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RECAP: Texas Medal of Arts Awards

Presented by the Texas Cultural Trust

© by Miguel Angel

Earlier this week, Texas legends and luminaries including Kenny RogersKris Kristofferson, Renée Elise GoldsberryLynn WyattScott PelleyYolanda Adams, plus Eloise and John Paul DeJoria were named the 2017 honorees for the Texas Medal of Arts Awards in Austin. The gala evening, presented by the Texas Cultural Trust, was held in the theater and in a tent outside of Bass Concert Hall.

Eloise and John Paul DeJoria

The Awards were hosted by 2001 Texas Medal of Arts Awards honoree Debbie Allen, with special performances and presentations by 2015 honorees The Gatlin Brothers, 2009 honoree Ray Benson, 2005 honoree Vikki Carr, GRAMMY© award-winning Conspirare, plus the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The awards show concluded with a once-in-a-lifetime performance with The Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Sexton, Jack Ingram, Ray Benson and more on one stage.

2017 TMA Inductees

In its ninth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trust’s signature event and the state’s most prestigious arts gala, honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world.

Leo Villareal and Yvonne Force Villareal

The full list of honorees includes: Eloise & John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell / Patrón for Corporate Arts Patron; Kris Kristofferson for Multimedia; Lynn Wyatt for Individual Arts Patron; Lauren Anderson for Dance; Yolanda Adams for Music; Dallas Black Dance Theatre for Arts Education; Renée Elise Goldsberry for Theatre; The Tobin Endowment for Foundation Arts Patron; Leo Villareal for Visual ArtsFrank Welch for Architecture; John Phillip Santos for Literary ArtsScott Pelley for Journalism; and Kenny Rogers for Lifetime Achievement.

Jennifer Ransom Rice
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Jane and Scott Pelley
Renee Elise Goldsberry


*Images by Miguel Angel and Bob Daemmrich

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

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Austin Social Planner

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