Alwin Nikolais Alwin Nikolais (November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut – May 8, 1993) was an American choreographer.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City and Princeton, New Jersey in the United States, is a private foundation with five core areas of interest, endowed with wealth accumulated by And...
Andrew Wyeth Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style.
André Watts André Watts (born June 20, 1946) is a classical pianist and professor at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.
Angela Lansbury Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE is a British actress and singer in theatre, television, and motion pictures.
Anthony Hecht Anthony Evan Hecht (January 16, 1923 – October 20, 2004) was an American poet.
Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success.
Armand Hammer Armand Hammer (May 21, 1898 – December 10, 1990) was an American business manager and owner, most closely associated with Occidental Petroleum, a company he ran for decades, though he was known as well for his art collection, his philanthropy, and for his close ties to the Soviet...
Arthur Mitchell (dancer) Arthur Mitchell (born March 27, 1934) is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Austin City Limits Austin City Limits (often abbreviated as ACL) is an American public television music program recorded live in Austin, Texas by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television member ...
B. B. King Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and fluid, complex gui...
B. Gerald Cantor Bernard Gerald Cantor (December 17, 1916 – July 17, 1996) was the founder and chairman of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald and an important philanthropist supporting visual arts institutions in...
B.B. King Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Barbara Handman Barbara "Bobbie" Handman (March 11, 1928 – November 14, 2013) was an American political consultant and arts activist, known for her role in preserving historic Broadway theater houses.
Barbra Streisand Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, author, actress, writer, film producer, and director.
Bella Lewitzky Bella Lewitzky (born January 13, 1916, Los Angeles, California — died July 16, 2004, Pasadena, California) was a modern dance choreographer and noted teacher.
Benny Carter Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader.
Betty Carter Betty Carter was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies.
Beverly Cleary Beverly Cleary is an American author of more than 30 books for young adults and children. One of America's most successful writers of children's literature, she has sold 91 million copies of her books worldwide.
Beverly Sills Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s.
Bill Monroe William Smith Monroe (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist who helped create the style of music known as bluegrass.
Billy Taylor Billy Taylor (born William Taylor; July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator.
Billy Wilder Billy Wilder (June 22, 1906March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films.
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer.
Bob Hope Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete who appeared on Broadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio.
Brooke Astor Roberta Brooke Russell, also known as Mrs. Vincent Astor (March 30, 1902 – August 13, 2007) was an American philanthropist, socialite, and writer who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Ast...
Buddy Guy George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer.
Carlisle Floyd Carlisle Floyd (born June 11, 1926, in Latta, South Carolina) is an American opera composer.
Catherine Filene Shouse Catherine Filene Shouse (June 9, 1896 – December 14, 1994) was a researcher and philanthropist.
Celia Cruz Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad also known by her stage name Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban salsa singer/performer.
Charles Coles Charles “Honi” Coles (April 2, 1911 – November 12, 1992) was an American actor and tap dancer.
Chuck Close Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits.
Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects.
Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, producer and composer.
Craig Noel Craig Noel (August 25, 1915 – April 3, 2010) was an American theatre producer.
Cyd Charisse Cyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008) was an American actress and dancer.
Czesław Miłosz Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet-diplomat, prose writer, and translator of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty "naive" poems.
Dan Kiley Daniel Urban Kiley (2 September 1912 – 21 February 2004) was a noted American landscape architect in the modernist style.
Dave Brubeck David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz.
Dorothy DeLay Dorothy DeLay (March 31, 1917 – March 24, 2002) was an American violin instructor, primarily at the Juilliard School.
Earl Scruggs Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called "Scruggs style") that is a de...
Eddy Arnold Richard Edward "Eddy" Arnold was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a so-called Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records.
Edward Albee Edward Franklin Albee III (born March 12, 1928) is an American playwright who is known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (19...
Edward Villella Edward Villella, New York, is a danseur and choreographer, frequently cited as America's most celebrated male dancer of ballet at the time.
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves.
Elliott Carter Elliott Cook Carter, Jr. (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012) was an American composer who was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Erich Kunzel Erich Kunzel, Jr. (March 21, 1935 – September 1, 2009) was an American orchestra conductor.
Eva Le Gallienne Eva Le Gallienne (11 January 1899 – 3 June 1991) was a theatrical actress, producer and director during the first half of the 20th century.
ExxonMobil Exxon Mobil Corp., or ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas, United States.
Fats Domino Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll pianist and singer-songwriter. Domino released five gold records before 1955.
