The Texas Cultural Trust has added three champions — Austin’s nationally celebrated choir, Conspirare, Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday and innovative singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs — to its list of 2019 Medal of Arts honorees.
Holliday, best known as the original Effie in “Dreamgirls,” recently starred in Zach Theatre’s staging of “Sophisticated Ladies,” while Conspirare culminated its national tour of “Considering Matthew Shepard,” written and conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, with performances on PBS and at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. for the reinterment ceremony for the murdered gay Wyoming student.
The three winners will be saluted, along with previously announced medalists, Feb. 26-27 at events that culminate in a gala ceremony at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
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The Trust, an advocacy group, has in previous months already spun out the names of other 2019 champs. The most recognizable are Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and author and journalist Stephen Harrigan.
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Those who are up on the latest in the fashion world certainly know the name of young designer Brandon Maxwell. Also to be honored: photographer Mark Seliger for multi-media and artist Trenton Doyle Hancock for visual arts.
Among the others, the state is getting to know New York-based Texans Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers better because of work on projects such as the planned Blanton Museum of Art reorientation and landscaping.
And it’s instructive to get to know the good work of the collective medalists at the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts in Laredo.
2019 Texas Medal of Arts winners
Film: Matthew McConaughey, Austin
Music: Boz Scaggs, Plano
Design: Brandon Maxwell, Longview
Literary Arts: Stephen Harrigan, Austin
Architecture: Elaine Molinar, El Paso, and Craig Dykers, San Antonio
Arts Education: Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts, Laredo
Multimedia: Mark Seliger, Houston
Visual Arts: Trenton Doyle Hancock, Paris
Music Ensemble: Conspirare, Austin
Theater: Jennifer Holliday, Houston