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.” 

A limited number of tables, VIP sponsorships, and individual tickets are available. For information, contact Senior Director of Development Ramona Kelly at 512-245-5154 or

Watch for news about our special surprise entertainment!

Ray Benson

Mike Shore

Big Names and Great Times.

One of the premier cultural events of 2021, The Wittliff Collections Festival Gala at ACL Live will feature a 50thanniversary performance by the legendary Ray Benson as well as live and silent auctions with rare treasures from the Lonesome Dove miniseries and many other auction items. We’re also planning special after-party appearance by a surprise artist.”

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 available to sponsors and table guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Ten minutes prior to the start of each panel, unclaimed seats will be released to the general public.

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.