Renowned cartoonist Art Spiegelman will travel to Peterborough this summer to accept the annual Edward MacDowell Medal from the MacDowell Colony. Spiegelman is the first cartoonist to be honored by the colony, which has hosted some of the most influential writers and artists of the last century.
Spiegelman is best known for his iconic graphic novel Maus, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and is credited with bringing cartooning into the literary mainstream.
“To think that it was a medium that was worthy of such careful attention -- and that had the ability to tell such searing, intense, personal stories -- was a real eye opener,” said James Sturm, who served on the selection panel and directs the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
The day of the award ceremony is the one day each year that the MacDowell Colony opens its doors to the public.