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Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley Win U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts

Maya Lin. COURTESY WIKIPEDIA

Maya Lin.

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Seven artists will be honored for their “outstanding commitment and contributions to the Art in Embassies program and international cultural exchange” with the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts, a State Department spokeswoman told ARTnews in an email today.

The 2015 winners are Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley. The biennial award began in 2013 and that year went to Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems.

A handful of outlets, including this one (sorry), mentioned that Wiley had already won simply because his was the only gallery that had announced the news at that point. This is the full list.

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