Fisk Jubilee Singers The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an African-American a cappella ensemble, consisting of students at Fisk University.
Ford's Theatre Ford's Theatre is a historic theatre in Washington, D.C., used for various stage performances beginning in the 1860s.
Frank Capra Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who worked his way from Los Angeles's Italian ghetto to become the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s.
Frank Gehry Frank Owen Gehry, (born Frank Owen Goldberg; February 28, 1929) is a Canadian-American Pritzker Prize–winning architect based in Los Angeles.
Frank Stella Frank Stella (born May 12, 1936) is an American painter and printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
Gene Kelly Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer.
George Abbott George Francis Abbott (June 25, 1887 – January 31, 1995) was an American theater producer and director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director and producer whose career spanned more than ni...
George Jones George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including "White Lightn...
George Segal (artist) George Segal (November 26, 1924 – June 9, 2000) was an American painter and sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement.
George Strait George Harvey Strait is an American country music singer, actor and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time.
George Tooker George Clair Tooker, Jr. (August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011) was an American figurative painter whose works are associated with the Magic realism and Social realism movements.
Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist.
Gordon Parks Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director.
Gregory Peck Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s.
Gregory Rabassa Gregory Rabassa (born 9 March 1922) is a literary translator from Spanish and Portuguese to English who currently teaches at Queens College.
Gwen Verdon Gwenyth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon (January 13, 1925 – October 18, 2000) was an actress and dancer who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances and served as uncredited choreographers ...
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet.
Hallmark Cards Hallmark Cards is a privately owned American company based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hank Jones Henry "Hank" Jones was an American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. Critics and musicians described Jones as eloquent, lyrical, and impeccable. In 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
Harold Prince Harold Smith "Hal" Prince is an American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the past half-century.
Harper Lee Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with the issues of racism that she observed ...
Harry Belafonte Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s.
Harry Callahan (photographer) Harry Morey Callahan (October 22, 1912 – March 15, 1999) was an influential twentieth century American photographer.
Harvey Lichtenstein Harvey Lichtenstein (born April 9, 1929) is a retired American dancer and arts administrator, best known for his 32-year tenure (1967–99) as executive director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Helen Frankenthaler Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter.
Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Brown (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 80 years.
Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov (February 29, 1920 – July 5, 1991) was an American poet.
Hume Cronyn Hume Cronyn, OC (July 18, 1911 – June 15, 2003) was a Canadian actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife for over fo...
I. M. Pei Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I. M. Pei, is a Chinese American architect often called the master of modern architecture. Born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Pei drew inspiration at an early age from the gardens at Suzhou.
Ian McHarg Ian L. McHarg (November 20, 1920 - March 5, 2001) is a Scottish landscape architect and a renowned writer on regional planning using natural systems.
Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen Center for the Arts is a privately owned, 1,200 acre arts education institution in Interlochen, Michigan, roughly 15 miles southwest of Traverse City.
Iris Cantor Iris Cantor (born 1931) is a New York City and Los Angeles -based philanthropist, with a primary interest in medicine and the arts.
Isamu Noguchi Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward.
Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman (יצחק פרלמן; born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.
Jacob Lawrence Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Jacob's Pillow is a dance center, school and performance space located in Becket, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires.
Jacobs School of Music The Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, is a music conservatory established in 1921. Until 2005, it was known as the Indiana University School of Music.
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise (born July 28, 1934) is an American danseur and choreographer.
James DePreist James Anderson DePreist (November 21, 1936 – February 8, 2013) was an American conductor.
James Earl Jones James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 50 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest actors in American history."
James Levine James Lawrence Levine (born June 23, 1943) is an American conductor and pianist.
James Taylor James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Jan Peerce Jan Peerce (June 3, 1904 December 15, 1984) was an American operatic tenor.
Jason Robards Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. (July 26, 1922 – December 26, 2000) was an American actor on stage, and in film and television.
Jasper Johns Jasper Johns, Jr. (born May 15, 1930) is an American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking.
Jerome Robbins Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz, known as Jerome Robbins (October 11, 1918 – July 29, 1998), was an American theater producer, director, and dance choreographer known primarily for Broadway Theat...
Jessica Tandy Jessica Alice Tandy (7 June 1909 – 11 September 1994) was a British-American stage and film actress, who spent most of her 67-year career in the United States.
Jessye Norman Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American Grammy award-winning contemporary opera singer and recitalist, and is a successful performer of classical music.
