SMarts Award

In observance of National Arts and Humanities Month, the San Marcos Arts Commission presented its SMArts Advocacy Awards to individuals making significant contributions to the San Marcos arts and cultural scene Sept. 30, 2021.

2021 honorees are: 

  • Ana Baer Carrillo – choreographer and instructor at Texas State University 
  • Kelly Stone – performer and comedian 
  • Christine Terrell – artist, volunteer, and San Marcos Art League board member  

This is the ninth year the San Marcos Arts Commission has presented SMArts Advocacy Awards as part of its ongoing efforts to elevate, incubate and expand arts and cultural efforts in San Marcos. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no awards presentation in 2020. 

The purpose of the San Marcos Arts (SMArts) Award program is to encourage and recognize outstanding support and enhancement of the arts and cultural life of San Marcos; to recognize the important contributions of artists and arts organizations to the quality of life and economic vitality of the community; and to encourage volunteerism and business participation with local arts organizations. 

For more information, contact Arts Coordinator Trey Hatt at 512.393.8416 or ghatt@sanmarcostx.gov.

SMarts Award Recipients:


2019 Advocacy Awards

  • Cecy Holcomb
  • Julie Balkman/Wake the Dead
  • Kelsey Huckaby
  • Lucky Tomblin--posthumous


2018 Advocacy Awards
  • San Marcos Performing Arts Association
  • Carlos "Chitah Daniels Kennedy" Molina
  • The Price Center
  • Kevin Huffaker
2017
  • Johnnie Armstead - Posthumous Award
  • Kathryn Welch - SPARK Award
  • La Socedad Cuauhtémoc - Arts Organization Award
  • Kaitlin Hopkins - Smart Award Individual
  • Joan Nagel &Tracy Weinberg - Smart Award Individual
2016
  • Rice Harrington - Posthumous Award
  • Jordan Buckley/San Marcos Cinema Club - Spark Award
  • Lee Coleé - Smart Award Individual
  • Christopher Hansen - Smart Award Individual
  • Terri Hendrix - Smart Award Individual

2015 

  • John Hood and Daniel Hannon - Posthumous Award
  • Jody Cross - Spark Award
  • Art Squared - SMart Award Organization
  • Scott Wade - SMart Award Individual
  • Billy Ray and Beverly Mangham, Eye of the Dog Art Center - SMart Award Advocate
  • Mario Garza and the Indigenous Cultures Institute - Diversity Award

  2014 

  • Ron and Marie Jaeger
  • Deanna Badgett
  • Billi London-Gray

 2013  

  • Kent Finley
  • Kyle Mylius
  • Jerry Touchstone Kimmel

2012 

  • Ophelia Vasquez-Philo and El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
  • Linda Kelsey-Jones
  • Arlis Hiebert