National Medal of Arts
The National Medal of Arts, first awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985, honors individuals or groups that have encouraged the arts in the United States and offered inspiration to others through distinguished achievement, support or patronage.
National Medal of Art Recipients
Katherine Dunham (1909–2006)
Saul Bellow (1915–2005)
X’39; Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and in English, 1962–1993; chairman of the Committee on Social Thought, 1970–76