Rosanne Cash Recipient of the 61st Edward MacDowell Medal

August 8, 2021

Composer and performer Rosanne Cash will receive the 61st Edward MacDowell Medal during a free, public event on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from newly appointed Board of Directors Chair Nell Painter. The Medal, which has rotated annually among all disciplines practiced at MacDowell, has been awarded since 1960 to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture. The presentation ceremony, which often draws more than 1,200 visitors from around the country to MacDowell’s 450-acre wooded campus, offers the public the opportunity to visit 32 open, working studios to see art being created and speak to MacDowell Fellows in residence.

Rosanne Cash joins 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!

Cash was chosen by a selection committee chaired by longtime music journalist, author, and critic Greil Marcus. Joining him on the selection panel were American music critic and arts administrator John Rockwell, musicologist, author, and professor Mary E. Davis, Yale University professor and cultural critic Daphne Brooks, and MacDowell Board member and WQXR radio host Terrance McKnight.

With large public gatherings deemed inadvisable in the near term, the ceremony will be deferred to Sunday, August 8, 2021 at MacDowell's grounds in Peterborough, NH. No medal will be awarded in 2020 but we will be honoring music composition with our Summer of Music campaign. Donating to this campaign can make you eligible to receive a new tote designed by Katie Holten, a signed limited edition "Fanfare for the Common Man" facsimile by Aaron Copland, and our at-home picnic basket full of recipes from the MacDowell kitchen! Click the button above to learn more. Join the conversation on social media with #MacDowellMedal.

Summer of Music Schedule:

July 22nd- EVENSONG: A premiere by JJJJJerome Ellis + a conversation with Nell Painter. Premiere at 7pm here with the conversation available on Instagram Live.

August 9th 8pm - MacDowell Medalist Rosanne Cash and MacDowell Board and 2020 Selection Committee Member Terrance McKnight joined The Folk Show host Kate McNally on NHPR for a conversation about Cash’s career spanning several musical genres, her musical inspirations, and the Edward MacDowell Medal. You can listen to the recorded broadcast here.

Read more details about the Medalist. To learn more about this event or to become a sponsor to keep Medal Day free and open to the public, please contact Brett Evan Solomon or call 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.

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Past Medal Days