Texas Cultural Trust Announces 2013 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees

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Biennial statewide awards celebrate creative talent, arts education and arts patronage in Texas

2013 Texas Medal of Arts Awards

The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those who have positively impacted the creative culture of the state - First Lady Anita Perry

Today, the Texas Cultural Trust announced the 2013 honorees for the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMA Awards). The TMA Awards celebrate Texans who have achieved greatness through their creative talents and have enriched the unique culture of Texas. Since its 2001 inception, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards has honored 71 outstanding Texans including Laura Bush, Walter Cronkite, Tommy Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Robert Rauschenberg and ZZ Top.

The 2013 honorees were announced today at a luncheon at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance in Houston, Texas. Arts patrons, supporters and enthusiasts from across the state joined the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors and honored speakers including 2001 TMA Honoree Debbie Allen and Awards Honorary Chair Patricia Hamilton Dewhurst, along with TMA Awards co-chairs Kelli Blanton and Marita Fairbanks, to celebrate the new class of honorees.

The 2013 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees:

Additional honorees for the 2013 TMA Awards will be announced prior to the March 4th reception. The biennial TMA Awards recognizes legendary artists, entertainers and arts patrons of Texas during a series of events held in Austin, Texas, on Monday, March 4, 2013, and Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The TMA Awards begin with a VIP Legislative reception on Monday, followed by Tuesday’s star-studded gala dinner and awards show and the Starlight After Party.

The 2013 TMA Awards gala will be a work of art that incorporates Texas tradition, contemporary art, and pop culture. The visual and auditory feast will incorporate graphic inspiration from the paintings of award-winning Houston artist and professor Aaron Parazette; engaging installations by performance artists The Art Guys; and live performances by luminaries of the arts in Texas including Ray Benson and more. Additional pop culture flavor will be imparted by emcee Chris Harrison, Dallas native and host of ABC television show The Bachelor. The TMA celebration includes an online auction of a Jesús Moroles sculpture benefiting the Texas Cultural Trust. Jesús Moroles received the Texas Medal of Arts Visual Arts Award in 2007 and the National Medal of Arts Award in 2008.

The awards show begins at 8 p.m. on March 5th at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and includes performances by 2004 Young Master recipient violinist Charles Yang, Blue Lapis Light Dance Company, and more surprises. The Starlight After Party begins at 10 p.m. with a performance from raucous Austin band Skyrocket!.

The event is attended by legislators, philanthropists, and patrons of the arts in Texas. Individuals planning and supporting the 2013 event include Honorary Chairs Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Mrs. Anita Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Mrs. Patricia Hamilton Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus and Mrs. Julie Straus, and TMA Awards Co-Chairs Kelli Blanton and Marita Fairbanks.

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those who have positively impacted the creative culture of the state,” First Lady Anita Perry said. “People from across the state and from all types of creative expression are honored and celebrated as we cultivate and raise awareness about the arts in our state with the hope of continuing and expanding it for future generations to appreciate, embrace and enjoy.”

Tickets may be purchased for $75 on the Texas Cultural Trust website and include the Awards show and Startlight After Party. Limited sponsorships are still available by calling the Texas Cultural Trust at (512)478-5289.

About the Texas Cultural Trust
Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and highlights the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. The Texas Cultural Trust supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. In addition to the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, other programs include: Texas Women for the Arts, Founders for the Arts, Adventures in the ARTS, the Young Masters scholarship program, Art of Economic Development, and an Art & Digital Literacy Curriculum.

The Texas Medal of Arts is presented through the generous support of these sponsors: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, Texas Monthly, BNSF Railway, H-E-B, Gene & Jerry Jones and Charlotte & Shy Anderson, the Kimbell Art Foundation, Shell Oil, The Virginia & L.E. Simmons Family Foundation, the Texas Tribune; as well as ConocoPhillips, American Airlines, the Argo Group, the Truman & Anita Arnold Foundation, the Blanton Family/Scurlock Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, BP, David Durham, Exxon, Marita and Jonathan Fairbanks, General Motors, Jesús Moroles, LeeAnn & Alan White/PlainsCapital Bank, and Valero.

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