Jesús Moroles Jesús Bautista Moroles (born September 22, 1950, Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American sculptor, known for his monumental abstract granite works.
John Crosby (conductor) John O’Hea Crosby (12 July 1926, Bronxville, New York – 15 December 2002, Rancho Mirage, California) was an American musician, conductor and arts administrator.
John Ruthven John A. Ruthven is an American artist best known for his paintings of wildlife.
John Ruthven (artist) John A. Ruthven (born 1927, Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American artist best known for his paintings of wildlife.
John Updike John Hoyer Updike (18 March 1932 – 27 January 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic.
John Williams John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist.
Judith Jamison Judith Ann Jamison (born May 10, 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Juilliard School The Juilliard School located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, is a performing arts conservatory established in 1905.
Julie Harris Julia Ann "Julie" Harris (December 2, 1925 – August 24, 2013) was an American stage, screen, and television actress.
Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas is an American film and stage actor, film producer and author.
Kitty Carlisle Kitty Carlisle (also known as Kitty Carlisle Hart; September 3, 1910April 17, 2007) was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts.
Lalo Guerrero Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero (December 24, 1916 – March 17, 2005) was a Mexican-American guitarist, singer and farm labor activist best known for his strong influence on today's Latin musical artists.
Lawrence Halprin Lawrence Halprin (July 1, 1916 - October 25, 2009) was an influential American landscape architect, designer and teacher.
Leonard Garment Leonard Garment (May 11, 1924 – July 13, 2013) was an American attorney, public servant, and arts advocate.
Leonard Slatkin Leonard Edward Slatkin (born September 1, 1944) is an American conductor and composer.
Leontyne Price Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.
Les Paul Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009) —known as Les Paul—was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor.
Lewis Manilow Lewis Manilow (born Irvin Inger, August 11, 1927, Chicago, Illinois) is an American attorney, real estate developer, and arts patron.
Lewis Mumford Lewis Mumford, KBE was an American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a broad career as a writer.
Licia Albanese Licia Albanese (born July 22, 1913) is an Italian-born American operatic soprano.
Lila Bell Wallace Lila Bell Wallace (December 25, 1889, Virden, Manitoba, Canada – May 8, 1984, Mount Kisco, New York) was a United States magazine publisher.
Lincoln Kirstein Lincoln Edward Kirstein (May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996) was an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, and cultural figure in New York City.
Lionel Hampton Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players.
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival, the largest west of the Mississippi, that takes place on the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho in the month of February.
Louis Auchincloss Louis Stanton Auchincloss (September 27, 1917 – January 26, 2010) was an American lawyer, novelist, historian, and essayist.
Louise Bourgeois Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 191131 May 2010), was a renowned French-American artist and sculptor, one of the most important artists in modern and contemporary art, and known for her ...
Louise Nevelson Louise Nevelson (September 23, 1899 – April 17, 1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.
MacDowell Colony The MacDowell Colony is an art colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, U.S.A., founded in 1907 by Marian MacDowell, pianist and wife of composer Edward MacDowell.
Maria Tallchief Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa; January 24, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was considered America's first major prima ballerina,
Marilyn Horne Marilyn Horne (born January 16, 1934, Bradford, Pennsylvania) is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer.
Mark di Suvero Marco Polo "Mark" di Suvero (born September 18, 1933) is an American abstract expressionist sculptor.
Martha Graham Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual a...
Martin Puryear Martin Puryear (born May 23, 1941) is an African-American sculptor.
Maurice Abravanel Maurice Abravanel (January 6, 1903 – September 22, 1993) was an American Jewish conductor of classical music.
Maurice Sendak Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books.
Maya Lin Maya Ying Lin (born October 5, 1959) is an American designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art.
Mel Tillis Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis (born August 8, 1932) is an American country music singer.
Merce Cunningham Mercier Philip "Merce" Cunningham (April 16, 1919–July 26, 2009) was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of the American modern dance for more than 50 years.
Meryl Streep Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep; June 22, 1949) is an American actress of theatre, film and television.
Michael Graves Michael Graves (born July 9, 1934) is an American architect.
Michael Tilson Thomas Michael Tilson Thomas (born December 21, 1944) is an American conductor, pianist and composer.
Mike Nichols Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931) is a German-born American television, stage and film director, writer, producer and comedian.
Mikhail Baryshnikov Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.
Milton Glaser Milton Glaser (born June 26, 1929, in New York City) is an American graphic designer, best known for the I ♥ NY logo, his Bob Dylan poster, the DC bullet logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005...
