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National Medal of Arts

Listing all of Ernest Gaines’s achievements would likely take up an entire paragraph or five. There’s been a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and critically acclaimed books such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman , A Gathering of Old Men , and...
“If you’re creating things, you’re doing things that have a high potential for failure, especially if you’re doing things that haven’t been done before. And you learn from those things. No matter how you cut it, you say, “Well, that didn’t work,” or...
"Failure is another word for experience."---George Lucas The story starts a long time ago in a galaxy far far away in 1950s Modesto, California, where a young boy grows up liking to draw and build things. A lot. Thanks to parental disapproval, he studies anthropology not art in college,...
"The thread that unifies all great artists is their passion. It’s contagious. Just be near them for a moment and you’ll see that you’ll get swept up in their vision." --- Lin Arison Given that Lin Arison's passion for the arts ignited during a grade-school trip to an...
Text by David Remnick Photos by Ralph Alswang Herb Albert receives the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, delivered the keynote address at the dinner hosted by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to celebrate the...
Music is powerful and something that resonates in the soul. It doesn't resonate in the ears. It resonates in the body, and when people get it, they get it….” --- Herb Alpert You may know Herb Alpert as a Grammy award-winning trumpeter and founder of Tijuana Brass. You may also know...
Did you know for the 1977 inauguration of Jimmy Carter, the Democratic National Committee commissioned Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jamie Wyeth, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Rauschenberg to create works commemorating the event? In recent years, the limited edition prints from the Inaugural...
Born in 1930s Shanghai to Italian parents, sculptor Mark di Suvero names visiting China's Forbidden City as a child as his first truly aesthetic experience. It's no wonder that when speaking of his art practice, he frequently employs words like poetry and metaphor. While he works in a...
Thanks to some camera work by my wife Debby, I was able to get a photo with Mel Tillis, one of my musical heroes! Photo by Debby Landesman Earlier this week we honored the eight recipients of the 2011 National Medal of the Arts (and the nine National Humanities Medalists ). We kicked off the...
2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actress Rita Moreno receives her medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2010. Photo by Richard Frasier. 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actor Rita Moreno receives...

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