Raleigh Arts Commission Issues Call for Nominations for Medal of Arts Awards

News posted Mar. 06, 2018 - 9:57 am

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2018 Medal of Arts awards, the City’s highest arts honor. Nominations should describe extraordinary artistic achievement or support of the arts by an individual, group or collaboration. Guidelines and nomination forms are available on the City’s website at, search for “Medal of Arts.”

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 19. Applications and Guidelines can be found here.

To celebrate artistic excellence and extraordinary arts achievement, the City’s Arts Commission initiated the awards program in 1984 based on the National Medal of Arts program. In all, the City has recognized 152 individuals, groups and businesses with a prestigious Medal of Art.

The Medal of Arts awards were last issued in 2016. Winners that year were William Henry Curry, former resident conductor of the North Carolina Symphony; fashion designer Eric Ennis; Sharon Moore, NC State LIVE director; Sarah Powers, executive director of Visual Art Exchange; ballet dancer and mentor Dr. Mel Tomlinson; and Virginia Zehr, a founding board member of Community Music School and former staff member of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

The 2018 Medal of Arts awards will be presented to recipients at a ceremony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in late fall 2018.

The City’s Office of Raleigh Arts fosters and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is a part of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

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