Vincent Valdez, Visual Art
American, born 1977
Vincent Valdez was born in San Antonio, TX. He received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design and completed a BFA in 2000.
Valdez' life and career has focused on the practice of drawing and painting. Recognized for his intensive devotion to skill and detail, his monumental portrayal of the contemporary figure remarks on a universal struggle within various sociiopolitical arenas and eras.
Exhibitions & Collections include venues such as : The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Ford Foundation, The Blanton Museum of Art, The Snite Musuem of Art at Notre Dame, Artpace, The Parsons School of Design, Paris, France, OSDE Buenos Aires, among others.
Valdez is a recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, The Skowhegan School of Painting ’05 and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania Berlin Residency ‘14.
Naomi Shihab Nye, Literary Arts
Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American poet, writer, anthologist and educator who describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem and San Antonio.
Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes, and her books of poetry include: "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East," "Fuel," and "You & Yours."
Flaco Jiménez began performing at the age of seven, with his father, Santiago Jiménez Sr, who was a pioneer of conjunto music and began recording at age fifteen as a member of Los Caminantes. He played in the San Antonio area for several years and then began working with Doug Sahm in the 1960s. Sahm, better known as the founding member of the Sir Douglas Quintet, played with Jiménez for some time.
Flaco then went on to New York City and worked with Dr. John, David Lindley, Peter Rowan, Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan. He appeared on Cooder's world music album Chicken Skin Music and on the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge. This led to greater awareness of his music outside America and, after touring Europe with Ry Cooder, he returned to tour in America with his own band, and on a joint bill with Peter Rowan. Jiménez, Peter Rowan and Wally Drogos were the original members of a band called the Free Mexican Airforce.
Jiménez won a Grammy award in 1986 for Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio, one of his father's songs. He was also a member of the Tejano fusion group Texas Tornados, with Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender. The Texas Tornados won a Grammy award in 1990, and Jiménez earned one on his own in 1996, when his album Flaco Jiménez won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance.
In 1999, he earned another Grammy award for Best Tejano Performance for Said and Done (released by Barbed Wire Records) and one for Best Mexican-American Performance as a part of the supergroup Los Super Seven.In 2012 Jiménez received a National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts. In February 2015, Jiménez won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
He also won a Best Video award at the Tejano Music Awards and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Latin Magazine for "Streets of Bakersfield" with Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. Jiménez's 2014 CD, Flaco & Max: Legends & Legacies, was issued by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. In 2015, "Legends & Legacies" won Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca an award in the Latin Album category at the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards.
H-E-B, Supporting Organization
H-E-B, with sales of more than $22 billion, is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States and the largest private employer in Texas. H-E-B has been a leading corporation donating to and participating in the arts in the communities it serves.
In 2011, H-E-B received the distinguished Texas Medal of Arts Award in recognition for its vast contributions to the arts across Texas. In San Antonio, the corporation is known for its commitment to creating accessibility to the arts by sponsoring free access for families to museums in the city. Not only is H-E-B a place where Texans shop, it is a place to view public art and art created by local artists such as Alex Rubio, Vincent Valdez and the most recent announcement of H-E-B acquiring art by the late Chuck Ramirez.
The H-E-B Performance Hall in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is a recent example of the company’s long-term commitment to the performing arts, along with its long-standing support of the resident organizations including the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet and Opera.
Teresa Champion, Dance
Teresa Champion is a world renowned dancer who has had a lasting impact in the art world as an award-winning performer, teacher and advocate of the arts.
Champion, along with her husband William, are the founders of Flamenco in San Antonio. A native of San Antonio, Champion has danced for presidents, royalty, and alongside Mexican artists including Lucha Villa, Pedro Almendáriz, Lola Beltran, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), and many others.