The Saint-Gaudens Medal is awarded to the American specialist in the art Wanda M. Corn


Wanda M. Corn

The Saint-Gaudens Memorial, partner and defender of the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park (SGNHP) in Cornish, NH, awards the Saint-Gaudens Medal to Wanda M. Corn in recognition of her long-standing commitment to the preservation and l stewardship of the historic properties of artists across the United States.

Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin, professor emeritus at Stanford University, retired from teaching in 2008 and continues to research and organize major exhibitions on themes of American visual culture from the late 19th and early 20th century. His recent exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: living in modernity, organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art where it debuted in 2017, has traveled to museums across the country. His book of the same name won an Honorable Mention for the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award and received the 2018 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalog Award. Other book length publications include Grant Wood: the regionalist vision (1983); The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935 (1999); Women Make History: Public Art at the 1893 Colombian Exhibition (2011); and, with Tirza True Latimer, See Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (2011). After teaching forty years in California, Professor Corn returned to her native New England to live on Cape Cod, where she has a particular interest in coastal artists including Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane and three generations of the Wyeth family. .

Ever since Professor Corn staged a (failed) campaign in the early 1990s to save an artist’s home and studio in Washington DC, she has advocated for the importance, preservation and interpretation of places where artists have lived and worked. She writes and lectures on what can be learned and experienced in the material places created by artists. Since 2000, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Historic Artists’ Home and Studios (HAHS), a national membership program, she has chaired its advisory committee. Today, HAHS ( is a consortium of forty-eight well-preserved artist properties open to the public. The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park is a founding member of the HAHS.

Robert W. White, Augustus St. Gaudens Medal, 1992, silver.

The medal ceremony on July 17 is scheduled to match the exhibition Preserving creative spaces: photographs of houses and workshops of historic artists to see from July 3 to August 29, 2021 in the SGNHP Photo Gallery. The exhibition presents photographs of the artists whose houses, studios and landscapes make up the HAHS consortium as well as studio equipment and photographs related to the creative practice of Saint-Gaudens in Cornish.

“I want to share this award with the many hardworking and dedicated people I have met who keep the lights on and the learning tools working in artist homes preserved across the country,” said Wanda M. Corn. “I have learned so much from them and their sites about the limitless nature of creativity. Not only my scholarship, but also my life has been deeply enriched by my work with HAHS.

“Wanda Corn is one of the most deserving recipients of the prestigious Saint-Gaudens Medal, not only for her exceptional work in the field of American art, but also for having recognized more than twenty years ago that the place of the artist’s work became “an endangered species”. if not preserved and performed for the public, ”commented Donna Hassler, Executive Director of Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site and home of the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program for Historic Preservation , and also administrator of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial.

The Saint-Gaudens Medal, created in 1988, is awarded from time to time to those who, by their talents and vision, have made a distinguished contribution to the arts in America in the high tradition of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907 ). The Saint-Gaudens medal has been awarded eleven times. The award was last presented in 2019 to the Dartmouth College Library in recognition of its exemplary care and preservation of the Saint-Gaudens papers, as well as those of other artists from the Colony of Cornwall and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. Previously, the medal was awarded in 2016 to historian David McCullough for his 2011 book The Great Journey: Americans in Paris, which the author based on extensive research in articles by Saint-Gaudens at SGNHP and Dartmouth.

The medal was designed in 1992 by sculptor Robert W. White, administrator of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial from 1972 to 2002 and grandson of architect Stanford White who was a frequent collaborator of Saint-Gaudens.

“Wanda M. Corn joins an esteemed group of Saint-Gaudens Medal recipients who embody our long-standing commitment to fostering the living legacy of historic creative practice,” said Saint-Gaudens Memorial President Thayer Tolles . “Her commitment to celebrating the power of place through her scholarship and her management of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program and its affiliated properties has had an indelible and lasting impact.”

The Saint-Gaudens Memorial is a non-profit organization incorporated by the State of New Hampshire in 1919 as a permanent memorial to honor Saint-Gaudens’ legacy and to safeguard his home, studios, gardens and collections. in Cornwall. The organization donated the property and content to the federal government in 1964 to create the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service and renamed in 2019 as the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park. The Memorial of Saint-Gaudens sponsors exhibitions, concerts, artist grants and educational programs at the park which is open to the public seasonally from May to October. To schedule tours, please refer to the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park website for the most recent information on times, fees and conditions:


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