Friends of the San Antonio Public Library to honor three at the 2017 Arts & Letters Awards

Submitted by Beth Graham on September 26, 2017 - 5:48pm

Join the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library as they honor three of San Antonio's most outstanding artists:

Latino jazz musician Henry Brun, currently working on an Afro-Caribbean project, scheduled to debut at the Carver Cultural Center in 2018. Brun has performed in Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, as well as across the U.S. He has served as chair of the City of San Antonio Cultural Advisory Board. 

Sculptor and light artist Bill FitzGibbons, who creates large-scale installations for public spaces. His work has been shown from Alaska to San Antonio to Sweden to India. FitzGibbons has been an arts educator and served as executive director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

Mixed-media artist Laurel Gibson, who works in a variety of media, from ceramics to fabric art to paper. She is the 2016-2017 National Artist for the Old Spanish Trail Organization. She teaches classes for seniors at Bihl House Arts. Most recently, she has begun a series of works created on music rolls for player pianos.

This year is the event's 45th anniversary: since 1972, the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library have presented the Arts & Letters awards to “recognize and celebrate achievement by individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the arts and letters.” The list of nearly 100 past honorees includes “artists, writers, musicians, educators, community leaders, and entertainers whose dedication and devotion to their chosen fields have served to enrich the cultural and spiritual life of San Antonio.” Past recipients have included Janette Sebring Lowery (author of children’s classic The Poky Little Puppy), architect O’Neil Ford, actor Tommy Lee Jones, singer/teacher Rosita Fernández, artist Lyn Belisle, glass artist Gini García, and authors Jacques Barzun, Sandra Cisneros, Rick Riordan, Jay Brandon, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Arts & Letters Awards ceremony is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a reception. RSVP at