The 2013 National Medal of Arts, the government’s highest award for artists and art patrons, will be presented by President Obama to 12 honorees on July 28. Among the recipients are Chicago philanthropist and arts patron Joan Harris “for supporting creative expression in Chicago and across our country, and historian Darlene Clark Hine “for enriching our understanding of the African American experience”. Other medal winners include novelists Julia Alvarez, and Maxine Hong Kingston. For the complete list of awardees see this short article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal were given to two dozen recipients in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. President Obama, who awarded these most prestigious arts awards, said that the honorees “have taught us about ourselves and about our world.” The winners included authors Joan Didion and Ernest J. Gaines, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, director/producer George Lucas, soprano Renee Fleming, trumpeter Herb Alpert, comedian Elaine May, and artist Ellsworth Kelly. Check here to read more about the the awards and the rest of the winners.