and real estate developer. His projects in Santa Clara and Santa Barbara Counties include Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort, Fess Parker’s Winery & Vineyard, Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn & Spa and a luxury waterfront hotel opened in 2004. Parker and his wife, Marcella, were strong supporters of The Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Alzheimer’s Association. They have lived in Santa Barbara County for more than thirty years. Fess Parker passed away on March 18, 2010.

LYDIA MENDOZA
Folk Arts/San Antonio, 2003

Lydia Mendoza is this century’s most outstanding and renowned figure in Mexican-American music. In her long, groundbreaking career, Mendoza united the intimate, family song styles that were characteristic of northern Mexico at the turn of the century with the more polished and commercial performances that typify music from the 1930s to the present.

Known as la alondra de la frontera (the lark of the border), Mendoza made her first recording in 1928 as a member of her family-based Cuarteto Carta Blanca, managed by her mother, Leonara Mendoza. In her four-decade career as a soloist, she usually accompanied herself on a twelve-string guitar and was considered a uniquely artful and dramatic interpreter of Spanish-language songs. Among her most famous singles were “Mal Hombre” and “Delgadina.” Lydia Mendoza was honored in 1982 with a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, inducted in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985 and became the first Tejana admitted into the Conjunto Hall of Fame in 1991.

ENID HOLM
Theatre/Odessa, 2003

Enid Holm – dancer, musician, theatre director and author – is the former executive director of Texas Nonprofit Theatres. Born in Mexia, Texas, in 1928, Holm went on to perform with the Starlight Operettas in Dallas (later to become Dallas Summer Musicals), graduate from the University of Texas at Austin and teach dance in Arlington, Texas. In 1959, she moved to Midland to work at the local NBC affiliate television station, after which she moved to Odessa to teach drama in the Ector County School System. There she married Bill Holm and later became the Artistic Managing Director of the Permian Playhouse, a position she held for twelve years before becoming the owner/operator of the Mansion Dinner Theatre.

In 1980, Holm became executive director of Texas Nonprofit Theatres and worked during her fifteen-year career there to improve the managerial and programmatic excellence of community theatre in Texas. At age 66, she wrote Theatrically Speaking, a guide to operations for nonprofits arts organizations. Proceeds from the book sales are dedicated to Texas Nonprofit Theatres, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the American Association of Community Theatre. From her home in Odessa, Holm continues to touch the lives of those involved in Texas’ community theatres.

DEALEY HERNDON
State Capitol Preservation Project Architectural, 2003

Dealey Decherd Herndon is a leader in architectural restoration and preservation. As president of Herndon, Stauch and Associates, her projects include the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Project, The Women’s Museum and Caldwell County historic courthouse projects. Herndon served from 1991 to 1995 as the executive director of the State Preservation Board and led the $183 million State Capitol Preservation and Extension Project that restored the capitol to its current splendor.

Herndon is a member of the board of directors of Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corporation, and from 2000 to 2001 she was director of appointments for the Texas Governor’s Office. Her extensive volunteer activities include serving as a trustee for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a board member and president-elect of the Heritage Society of Austin, board member and president of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, project coordinator and museum advisory committee member for the Texas State History Museum, citizen member of the State Preservation Board, chair of the board of trustees of St. Edward’s University and president of the board of directors of Friends of the Governor’s Mansion.

NANCY BLACKBURN HAMON
Individual Arts Patron/ Dallas, 2003

Nancy Blackburn Hamon is a lifelong philanthropist and patron of the arts. Born in San Antonio, she attended the University of Texas at Austin. She married Jake L. Hamon in 1949 and moved to Dallas. After her husband’s death in 1985, Hamon became the owner and president of Hamon Operating Company. She became a renowned hostess and world traveler and is active in cultural and civic organizations throughout the United States.

Hamon is a major donor to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Dallas Zoological Society, Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of African-American Life and Culture, the Dallas Historical Society, the San Antonio Museums Association, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio and numerous other philanthropic entities. Hamon was awarded The Arts Community Alliance (TACA)-Jas. K. Wilson Silver Cup Award in 1990 and was the recipient of the Flora Award in 1992. In 1994, she was presented with the prestigious Linz Award in recognition of her many philanthropic efforts. She received honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University and Northwood University.

