Texas Medal of Arts Awards

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As the signature event of the Texas Cultural Trust, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) celebrates the creative excellence, exemplary talents, and outstanding contributions by Texans in all disciplines of the arts. Since 2001, the TMAA has spotlighted and celebrated 118 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. 

2021 Texas Medal of Arts Awards

October 18th and 19th, 2021
Honoring Texas Legends and Celebrating the Power of the Arts

The concentration of the eleventh biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards will examine the Power of the Arts amid COVID-19. Times such as these magnify the power of the arts – as an emotional salve, a form of expression, a reflection of current events, a universal language, a uniting force, and a symbol of hope. Our creative community has provided countless virtual engagement opportunities to keep us connected, entertained, and comforted. Access to arts and culture will be essential as we heal, rebuild, and recover. Please join us in honoring and supporting the arts and culture of Texas.

TMAA BrochureTMAA Nomination FormTMAA Press Release


On October 18th and 19th of 2021, the Texas Cultural Trust will celebrate the creative excellence, exemplary talents, and outstanding contributions by Texans in various categories. The general public is invited to nominate TMAA honorees using the 2021 Honoree Nomination Form. Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than Friday, October 16, 2020.

2019 Honorees

2019 Highlights

Event Details

Confetti falls on a stage of honorees in thanks of supporting the arts in Texas

October 18th & 19th, 2021
Austin, Texas

Please stay tuned as we confirm additional details.

How to Attend


Please email tmaa@txculturaltrust.org for more information.

Individual Tickets and Seats

Sales for individual tickets and seats will open in November.


Please check back for details soon.

2019 Sponsors

The Texas Cultural Trust recognizes the generous support of the following 2019 sponsors.






Leslie & Jack Blanton, Jr.

Eliza & John Duncan

Gene & Jerry Jones
In Memory of Donna Axum Whitworth

Kim Lewis

Suzanne and Gilbert Mathews

Karen and Charles Matthews

Guillermo Nicolas and Jim Foster

Sharon and Lawrence Oeschger

Kay and Lyndon Olson

Marie and Bill Wise

Judy and Kirk Robison


Baylor Scott & White Health

CenterPoint Energy


Nancy and Javier de Anda

The Elizabeth Crook and Marc Lewis Foundation

Patricia Dedman Family Foundation

Patsy Donosky

Karen and Robert Foster

Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation

Regan and William Gammon


Irving Arts Center

L&F Distributors/Favorite Brands

Debbie and John Montford

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

Jennifer and Marc Rodriguez

Kay and Douglas Sanford

The Seliger Family

Isha Rogers and Steve Santamaria

Tania and Scott Schwartz

St. David’s HealthCare

Texas State University System

Thompson and Knight LLP

Vidal M. Treviño Family/Nelda Treviño

Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts

Vistra Energy



Laura and John Beckworth

Laurie and Marvin Blum

Sarah and Ernest Butler

Covert Cadillac

The Children of Illa and Jim Clement

Lawton and Craig Cummings

Sylvia and Ito Deutsch

Gay and Lee Gaddis

Kathleen and Ben Keating

Kathleen and Patrick Kennedy, Jr.

Rick Liberto

Carole and Ronald Krist
In Memory of Donna Axum Whitworth

Mary Lamar and Gary Leyendecker

Andrea and Bill White

Pamela and George Willeford

Darrell Windham and Dickinson Wright PLLC

“Art is important to use because it adds to ALL our lives – and in so many different ways. The arts and arts-related businesses account for billions of dollars in annual spending, and they are responsible for over a million jobs in the state of Texas. That’s pretty amazing. And it shows that art is important beyond what pleasure it gives us. As it turns out, supporting the arts is simply good business.”
Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.
Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, AT&T

Sponsorship Opportunities

To learn more, or become a sponsor of the 2021 Texas Medal of Arts Awards, email cberdan@txculturaltrust.org.