Ming Cho Lee Ming Cho Lee (born October 3, 1930, Shanghai, China) is a Chinese-born American theatrical set designer and a longtime professor at the Yale School of Drama.
Minnie Pearl Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996), known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 y...
Mormon Tabernacle Choir The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, sometimes colloquially referred to as the MoTab, is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning, 360-member, all-volunteer choir.
Morten Lauridsen Morten Johannes Lauridsen (born February 27, 1943) is an American composer.
N. Scott Momaday Navarre Scott Momaday (born February 27, 1934) — known as N. Scott Momaday — is a Native American author of Kiowa descent.
National Medal of Arts The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts.
Norman Lear Norman Milton Lear (born July 27, 1922) is an American television writer and producer who produced such 1970s sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The ...
NPR NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.
Oberlin Conservatory of Music The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, located on the campus of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, was founded in 1865 and is the second oldest conservatory and oldest continually operating conservat...
Odetta Odetta Holmes, known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.
Olivia de Havilland Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British American actress known for her early ingenue roles, as well as her later more substantial roles.
Ollie Johnston Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. was an American motion picture animator. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and the last surviving at the time of his death from natural causes. He was recognized by The Walt Disney Company with its Disney Legend Award in 1989.
Ossie Davis Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and social activist.
Paquito D'Rivera Paquito D'Rivera (born 4 June 1948) is a Cuban alto saxophonist, clarinetist and soprano saxophonist.
Paul Mellon Paul Mellon was an American philanthropist and an owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses. He is one of only five people ever designated an "Exemplar of Racing" by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Paul Taylor (choreographer) Paul Taylor (born July 29, 1930) is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century.
Pearl Primus Pearl Eileen Primus (November 29, 1919 – October 29, 1994) was a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist.
Pete Seeger Peter "Pete" Seeger was an American folk singer and activist.
Philip Roth Philip Milton Roth (born March 19, 1933) is an American novelist.
Pietro Belluschi Pietro Belluschi (August 18, 1899 — February 14, 1994) was an American architect, a leader of the Modern Movement in architecture, and was responsible for the design of over 1,000 buildings.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Rafe Esquith Rafe Esquith is an award-winning American teacher at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, in Los Angeles, California, where he has taught since 1984.
Ralph Ellison Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1914 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer.
Ralph Stanley Ralph Edmund Stanley (born February 25, 1927), also known as Dr. Ralph Stanley, is an American bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott Ramblin' Jack Elliott (born Elliot Charles Adnopoz; August 1, 1931) is an American folk singer and performer.
Ray Bradbury Raymond Douglas "Ray" Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. He was an autodidact.
Richard M. Sherman Richard Morton Sherman (born June 12, 1928) is an American songwriter who specialized in musical film with his late brother Robert Bernard Sherman.
Richard Wilbur Richard Purdy Wilbur (born March 1, 1921) is an American poet and literary translator.
Rita Dove Rita Frances Dove (born August 28, 1952) is an American poet and author.
Rita Moreno Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress and singer.
Robert B. Sherman Robert Bernard Sherman (December 19, 1925 – March 5, 2012) was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman.
Robert Brustein Robert Sanford Brustein (born April 21, 1927) is an American theatrical critic, producer, playwright, writer and educator.
Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and director.
Robert Merrill Robert Merrill (June 4, 1917 – October 23, 2004) was an American operatic baritone, who was also active in the musical theatre circuit.
Robert Motherwell Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991) was an American painter, printmaker, and editor.
Robert Penn Warren Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism.
Robert Rauschenberg Robert Rauschenberg (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement.
Robert Redford Charles Robert Redford, Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.
Robert Shaw (conductor) Robert Shaw was an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Robert Venturi Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. is an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures in the twentieth century.
Robert Wise Robert Earl Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was an American film director, producer and editor.
Roberta Peters Roberta Peters (born May 4, 1930) is an American coloratura soprano.
Romare Bearden Romare Bearden was an African-American artist and writer.
Ron Howard Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director, producer and actor.
Rosetta LeNoire Rosetta LeNoire (born Rosetta Olive Burton ; August 8, 1911 – March 17, 2002) was an American stage, screen, and television actress, as well as a Broadway producer and casting agent.
Roy Acuff Roy Claxton Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992) was an American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter.
Roy DeCarava Roy DeCarava (December 9, 1919 – October 27, 2009) was an American artist.
Roy Lichtenstein Roy Fox Lichtenstein was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody.
