A picnic and open studios are features of Medal Day, the one day each year the grounds are open to the public.
Medal Day 2013
Stephen Sondheim told a crowd of at least 2,200 gathered at The MacDowell Colony on August 11, 2013 that he was “not only humbled and privileged, but astonished” at being in the same company as others who have won the Edward MacDowell Medal. He joked about being the third oldest recipient, behind Chuck Jones and Georgia O’Keeffe and then noted that awards for a body of work “come at both a good time and a wrong time. Good because they tell you that what you’ve been doing is worth the doing, and wrong because they ought to come when you’re young and excited and hungry for assurance that what you’re doing is worth the doing.”
In introducing Sondheim, presentation speaker and New York magazine Writer-at-Large Frank Rich said such an honor was “overdue, not only because of his extraordinary and still ongoing career, but also because musical theatre is America’s one major indigenous art form.” Rich also called Sondheim “a great American artist unlike any other.”
MacDowell Colony Chairman and author Michael Chabon presented the medal, saying, “Sondheim is, in my view, among the four or five most consistently, lastingly great American artists of the postwar era, in any discipline.” The gathered crowd, which included New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, agreed, responding with enthusiastic applause. Read the rest of the story about Medal Day 2013 here.
Since 1960, The MacDowell Colony has awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal to an artist of enduring vision and creativity. Find out about the medal’s proud history and its distinguished group of past winners.
The MacDowell Colony is grateful for the support of this year’s Presenting Sponsor, The Walt Disney Studios and to Lincoln Financial, which has served as the Medal Day Corporate Partner for more than 10 years.
Thank you to RiverStone Resources for their continued support of Medal Day.
For more information about Medal Day, please contact Dean Klingler at email@example.com or 212-535-9690.