Alice Walton

The Getty Medal, awarded by the J. Paul Trust to recognize patrons of the arts, will be awarded Alice Walton for “expanding access to the arts and arts education,” Getty News has announced.

Also receiving 2020 Getty Medals were sculptor Martin Puryear and NYU law and philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah.


Getty Trust President James Cuno said Walton, founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and the Art Bridges Foundation, which partners with institutions nationwide to share artworks, “has advanced our understanding and appreciation of American art, increased access to art in communities across the country, and emphasized the importance of diversity on museum boards.”

The awards will be presented in September at the Morgan Library in New York City. Past recipients include Mary Beard, Nancy Englander, Frank Gehry, Thelma Golden, Agnes Gund, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Yo-Yo Ma, Lord Jacob Rothschild, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Lorna Simpson and Harold Williams.