Three Austin arts leaders have been named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame by the Austin Critics’ Table.

Austin Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Bay, Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills and Ballet Austin executive director Cookie Ruiz were named for their significant and sustained contributions to Austin’s cultural life.

The trio will be recognized May 23 during the Austin Critics’ Table Awards at Cap City Comedy Club. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In its 24th year, the Critics’ Table is an informal group of arts critics from the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle that annually recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts.

Stephen Mills. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman

Cookie Ruiz


Peter Bay. Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/American-Statesman