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  • Jenny Bilfield, president and CEO of Washington Performing Arts Society, accepts the 2012 National Medal of Arts on behalf of the Washington Performing Arts Society from President Barack Obama

    Washington Performing Arts Society is recognized for bringing
    world-class performances to our Nation’s capital. From concert-hall
    premieres to...

  • André Watts debuted with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic at the age of 16, and has been a...

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    For remaking the American canvas. As an abstract artist, he uses “casting,” acrylic paints, and compounds to create new surfaces...

  • 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and composer/conductor John Williams receives his medal from President Barack Obama

    John Williams is a composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career that spans five decades, Williams has composed many of...

  • Mr. Wolff receives his medal from President Obama.

    Tobias Wolff received the award for his contributions as an author and educator. His raw works of fiction examine themes...

  • The 2007 National Medal of Arts was awarded to painter Andrew Wyeth and presented by President Bush on November 15, 2007 in an East Room ceremony.

    The paintings of Andrew Wyeth have been etched in the American national consciousness for more than a half a century....