Honor Council

The following people have won the NSAL Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement (indicated by an asterisk by their name), or have been associated with the National Society of Arts and Letters as advisors, friends, and supporters.  We are grateful to them for all they have done for us.

*Licia Albanese
1913 – 2014
Operatic Soprano, leading artist at the New York Metropolitan Opera
from 1940 – 1966

Lucine Amara
1924 –
Operatic Soprano, leading artist at the New York Metropolitan Opera
from 1950 – 1991

*Dame Judith Anderson
1887 – 1982
Actress of stage, film and television; winner of two Emmy Awards and a Tony,
nominated for a Grammy and Academy Award

*George Balanchine
1904 – 1983
One of the 20th century’s most famous choreographers, a developer of ballet
in the United States, and the co-founder and balletmaster of the New York City Ballet

*Mikhail Baryshnikov
1948 –
Russian dancer, choreographer, and actor, considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history

*Ann Barzel
1905 – 2007
American writer, critic and lecturer on dance

Saul Bellow
1915 – 2005
Novelist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts

Rosamond Bernier
1916 – 2016
Features editor, lecturer, television performer, book author

*Wendell Berry
1934 –
Prolific author of novels, short stories, poems, and essays.
Books include A Place on Earth, Jayber Crow, and Hannah Coulter

Livingston L. Biddle
1918 – 2002
Author and promoter of funding for the arts

Victor Borge
1909 – 2002
Comedian, conductor and pianist

Dr. Preston Bradley
1888 – 1983
Clergyman, author, and lecturer

Ernest H. Brooks, II
1935 –
Award-winning underwater photographer, consultant, speaker

J. Carter Brown
1934 – 2002
Director of the U.S. National Gallery of Art from 1969 – 1992

*Fernando Bujones
1955 – 2005
One of the finest male dancers of the 20th century and hailed as one of the
greatest American male dancers of his generation.

John Burnett
National Public Radio correspondent based in Austin, Texas

*Sarah Caldwell
1924 – 2006
Notable American opera conductor, impresario, and opera stage director, featured on the cover of the November 10, 1975 issue of Time magazine with the heading, “Music’s Wonder Woman.”

Zoe Caldwell
Tony award-winning actress

John Ciardi
1916 – 1986
Poet, translator, and etymologist

Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh
1882 – 1958
Concert and opera singer, grandmother of actress Jill Clayburgh

Van Cliburn
Piano virtuoso, winner of many international awards

Nadine Conner
1907 – 2003
Operatic soprano, radio singer and music teacher

Allyn Cox
1896 – 1982
Artist known for his murals, including those he painted in the U.S. Capitol
and the U. S. Department of State

Merce Cunningham
1919 – 2009
Avant-garde choreographer, founder Merce Cunningham Dance Company

*Jean Dalrymple
1902 – 1998
Theater producer, manager, publicist, author and playwright who was instrumental
in the founding of New York City Center and is best known for her productions there.

Alexandra Danilova
1903 – 1997
Prima ballerina, teacher at the School of American Ballet from 1964 – 1989

*Agnes de Mille
1905 – 1993
American dancer and choreographer

Adolph Deutsch
1897 – 1980
Composer, conductor, arranger, winner of Academy Award for background music for Oklahoma!

Placido Domingo
Tenor, conductor, winner of 12 Grammy awards

*Ruth Windmüller Duckworth
1919 – 2009
Modernist sculptor who specialized in ceramics

*Loti Falk Gaffney
1911 –
Founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

*José Ferrer
1912 – 1992
Stage and screen actor and director, won a Tony for his stage performance as Cyrano
in Cyrano de Bergerac, and an Academy Award for the same screen role

*Geraldine Fitzgerald
1913 – 2005
Irish-American actress and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame

*Stephen Flaherty
1960 –
American Musical Theater composer, including Ragtime which was nominated
for 12 Tony Awards and won Best Original Score.

