Eva Longoria returned to her home state of Texas on Tuesday (05Mar13) to be honoured at the biennial Medal of Arts Awards.

The actress and her former Desperate Housewives co-star Ricardo Chavira, who played her onscreen husband Carlos, were among the 12 Texans celebrated at the 2013 gala in Austin.

The ceremony recognises homegrown talents who have excelled in the arts, and previous honourees include Tommy Lee Jones and Willie Nelson.

Longoria took to her Twitter.com page to share a snap of herself holding up her medal, tweeting, "Me... at the Texas Medal of Arts awards! So proud to be a Texan! Thank you!"