Two NYFA Fellows to Receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama
Congratulations to NYFA Fellows Meredith Monk and Ping Chong on receiving the National Medal of Arts
Today, Thursday Sept 10th 2015, President Obama will award the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room of the White House with the First Lady also in attendance.
Two of the 11 recipients of the National Medal of Arts are NYFA Fellows:
- Ping Chong (Fellow ‘88, ‘98, ‘03, ‘12) for his contributions as a theater director, choreographer, and video and installation artist. Mr. Chong’s innovative performances explore race, history, technology, and art to challenge our understanding of humanity in the modern world.
- Meredith Monk (Fellow ‘85, ‘96) for her contributions as a composer, singer, and performer. Renowned for her groundbreaking vocal techniques, Ms. Monk has reimagined the instrument of voice with her innovative work.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States and honorees are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts.
To read more about all 2014 recipients of the National Medal of Arts click here.
Or watch the award ceremony at the White House on YouTube here.
Image credit: Meredith Monk and Ping Chong