Malcolm Frager
1935 – 1991
Piano virtuoso and recording artist

Frederick Franklin
Dancer for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, co-founder of the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet and founding director of the National Ballet in Washington, D.C.

Albert Earl Gilbert
Wildlife artist, winner of international book award

David Gockley
General director, Houston Grand Opera, 1972 – 2005; general director, San Francisco Opera since 2006

Ann Hamilton
Artist best known for her installations, textile art, and sculptures

Julie Harris
Stage, screen, and television actress, winner of 5 Tony Awards, 3 Emmy Awards and a Grammy

*Kitty Carlisle Hart
1910 – 2007
Singer, actress and spokesmen for the arts, best remembered as a regular panelist
on television game show To Tell the Truth

Helen Hayes
1900 – 1993
Actress, one of 12 to win Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Awards

Anthony Hecht
Poet, received National Medal of Arts
Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress

Charlton Heston
1923 – 2008
Actor for film, theater, and television

Jerome Hines
1921 – 2003
Operatic bass, performed at the Metropolitan Opera for 41 years

*Albert “Al” Hirschfeld
1903 – 2003
An American caricaturist best known for his simple black and white portraits
of celebrities and Broadway stars.

Celeste Holm
Actress for stage, television and film, won Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement

Mark C. Honeywell
1874 – 1964
Electronic industrialist, founder of Honeywell, Incorporated

*Marilyn Horne
1934 –
Mezzo-soprano opera singer who specialized in roles requiring a large sound, beauty of tone, excellent breath support, and ability to execute difficult coloratura passages

Mrs. Leland Atherton Irish
(Florence M. Irish)
1889 – 1971
Manager and principal backer of the
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

*Michael Kahn
1937 –
American Shakespeare theatre director and drama educator

*Judy Kaye
1948 –
Tony Award winning actress and singer of Broadway, opera, and stage

Deborah Kerr
Award winning actress of stage, film and television

Walter F. Kerr
Drama critic and Pulitzer Prize winning author

Frances Bartlett Kinne
1917 –
Former president of Jacksonville University, former Dean of the College of Fine Arts
at Jacksonville University (first woman in the world to hold such a position),
award-winning author and first woman president of the International Council of Fine Arts

Mrs. Goodwin J. Knight
Poet and historical preservationist

Nathalie Krassovska
Prima ballerina and teacher

Robert Kuhn
Award-winning wildlife artist, teacher

Tom Lea, III
Legendary Texas artist and author

*Daniel Lewis
1943 –
Internationally recognized dancer, teacher, choreographer and author

*John Lithgow
1945 –
American character actor (stage, television, film and radio), musician, and author

Mrs. John A. Logan
(Rebecca Pollard “Polly” Guggenheim Logan)
Philanthropist, prominent Washington, D.C. hostess, artist and patron of the arts

Robert Ludlum
Novelist, actor on stage and television, producer

William Mastrosimone
Playwright and screenwriter

Patricia McBride
Ballerina, New York City Ballet for three decades
Artistic director North Carolina Dance Theater

*Robert McCall
1919 – 2010
An illustrator for Life magazine in the 1960s, created promotional artwork for the film
2001: A Space Odyssey and Richard Fleischer’s production Tora! Tora! Tora!;
worked as an artist for NASA, documenting the history of the space race

Eleanor Searle McCollum
Singer and philanthropist

*Trey McIntyre
1959 –
Dancer and choreographer, created a canon of more than 90 works for companies including Houston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet; founder of the Trey McIntyre Project

William B. Macomber
Statesman, first full-time president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thalia Mara
Dancer and Ballet educator, promoter

Peter Martins
Dancer, choreographer, Ballet Master of the New York City Ballet

Merril C. Meigs
Publisher of Chicago Herald and Examiner

Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist and conductor

*James A. Michener
1907 – 1997
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than 40 titles, most of which were sweeping sagas.  Book titles include Hawaii, The Source, Tales of the South Pacific, and Chesapeake

Patrice Munsel
1925 – 2016
Coloratura soprano, star of opera, musical theater, television, and film

*Jim Nabors
1930 – 2017
American actor and singer best known for his role as Gomer Pyle
on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

*Louise Nevelson
1899 – 1988
American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic,
wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.

