Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture will hold a public virtual celebration in lieu of its 49th annual Awards Dinner

Visual Arts
Honoring El Anatsui, Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies,
and Barbara Hunt McLanahan
Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 PM Webcast Premiere


Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture will hold a public virtual celebration in lieu of its 49th annual Awards Dinner honoring El Anatsui, Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies, and Barbara Hunt McLanahan (in memoriam).


Premieres Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 PM


Public, webcast available at


Awards Dinner Honorees, Presenters
El Anatsui, Artist; Honoree
Jennifer Duncan, Jo Carole Lauder & Eden Rafshoon; Accepting the award for Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies
Barbara Hunt McLanahan (in memoriam), Curator; HonoreeSpecial Guests include: Derrick Adams, Abigail DeVille, Jennie C. Jones, Chika O. Okeke-Agulu, Cay Sophie RabinowitzChristian Rattemeyer, Eric RheinAmy Sadao, Ellen F. Salpeter, Robert Storr, Darren WalkerChairs & Dinner Co-Chairs: Ann Gund, Donald Moffett, Eleanor Acquavella, Sir David Adjaye OBE, Bob Colacello, Chiara Edmands, Suydam (Sydie) Lansing, Jane Lauder, Joel Shapiro, Ellen Phelan, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer

Notable Guests Include: Daniel Bozhkov, Steve DiBenedetto, Neil Goldberg, Shaun Leonardo, Alix Pearlstein, Sondra Perry, Paul Pfeiffer, Alison Saar

Highlights of the evening include:

  • Music performance on Instagram Live by Ian Isiah + Mistervacation (available for 48 hours following premiere)
  • Special preview of an upcoming performance video by Jacolby Satterwhite


Established in 1971 in honor of Skowhegan’s 25th anniversary, the Awards Dinner celebrates artists and philanthropists of exceptional talent and outstanding dedication to the visual arts. For over 70 years, Skowhegan has brought together emerging and established artists on its remote Maine campus for an intense and immersive summer of artmaking. The early roster of impressive attendees—paired with the founders’ commitment to aesthetic and intellectual freedom—established the school as a prominent force in American art. Today, it remains a profound experience where artists can push the boundaries of their practice and learn from a diverse group of peers and mentors within a rural landscape steeped in the legacy of those artists who came before.