Yo-Yo Ma and Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly and Yo-Yo Ma Receive J. Paul Getty Medals

The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today that it will award its highest honor, the J. Paul Getty Medal, to late artist Ellsworth Kelly and musician Yo-Yo Ma. Founded in 2013, the annual award honors people who have made extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.

“With this medal we honor two of our nation’s greatest artists: Yo-Yo Ma for his distinguished contributions to the conservation and understanding of the world’s many and diverse cultures, and Ellsworth Kelly for his mastery in paintings and sculptures of the highest quality and originality,” board of trustees chair Maria Hummer-Tuttle said.

A skilled cellist, Ma founded the Silk Road Ensemble and the nonprofit Silkroad to promote the creation of new music, cross-cultural collaboration, and education. The Ellsworth Kelly foundation supports the conservation of historical and contemporary art at cultural institutions and heritage sites around the world.

Past recipients of the award include Harold Williams, Nancy Englander, Lord Jacob Rothschild, and Frank Gehry.