Medal Day

Join us on Sunday, August 11, 2019 to celebrate the visual artist Charles Gaines as Michael Chabon presents 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 an array of artists 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