Obama Honors National Medal of Arts And Humanities Recipients

1||The President and First Lady gather on March 2nd to honor recipients of the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

2||Van Cliburn, world renowned pianist and winner of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958. Cliburn won the competition at the age of 23.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

3||Donald Hall, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006-2007, is perhaps best known for his 1988 collection of poems The One Day, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

4||Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997 with his novel American Pastoral. He has published 24 novels in his 51 year career.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

5||Quincy Jones, musician, composer and producer extraordinaire, is perhaps best known for his work with Michael Jackson on the Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad albums.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

6||Robert Brustein is an American playwright, educator, theatrical critic and producer. He founded the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven Conneticut.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

7||Ella Baff, executive director of Jacob’s Pillow and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the longest running dance festival in America.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

8||Mark di Suvero, abstract expressionist sculptor and founding member of the Park Place Gallery.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

9||Sonny Rollins, legendary jazz saxophonist widely believed to be one of the most influential and important musicians of the 20th century.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

10||Stanley Nider Katz, historian, director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and president of the American Council of Learned Societies.||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

11||Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Cuban-born scholar and literary critic, and author of Myth and Archive and The Pride of Havana.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

12||Arnold Rampersad, literary critic and renowned biographer, is currently professor of English and the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. Rampersad is best known for his profiles of authors such as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois and Ralph Ellison.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

13||James Taylor, five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

14||Gordon Wood, historian, scholar and author. In 1993, he won the Pulitzer Prize for History for The Radicalism of the American Revolution.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

15||Anna Mundow Aaron, accepting for Daniel Aaron, writer, scholar and founding president of the Library of America, committed to publishing and preserving America’s most significant writing.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

16||Bernard Bailyn, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author whose work specializes in early American history.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

17||Marguerite Barzun, accepting for Jacques Barzun, distinguished educator and leading scholar of cultural history.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

18||Wendell E. Berry, writer, poet, novelist, conservationist and elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&

19||Joyce Carol Oates, prolific author, National Book Award winning novelist and professor in creative writing at Princeton University.|||Jeff Malet/ www.maletphoto.com&&