2015 Texas Medal of the Arts honorees announced

Houston artist and MacArthur “genius” grant winner Rick Lowe, playwright Robert Schenkkan, actor Jamie Foxx, musician T. Bone Burnett and architect Charles Renfro are among those who will receive a 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards from the Texas Cultural Trust.

And taking the medal in the dance category? The Kilgore Rangerettes, the legacy drill team at Kilgore College.

Kilgore Rangerettes
Kilgore Rangerettes
  • 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; Chandra Wilson, Houston
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: The Gatlin Brothers, Seminole
  • Corporate Arts Patron: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano
  • Individual Arts Patron: Margaret McDermott, Dallas
  • Multi-Media: Emilio Nicolas, San Antonio,
  • Arts Education: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas
  • Standing Ovation Award: Ruth Altshuler, Dallas

Awarded biennially, the awards recognized lifetime achievement. Some 83 people have been honored with a Texas Medal of the Arts including Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Tommy Lee Jones, Eva Longoria, Betty Buckley, Debbie Allen and Robert Rodriguez.

The 2015 awards ceremony will take place Feb. 25 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Texas Cultural Trust is a nonprofit organization that supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other state agencies.


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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