Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, NYC
This year’s Gala theme is “Made at MacDowell” and the program features all work conceived of, inspired by, or finished at the Colony. The invitation and all web material promoting the gala has work of Fellow and FSU Art Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig.
The art world’s most dynamic creators will gather at The MacDowell Colony’s National Benefit in GothamHall. MacDowell Fellow and theatre artist Susan Blackwell will emcee the evening, which will feature performances by: recording star Meshell Ndegeocello based on works by MacDowell Fellow James Baldwin; actress, singer, and composer Grace McLean; best-selling author Tommy Orange; award-winning playwright and actor Jiehae Park; and filmmaker Rodney Evans.
MacDowell is one of the most prestigious artists colonies in the US. In 1997, The MacDowell Colony was honored with the National Medal of Arts — the highest award given by the United States to artists or arts patrons — for “nurturing and inspiring many of this century’s finest artists” and offering them “the opportunity to work within a dynamic community of their peers, where creative excellence is the standard.” In 2007, the Colony celebrated its Centennial with a yearlong celebration of the freedom to create.