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."

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The 2018 NEA Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for...
This publication provides information on the National Medal of Arts and how to submit nominations. Included is a list of all award recipients from 1985 to the present.


Laurie Olin
Landscape Architect and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient