Hartland man receives national art award

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Hartland artist George Tooker will receive a 2007 National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The 87-year-old Tooker has works in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York.

The medals will be awarded today at the White House by President Bush.

Tooker is known for his work in egg tempera and has been compared with such painters as Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper.

The National Medal of Arts is the highest art award given by the U.S. government.

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