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National Medal of Arts

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who "...are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States."

All Medalists

2020 National Medal of Arts

2020

Mary Costa

Opera Singer
2020

Toby Keith

Country Music Artist
2020

Earl (Rusty) A. Powell III

Museum Director/Art History Expert
2020

Ricky Skaggs

Bluegrass Artist
2020

Nick Ut

Photographer

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