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Texas Cultural Trust

December, 2015

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) co-chairs, Peter Holt and Guillermo Nicolas, both of San Antonio, Texas. This biennial event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and art patrons with a series of events, including a star-studded awards show and gala dinner. The celebration will be held in February 2017, in Austin, Texas.   


The Texas Medal of Arts Awards accepts nominations in the following categories:


          Architecture                       Music

          Arts Education                   Television

          Dance                               Theatre

          Design                              Visual Arts

          Film                                  Corporate Arts Patron

          Lifetime Achievement         Foundation Arts Patron

          Literary Arts                      Individual Arts Patron



Awards may not be presented in all categories, and are not awarded posthumously.  Honorees must be present to accept award.  Nominations will be accepted between January 5th and February 5th of 2016.


“As a long-time board member of the Texas Cultural Trust, it is my privilege to be a part of this signature event that honors Texans who have made a significant contribution to the arts,” said Guillermo Nicolas, 2017 Co-Chair. “There are so many outstanding talents from our state who are recognized around the world for their contributions in entertainment, education, and the arts.  We are excited to celebrate them through this prestigious award.”  


“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards is a biennial celebration, honoring some of the most creative people in the world,” said Judy Robison, Board Chair of the Texas Cultural Trust. “Our honorees have made their mark globally, but their backgrounds are rooted locally, having either been raised in Texas, developed a significant portion of their body of work in Texas, or supported the arts in a way that made a significant impact on arts development in our state.” 


About the Event Co-Chairs:

Now in his 19th season as Chairman and CEO of the San Antonio Spurs, Peter Holt has been an integral part of the organization’s unprecedented growth and success, including four NBA championships, a successful campaign for a new arena, and two new San Antonio-based sports franchises.  Holt is the former chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and serves as a board member of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation.  He is currently a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and is a member of the advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.  He was named to the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2004, as well as awarded Texan of the Year Award in 2010.  In the early planning stages of the AT&T Center, Holt decided that the venue could be a wonderful showcase for the tremendous talent of many of the artists from San Antonio and across Texas.  A collection of more than 200 pieces encompassing the work of over 50 artists curated from local galleries and art institutions, word of mouth and direct solicitations has recently been refurbished and reinstalled in the newly renovated AT&T Center.


Guillermo C. Nicolas is President of 3N Group, LLC, a privately held portfolio of commercial and residential real estate.  Nicolas’ grandfather, Raoul Cortez Sr. was the pioneer of Spanish language radio and television in the U.S. His father, Emilio, along with two partners, built what is now Univision, the largest Spanish language television network and the first satellite interconnected network in the country.  Nicolas is an avid contemporary art collector. He is currently Chairman of the San Antonio Arts Commission, board member of the Texas Cultural Trust, and a member of the Development Board for the The University of Texas at Austin. Nicolas is also a board member and former chairman of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, as well as a board member of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy. He has been honored by the Ford Foundation for his efforts in education.  In addition, Nicolas was named Literacy Volunteer of the Year by the Texas Commission on Literacy. He was most recently honored by The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center as Contemporary Art Patron of the Year.  Nicolas was instrumental in bringing Women in the World to San Antonio for two years in a row, which is also hosted alongside program founder, renowned journalist Tina Brown.  


About the Awards:

Since its inception in 2001, the Awards have spotlighted and celebrated 98 Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. As the signature event for the Texas Cultural Trust, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards highlights and promotes the power of the arts to children’s education, the state’s economy, and to the unique and proud Texas culture. Past TMAA honorees include: Jamie Foxx, The Gatlin Brothers, the Kilgore College Rangerettes, Chandra Wilson, Ruth Altshuler, Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Tommy Lee Jones, Betty Buckley, Bob Schieffer, Laura W. Bush, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Nancy B. Hamon, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Neiman Marcus, and Exxon Mobil, among others.  View the complete list 


About the Texas Cultural Trust:

The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy, through awareness, outreach, economic research, and the development of arts education curriculum for public school students.  Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, the Texas Young Masters Program, Create Texas, Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, Adventures in the ARTS—a children's book, Texas Women for the Arts and Founders for the Arts, as well as support for programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. For more information on TCT, please visit


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