Medal Day 2019

Charles Gaines to Receive the 60th Edward MacDowell Medal

Sunday, August 11th

100 High Street
Peterborough, NH 

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12:15pm: Ceremony
Michael Chabon, Chairman of the MacDowell Board
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem
Charles Gaines, 2019 Medalist
1:15pm: Picnic on MacDowell’s grounds
2–5pm: Open Studios with artists-in-residence
Rain or Shine

Join us on Sunday, August 11, 2019 to celebrate the visual artist Charles Gaines as MacDowell Chairman, Fellow, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, and presentation speaker Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, present him with the 60th Annual Edward MacDowell Medal. Gaines, who will be on hand to accept the Medal, has been a leading figure in the conceptual art movement for more than 40 years.

The Medalist will join a celebrated list of former recipients across disciplines that include Leonard Bernstein, John Updike, David Lynch, Georgia O'Keeffe, I.M. Pei, Merce Cunningham, Louise Nevelson, Joan Didion, Isamu Noguchi, Sonny Rollins, and Toni Morrison. For a full list of past Medal recipients, click the “history of Medal Day” button below!

We hope you will be part of this very special day when art lovers from around the region and around the country converge on the lush Colony grounds to celebrate at this free public event. After the ceremony and a picnic lunch, all 32 of our studios will be open and artists-in-residence working in seven disciplines will be on hand to speak about their art.

Don’t miss this spectacular day. Video and images of last year’s celebration are available below.

To learn more about this event or to become a sponsor,
please contact Dean Klingler at or 212.535.9690.

Read the full press release about Charles Gaines

Medal Day

History of Medal Day

The Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts is a national award presented each summer to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the national culture. The award rotates among the disciplines practiced at MacDowell. Following the ceremony, visitors enjoy a picnic lunch and tour open studios. Both the award ceremony and the open studios are free, and open to the public.

Discover the History of Medal Day
Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series II: Tree #4 Steve; Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, photograph; 95 x 126 1/2 inches; 2016
Walnut Tree Orchard: Set D; Mechanical pen on paper, photograph; 1975
Faces Men and Women Set 16 (John Y. Fortes); Photographs, ink on paper; 23 x 57 inches; 1978
Color Regression #3; Lithograph on BFK Rives, Ed. 30 + 10 AP; 30 1/2 x 34 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (framed); 1978
Falling Leaves Set 5; Photographs, ink on paper; 22.5 x 66 1/2 inches (framed); 1979
Shadows VIII, Set 1; Photographs, ink on paper, 4 parts; 25 1/2 x 71 1/4 x 2 inches (framed); 1980
Airplanecrash Clock; Mixed media; 108 x 156 x 60 inches, 10:00 minutes, looped; 1997-2007
String Theory: Rewriting Bataille #12; Graphite on paper; 49 7/8 x 74 inches (framed); 2011
Librettos: Manuel De Falla/Stokley Carmichael, Set 1; Printed ink stained paper, Lightjet print on acrylic; each: 36 x 27 x 3 inches; 2015
Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series III: Tree #9, Suzy; Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, and photograph; 32 x 24 x 3 1/2 inches; 2016
Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #7, Maria; Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, lacquer, wood; 78 3/8 x 59 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches; 2017
Manifestos 3; Video (black and white and color, sound), Two graphite drawings on paper, one monitor, one pedestal, two speakers, hanging speaker shelves; dimensions vary; 2018

Videos of Medal Day 2018