National Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts 2012

  • Alpert receiving medal.

    Herb Alpert is recognized for his varied contributions to music
    and the fine arts. The musician behind the Tijuana...

  • Arison receiving her medal.

    Lin Arison is recognized for her contributions as a
    philanthropist and arts education advocate. Co-Founder of the National
    ...

  • Brown receiving her medal form President Obama.

    Joan Myers Brown is recognized for her contributions as a dancer,
    choreographer, and artistic director. Founder of the Philadelphia...

  • Fleming receiving her medal form President Obama.

    Renée Fleming is recognized for her contributions to American music.
    Known to many as “the people’s diva,” Ms. Fleming...

  • Gaines receiving his medal form President Obama.

    Ernest Gaines is recognized for his contributions as an author and
    teacher. Drawing deeply from his childhood in the...

  • Kelly receiving his medal form President Obama.

    Ellsworth Kelly is recognized for his contributions as a painter,
    sculptor, and printmaker. A careful observer of form, color,...

  • Kushner receiving his medal form President Obama.

    Tony Kushner is recognized for his contributions to American theater
    and film. Whether for the stage or the silver...

  • Lucas receiving his medal form President Obama.

    George Lucas is recognized for his contributions to American cinema.
    By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination...

  • May receiving her medal form President Obama.

    Elaine May is recognized for her contributions to American comedy.
    With groundbreaking wit and a keen understanding of how...

  • Olin receiving his medal form President Obama.

    Laurie Olin is recognized for his contributions as a preeminent
    landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony...

  • Toussaint receiving his medal form President Obama.

    Allen Toussaint is recognized for his contributions as a composer,
    producer, and performer. Born and raised in New Orleans,...

  • 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...