JOHN GRAVES
Lifetime Achievement/Glen Rose, 2003

Author John Graves, best known for his books Goodbye to a River, Hard Scrabble and From a Limestone Ledge, is one of Texas’ most beloved writers. Born in Fort Worth, Graves graduated from Rice University and received a Master of Arts in English from Columbia University. He began his professional writing career by publishing a short story in The New Yorker in 1947. Graves taught English at the University of Texas at Austin from 1948 to 1951 and at Texas Christian University from 1957 to 1965. He worked as a consulting writer for the U.S. Department of the Interior Potomac River restoration project from 1965 to 1968.

In 1957, Graves completed a three-week canoe trip down part of the Brazos River. His narrative chronicle of the voyage, first published as a magazine article, later grew into Goodbye to a River, published in 1960. In the late 1950s, he began to build a house on 400 acres in Somervell County, and ruminations about his relationship with the land let to the publication of Hard Scrabble in 1974. Both books won the Carr P. Collins non-fiction award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and Goodbye to a River was nominated for a National Book Award. A series of essays on the life in the country, first published in Texas Monthly magazine, became From a Limestone Ledge, published in 1980 and nominated for an American Book Award. Graves has published numerous short stories, which have been reprinted in the O. Henry or Best American annual collections. Graves lived and wrote in Glen Rose, Texas, in the hard scrabble country that has inspired so much of his work, until his death on July 31, 2013.

GLENNA GOODACRE
Visual Arts/Dallas, 2003

Glenna Goodacre’s sculptures reflect a lifelong passion for portraying the human figure. The most recognized of her bronzes is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Among her other monuments are a heroic portrait of former President Ronald Reagan at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California; Philosopher’s Rock in Austin, Texas; He Is They Are, a nine-foot Native American in Rapid City, South Dakota; and Puddle Jumpers at the Transamerica Tower in San Francisco. After completing the design for the U.S. Mint’s 2000 Sacagawea dollar coin, Goodacre began the most ambitious project of her career – the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia.

An academician of the National Academy of Design since 1994 and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society since 1981, Goodacre has won many awards at the organizations’ exhibitions. She has exhibited her work at U.S. embassies worldwide as a participant in the Art in Embassies program. She received honorary doctorates from Colorado College, her alma mater, and Texas Tech University in her hometown of Lubbock. In 2000, Governor George W. Bush inducted her into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in Austin. She live in Santa Fe and Dallas.

SANDRA CISNEROS
Literary Arts/San Antonio, 2003

Sandra Cisneros is a novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist whose work gives voice to working-class Latino and Latina life in America. Her novel The House on Mango Street won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 1985. Women Hollering Creek and Other Stories, a collection of short stories, won the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction of 1991, among other awards. Cisneros is the author of three volumes of poetry: Bad Boys, My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Women. Her other works include Hairs/Pelitos, a children’s book, and Caramelo.

In 1995, Cisneros was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Other literary honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; an honorary Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York at Purchase; and the Texas Institute of Letters Dobie-Paisano Fellowship. Her work has been translated into many languages and featured in major periodicals including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker. Born in Chicago, Cisneros received a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. She currently lives in San Antonio.

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MARCA LEE BIRCHER
Arts Education/Dallas, 2003

Marca Lee Bircher, nationally recognized veteran of the classroom and performance stage, is the director of choral activities and musicals at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. Her teaching career spans the spectrum from second grade through college level courses and performance groups.

Born in Texas and raised on the West Coast, Bircher graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian College in 1957 and began her teaching career. She later moved to Dallas, opened a private voice studio and taught courses at the Dallas Community College District and Christian College of the Southwest. In 1970, she earned a Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. Bircher sang for many years as a soloist and also with the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Dallas Theatre Center and the Dallas Opera. She was co-organizer and president of the Dallas Civic Chorus and has sung with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Her many honors include the Ross Perot Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and the George Washington Medal of Honor for Excellence in Education. Her choirs have performed at a wide variety of events and venues across the country, including the Republican National Convention.