Roy Neuberger Roy Rothschild Neuberger (July 21, 1903December 24, 2010) was an American financier who contributed money to raise public awareness of modern art through his acquisition of pieces he deemed worthy.
Ruby Dee Ruby Dee (born October 27, 1922) is an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, activist, and widow of actor Ossie Davis.
Rudolf Serkin Rudolf Serkin (March 28, 1903 – May 8, 1991) was a Bohemian-born pianist.
Rudolfo Anaya Rudolfo Anaya (born October 30, 1937) is an American author.
Sara Lee Corporation The Sara Lee Corporation (Former NYSE ticker symbol: SLE) was an American consumer-goods company based in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Sarah Caldwell Sarah Caldwell was a notable American opera conductor, impresario, and stage director of opera.
Saul Bellow Saul Bellow (10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-born American writer.
School of American Ballet The School of American Ballet (SAB) is one of the most famous classical ballet schools in the world and is the associate school of the New York City Ballet, a leading international ballet compan...
Sherman Brothers The Sherman Brothers were an American songwriting duo that specialized in musical films, made up of Robert B. Sherman (December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012) and Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928).
Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson was born into a poor family in the North End area of Detroit.
Sonny Rollins Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.
Stan Lee Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922) is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and c...
Stanley Kunitz Stanley Jasspon Kunitz (July 29, 1905May 14, 2006) was an American poet.
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Bryce Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his immense contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years and his BFF Anthony Stephens.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, and Jeff Perry in the basement of a church in Highland Park, Illinois.
Steven Izenour Steven Izenour (1940 in New Haven – August 21, 2001 in Vermont) was an American architect, urbanist and theorist.
Suzanne Farrell Suzanne Farrell (born August 16, 1945) is an eminent 20th century ballerina (often referred to as the greatest American lyric ballerina) and the founder of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Sydney Lewis Sydney Lewis (October 24, 1919 – March 12, 1999) was a prominent Virginia businessman, philanthropist, and art collector.
Texaco Texaco ("The Texas Company") is the name of an American oil retail brand.
The Juilliard School The Juilliard School, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, United States, is a performing arts conservatory.
Theodore Presser Company The Theodore Presser Company is an American music publishing and distribution company located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and formerly based in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Tina Ramirez Tina Ramirez is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the Founder and Artistic Director (1970–2009) of Ballet Hispanico, the leading Hispanic dance company in the United States.
Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), was an American salsa musician and Latin jazz composer.
Tommy Tune Thomas James "Tommy" Tune (born February 28, 1939) is an American actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer.
Twyla Tharp Twyla Tharp (born July 1, 1941) is an American dancer and choreographer, who lives and works in New York City.
United Service Organizations The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families.
Uta Hagen Uta Thyra Hagen (12 June 1919 – 14 January 2004) was a German-born American actress and drama teacher.
Van Cliburn Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., (July 12, 1934 February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial Internat...
Viktor Schreckengost Viktor Schreckengost (June 26, 1906 – January 26, 2008) was an American industrial designer as well as a teacher, sculptor, and artist.
Virgil Thomson Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896September 30, 1989) was an American composer and critic.
Vladimir Horowitz Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (Володи́мир Самiйло́вич Го́ровиць, Volodymyr Samijlovich Gorovitz; November 5, 1989) was a Russian-born American classical pianist and composer.
Walker Hancock Walker Kirtland Hancock (June 28, 1901, St. Louis, Missouri – December 30, 1998, Gloucester, Massachusetts) was a 20th-century American sculptor and teacher.
Walter Annenberg Walter Hubert Annenberg (March 13, 1908 – October 1, 2002) was an American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat.
Wayne Thiebaud Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter best known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figures.
Wilhelmina Holladay Wilhelmina Cole Holladay (born October 10, 1922, New York) is an American art collector and patron, and co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Will Barnet Will Barnet (May 25, 1911November 13, 2012) was an American artist known for his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints depicting the human figure and animals, both in casual scenes of dai...
Willem de Kooning Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
William Bolcom William Elden Bolcom is an American composer and pianist. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, two Grammy Awards, the Detroit Music Award and was named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America. Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973–2008.
William Schuman William Howard Schuman was an American composer and music administrator.
William Styron William Clark Styron, Jr. (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.
Yo-Yo Ma Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French and American cellist.
Zelda Fichandler Zelda Fichandler (born September 18, 1924 Boston Mass) is an American stage producer, director, and educator daughter of Harry Diamond, best known as cofounder and longtime artistic director of ...