Cornerstone Award

Created in 1999, the Cornerstone Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by elevating architecture and the arts, promoting the value of community, or preserving the natural environment.

2013 Cornerstone Award Recipient: Kay Carter Fortson

Kay Fortson is the beloved niece, namesake, and sole heir of Kay Kimbell, the benefactor of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. She grew up in Fort Worth surrounded by art and culture and attended the Hockaday School and then the University of Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956. Upon graduation, she became a director of the Kimbell Art Foundation; she was named its president in 1975 and remains so today.

Mrs. Fortson and her husband Ben Fortson were instrumental in carrying out Kay Kimbell’s dream “to build a museum of the first class.” The resulting Kimbell Art Museum — both its inspirational Kahn-designed building and acclaimed collection — is still overseen by Kay Fortson and the board of the Kimbell Art Foundation, which includes, among others, Mr. Fortson and their four children.

Ms. Fortson was recognized with the Cornerstone Award for her continuing stewardship of the original Kahn building as well as her guidance in the Renzo Piano-designed expansion due to open in November 2013. She was presented with the award during the Texas Society of Architects annual Gala Evening, held on November 8 during our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Fort Worth.

Past Cornerstone Award Recipients

  • 2012 Liz Lambert, Austin
  • 2011 Walter J. Humann, Dallas
  • 2010 Bill Greehey, San Antonio
  • 2009 John and Dominique de Menil, Houston
  • 2008 Bob R. Simpson
  • 2007 William P. Hobby
  • 2006 Deedie Potter Rose
  • 2005 Walter Nold Mathis
  • 2004 Jack S. Blanton, Houston
  • 2003 Ruth Carter Stevenson, Fort Worth
  • 2002 Bill Ratliff , Mount Pleasant
  • 2001 Raymond Nasher, Dallas
  • 2000 Lady Bird Johnson, Austin
  • 1999 George and Cynthia Mitchell, Galveston