2011 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees

The Texas Medal of Arts–the signature event of the Texas Cultural Trust Council that spotlights and celebrates the creative excellence, exemplary talents and outstanding contributions by Texans in selected categories–is almost upon us once again!

And, wonderful news! We have the list of honorees! So congrats to everyone here, y’all are great–especially Austinites Marcia Gay Harden, Ernest & Sarah Butler, Ray Benson, and Tom Staley, thanks for keeping our Austin arts community great.

So, here they are, everything you’ve been waiting for:

• Lifetime Achievement – Barbara Smith Conrad: Mezzo-soprano and civil rights icon whose voice has filled renowned opera houses throughout the world (Pittsburgh, TX);

• Literary – Robert M. Edsel: Author and founder/president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art which received the 2007 National Humanities Medal (Dallas, TX);

• Art Education – Tom Staley: Educator, author, and Director of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX);

• Visual Arts – James Drake: An internationally acclaimed artist honored with inclusion in the Venice  Biennale and the Whitney Biennial and whose work in the permanent collections of over 30 museums around the world  (Lubbock, TX);

• Theatre – Alley Theatre: Internationally recognized company and recipient of the Tony Award (Houston, TX);

• Corporate – H-E-B: Grocer with 329 stores and 76,000 employees in 155 communities throughout Texas and Mexico; boasting a long history of supporting the arts throughout the state (Kerrville, TX);

• Journalism – Bob Schieffer: CBS News Anchor of the Weekend Edition and broadcasting hall of famer (Ft. Worth, TX);

• Multi-Media – Ray Benson: Nine-time Grammy™-winning front man of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel and co-writer of the play A Ride With Bob based on the life and music of Bob Wills (Austin, TX);

• Individual Patrons – Ernest and Sarah Butler: Major donors to Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Long Center, Ballet Austin, University of Texas School of Music, and the Austin Lyric Opera (Austin, TX);

• Film–Actress – Marcia Gay Harden: Oscar ®-winning actress with roles in such films as Pollock, Millers Crossing, The First Wives Club, and Mona Lisa Smile (UT Austin Graduate, Austin, TX);

• Film–Actor – Bill Paxton: Four-time Golden Globe® nominee and star of Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, and hit HBO series Big Love (Ft. Worth, TX);

Music – ZZ Top: Legendary band that has sold over 50 million albums worldwide with eight Top 40 hits including “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man;” Ranked in the top 50 of VH1’s “Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” (Houston, TX).

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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