Artist Frank Campagna has been painting Dallas since the late 1970s, and is considered by many to be the ‘Godfather of Deep Ellum'.
From 1982 to 1986, Campagna hosted musical acts in his neighborhood art studio, Studio-D, including the Dead Kennedys, the Misfits, Butthole Surfers, the Meat Puppets, etc.
In the 1990s, he led hundreds of artists in numerous mural painting marathons along the Good Latimer tunnel. Throughout the Gypsy Tea Room’s eight year run, Campagna created over 1,000 murals depicting musical luminaries who performed at the legendary venue.
In 2005, he founded Kettle Art Gallery, now located at 2650-B Main St., with the mission to nurture emerging and mid-career North Texas artists. The gallery has received numerous awards and designations including: USA Today's 10 Best Art Galleries in Dallas; Dallas Observer's Readers' Choice for Best Art Gallery; and Dallas A-List's Best Art Gallery.
In September 2014, Campagna was named one of "The Dallas 40", a list recognizing Dallas citizens who have made a remarkable impact on the city, in celebration of D Magazine's 40th anniversary.
Award for Philanthropy/Supporter in the Arts
Presented to an individual with a demonstrable history of philanthropic giving/supporting to the arts.