*Charles Neidich
1953 –
Clarinetist, soloist, conductor, collaborator, and faculty member
Mannes College of Music, The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School, the SUNY Graduate School, and the Aaron Copland School of Music

Isamu Noguchi
Sculptor, furniture designer, landscape architect

Josip Novakovich
Award winning author and teacher

Rudolf Nureyev
Celebrated ballet dancer, director of the Paris Opera Ballet
Many film and television appearances

Ruth Page
Ballerina and choreographer,
created works on American themes

Willis Page
Orchestral conductor and teacher

*Joseph Papp
1921 – 1991
Theatrical producer and director; founded The Public Theater
in the former Astor Library Building in New York City

Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic tenor and humanitarian, winner of many Grammy awards

*Roberta Peters
1930 – 2017
Colorature soprano noted for her 35-year career with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City

*Menahem Pressler
1923 –
Pianist and founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio

Andre Previn
Conductor, composer, pianist
Winner of 4 Academy Awards and 10 Grammy Awards

Tony Randall
Actor, comedian, producer and director
Film, stage, and television

Robert Rauschenberg
Innovative visual artist labeled a “Neo Dadaist.”  He said he wanted to work
“in the gap between art and life,” exploring the distinction between art objects and everyday objects. Set and costume designer for the  Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Paul Taylor, and others.

*Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, KBE
1927 – 2007
Cellist and conductor considered by many to be one of the greatest cellists of all time

John Russell
Actor of film and television

Nathaniel Saltonstall
Architect, art collector
Trustee of Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Ann Schein
Pianist, master teacher

Daniel Schorr
Emmy Award winning journalist and author

* Ben Shahn
1898 – 1969
Best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views,
and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content.

Tom Shales
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Critic of television and film

Lawrence Leighton Smith
Conductor, pianist, recording artist

Sir Georg Solti
Grammy Award winning conductor of
orchestral and operatic productions

Ludd Spivey
President of Florida Southern College
Collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright to build campus structures

Risë Stevens
Mezzo-soprano opera singer, film vocalist, actress

Irving Stone
Writer of biographical novels

Nikita Talin
Dance coach, teacher, director

Maria Tallchief
First Native American woman to become prima ballerina,
danced with Ballet Russe and New York City Ballet

Paul Taylor
Dancer, choreographer
Founder of one of America’s premier dance troupes

Walter Terry
Dance critic, author of 22 books

*John Toland
1912 – 2004
Author and historian best known for his bestselling biography of Adolf Hitler
and his Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II history of Japan called The Rising Sun

Tommy Tune
1939 –
Award winning tap dancer, choreographer, director

*Edward Villella
1936 –
Dancer and choreographer; principal dancer with New York City Ballet

* Galina Vishnevskaya
1926 – 2012
Russian soprano opera singer named a People’s Artist of the USSR in 1966;
wife of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich

*Eli Wallach
1915 – 2014
American film, television, and stage actor

* André Watts
1946 –
Classical pianist and professor at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University;
winner of Avery Fisher Prize and Grammy Award for Best New Classical Artist

Dr. Carl J. Weinhardt, Jr.
Museum administrator, historic preservationist

Eudora Welty
Pulitzer Prize winning author of novels and short stories,

*Herman B. Wells
1902 – 2000
Eleventh president of Indiana University

*Christopher Wheeldon
1973 –
One of the most celebrated choreographers in the world
Tony Award Recipient for Best Choreography for An American in Paris

Richard Wilbur
1921 – 2017
Pulitzer Prize winning poet

John Williams
Composer, conductor, pianist
Numerous awards for film scores

*Carol Wincenc
Internationally acclaimed flutist and faculty member
at Juilliard and Stony Brook University