2025 TMAA Honoree Nominations

Nominations for the 2025 Texas Medal of Arts Awards are now open until Monday, October 16. Please review nomination criteria prior to completing the nomination form at the bottom of this page. Contact tmaa@txculturaltrust.org with any questions. 

Through the Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA), the Texas Cultural Trust spotlights 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. Inspired by the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors, the Texas Medal of Arts has been presented biennially since 2001. Culminating in a star-studded celebration, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards raises substantial financial support, visibility, and awareness about the power of the arts to enrich a child’s education and enhance our state’s economy and cultural heritage.

In the spring of 2025, the Texas Cultural Trust will celebrate the creative excellence, exemplary talents, and outstanding contributions by Texans in selected categories at the 12th biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards. We invite you to nominate a Texas artist, individual, organization, or corporation who exemplifies the very best in their respective discipline or category.

Nomination Criteria

The Texas Medal of Arts Awards strives to honor both distinguished Texas artists and persons or organizations that have encouraged the advancement of the arts in Texas, whether through personal achievement or unfailing support.

Nominations may be submitted for individuals or organizations who have contributed to the arts in the following categories: Architecture, Arts Education, Arts in Health, Arts Patron (Individual, Corporation, Foundation), Craft, Dance, Design, Film, Folk Arts, Lifetime Achievement, Literary Arts, Media/Multi-Media, Music (Songwriter, Performer, Ensemble), Television, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts.

Eligibility of Artists
Nominees must have been born in the State of Texas or completed a major portion of their work in Texas to be considered. All Honorees must be present to receive their award during the Texas Medal ofArts Awards celebration in the Spring of 2025 in Austin, TX.

Sponsoring Organization
The Texas Cultural Trust Council is a 501(c)3 charitable organization created in 1995 to raise public awareness of and support for the arts in Texas as a vehicle to improve the quality of public education and to stimulate economic growth.

Selection Committee
A committee will be appointed by the Texas Cultural Trust to review nominations. All members of the Selection Committee will have a history of involvement with the arts in Texas.

Nominations, Submissions, and Deadline
The general public is invited to nominate TMAA honorees using the 2025 Honoree Nomination Form found on txculturaltrust.org/tmaa. Completed honoree nomination forms and accompanying one-page summaries must be submitted to tmaa@txculturaltrust.org no later than October 16th, 2023.

Multiple Nominations
Individuals may nominate more than one person or organization to receive a TMAA. A separate nomination form must be completed for each nomination in order to be considered.

Professional Summary and Accomplishments Description
When completing the nomination form, please briefly summarize their career highlights; what the artist, arts patron, or organization has accomplished; the category in which they are to be considered; and any biographical material about the nominee. You may include up to one additional page of detailed accomplishments.

Supplemental Materials
Supplemental materials may be included, but are not necessary. Materials may include one brochure, one book, a set of slides/photos (maximum of 10 photos), or a music sample. These materials may be mailed, after the nomination form is submitted, to the Texas Cultural Trust at 901 S. Mopac Expy., Barton Oaks Plaza II, Ste. 410, Austin, TX 78746. Please Note: Supplemental materials will not be returned.

Confirmation of Nomination
A confirmation email from the Texas Cultural Trust will be sent to completed nomination submissions. The Selection Committee will contact the nominator directly if additional information is required.

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  • Please summarize the following information in the space provided below. Supplemental materials may be emailed to tmaa@txculturaltrust.org but are not necessary. • Key professional credits, accomplishments, and/or highlights. • For Individual and Organization Arts Patrons, describe the arts or creative projects and organizations supported by the nominee.