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National Medal of Arts Awardees Include John Baldessari, Ann Hamilton

Among the eleven recipients of this year’s National Medal of Arts are artists John Baldessari, Ping Chong, Meredith Monk, and Ann Hamilton, reports the Los Angeles Times’ David Ng. The other winners are tenor George Shirley, actresses Sally Field and Miriam Colon, and writers Stephen King and Tobias Wolff. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the University Musical Society (a Michigan performing arts group) will also be recognized.

Hamilton was cited for work that “demonstrates the importance of experiencing the arts first-hand in the digital age.” Monk was recognized as a musician who has “reimagined the instrument of voice with her innovative work.”

Chong was praised for work that explores “race, history, technology, and art to challenge our understanding of humanity in the modern world.” And of Baldessari, the NEA said, “His ambitious work combines photography, painting, and text to push the boundaries of image, making him one of the most influential conceptual artists of our time.”

President Obama will present the awards in a White House ceremony later this month.