VAN CLIBURN
Lifetime Achievement, 2001

Van Cliburn – acclaimed concert pianist and mentor – is a graduate of the Julliard School. At the age of 12, Cliburn made his orchestral debut with the Houston Symphony after winning first prize in a statewide competition for young pianists. As a teen, Cliburn entered the Julliard School and began his professional concert career. In 1958, at the age of 23, Van Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia. He returned to the Soviet Union several times for extended concerts and recorded the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the first classical recording to go platinum, which has now sold over three million copies. Cliburn has performed with virtually every major orchestra and conductor and in the most important concert halls, for every President of the United States since Harry S. Truman and for royalty and heads of state from countries around the world. Throughout his rigorous concert and recording schedule, Cliburn had consistently recognized the need to nurture the careers of aspiring young artists. He was advisor to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for young pianists in Texas, and has provided scholarships at many music schools, including the Julliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Texas Christian University, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Moscow Conservatory. Cliburn resided in Fort Worth until his death on Feb. 27, 2013.

TOMMY LEE JONES
Film, 2001

Actor and director Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, and worked briefly in the oil fields before leaving for Harvard, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English. Jones has received numerous film honors, including an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit The Fugitive. Previously, Jones received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shay in Oliver Stone’s JFK. Other hit movies include Rules of Engagement, Space Cowboys, Double Jeopardy and Men in Black. Jones made his feature film debut in Love Story and, in a career spanning three decades, has starred in other well-known films such as Eyes of Laura Mars, Coal Miner’s Daughter, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination, Stormy Monday, The Client, Batman Forever and Cobb. Jones has also directed films, including the made-for-TV adaptation of the Elmer Kelton book, The Good Old Boys, for TNT; he starred in the film and received nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Cable ACE Awards. Additional successes on the small screen include an Emmy for his performance as Gary Gilmore in The Executioner’s Song, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the popular miniseries Lonesome Dove, written by Austin screenwriter/producer Bill Witliff. Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne’s A Pat Riot for Me, and went on to do other plays including Four on a Garden and Ulysses in Nighttown.

WILLIE NELSON
Music, 2001

Willie Nelson is one of contemporary music’s few genuine icons. The 80-year-old singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor has continually renewed his artistic vision throughout a career spanning more than 35 years and 100 albums, including 18 gold and platinum records. Honors include five Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association Awards, and four Academy of Country Music Awards. In 1998, Nelson was a Kennedy Center Honoree. Born in the Central Texas town of Abbott, Nelson got his first guitar at age six and learned music through mail-order courses. While a teenager, he started playing dances and honky-tonks and by the time he graduated from high school, he had his own regular local radio show. Nelson moved to Nashville, where such greats as Patsy Cline and Faron Young recorded his songs. Willie returned to Texas with loyal fans at roadhouses like Floore’s Country Store outside San Antonio and the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. Nelson signed with Atlantic Records and recorded two albums – his best sales ever – Shotgun Willi and Phases and Stages. His Red Headed Stranger album yielded a pop hit with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” spearheading a traditional country revival. The following year, RCA packaged previously issued Nelson material and called it Wanted: The Outlaws. It became the first million-selling country album. Nelson changed musical course with Stardust, a collection of pop standards that spent more than a decade on the country charts. His album Milk Club Blues has received a Grammy nomination. Nelson has recorded duets with such diverse stars as Julio Iglesias, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and Dolly Parton, as well as country cohorts like Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Embarking on an acting career, Nelson has been in a number of films, including Thief, The Electric Horseman, and Honeysuckle Rose. His Fourth of July picnics are legend, while his annual Farm Aid shows have brought attention to the plight of the American farmer. Nelson still manages to play music and dominoes with friends in the little Texas town of Luckenbach.

DEBBIE ALLEN
Dance, 2001

Debbie Allen – choreographer, director, producer, composer, actress, and dancer – began her career on Broadway with Sweet Charity and West Side Story, for which she received two Tony nominations. She also received acclaim for her film performances – a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy’s for Fame and two Emmy nominations for Polly and The Debbie Allen Special. Here television career includes acting, directing, and choreography for Fame, Touched by an Angel, A Different World, The Sinbad Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Quantum Leap. For five years, Allen choreographed the Academy Awards, and she has received a coveted Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is currently an artist in residence at the Kennedy Center and author of two books, Brothers of the Knight and Dancing in the Wings.

