Ralph Stanley Honored With National Medal of Arts

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush presented Ralph Stanley the National Medal of Arts during a Thursday (Nov. 9) ceremony in the Oval Office ceremony at the White House. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the medal is the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence. In addition to his 60-year tenure as a recording and performing artist, the 79-year-old Stanley is a multiple Grammy winner and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Also receiving medals during the ceremony were classical composer William Bolcom, dancer Cyd Charisse, photographer Roy R. DeCarava, arts patron Wilhelmina Holladay, orchestra conductor Erich Kunzel, literary translator Gregory Rabassa, industrial designer and sculptor Viktor Schreckengost, the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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