Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony is an excellent opportunity to explore this unique New Hampshire treasure. The 52nd Edward MacDowell Medal will be awarded to legendary playwright Edward Albee.
Situated on 450 acres of fields and woodland, The MacDowell Colony welcomes more than 250 composers, writers, visual artists, theatre artists, architects, filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists from the United States and abroad each year. The sole criterion for acceptance is talent; a panel in each discipline selects Fellows. A registered National Historic Landmark, The MacDowell Colony was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1997.
Since 1960, The MacDowell Medal has been awarded annually to an individual artist who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field. The award is rotated among the seven artistic disciplines practiced at MacDowell; this will be the third time the Medal has been awarded to a playwright.
On Medal Day, which is free and open to the public, guests can attend the award ceremony and enjoy picnic lunches on the Colony grounds (orders are no longer being taken for picnic lunches, but you are welcome to bring your own). Open studio tours hosted by MacDowell artists-in-residence begin after lunch.
12:15 p.m. Medal Day Ceremony
1:15 p.m. Picnic lunch
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Open studio tours