Medal of Arts:
The Medal of Arts was established by Congress in 1984 to be selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and be awarded by the President of the United States of America. It is given to artists and art patrons who are, as the site says, “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.” Nearly 300 artists in areas from dance, film, design, architecture, literature, music, painting, sculpture, theater, and more have been given the honor. Only those awarded for music are recognized on this page.
See other lifetime achievement awards.
First posted 2/13/2012; last updated 1/15/2021.