What is HCCArts?

In 2000, an ad hoc committee of culturally minded citizens and artists formed the Cibolo Arts Council under the guidance of then Boerne Mayor, Patrick Heath. The Council earned a 501c3 nonprofit designation in 2001.

In 2009, the name was changed to “Hill Country Council for the Arts” (HCCArts) to better reflect its mission. The Council was also named the exclusive Hill Country Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) for 19 Texas counties by the highly esteemed Americans for the Arts organization.  The BCA designation encourages HCCArts partnerships with national businesses and organizations to enrich the lives of all who live in Kendall County and neighboring Hill Country communities.

HCCArts continues to team with artists, organizations, businesses, and Hill Country cities to support and produce events that bring cultural vitality and economic benefit to the Hill Country. HCCArts developed a public art master plan for Boerne’s gateways and cityscape resulting in the City Council's approval of an annual art budget and the 2015 initiation of Art Al Fresco, a program that will bring up to 10 pieces of public art to the city each year.

HCCArts continues today to support its arts partners and all the arts throughout the Texas Hill Country. It is the bulletin board for 'arts happenings' in the region and its Calendar of events is the place to visit for updated news on arts entertainment.

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The Mission of HCCArts is to develop and sustain an environment that supports and promotes awareness, appreciation, education and access to all the Arts in Kendall County and the other eighteen Hill Country counties which include Bexar (San Antonio) and Travis (Austin).


Our focus is to enhance community awareness, develop opportunities for involvement, encourage individual and corporate financial support, and develop a long range plan for promoting the growth of the Arts within the nineteen Hill Country counties of the BCA.


Paula Horner President

Paula Brigham Horner received years of experience at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the National World War II Museum, and served on the Board of Directors of A Studio in the Woods, a multi-disciplined artists’ haven, while pursuing an M.A., 2005, in Non-Profit Administration from the University of New Orleans. Horner found refuge at the Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas, where she served as Curator, 2007-9, after arriving in San Antonio on the tail of Hurricane Katrina. Paula and her family currently own and operate Petland Boerne.

Rob Ziegler Treasurer & Public Art Chair

Rob Ziegler Treasurer & Public Art Chair

Rob Ziegler has made Texas his home for 32 years. He and Lucy, his wife of 20 years, moved to Boerne from Corpus Christi nine years ago. Rob earned a restaurant and hotel management degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

During his 39-year career in the hospitality and beverage industries, he has held senior management positions in business development, product management, sales, and marketing. A steady hand, Rob worked for the same company for 30 years until launching his “second career” as president of Smart Wine Media, LLC. Rob is an avid supporter of public broadcasting and the arts.

He was instrumental in creating the San Antonio Express-News Wine Festival, which donates all proceeds to public television station KLRN. Rob was a member of the Boerne City Council from 2006-2010, working with Boerne citizens and city staff to keep Boerne a great place to live.

Donald Darst At Large

Donald Darst At Large

Donald brings a multi-faceted background to the Board of HCCArts. Holding an advanced degree, Donald served our country in Air Force Intelligence before working in the corporate world of technology training and development, independent consultancy and university level teaching. He later served as City Councilperson and Mayor of Grey Forest, TX where he and his wife, Linda, make their home. He is currently a Board member and Treasurer of the Senator Madla Natural Conservancy.

Donald is now an award winning artist and artistic entrepreneur. Specializing in oils, Donald's landscapes and still life paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the US and abroad; he annually participates in art shows throughout the Southwest and Midwestern US; teaches art in his Grey Forest studio; is a partner in the Carriage House Gallery in Boerne and is past President and currently an active officer of the Boerne Professional Artists organization. And further, he helps organize local and regional art shows. In addition to relying on his solid background of experiences, Donald's Board position on HCCArts also includes responsibility for artistic equipment.

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Morgan Hampton Property Management

Morgan’s university education in architectural engineering and industrial design initially led to a position as an aerospace technical illustrator where he also began to develop his artistic realism style of painting. Later, his professional career allowed him the opportunity to experience the scenic beauty of the southwestern U.S., to further develop his interest in art and continue his rather unique drawing and painting style.

Today Morgan's preferred mediums include pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylics. His subject matter is primarily centered on ranch life, hill country communities and coastal scenery, and his art has been collected by patrons throughout the southwest and western U.S. He has held leadership positions in several artistic associations and in addition to HCCArts, Morgan is currently an active member of the Boerne Art League and Boerne Professional Artists.

Connie McFall Clark Marketing

Connie McFall Clark Marketing

Connie Clark has a prestigious professional background in international publishing and editing as well as extensive advertising and event management. Her employers included Fortune 100 companies and she currently works for IBM as financial manager for large, complex consulting projects. Her business and personal travels have taken her to major cities and art centers across the world where she developed her appreciation of the arts and history's fine artists.

A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Connie heads up the Marketing contingent for the HCCArts and devotes her experience and energies toward supporting the goals and mission of the Council. Her strong commitment includes a weekly column in the 'Boerne Star' under the banner of the Hill Country Council for the Arts where she frequently includes exclusive interviews with local and regional artists. An avid reader, Connie's artistic interests also include outdoor and architectural photography, active involvement in community theater and an appreciation for live music in small venues.

Ivy F. Hooks At Large

Ivy is an 8th generation Texan. She attended public school in Livingston Texas, has had her father and his mother and a lot of relatives. She holds and BS and MS in mathematics with physics minor from the University of Houston. She has lived in Fair Oaks Ranch since May 1998.

Ivy F. Hooks’ distinguished NASA career took her from the Apollo program through the Space Shuttle Program. Ivy was a member of the initial Shuttle design team and managed the development of the separation systems and the verification of the flight software. After leaving NASA, Ivy has owned her own company, Compliance Automation Inc, aka Requirements Experts Inc, providing services for large and small programs in government and the private sector. Her vast and unique experience enables her to communicate effectively with all levels from CEOs to technical specialists.

Ivy is a widely published requirement expert; see her August 2004 article in Crosstalk and her book Customer-Centered Products: Creating Successful Products Through Smart Requirements Management, American Management Association, 2002.

Since her retirement, Dec 31, 2011 Ivy has volunteered as Mother Nature at Cibolo Nature Center and Farm and for other tasks at CNC. She has also volunteered at the Boerne Community Theatre and now is a board member. She is a former member and officer of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Council on Systems Engineering, the NASA speaker’s bureau, and received numerous NASA and other government awards.

Stephan Rogers Rogers and Moore, Legal Advisor

Jim Heupel Boerne Professional Artists Liaison and Workshops

Texas Commission on the Arts/Cultural Arts District-Vacant

Business Committee For The Arts-Vacant


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P. O. Box 2024
Boerne, TX 78006

Phone: (210) 269-8349

About Us

The Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCArts) is a 501c3, non-profit organization that has been nationally recognized as a regional Business Committee for the Arts (BCA)...

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