Dallas philanthropic duo Gene Jones and daughter Charlotte Jones Anderson recently summoned the press, Texas Cultural Trust board members and friends, and arts patrons to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to announce the recipients of the Texas Medal of Arts Awards 2015. The charitable prowess of the co-chairs and the enormity of the venue were only hints of the greatness to come at next month's ceremony in Austin.
- Music: T Bone Burnett (Fort Worth)
- Film: Jamie Foxx (Terrell)
- Dance: Kilgore Rangerettes (Kilgore)
- Visual Arts: Rick Lowe (Houston)
- Literary Arts: Lawrence Wright (Austin)
- Theatre: Robert Schenkkan (Austin)
- Architecture: Charles Renfro (Houston)
- Television: Dan Rather (Wharton)
- Television: Chandra Wilson (Houston)
- Corporate Arts Patron: Dr Pepper Snapple Group (Plano)
- Individual Arts Patron: Margaret McDermott (Dallas)
- Multimedia: Emilio Nicolas (San Antonio)
- Arts Education: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Dallas)
- Standing Ovation Award: Ruth Altshuler (Dallas)
- Lifetime Achievement Award: The Gatlin Brothers (Seminole)
Anderson and Benson also offered a little taste of what's to come at the main event (luncheon, awards and gala dinner) taking place Feb. 24-25 at the Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin: Performances by Benson, the Gatlin Brothers and maybe even honoree Jamie Foxx.
Other VIPs expected to attend are emcees Troy Aikman and Joe Buck and former first lady Laura Bush, herself a former Texas Medal of Art winner, who is presenting the Standing Ovation Award to Ruth Altshuler.
Past honorees include co-chairs Charlotte Jones Anderson and Gene Jones, emcee Ray Benson, Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Walter Cronkite, Lyle Lovett, Anheuser Busch Companies, Texas Monthly, Neiman Marcus, and Exxon Mobil.
CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this report.