Texas Cultural Trust Opens Request for Qualifications for New Texas Medal of Arts

by Texas Cultural Trust

Legendary awards event invites Texas artists and creative teams to develop new medal concept and artwork

WHAT: The Texas Cultural Trust’s famed Texas Medal of Arts Awards calls artists and creative teams residing in Texas—as well as those who have previously lived and worked in Texas—to submit their qualifications for the development of a new Texas Medal of Arts. The eleventh biennial celebration, chaired by iconic designer Brandon Maxwell, Linda LaMantia, and Judy Robison will honor the power of the arts as well as Texas leaders and luminaries in the arts October 18 & 19, 2021.

This project affords a unique opportunity for the creation of a new Texas Medal of Arts. No aspect of the new medal is predetermined, and the selected artist or creative team will be invited to: 

  1. Propose any combination of materials, wearable dimensions, and imagery; 
  2. Propose, create, and contribute full ideas, concepts, and artworks; and 
  3. Work in collaboration with a Texas Medal of Arts designer to deliver a final, fully designed and fabricated medal.

A photograph of the current Texas Medal of Arts is available here.

WHEN: Qualifications must be submitted, via online form, by Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST). Emailed qualifications will not be accepted. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered. For complete details on submissions requirements, deadlines, and the selection process, click here. To submit your qualifications, click here.

WHO: Since their inception in 2001, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) have spotlighted and celebrated Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. As the signature fundraising event for TXCT, the TMAA highlight and promote the power of the arts to enrich our children’s education and enhance both our state’s economy and rich cultural heritage. The TMAA are biennial events and slated to return October 18 & 19, 2021. 


The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts across the state. Programs of the organization include the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Arts Access, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, and Partners in the Arts. Efforts are amplified by supporters who are instrumental in the success of leading a cohesive voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of the state. For more information, visit txculturaltrust.org.

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