NEIL HESS
Theatre, 2001

Neil Hess – dancer, choreographer, and teacher – has been a major force in the success of the TEXAS musical drama that performs each summer in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo; He has directed the show since 1984. Hess studied at Weber State University (WTSU), the University of Utah, and Trinity University. He has also trained in ballet and performed with the University of Utah Ballet and the U.S.O. Currently director of dance in the Department of Music and Dance at West Texas A&M University, he recently won an award for choreography at the American College Dance Festival. Formerly, Hess taught theater arts at Tascosa High School in Amarillo and is a member of the Tascosa Hall of Fame. In addition, he received an award for teaching excellence at WTSU and the Amarillo Globe News Accolade Award for arts development and contributions to education. Hess is also artistic director for the Lone Star Ballet, where his wife, Camille, is Ballet Mistress. Hess believes the spaciousness and gracious lifestyle of West Texas inspires his creativity.

HORTON FOOTE
Literary Arts, 2001

Horton Foote, one of America’s most lauded writers, has received much recognition for his plethora of plays, screenplays, films, and books. Foote received Academy Awards and Writers Guild of America Screen Awards for two of his most famous screenplays, To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony nomination for The Young Man from Atlanta and an Emmy for the dramatization of William Faulkner’s classic The Old Man. Among Foote’s many other accolades is his election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (including a Gold Medal for Drama) and the Theatre Hall of Fame. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal by President and Mrs. Clinton in Washington, D.C. He is a past recipient of the Texas Book Festival’s Annual Bookend Award for a lifetime of contribution to Texas Letters. When not directing plays in New York, Mr. Foote resided in Wharton, Texas, until his death on March 14, 2009.

JOHN BIGGERS
Visual Arts, 2001

John Biggers is widely acclaimed for his complex, symbolic murals based on African American and African cultural themes. Born in 1924, the youngest of eleven children in rural North Carolina, Biggers attended Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, a black college in Virginia and graduated from Penn State University. Upon graduation, he moved to Houston and founded the art department at Texas Southern University (formerly Texas State University for Negroes), where he taught for 34 years. Biggers was influenced by a college art instructor who was a Jewish refugee and who encouraged students to manifest their artistic and cultural heritage in their works. Some of Biggers’ best known paintings, murals, and lithographs include Dying Soldier, Anase: The Web of Live in Africa, Family Unity, The Upper Room, and the spiritual Aunt Dicey Tales. Biggers was recently honored by a major retrospective of his work that traveled to seven art museums across the country.

FLACO & SANTIAGO JIMENEZ
Folk Arts, 2001

As children in San Antonio, brothers Flaco and Santiago Jimenez watched their legendary father, Santiago Jimenez, Sr., credited as the “Father of Modern Conjunto Music,” perfect the craft. Flaco Jimenez has taken a traditional art form of accordion Conjunto Music and made it contemporary by adding such instruments as the saxophone and guitar. At the age of seven, Flaco was performing alongside his father. By age 18, he was making records as a member of the group Los Caporales. His awards include Grammies for the remake of this father’s song “Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio,” for the release of The Texas Tornadoes debut album along with friends Freddie Fender and Augie Meyers, and for his solo performance entitled Flaco Jimenez. Flaco has played with musicians Doug Sahm, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Dwight Yoakum, Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos, The Clash, and Peter Gabriel. He released the album Los Supersevens with a Mexican American all-star band of the same name. On the record Said and Done (Barb Wire/Virgin Records), the blended influences of traditional honky-tonk, Tex-Mex, and country are evident.

Santiago Jimenez, Jr., is a major figure in Tex-Mex border music as a singer and accordion virtuoso. Nominated for two Grammies, Santiago upholds a more traditional Conjunto sound. At age 17, Santiago recorded an album with Flaco. He later recorded with several local labels, including: Lira, Magda, Discos Grande, and Corona. Recent recordings include Corazon de Piedra and Conciones de Mi Padre on Watermelon Records based in Austin. His songs, in Spanish, are lively and deal with real-life situations – work, love, and dance. The music has a strong cultural identity, representing the Mexican-American people of South Texas who have made their presence known despite the social oppression, forced assimilation, and economic difficulty of the border region.

