Art Spiegelman to receive prestigious MacDowell medal

May 20, 2018 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Maus” cartoonist Art Spiegelman is this year’s winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

The honor was announced on Sunday by the venerable MacDowell artist colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

MacDowell chairman Michael Chabon says in a statement that Spiegelman, the first medal recipient honored for graphic novels, was a pioneer in making comics respected as an art form. He calls his work “personal and world historical.”

Chabon will present the medal to Spiegelman on Aug. 12 during a free public event in Peterborough. Spiegelman is best known for his Holocaust works “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History” and “Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began.”

Previous MacDowell medal winners include Robert Frost, Toni Morrison and Joan Didion.