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Images of The National Benefit in NYC 2018

© 2018 Scott Rudd unless otherwise noted - May 12, 2018

Type: Artist News, Events, Fellowships

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A star-studded group of artists performed and read from works by MacDowell Colony Fellows at the National Benefit in Gotham Hall in New York City on May 7, 2018. Actress, author, former MacDowell Board member, and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Alexander hosted. The evening featured performances from Hamilton’s Javier Munoz, and MacDowell Fellows Joseph Keckler and Shaina Taub. The evening also featured readings from Fellow Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage. Fellow Susan Blackwell served as emcee. Executive Director Cheryl A. Young was honored for her 30 years of creative leadership at the nation’s first artist residency program. The evening’s Honorary Chairs were Susan Davenport Austin, Mary Carswell, Robert MacNeil, and Thomas Putnam.

The MacDowell Colony National Benefit brings together artists, patrons, and leaders in the arts and business worlds. The event raises critical operating support for the residency program, which brings artists together from a variety of disciplines, often leading to exciting new artistic directions and enriching new collaborations. All proceeds from the National Benefit support Fellowships for residencies for the more than 300 artists who come to the Colony each year from all corners of the globe.

Other luminaries in attendance were Eisa Davis, Ato Essandoh, Tyler Jensen, Robin Macatangay, David Petersen, Victor Rosario, Andréa Burns and the NYC Master Chorale.

All images, unless otherwise credited: © 2018 Scott Rudd, courtesy The MacDowell Colony