National Medal of Arts

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National Medal of Arts
NationalMedalofArts.jpg
Awarded for Outstanding contributions in Arts
Location Washington, D.C.
Country  United States
Presented by National Endowment for the Arts
First awarded 1984
Official website http://www.nea.gov/honors/medals/
2005 National Medal of Arts awardees

The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts. A prestigious American honor, it is the highest honor specifically given for achievement in the arts conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people. Honorees are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and ceremoniously presented the award by the President of the United States. The medal was designed for the NEA by sculptor Robert Graham.

Laureates[edit]

In 1983, prior to the official establishment of the Medal, the following artists and patrons received a medal from President Reagan, arranged by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities:

1980s[edit]

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990s[edit]

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000s[edit]

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009[1]

2010s[edit]

2010 [3]

2011 [4]

2012

Controversy[edit]

In 1997, poet Adrienne Rich refused her award as a protest against “inconsistencies” between art and “the cynical politics” of the Clinton White House administration.[5]

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