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Hillary Clinton Joins Jill Biden at the White House for Global Arts Event

Japan Art Association honors recipients of 34th Annual Praemium Imperiale Global Art Prize.

Tuesday evening, the Japan Art Association honored five recipients for the 34th Annual Praemium Imperiale Global Art Prize at the White House hosted by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. 67th Secretary of State & International Advisor to the Praemium Imperiale Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the prestigious awards to each laureate alongside Hisashi Hieda, Chairman of the Japan Art Association. Honorary Advisor to the Praemium Imperiale, David Rockefeller Jr., also shared remarks ahead of the laureate recognition. 

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis  Photo by Japan Art Association

Honorees for this year’s award include Vija Celmins (Painting, USA); Olafur Eliasson (Sculpture, Iceland/Denmark); Diébédo Francis Kéré (Architecture, Burkina Faso/Germany); Wynton Marsalis (Music, USA); and Robert Wilson (Theatre/Film, USA).
The Praemium Imperiale also recognized the 2023 Grant for Young Artists recipients, a program run by the Japan Art Association to nurture young artists and support their works and activities. This year’s recipients are Rural Studio (USA), accepted by its Director Andrew Freear, and Harlem School of the Arts (USA), accepted by its President James C. Horton.
Following the certificate distribution, Secretary Clinton introduced a special performance by graduates of the Harlem School of the Arts and 2023 Laureate Wynton Marsalis.