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Champion of the Arts Award

The Donna Axum Whitworth Champion of the Arts Award recognizes a Texas Women for the Arts member who has made significant contributions to the arts, statewide, and whose work has embodied the mission and vision of the organization.

Our 2020 Champion of the Arts: Nancy Dedman

Nancy Dedman is a true philanthropist and extends her generosity to a host of worthwhile causes, including education, health care, and the arts.

Nancy currently serves as a board member of the Executive Board of Dedman College, Southern Methodist University; the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series; the Development and External Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees of SMU; the Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board of Directors; The Salvation Army Advisory Board; and The University of Texas Dedman Scholars. She has been active in fundraising efforts as a member of the Dallas Museum of Art Association, The Sweetheart Ball, Crystal Charity Ball, and the Dallas Woman’s Club. Nancy is also a former member of tthe James Madison Council of the Library of Congress and the National Committee for the Performing Arts, the National Board of The American Institute of Wine and Food, and the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet Board.

Nancy has one daughter, Patricia, one son, Bob, Jr., five grandchildren, and was married 49 years to her late husband, Robert H. Dedman.

Our 2021 Champion of the Arts: Judy Robison

Judy Robison is an extraordinary advocate for the arts and an example of philanthropic leadership. Judy consistently prioritizes equity in access to the arts for all children, recognizing the critical role the arts have in every child’s life.

Judy Robison has extensive experience working in education and arts advocacy. She has chaired and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors, President of the El Paso Symphony Association, and Chairman of the El Paso Symphony Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree at California State College and went on to study educational psychology at Claremont Graduate School. Prior to her work with the arts, Judy’s passion for education led her to work as a secondary school teacher and counselor in Rialto, California. Her past leadership roles include president of the El Paso Symphony Guild, president of the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras, and president of the Child Crisis Center Foundation Board. She currently serves on the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation Board, the governing board of The Hospitals of Providence / Transmountain Campus, and the President’s Advisory Council Texas Tech University Medical School.

Judy and her husband, Kirk Robison, live in El Paso, Texas. They have two daughters, Amy and Jill, and nine grandchildren.

Previous Award Recipients

Jeanie Wyatt
Gene Jones
Dian Graves Stai
Sandra Gilliland
Donna Axum Whitworth
Patsy Donosky
Debbie Montford
Ginger Blanton