In 1986, Leslie Cheek, Jr., created an endowment at William & Mary to establish a national award for outstanding presentation of the arts. The Cheek Medal is bestowed to a person who has substantially contributed to the field of museum, performing, or visual arts.1
The award is given every few years.
- 1987: Mark Leithauser and Gaillard Ravanel II, chief and deputy directors of the Department of Design and Installation at the National Gallery of Art
- 1988: Florence Knoll Bassett, interior designer and promoter of modernism.
- 1990: William Ivey Long, costume designer, William & Mary alumnus
- 1991: Dr. Dennis Barrie, Director of Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center
- 1992: Howard Scammon (actor) and Roger D. Sherman (artist and photographer), both William & Mary emeriti professors in the Department of Theatre
- 1993: Carl A. Roseberg, sculptor and Professor emeritus in the William & Mary Art Department
- 1996: Mark Stanley, lighting director for the New York City Ballet
- 1997: Nell Blaine, painter
- 2000: Jennifer Tipton, lighting designer
- 2009: David Allan Brown, Curator of the National Gallery; Fred Wilson, Conceptual Artist
- 2011: Everett Fahy, Museum Arts; David Crank '82, Theatre Arts
- 2013: Glenn Close '74 and David Shaw
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- W&M Cheek Award, Muscarelle Museum of Art, accessed 2 June 2013.
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