The MacDowell National Benefit

October 17, 2022

The MacDowell National Benefit returns for an in-person celebration in New York City!

Please join us at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City for a festive celebration of MacDowell Fellows' work and the presentation of the third annual Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) and its visionary founder, Susan Unterberg. At a time when MacDowell and others are working diligently to remove barriers to artistic creativity for the widest population, we proudly salute AWAW's leadership in providing support, since 1996, to mid-career women-identifying artists.

Presenting the award to Unterberg will be special guest and the 2021 Edward MacDowell Medalist in Composition, Rosanne Cash. This spectacular evening will showcase the outstanding work of MacDowell Fellows across artistic disciplines, concluding with a song performed by Ms. Cash.

Scroll down for more information on ticketing and to become a sponsor!

Artwork titled Leoparda de Ojitos. A humanoid leopard-like animal kneels between two small trees. The image is drawn with bright, neon colors.

Cecilia Vicuña, Leoparda de ojitos, 1977, oil on canvas, 140 x 89.5 cm. Collection Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.

A crowd, seated at tables, watch a presentation. They are in a large, high-ceilinged room

photo by Paul Rudd (Scott Rudd photo)

For more information about the Benefit or to become a sponsor, please e-mail events@macdowell.org.

Portrait of Susan Unterberg. She smile directly into the camera and is wearing a black shirt and glasses

Susan Unterberg. photo courtesy of Anonymous Was A Woman

Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award

This year, we are thrilled to present the third annual Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to Anonymous Was A Woman, an organization founded by visual artist and MacDowell Fellow Susan Unterberg which provides unrestricted grants to women-identifying artists over the age of 40.

The Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award was created to honor those who profoundly and uniquely support artists, aligning with our founder Marian MacDowell’s legacy and her championship of artists as they create bold new works that spark our imagination, illuminate our world, and celebrate our humanity.

In 2020, the inaugural award was presented to Ava DuVernay and ARRAY, a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles that amplifies independent films by Black artists, people of color, and women filmmakers globally. In 2021, the award was presented to Mahogany L. Browne and Urban Word NYC, one of the oldest and most comprehensive youth literary arts organizations in the country. This year’s award is presented with generous support by Musa and Tom Mayer.

Read Susan Unterberg's Full Bio

Benefit Committee Co-Chairs

Amelia Dunlop
Anne Stark Locher
Amy Davidson Sorkin

Benefit Chairs

Eleanor Briggs
Susan Bay-Nimoy
Marcy Carsey
Christine and Todd Fisher
Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Elizabeth and Russell Gaudreau
Darrell and Robin Harvey
Anne Stark Locher and Kurt Locher
Robert and Stephanie Olmsted
Thomas and Babs Putnam
Andrew and Barbara Senchak
Amy Davidson Sorkin and David Sorkin
Peter and Catherine Wirth


* all lists in formation

Artist Committee

Polly Apfelbaum
Cindy Bernard
Cassils
Ellen Driscoll
Lauren Groff
Harmony Hammond
Margaret Honda
Sharon Horvath
Nene Humphrey
Nina Katchadourian
Autumn Knight
Jaime Lowe
Carrie Moyer
Erin M. Riley
Amie Siegel
Shelly Silver
Jen Silverman
Nadja Spiegelman
Julie Tolentino
Kristina Wong

Business Sponsors

Penguin Random House logo SVB Private logo

Past National Benefits

2021

In 2021, MacDowell celebrated the creative collaborations between MacDowell Fellows and honored Urban Word NYC with the second annual Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award.

2021 National Benefit 2021

2020

In 2020, MacDowell hosted our first-ever virtual National Benefit and awarded the inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to ARRAY.

2020 Virtual National Benefit

2019

The national benefit at Gotham Hall in New York City in 2019 raised more than half a million dollars for our residency program.

2019 National Benefit

2018

The national benefit at MacDowell's NYC space at 521 West 23rd Street in 2018 raised more than $620,000 for critical operating support.

2018 National Benefit