Experts chosen to pick Texas Medal of Arts

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Ray Benson won a Texas Medal of Arts for multimedia and serves on the selection committee for the 2017 honors. (Stephen Spillman for the AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

They call it the Texas Medal of Arts, but the biennial awards cover lot of territory — film, TV, education, multimedia, literature, corporate giving, individual patronage, design — as well as traditional fine arts.

In 2017, the slick ceremony moves from the Long Center to Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus. Dates for the bifurcated event are Feb. 21-22. The big public show is on the second day. It benefits the Texas Cultural Trust, which supports arts advocacy and programs statewide.


Ray Benson won a Texas Medal of Arts for multimedia and serves on the selection committee for the 2017 honors. (Stephen Spillman for the AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Nineteen Austinites* were named to the selection committee for the 2017 honors.

The 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Selection Committee:

Debbie AllenHouston – Texas Medal of Arts Honoree, Dance

*Brendon Anthony, Austin – Texas Music Office, Director

Gigi AntoniDallas – Big Thought, President; Texas Medal of Arts Honoree, Arts Education

*Don BacigalupiAustin/Houston – Lucas Museum, President; At-Large Member

*Ray BensonAustin – Texas Cultural Trust Board Member; Texas Medal of Arts  Honoree, Multimedia

*Mark BordasAustin – Anheuser Busch, Region Vice President of State Affairs; Silver Sponsor

Tina BrownNew York City – Tina Brown Live Media, Founder & CEO; At-Large Member

Rebecca CampbellAustin – Austin Film Society, Executive Director; Organizational Partner

*Elaine GarzaAustin – Giant Noise, Principal; Texas Medal of Arts Public Relations

*Dr. Gary GibbsAustin – Texas Commission on the Arts, Executive Director

Dean GladdenHouston – Alley Theatre, Managing Director

Chris HarrisonDallas – The Bachelor host, previous Texas Medal of Arts Host, At-Large Member

*Craig Hella JohnsonAustin – Conspirare, Founder & Artistic Director; At-Large Member

*Theresa JenkinsAustin – GRAMMYs, Executive Director; Organizational Partner

*Lois Kim, Austin – Texas Book Festival, Executive Director; Organizational Partner

Katy FlatoSan Antonio – Lake Flato Architects, Texas Medal of Arts Honoree, Architecture, At-Large Member

Linda LaMantiaLaredo – Texas Cultural Trust Board Member

*Terry LickonaAustin – Austin City Limits, Executive Producer; Texas Medal of Arts Honoree, Multi-media

Robert LynchWashington, D.C. – American for the Arts, President; Organizational Partner

*Christine MessinaAustin – The Messina Group, At-Large Member

*Lance Avery MorganAustin – The Society Diaries, Editor-in-Chief; At-Large Member

*Heather PageAustin – Texas Film Commission, Director

Aaronetta PierceSan Antonio – 2005 & 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Co-chair

*Don PittsAustin – City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division, Program Manager

Dan RatherWharton – Texas Medal of Arts Honoree, Television

Ginger ReederDallas – Neiman Marcus, Vice President of Public Relations; Texas Medal of Arts Honoree; Corporate Arts Patron

*Autumn RichAustin – Autumn Rich & Co., President; Event Producer

*Maggie Rivas-RodriguezAustin – University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism, Associate Professor; Organizational Partner

Judy RobisonEl Paso – Texas Cultural Trust Board Chair

Charlotte St. MartinDallas – League of America Theatres & Producers, President; Organizational Partner

Dian StaiFredericksburg – Texas Women for the Arts Chair

Shawn StephensHouston – Texas Commission on the Arts, Commissioner

*Kathleen Brady StimpertAustin –University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture  Chief Communications Officer

James SurlsTerrell – Texas Medal of Arts Honoree, Visual Arts

*Brian SweanyAustin – Texas Monthly, Editor-in-Chief; Texas Cultural Trust, Board Member; Texas Medal of Arts Honoree; Corporate Arts Patron; Silver Sponsor

*Nelda TrevinoAustin – Texas Lotto, Director; Silver Sponsor

*Leslie Ward, Austin – AT&T, Vice President of External Affairs; Texas Cultural Trust Board Member; Gold Sponsor

Nancy WoznyHouston – Arts + Culture Texas Magazine, Editor-in-Chief At-Large Member

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