Merce Cunningham Trust


Jacob's Pillow Dance Award



  • Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bard College
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts, State University of New York
  • Montgomery Fellow (Arts and Literature), Dartmouth College, Hanover NH
  • Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
  • Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo
  • Officier of the Légion d'Honneur, France
  • Edward MacDowell Medal in interdisciplinary art, the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH
  • Kitty Carlisle Hart Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts (Arts and Business Council), New York NY
  • MATA (Music at the Anthology) Award, New York NY
  • Medal of the City of Dijon, France
  • Coat of Arms of the City of Mulhouse, France
  • La Grande Médaille de la Ville de Paris (echelon vermeil) from the Mayor of Paris
  • Career Transition for Dancers Award, New York NY
  • Herald Archangel Award, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Honorary degree from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • Nijinsky Special Prize, Monaco
  • The 2000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, New York NY
  • Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Washington
  • Premio Internazionale “Gino Tani,” Rome
  • Handel Medallion from the Mayor of New York City 
  • Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement, San Francisco C
  • Fellow of the Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong
  • The key to the City of Montpellier, France
  • Bagley Wright Fund Established Artists Award, Seattle WA
  • Barnard College Medal of Distinction, New York NY
  • Grand Prix of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, France
  • Nellie Cornish Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA
  • Honorary degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
  • Carina Ari Award (Grand Prix Video Danse with Elliot Caplan), Stockholm, Sweden
  • Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, Italy
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Dance and Performance Award for Best Performance by a Visiting Artist, London, England
  • Medal of Honor from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain
  • (With John Cage, posthumously) the Wexner Prize of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus OH
  • New York Dance and Performance Award, New York NY
  • Tiffany Award from the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators, New York NY
  • National Medal of Arts, Washington DC
  • Porselli Prize, Italy
  • Digital Dance Premier Award, London, England
  • Award of Merit from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, New York NY
  • Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, France
  • Dance/USA National Honor, New York NY
  • Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production (Pictures), London, England
  • Kennedy Center Honors, Washington DC
  • MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago IL
  • Inducted as an Honorary Member into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York NY
  • The Mayor of New York's Award of Honor for Arts and Culture, New York NY
  • The Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award, Durham, NC
  • Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France
  • Capezio Award, New York NY
  • New York State Award, Albany NY
  • BITEF Award, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Honorary degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana IL
  • Gold Medal for Choreographic Invention at the Fourth International Festival of Dance, Paris
  • Medal of the Society for the Advancement of Dancing in Sweden, Stockholm
  • Dance Magazine Award, New York NY
1959 & 1954
  • Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York NY