The Blanton Museum of Art
"...* Wammo's Second Place Finish at the National Poetry Slam, Ann Arbor, Michigan: 118 poets, including myself, from over 30 American and Canadian cities (plus Pakistan and Sweden) competed for fame, fortune, and respect. Austin's own Wammo, delivering his work with a mania topping even his best local readings, came oh-so-tantalizingly close to winning it all...."
"...For a decade now, the Austin Critics Table has sought to recognize our city's cultural heroes through the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, an honor roll of individuals who have made significant contributions to the community as artists, educators, and advocates for the arts. Most of the 71 inductees to date have been drawn from recent generations, but for the hall's 10th anniversary, the members of the Critics Table are reaching back to those figures whose artistic efforts go back 35, 70, 150 years..."
"...They are the artists, the educators, the patrons, and the advocates who show us the way to richer and more fulfilling lives through the arts, whose talents and steadfast commitment to the arts have been instrumental in the development of the lively cultural scene flourishing in Austin today. Five years ago, the Austin Critics Table, that loose affiliation of local arts writers that recognizes outstanding creative work in the city every year, established the Austin Arts Hall of Fame as a way to recognize the efforts of these cultural heroes..."
"...That vitality in our cultural scene is owed not only to the creative types working today but also those individuals of earlier times whose initiative and commitment ensured that the arts had a place in the life of Austin. The Austin Critics Table established the Austin Arts Hall of Fame to honor those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates for their pioneering efforts in nurturing the visual arts, dance, theatre, and classical music, and for helping them to flourish..."
"...Within that cultural community must be people whose conviction in the arts, in their deep value to life and society, is such that they will step forward without prompting and do the work necessary for dance, theatre, classical music, and visual arts to take root and flourish in short, people who make it happen. The eight individuals being inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame this year are all such people, and all have been making art happen in Austin for decades now, as artists, as educators, as patrons, and as advocates for culture..."
"...They are the artists, the educators, the patrons, and the advocates on culture's front lines, devoting their talents and energies and steadfast commitment to the arts to making this city a livelier and richer place to live. The six individuals being inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame this year are not only on those front lines today, but they have been for years, and their presence there has helped Austin's cultural scene flourish and grow into one of the most active and most watched in the country..."
"...It has to be willed into being by people who live in the place, people who understand the value of the arts in human life and society and will spread the word and do the work and make the sacrifices that are necessary for the visual arts, dance, theatre, and classical music to take root in a community and flourish in short, people who can lead the way in establishing a cultural scene. The eight individuals being inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame this year are all leaders..."
"...Anyone inducted in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame can be counted on to have made significant contributions to our city's cultural life. But in some cases, inductees into this body also exemplify the character of the Austin artist: possessing an insatiable curiosity and an original point of view, generous in spirit and open to collaboration, someone whose creativity is fed by community in general and this community in particular..."
"...Then there are the ones whose contributions are sustained over many years, who seem ever-present on the cultural front, doing whatever work is necessary for the performing and visual arts to progress and prosper. The Austin Arts Hall of Fame honors this latter class of cultural heroes, and the seven individuals being inducted this year all belong..."
"...The degree to which the visual arts, dance, theatre, and classical music flourish in Austin today is owed to those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates whose pioneering efforts and steadfast commitment laid the foundation years ago. The Austin Arts Hall of Fame was established to honor these individuals and their contributions to our civic life, and this year the four people being inducted each founded or played a key role in founding a significant cultural institution in this city..."
"...And transformational change. That's the lesson from this year's inductees into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."
"...Their innovations and steadfast commitment have altered the ways we express ourselves, regard our heritage, and respond to art. Each of the seven people being inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame this year in some way changed the game for Austin, culturally speaking..."
"...In addition to that work, Mary Margaret supported dozens of causes, among them the Heritage Society of Austin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, UT's Ransom Center, KUT, KLRU, People's Community Clinic, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and UT Press. Her generosity and spirit were honored with the Most Worthy Citizen award from the Austin Board of Realtors and induction into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame by the Austin Critics Table...."
"...Paul is there almost nightly making sure that happens. That is one thing that has enabled us to keep the lights on." For that alone, Beutel merited inclusion in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, and he was among its first inductees...."
"...The first thing you note about Austin trumpeter Ephraim Owens, who was voted into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame last month at the Moody Theater during South by Southwest, is everything all at once. His facial features are arresting: cartoonishly sleepy eyes, broad rosy cheeks, and a pointed chin accentuated by a sharp goatee..."
"...Christian shared that force-of-nature will and savvy with many other arts organizations and cultural causes even as she was giving so much of her time and energy to the opera and the creation of the Long Center. The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Ransom Center, the College of Liberal Arts at UT, and Conspirare can all testify to the difference this 2010 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame made in their organizations, and this reporter witnessed first-hand Christian's tenacity and generosity while working alongside her on the CreateAustin Plan, which helped set the course for the arts and creativity in this city over the past decade..."
"...Iden Payne Awards, and the numbers start to sound like stats on the back of a baseball card, the stats of a player headed for Cooperstown, if not already there. As it turns out, Webster is a bona fide Hall of Famer, having been inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame last year..."
"...The same year of Mexic-Arte's exhibit, the City of Austin designated Jan. 19 "Ishmael Soto Day" for his contributions to education and the arts, and the Austin Critics Table inducted him into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."
"...The effectiveness of Méndez's work can be seen in Ballet East Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Villarreal: She started dancing with Méndez at age 14 and made dance a career. Méndez is a member of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame...."
"...Sounds like a hard sell Chamber of Commerce pitch, doesn't it? Trying to describe Texas' truly unique place in the history of filmmaking is not simply daunting; it's nearly impossible to do effectively and avoid the breathless platitudes. Reining in the gushy talk and trading it for career acknowledgement is the job of the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards gala, now in its 11th year as the premier event honoring the state's endless contributions to the art of cinema...."