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Matthew McConaughey to Receive Texas Medal of Arts

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Matthew McConaughey, photographer Mark Seliger, and artist Trenton Doyle Hancock have been announced as the next honorees for a Texas Medal of Arts. The Texas Hill Country native is being honored for his film industry achievements as well as his philanthropy. The Texas Cultural Trust announced the winners on Tuesday, November 27. The medal ceremonies are anticipated for February 26 and 27, 2019.

McConaughey will not only be recognized for his work in films, but also his charitable nature. His Just Keep Livin Foundation works to empower high school students through the provision of active and healthy lifestyle tools needed to make better choices for their futures. He will be in great company with such additional 2019 honorees as architects Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers, author Stephen Harrigan, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, and the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts.

Matthew McConaughey to Receive Texas Medal of Arts

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The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those who, through their talents, have opened doors for other Texans with respect to artistic opportunity, via major accomplishments of their own. Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Heidi Marquez Smith stated, “Texas Medal of Arts was established to honor artists who have helped shape the arts in Texas, and each of these honorees has unquestionably inspired creativity well beyond our state.”

Matthew McConaughey to Receive Texas Medal of Arts

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Over the years, McConaughey has definitely made his mark in film. He began acting in Austin, starring in “Dazed and Confused” in 1993. He’s gone on to hold roles in such movies as “A Time to Kill,” “Lincoln Lawyer,” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Throughout his career, he has continued to share the motivation, drive, and the means with which he achieved his successes through university, workplace, and community initiatives and giving, endearing him to his fellow honorees and the people of Texas. An additional round of medal announcements is scheduled in the coming days, and the awards ceremony will be taking place in Austin.