100 High Street
Charles Gaines to Receive the 60th Edward MacDowell Medal
August 11, 2019
100 High Street
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
Free and Open to the Public
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 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 email@example.com or 212.535.9690.
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
Selected Works by Charles Gaines
Medal Day Schedule
Award Ceremony under the tent 12:15 p.m.
Picnic Lunch 1:15 p.m.
Basket tickets can be collected at the Registration Table before 12:15 p.m. After the ceremony, basket lunches are distributed from the lunch tent located on the south side of Colony Hall.
Open Studios 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Studio tours are self-guided; please refer to the map and artist biographies. To allow artists-in-residence time for lunch, studios will not be open before 2:00 p.m. Parents accompanying young children are encouraged to preview studio displays and/or performances
About the Edward MacDowell Medal
The Edward MacDowell Medal has been awarded annually since 1960 to an individual artist who has made an outstanding contribution to their field. These artists include Leonard Bernstein, John Updike, Georgia O'Keeffe, I.M. Pei, Stephen Sondheim, and Toni Morrison. The artistic discipline in which the award is given rotates in order to celebrate all of the creative fields practiced at MacDowell.
Once again, we’re excited to offer a scavenger hunt for all ages! This time find four brand new stamps carved by MacDowell staff member Ann Putnam for this year’s event commemorating some of our studios and honoring this year’s Medalist, Charles Gaines.
Beginning at 11 a.m., we invite students* (grade school through college) and adults to collect stamps that will be hidden around our 450 acres. Hand-carved stamps are cached in public locations. Complete the book and bring it to the information table by 4 p.m. Participating students are eligible to win a $50 gift card from Peterborough Art Academy Gallery and Supplies!