Medal Day

August 12, 2018

Our 2018 Medal Day is now behind us and what a spectacular day it was! If you were able to be with us on Sunday, August 12th, 2018, we thank you for joining in our celebration of the cultural contributions made by Pulitzer Prize-winning “co-mix” artist Art Spiegelman. Thirty artists-in-residence and 1,200 arts lovers from around the region and the country came to celebrate with a ceremony and 30 open studios after a picnic lunch.

Each August art lovers from around the region and around the country converge on the lush Colony grounds to celebrate the achievements of a leading voice in American culture. This event is free and open to the public.

If you missed it, or if you attended, please join us next August as we award the 60th Edward MacDowell Medal to a visual artist we hope to announce next spring.

Read about our 2018 Medalist Art Spiegelman.

The Medal Day attendees litter the field next to and under a large tent. They sit at tables and on the grass enjoying the sunny day.
Michael Chabon Welcomes the 2018 Medal Day Crowd
Michael Chabon Welcomes the 2018 Medal Day Crowd
Hillary Chute Presents 2018 MacDowell Medalist Art Spiegelman
Art Spiegelman Accepts 2018 Edward MacDowell Medal

Edward MacDowell Medalist

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman became the first comic artist to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His…

Learn more about Art Spiegelman

Medal Day Map

Use this interactive map to navigate around our 450 acres and find the open studios Sunday afternoon. Thanks for visiting!

Explore the Map

Artists of Medal Day

Learn about all 30 artists-in-residence, and discover a little about their processes and current projects. Visit the artists in their studios on Medal Day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It's a rare opportunity for the public to get a look at where art is made at MacDowell.

Learn about the Artists

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