MacDowell holds Medal Day Aug. 10

MacDowell Colony Chairman and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon will present assemblage and installation artist Betye Saar with the 55th Edward MacDowell Medal on Sunday, Aug. 10. The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s first artist residency program, has awarded the medal annually since 1960 to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field.

Saar, who started as a printmaker, is perhaps best known for her intimate assemblages and collages, which not only challenge the myths and negative stereotypes ascribed to the African-American community but also demonstrate a connection with a myriad of mythic and spiritual concepts from Africa and the Caribbean. The artist joins an impressive list of medalists, including Robert Frost (1962), Georgia O’Keeffe (1972), Leonard Bernstein (1987), William Styron (1988), Louise Bourgeois (1990), Jasper Johns (1994), I.M. Pei (1998), and Stephen Sondheim (2013).

The award will be presented to Saar in a public ceremony during the annual Medal Day celebration beginning at 12:15 p.m. on the MacDowell Colony grounds, which will be open to the public for the festivities and celebration. Following the award ceremony, guests can enjoy picnic lunches on Colony grounds by pre-ordering Medal Day picnic lunch baskets (available for sale at or by bringing their own. MacDowell artists-in-residence will open their studios beginning at 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Medal Day provides the once-a-year opportunity for the public to walk the grounds and visit studios.

There is no charge to attend Medal Day. For more information, visit

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