Texas Cultural Trust’s Texas Women Of The Arts Celebrates Art In Palm Springs

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Grover Steele  


THE SETTING: Palm Springs was the setting for several days of fun, sun and art. Two dozen members of Texas Cultural Trust’s Texas Women of the Arts recently descended upon the gorgeous desert enclave for an art tour of some of the nation’s most iconic works.

THE STYLE: Amidst the backdrop of picture-perfect weather, the desert-chic crowd spent their days touring some of the most iconic works in the area. Exhibits and venues toured included Lovers Rainbow by Pia Camil, a Palm Springs modern home tour, and visiting the Going Nowhere Pavilion by Julian Hoeber. The tour was capped off with a private tour of Sunnylands, previously known as the Annenberg Estate. Built by philanthropists Walter and Lenore Annenberg, the home is known for hosting eight presidents during their lifetime.

THE PURPOSE: The event raised awareness for Texas Cultural Trust’s Texas Women of the Arts, which is a group of 300 dynamic women from across the Lone Star state who share a mutual love of the arts. The mission of the group is to ensure that every child in Texas has access to arts and education programs, which are essential to a child’s development.

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Texas Cultural Trust Hosts Tenth Biennial Texas Medal Of Arts Awards With Two-Day Events

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by Miguel Angel and Tyler Schmitt

THE SETTING: Over the course of two magical days, over a thousand of Texas’ most devoted and passionate patrons of the Arts celebrated the tenth biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards. This years honorees featured eleven individuals and institutions that have left their mark on not just Texas, but around the globe.

THE STYLE: The festivities kicked off at the Blanton Museum for the Arts Alive! VIP reception, where cocktails flowed as freely as the chatter as honorees effortlessly mingled with guests and listened to fine musicians. The following afternoon the fun was at the Governor’s Mansion for the Rise with the Arts brunch where honorees were presented with medals by Governor and First Lady Abbott.

The events concluded at The Long Center in Austin for Texas Medal of Arts Awards gala dinner. Highlights of the awards ceremony included Lauren Anderson’s star turn as the evening’s emcee, Brandon Maxwell’s hilarious, yet heartwarming acceptance speech, Mark Seliger breaking out his vintage camera to take a picture of the audience from the podium and show-stopping performances by music legends Jennifer Holliday and Boz Scaggs. Additional recipients included Conspirare, artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, author Stephen Harrigan, actor Matthew McConaughey, architects Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers, the Vidal Manuel Treviño School of Communications & Fine Arts in Laredo.

THE PURPOSE: The Texas Medal of Arts Awards, chaired by Leslie Blanton and Leslie Ward, raised almost $1.8 million dollars for the Texas Cultural Trust whose mission is to be the leading Texas voice for the arts in terms through education, advocacy and economic impact.

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