SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS

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SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate 2017 Texas Medal of Arts nominees - PG1

2017 Texas Cultural Trust honorees

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Dawn Leatherwood, Mary Stanton Smith and Greg Davis - PG2

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Dean and Andrea McWilliams - PG1

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Debbie Allen - PG1

Debbie Allen

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Eddy and Kelli Blanton - PG2

Eddie and Kelly Blanton

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Forrest Preece and Linda Ball - PG2

Forrest Preece and Linda Ball

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Guillermo Nicholas, Jennifer Ransom Rice and Peter Holt - PG1

Guillermo Nicholas, Jennifer Ransom Rice and Peter Holt

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Jack Ingram, Charlie Sexton, Gatlin Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Rogers, and Vikki Carr perform the song Me and Bobby McGee - PG2

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Jane and Scott Pelley - PG1

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Jim Foster and Jana Jaffe - PG2

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Kara and Matt Swinney - PG2

Kara and Matt Swinney

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Kenny Rogers - PG1

Kenny Rogers

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Lauren Anderson - PG1

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Leslie and Don Ward - PG1

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Liliana Patino and Andra Liemandt PG 2 DE-PINKIFY

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Lindsay Morrison and Kirstin Ross - PG1 - SILHOUETTE

Lindsay Morrison and Kirstin Ross

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Lynn Yeldell and Alisa Weldon - PG2

Lynn Yeldell and Alisa Welson

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Renee Elise Goldsberry - PG2 - SILHOUETTE

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Rob Giardinelli, Lynn Wyatt, John Paul and Eloise DeJoria and Lance Avery Morgan - PG1 - SILHOUETTE

Rob Giardinelli, Lynn Wyatt, Eloise and John Paul DeJoria and Lance Avery Morgan

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Sarah and Ernest Butler - PG2

Sarah and Dr. Ernest Butler

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Steve and Lana Carlson - PG2

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2017MayJune Events Spectate Tobie Funte Flannery and JK Baxter Hunt - PG2 - SILHOUETTE

SPECTATE: TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS HONORS LEGENDARY TEXANS
2017MayJune Events Spectate Yolanda Adams - PG1

Yolanda Adams

By Rob Giardinelli   
Photography by Jim Debth and Jennifer Gonzales

THE SCENE: The Bass Concert Hall in Austin was the setting for a highly entertaining evening that showcased iconic Texas legends and their contributions to the arts. The ninth biennial Texas Cultural Trust’s Texas Medal of Arts Awards honored individuals whose impact on the arts has been felt the world over – and fortunately we get to claim them as Texans.

THE VIBE: The evening began as honorees and other VIPs strolled the red carpet for a quick snap before entering the Bass Concert Hall foyer where the event co-chairs Guillermo Nicholas and Peter Holt and Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Jennifer Ransom Rice personally welcomed guests at the main entrance. Partygoers were treated to a lively cocktail hour where the crowd mingled in anticipation of the line-up ahead – and what a line-up it was.

When the thousand guests who were on hand to celebrate this special evening took their seats, the high energy was palpable as Debbie Allen effortlessly emceed an evening that showcased the incredible spectrum of individuals who have left their impact on the arts— not only in Texas, but also throughout the world. Honorees included internationally known figures including John Paul and Eloise DeJoria who received the Corporate Patron Award, music legend Kris Kristofferson, Tony-Award winner Renee Elise Goldsberry, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, the original Texas Jet-Setter Lynn Wyatt who received the Individual Arts Patron Award, and Bruce Bugg who accepted for The Tobin Endowment. The presentation concluded with all the honorees joining Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kenny Rogers along with Texas music legends including The Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson, Charlie Sexton, Dale Watson and Vikki Carr as they serenaded Rogers with their rendition of Ruby, The Gambler and Me and Bobby McGee.

After the performance, the fun continued as the artistically inclined attendees gathered in the exquisitely decorated tent on the Bass Concert Hall foyer for music, conversation and a delicious meal catered by The RK Group. The good times continued well into the night as the honorees seamlessly mingled with admirers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience those of us were fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.

THE CAUSE: The event raised $1.88 million dollars for the Texas Cultural Trust, an organization devoted to promoting the importance of the arts to both children’s education and the Texas economy.

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