National Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts 2011

  • 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient and painter/printmaker Will Barnet receives his medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 13, 2012.

    Will Barnet is an American painter, printmaker, and teacher. His nuanced and graceful depictions of family and personal scenes, for...

  • Rita Dove creates works that are equal parts beauty, lyricism, critique, and politics.  Ms. Dove has worked to create popular...

  • Al Pacino is an enduring and iconic figure, who came of age in one of the most exciting decades of...

  • Emily Rauh Pulitzer has dedicated herself to connecting art and viewers through her generosity in caring for well-established institutions like...

  • Martin Puryear transforms mundane and utilitarian materials -- wood, stone, and metal -- into evocative talismans that quietly and powerfully...

  • Mel Tillis famously overcame a stutter to develop his iconic style, both poetic and down-to-earth. Having written over 1,000 songs...

  • (USO) United Service Organizations is honored for contributions to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families through the...

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