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Medal of Arts for Hank Willis Thomas (DESA Alum)


We are proud to announce that Hank Willis Thomas, a DESA alum, is being awarded a U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts on September 13, 2023 . The medal will be presented by Dr. Jill Biden. Congratulations, Hank!


“This year’s honorees, like those before them, selflessly offer their creative talents to the mission of American cultural diplomacy.

Artworks on display in embassies and residences are potent soft power tools of diplomacy.”

Megan Beyer, Director of Art in Embassies


Read the press release here.

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