Filmmaker Lynch to receive MacDowell Medal in Peterborough

Union Leader Correspondent
May 15. 2017 8:32PM
Filmmaker David Lynch is receiving the 58th annual Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts at the MacDowell Colony this August. (COURTESY)

PETERBOROUGH — Filmmaker David Lynch is receiving the 58th annual Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts at the MacDowell Colony this August.

The well-known director of such films as Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, is also known as being the creator of the 1990s television show Twin Peaks, which is currently being rebooted.

“David Lynch is not only a gifted filmmaker, he’s worked as a committed painter and photographer both before and after his breakout films, and that wide-ranging artistic dedication made him a natural choice for the MacDowell medal. There are not many directors whose names have come to indicate an entire worldview, but when we say something is ‘Lynchian’ everyone knows what we mean,” said author and film critic Kenneth Turan, chair of the Edward MacDowell Medal Selection Panel and a 2006 MacDowell Fellow, in an announcement from the MacDowell Colony Monday.

News of the honor for Lynch had local film buffs reacting on Facebook Monday morning, Peterborough Community Theatre owner Carol Nelson said.

Nelson said she was thrilled to hear about Lynch being honored in Peterborough this summer and is currently working to move her scheduled showing of a documentary about Lynch from September to August.

‘David Lynch: The Art Life’ is scheduled to play at the Peterborough Community Theatre Sept. 12, but Nelson said she would love to move the showing closer to the MacDowell Medal ceremony if she can. The documentary film is about the life and career of Lynch.

Medal Day 2017 is planned to take place Sunday, Aug. 13. The ceremony is set to begin at 12:15 p.m.

The MacDowell Colony is the nation’s first artist residency program. The MacDowell Medal is bestowed annually since 1960 to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts.

Past recipients include Aaron Copeland, Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keefe, Chuck Jones, Leonard Bernstein and Toni Morrison.

Husband and wife, composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell, established the colony in 1907.

Medal Day is the one day of the year the 450-acre art colony is open to the public. After the ceremony visitors are invited to picnic on the grounds and tour the grounds to meet current artists in residence in their studios.

Medal Day is a free public ceremony at the MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., in Peterborough.


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