WAYNE BELL
Architecture, 2001

Wayne Bell, a native Central Texan, is a leader in architectural restoration and design. As Senior Principal of the esteemed restoration firm Bell, Klein, and Hoffman, his projects have included Austin’s Paramount Theatre, the Littlefield and Hirshfeld Houses on the University of Texas at Austin campus, and the Austin History Center. More recently, Bell has led the transformation of Austin’s Palmer Auditorium in Austin into the Long Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-venue performing arts center. Bell taught in the University of Texas School of Architecture for over 20 years, where he served as Meadows Centennial Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In addition to academia and professional practice, Bell has helped organize restoration architecture departments across the state, include the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. As a recipient of the Sue and Frank McBee Visionary Award, Bell has been called “the dean of Texas restoration architects.”

GILBERTO ZEPEDA, JR.
Arts Education, 2001

Gilberto Zepeda, Jr., is a teacher who believes that teaching is an art form. Within the Mexican American community, the success of one student can become a community’s accomplishment. So has been the case among the many talented students Zepeda has motivated during his career. Zepeda is the theater arts director at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High School (PSJA) in South Texas, located along the Texas-Mexico border. He has received The University of Texas’ Texas Excellence Award for state teacher of the year. In 1993, Governor Ann Richards appointed him as a State Commissioner on the Arts, the first high school teacher to be so appointed. He also received the prestigious Disney American Art Teacher Award. Zepeda’s students, 98% Hispanic, are known for achieving a high percentage of college graduation and are considered one of America’s most highly recruited Hispanic theater and television majors by universities across the U.S. Many PSJA graduates have appeared on television, toured as singers, and have become theater technicians. Many have also become teachers themselves. Zepeda’s directing credits include producing Zoot Suit, writing and directing four large-scale children theater productions, and directing over 70 stage productions. Zepeda has also designed PSJA’s Video and Performing Arts Center, one of the leading high school video facilities in the country.

JACK BLANTON
Individual Arts Patron, 2001

Jack Blanton – attorney, businessman, and philanthropist – was President of Eddy Refining Oil Company and former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Scurlock Oil Company. He has served on the boards of many corporations including SBC Corporation, Burlington Northern Corporation, Inc., and Texas Commerce Band, and is former director of his industry’s American Petroleum Institute. Beyond the arts, Blanton’s service extends to health, economic, educational, and environmental organizations. Blanton has served as director of the Texas Medical Center, as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, on the council of overseers for the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice University, and as director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law, Blanton’s loyalties to UT run deep. His is former chairman of the Board of Regents, recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and most recently, benefactor of the Jack Blanton Museum of Art, which houses permanent collections and changing exhibitions of visual art. Mr. Blanton passed away on Dec. 28, 2013.

SBC COMMUNICATIONS
Corporate Arts Patron, 2001

SBC Communications Inc. has a strong tradition of funding arts and cultural programs throughout Texas. SBC, through the SBC Foundation, continues to concentrate on specific areas of education, community and economic development, health and human services, and cultural and arts outreach. Since 1996, SBC has awarded more than $41.6 million in arts and cultural outreach grants, in large part bringing these programs to students in underserved areas. Across the state, SBC grants have made their mark on cultural projects such as live theater workshops in Houston, folklorico ballet in Dallas, POPS concerts in El Paso, expansion of the International Museum in McAllen, and restoration of the Majestic Empire Theaters in San Antonio. One of the Foundation’s grants was also the largest single corporate gift ever given to a women’s project in the United States – $10 million to The Women’s Museum in Dallas.

THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION
Foundation Arts Patron, 2001

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. Its mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas, to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. Since its inception, the Foundation has dispersed over $430 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures in the fields of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, and health and human services. In total, the Meadows Foundation has awarded approximately $32 million to arts and cultural projects. Among these initiatives, the Foundation has established the Wilson Historic District near downtown Dallas, considered a benchmark for historic preservation. A sample of other projects include: $500,000 to the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Latin American Art Center; $195,000 to pilot after-school, weekend, and summer arts and education programs in inner-city Dallas; $180,000 to research and preserve colonial Hispanic books, newspapers, and periodicals produced in Texas; $250,000 towards construction of an art museum, theater, music, and historic renovation and preservation projects. The Foundation has deservingly been named an Outstanding Foundation of the year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. President and CEO of the Meadows Foundation is Linda Perryman Evans, the great-niece of the founders.