Sally Field, Stephen King to Receive National Arts Medals
The medal is awarded by the president to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.
Sally Field and Stephen King are among the 2014 National Medal of Arts recipients that will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, the National Edowment for the Arts announced Thursday.
Two-time Oscar-winning Field is being recognized for her contributions as an actress and filmmaker. "The dignity, empathy, and fearlessness of her performances have touched audiences around the world," the website states. "She has deployed those same qualities off-screen in her advocacy for women, LGBT rights, and public health."
King is being recognized for his contributions as an author. "Mr. King combines his remarkable storytelling with his sharp analysis of human nature. For decades, his works of horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy have terrified and delighted audiences around the world," the website describes King.
Designed by Robert Graham, the medal is awarded by the president to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.
The ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. in the White House's East Room. First Lady Michelle Obama will also be in attendance.
See the complete list of recipients below.
John Baldessari, visual artist
Ping Chong, theater director, choreographer, and video and installation artist
Miriam Colón, actress
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Sally Field, actress and filmmaker
Ann Hamilton, visual artist
Stephen King, author
Meredith Monk, composer, singer, and performer
George Shirley, tenor
University Musical Society
Tobias Wolff, author and educator