Texas Cultural Trust Announces 2023 Texas Medal Of Arts Awards

by Texas Cultural Trust

Eleventh Biennial Event on February 21 and 22, Chaired by Brandon Maxwell, Linda LaMantia, and Judy Robison, Spotlights Texan Leaders and Luminaries of the Arts 

AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 17, 2022)Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT) announced today the return of its signature and star-studded event, Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA), on February 21 and 22, 2023. The eleventh biennial TMAA will reflect and look ahead to the role the arts play in our lives and our communities, while celebrating the creative excellence, exemplary talents, and outstanding contributions made by Texans in selected disciplines.

The signature event is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21–22, at various venues across Austin including Commodore Perry and The Long Center for the Performing Arts. It is chaired by Texas Cultural Trust 2019 TMAA Honoree and Texas native Brandon Maxwell, TXCT Immediate Past Board of Directors Chair Linda LaMantia, and TXCT Board of Directors Executive Committee Member Judy Robison. 

Maxwell, who is the Awards’ youngest recipient, was the first to be recognized for fashion design. He launched his eponymous, ready-to-wear label in 2015 in New York City and has since gone on to create awarded collections and custom creations worn by many iconic women including Michelle Obama, Meghan Markle, Oprah, Lady Gaga, and 2017 TMAA honoree Lynn Wyatt of Houston. LaMantia, from Laredo, joined the Texas Cultural Trust board in 2009. With her family, she has supported arts and education for decades. El Paso-resident Robison, a former chair and board member of the Trust since 2008, has been a lifetime supporter of the arts and culture with extensive experience working in education and arts advocacy. Along with Trust leadership, the chairs convened a statewide group of experts across a wide variety of creative disciplines to select the 2023 TMAA honorees. 

“The state of Texas is fortunate to have been the birthplace of a vast number of incredibly creative and talented artists in every medium,” says Robison. “It is my great pleasure to co-chair this amazing event to showcase the many accomplishments of Texas artists. After a three year delay, we are ready to present the best Texas Medal of the Arts show ever!”

Since 2001, the TMAA has celebrated 118 Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved excellence 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 the Texas Cultural Trust, the two-day affair is a star-studded celebration that spotlights the power of the arts to not only improve children’s education, stimulate the economy, and improve health and well-being, but also to keep us connected, engaged, and inspired. It also serves to preserve the unique and proud culture of Texas. 

“The arts add vibrancy to our lives and give us the space to engage and connect with others,” says TXCT CEO Heidi Marquez Smith. “This spectacular event provides an opportunity to highlight the creative genius that has been cultivated in Texas and reminds us why we need to continue to invest in the arts. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards is not only meaningful, but entertaining and inspiring!”

Nominees are considered from the following categories: architecture, arts education, arts patron (individual and corporate), dance, design, film, lifetime achievement, fashion design, literary arts, media/multimedia, music (performance and songwriter), television, theatre arts, and visual arts.

The TXCT is proud to honor distinguished Texas artists and persons or organizations that have encouraged the advancement of the arts in Texas, whether through personal achievement or unfailing support. The Awards have celebrated various influential and talented honorees, including Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Dan Rather, Neiman Marcus, H-E-B, Anheuser-Busch, Margaret McDermott, Tommy Lee Jones, Bob Schieffer, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Lawrence Wright, Sandra Cisneros, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Ray Benson, Bill Wittliff, Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson, Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar (Snøhetta), Brandon Maxwell, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

For more information on the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, please visit txculturaltrust.org/what-we-do/texas-medal-of-arts-awards. For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org.



Texas Cultural Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts across the state. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, Partners in the Arts, and Arts Access. Texas Cultural Trust efforts are amplified by its partners 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 our state. For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org. 


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