Texas State University presents The Wittliff Collections Festival

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Texas Medal of Arts Awards 2015 Ray Benson
Ray Benson Photo by Shelley Neuman

The Wittliff Collections, the internationally acclaimed collection of Southwest writing, photography, film, and music at Texas State University, will present The Wittliff Collections Festival, a celebration of the unbridled imagination of Texas, Mexico and the Southwest.

This inaugural event will feature a full day of panels at W Austin Hotel, with writers, photographers, filmmakers, and singer/songwriters, followed by a star-studded gala at ACL Live showcasing an intimate performance by musical legend Ray Benson and a special surprise guest.

The Wittliff Collections are comprised of a world-class research archive, exhibition gallery, and special collections library established at Texas State University in 1986 by acclaimed screenwriter and filmmaker Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally. The festival will honor the late Bill Wittliff, who passed away on June 9, 2019, by celebrating his vision and creative spirit.

All proceeds from the festival will be used to acquire important collections that preserve the culture of the Southwest. 

Event Details



ACL Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

The W Austin
200 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701