National Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts 2009

  • Bob Dylan has been a major figure in popular music for five decades as a singer-songwriter, musician, painter, and poet....

  • Clint Eastwood has a lifetime of accomplishments as a director and actor. He has received five Academy Awards, five Golden...

  • 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and graphic designer Milton Glaser receives his medal from President Barack Obama

    Milton Glaser is recognized for his outstanding accomplishments as a graphic artist who turned ideas, data, and the abstract into...

  • 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and artist/designer Maya Lin receives her medal from President Barack Obama

    Maya Lin redefined the idea of the monument with her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Since then, Lin has...

  • 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actress Rita Moreno receives her medal from President Barack Obama

    Rita Moreno is one of a select group of performers to have won all four of the most prestigious show...

  • 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and soprano Jessye Norman receives her medal from President Barack Obama

    Jessye Norman is renowned for her unparalleled soprano voice and vocal phrasing that is spontaneous and passionate. She is equally...

  • Accepting the 2009 National Medal of Arts on behalf of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is Dean David Stull.

    The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is recognized as one of the foremost professional training institutions in the world and is...

  • Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is a visionary in the field of urban design and the creation of livable cities....

  • Accepting the 2009 National Medal of Arts on behalf of the School of American Ballet is School Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet Peter Martins.

    The School of American Ballet is recognized for its achievements in forging a dynamic classical ballet tradition in the United...

  • Frank Stella is acclaimed as one of the world's most innovative artists. His work often transcends boundaries between painting, printmaking,...

  • Michael Tilson Thomas is a conductor, pianist, and composer. He is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony and...

  • 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...