Texas Cultural Trust Announces Recipients of the 2023 Texas Medal of Arts Award

by Texas Cultural Trust

Powerhouse Texans from Film to Music to Dance and More Will Be Recognized at the Eleventh Biennial Celebration To Be Held on February 21 & 22, 2023. Honorees Include Carole Cook, Miranda Lambert, Luke Wilson, Taylor Sheridan and Many Other Incredible Talents

AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 14, 2022) – Today, the Texas Cultural Trust announced the complete list of honorees for its eleventh biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) to take place on February 21-22, 2023, in Austin, Texas. The 2023 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 by Texans in various creative disciplines.

“We are beyond thrilled to resume the TMAA celebration, after having to postpone and cancel in 2021 due to the pandemic, with an extraordinary lineup of talented Texans who have each inspired and captivated their communities, our state, and beyond,” says Texas Cultural Trust CEO Heidi Marquez Smith. “Our organization strives to spotlight the vital role the arts play in our state and our everyday lives. Texas has such a rich cultural heritage that deserves to be recognized, invested in, and celebrated.”


2023 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees include: 

Arts/Health: Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston

Lifetime Achievement/Musical Theatre: Carole Cook, Abilene

Music: Christopher Cross, San Antonio

Music/Songwriter: Miranda Lambert, Lindale 

Architecture: Miró Rivera Architects, Austin

Visual Arts: Deborah Roberts, Austin

Design: Lela Rose, Dallas

Literary Arts: Benjamin Alire Saenz, El Paso

Film/Producer: Taylor Sheridan, Weatherford

Dance: Septime Webre, Brownsville

Film/Actor: Luke Wilson, Dallas

“I’m so proud to be from Texas. I cut my teeth playing in bars all over my home state when I was just in high school. The music and arts community here made me the songwriter and musician I am today,” shared 2023 TMAA Honoree Miranda Lambert. “Thank you to the Texas Cultural Trust for recognizing me with this year’s Texas Medal of Arts Award. The work of the Trust to provide equitable access to arts education for students across the state is both inspirational and vital, and I’m so honored.”

The signature two-day event will take place at various venues across Austin beginning with the Arts Alive! Reception on February 21, 2023, at Commodore Perry Estate and will culminate with an Awards Show and Gala Dinner taking place on February 22, 2023, at the Long Center for Performing Arts. The 2023 TMAA are co-chaired by Linda LaMantia, civic leader and artist dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts and education; Judy Robison, philanthropic advocate for prioritizing equity in access to the arts for all children; and world-renowned fashion designer and 2019 TMAA Honoree Brandon Maxwell.

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 of 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, improve health and wellbeing, but also to keep us connected, engaged, inspired, and to preserve the unique and proud culture of Texas.

“I was really moved to hear that I would be a recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts Award,” said 2023 TMAA Honoree Deborah Roberts. “As a native Texan, I’m extremely proud.”

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, Margaret McDermott, Tommy Lee Jones, Bob Schieffer, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Lawrence Wright, Sandra Cisneros, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, 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.


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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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