Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 Medal Day at The MacDowell Colony

On August 12, The MacDowell Colony will honor photographer Nan Goldin with the 53rd Edward MacDowell Medal.  This prestigious award is presented to an artist for outstanding achievement in his or her field.  The artistic discipline in which the award is given rotates in order to celebrate all of the creative fields practiced at MacDowell.  Goldin, best known for her provocative, blunt and autobiographical work, which often depicts intensely personal moments and scenes, is the fourth photographer to receive the award.

The awards ceremony begins at 12:15 PM and will include remarks from MacDowell’s Chairman, Michael Chabon, an introduction of the Medalist by writer and critic Luc Sante, and remarks from 2012 Medalist Nan Goldin. Following the awards ceremony, guests can enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Colony (bring your own or pre-order a picnic basket from the Colony for $20), and from 2:00 - 5:00 PM, MacDowell artists-in-residence will host open studios for guests.

Since the Colony is typically closed to the public to ensure the privacy of the Colonists, Medal Day provides a special glimpse into the studios and lives of the artists that come here to create their art. 

The MacDowell Colony has 32 artist studios situated on 450 acres of fields and woodlands in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and welcomes more than 250 artists from the United States and abroad each year.  Disciplines include architecture, music composition, film and video, interdisciplinary art, theatre, visual art, and literature.  Artists-in-residence receive room, board, and exclusive use of one of the studios for up to eight weeks.  The Colony is a registered National Historic Landmark.

Note, added 8/6/12:  In conjunction with MacDowell Medal Day, the Sharon Arts Center will present an exhibition of photographs by Goldin and a group of photographers whose work will explore the dialog of life.  The exhibit will run from August 10 to September 1, with an opening reception on Friday, August 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  The reception is free and open to the public.  For more information, see the Sharon Arts Center website.

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