Congratulations to the 2023 SMarts Award Recipients

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. 

2023 Advocacy Awards

  • Margo Handwerker: Chief Curator and Director of the Texas State Galleries at Texas State University
  • Rene Perez: practicing artist and creator of several murals around San Marcos, including the mini murals downtown
  • The San Marcos Artists’ Retention and Training Orchestra (SMART Orchestra)
  • Sylvia Sandoval: organizer of the annual SMTX Pride celebration

Past SMarts Award Recipients:

2022 Advocacy Awards

  • Margaret Adie - practicing artist, founding member of 218 Co-Op Gallery, and member of the Price Center Arts Committee
  • Chris Cooper - long-time art educator recently retired as Arts Coordinator for San Marcos High School
  • Broke Thespian's Theatre Company (Spark Award): up-and-coming local theatre troupe 

2021 Advocacy Awards: 

  • 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  

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • Kent Finley
  • Kyle Mylius
  • Jerry Touchstone Kimmel


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