What: Texas Medal of Arts Awards.
Where: Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
The lowdown: Five Houstonians were honored at the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, which recognizes "amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world." The awards are given by the Texas Cultural Trust. Host Debbie Allen led guests through the ceremony, which started with pink carpet cocktails and included performances from Conspirare, Vikki Carr, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Nizhoni Begay, and Luke Westerman.
Who: Houstonians honored included former Houston Ballet principal dancer Lauren Anderson, arts patron Lynn Wyatt, singer Yolanda Adams, actress Renee Elise Goldsberry, and singer Kenny Rogers.
The complete list of honorees:
Corporate Patron: John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, Paul Mitchell/Patrón Tequila, Austin
Multimedia: Kris Kristofferson, Brownsville
Individual Arts Patron: Lynn Wyatt, Houston
Dance: Lauren Anderson, Houston
Music: Yolanda Adams, Houston
Arts Education: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas
Theater: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Houston
Foundation Patron: The Tobin Endowment, San Antonio
Visual Art: Leo Villareal, El Paso
Architecture: Frank Welch, Dallas
Literary: John Phillip Santos, San Antonio
Journalism: Scott Pelley, San Antonio
Lifetime Achievement: Kenny Rogers, Houston