Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Critics Table Honors Cultural Heroes
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Austin Critics Table Awards, member critics are inducting 12 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community through the arts into the newly established Austin Arts Hall of Fame.
By Robert Faires, Fri., May 31, 2002
John Aielli (KUT-90.5 FM) -- broadcaster, singer, arts advocate
Paul Beutel (Austin Theatre Alliance) -- administrator, critic, actor
Ruth Denney (University of Texas) -- educator, director, school founder
Acia Gray (Tapestry Dance Company) -- dancer, choreographer, company co-founder
Deborah Hay (Deborah Hay Dance Company) -- dancer, choreographer, author, company founder
Kent Kennan (University of Texas, retired) -- composer, educator, author
Joe Sears and Jaston Williams (the Tuna plays, et al.) -- actors, playwrights, directors
Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick (Esther's Follies) -- writers, performers, company co-founders
Judith Sims (Austin Museum of Art) -- administrator, curator, school founder
Jess Walters (deceased) -- singer, educator, opera director
Plaques permanently honoring each year's Hall of Fame inductees will hang in a prominent location to be announced.
The 2001-02 Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony will be begin at 7pm at the Capitol City Comedy Club, 8120 Research. In addition to the Hall of Fame honors, awards for achievements in theatre, dance, visual art, and classical music will be presented to artists at the free, informal ceremony. Nominations for this year's awards were published in the May 24 issue of the Chronicle.