Award Winners National Medal of Arts Winners List

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List of National Medal of Arts winners from every year the award has been given out. All National Medal of Arts winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the National Medal of Arts award are listed along with photos for every National Medal of Arts winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the National Medal of Arts award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the National Medal of Arts are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of National Medal of Arts winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of National Medal of Arts winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known National Medal of Arts winners of all time. Anybody who won the National Medal of Arts usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the National Medal of Arts-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the National Medal of Arts, so most of the famous National Medal of Arts winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won National Medal of Arts?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You can use this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use regularly. This list has everything from Henry E. Steinway to Gene Kelly. (29 items)

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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
George "Buddy" Guy is an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of the Chicago blues and has influenced blues guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Eric ...more

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Doc Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy ...more

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Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Edward Franklin Albee III is an American playwright who is known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. His works are considered well-crafted, often ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more

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Frank Gehry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Frank Owen Gehry, CC is a Canadian architect born in Canada, currently a United States resident based in Los Angeles. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become ...more

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Gehry Partners, LLP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Gehry Partners is an architecture firm headed by famous architect Frank Gehry.

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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks ...more

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Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.

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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. He had also been ...more

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Henry E. Steinway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Henry E. Steinway Henry Engelhard Steinway was the founder of the piano company Steinway & Sons.

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Interlochen Center for the Art... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Interlochen Center for the Arts is a tax exempt, 501 non-profit corporation, 1,200-acre arts education institution in Interlochen, Michigan, roughly 15 miles southwest of Traverse City. ...more

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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.

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Jasper Johns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Jasper Johns is an American painter and printmaker.

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

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Martha Graham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Martha Graham was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or ...more

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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Maurice Sendak was a writer, illustrator, TV and film producer.

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Merce Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Mercier Philip "Merce" Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of the American modern dance for more than 50 years. He is also notable for his ...more

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Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Mike Nichols was a German-born American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s with the improv troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of the ...more

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Mikhail Baryshnikov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in the Soviet Union, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf ...more

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NPR is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in ...more

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Pietro Belluschi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Pietro Belluschi was an Italian-born American architect, a leader of the Modern Movement in architecture, and was responsible for the design of over 1,000 buildings. Born in Italy, Belluschi's ...more

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Rita Dove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and author. From 1993 to 1995 she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African American to have been ...more

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen ...more

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Rudolfo Anaya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Rudolfo Anaya is an American author. Best known for his 1972 novel Bless Me, Ultima, Anaya is considered one of the founders of the canon of contemporary Chicano literature.

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Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Saul Bellow was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the ...more

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Twyla Tharp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often utilizes classical music, ...more

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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was a Russian-born American classical pianist and composer. His technique, use of tone color and the excitement of his playing were considered legendary. He is ...more

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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Wynton Marsalis is a nominee of 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.

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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from ...more