Celebrities hit Austin red carpet


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on March 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 8:18 AM

AUSTIN -- The Texas Medal of Arts award ceremony in Austin may be the only event in the city bringing together politicians, sports moguls, actors and musicians.

Tuesday night’s event, sponsored by the Texas Cultural Trust, was hosted by The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison.

“I was born and raised here in Texas, and so my life has been interwoven with the arts here, with a lot of these people,” Harrison told KVUE.

“These people” refers to some Texas greats, like Steve Miller who was honored for his work in music and music education.

“This really means probably the most to me because this is where I grew up and Texas sort of, no, it did shape me,” said Miller.

Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jone’s wife, Gene and his daughter Charlotte were also awarded for their work as art patrons.

“Our fans now are becoming great art fans, and I hope our art fans are becoming Cowboy fans,” said Gene Jones.

“’We're here to support Mrs. Jones and Charlotte, so I think it's always important whenever you have an opportunity to support people that have been such an impact on your own life,” said former Cowboy RB Emmitt Smith.

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst arrived with his wife, Tricia who is on the board of the Texas Cultural Trust.

The recipient of the multimedia award is Texan, actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria who told KVUE “I’m so excited, and you know my family is very excited. It's one of the awards shows they know. They don't know the Oscars, but they know this one.”

This is the 7th biannual event for the Texas Medal of Arts.