The Festival

A Day of Culture, Connections, and Creativity.

Texas State University invites you to support The Wittliff Collections Festival, a one-day event celebrating the unbridled imagination of Texas and the Southwest. All proceeds will be used to acquire important collections that preserve our region’s creative culture. When you become a festival sponsor, you’re not simply supporting an event. You’re guarding a Texas treasure that John Spong of Texas Monthly called “the world’s finest repository of Southwestern writing, photography, and culture.” Watch a short video about the festival here.

Robert Earl Keen

Nick Doll

Ray Benson

Mike Shore

Big Names and Great Times.

One of the premier cultural events of 2020, The Wittliff Collections Festival Gala at ACL Live will feature intimate performances by two musical legends, as well as live and silent auctions with rare treasures from the Lonesome Dove miniseries and many other auction items. A limited number of tables and VIP corporate sponsorships are still available. Individual tickets are sold out. 

Four Panel Discussions: Film, Photography, Writing, Music

A full day of panel discussions at the W Austin Hotel will honor talented and distinctive voices in film, photography, writing, and music whose work captures the Southwest’s unique “Spirit of Place.” Seating is limited to gala sponsors and guests.

Kate Breakey

Stephen Harrigan

Mike Shore

Flaco Jimenez

Mike Shore

Sarah Bird

Remembering Bill Wittliff, 1940-2019

The world lost a treasure when Bill Wittliff passed away on June 9, 2019. The inaugural Wittliff Collections Festival will honor Bill’s vision and creative spirit.