2017 ARTS FIRST Festival

The schedule for Harvard’s annualĀ ARTS FIRST festival has been announced. As the icon indicates, the festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and this year’s recipient of the Harvard Arts Medal is none other than John Lithgow. As his papers are held by the Harvard Theatre Collection, we are planning a small exhibition to celebrate the occasion. Although obviously best known for his work on the stage and screen, Lithgow is also a talented artist who has produced a range of works over the course of his career (see this recent gift to Jimmy Fallon). It seems to be something of a tradition for him to create and distribute an artwork to the crew when various productions wrap, and several of theseĀ entertaining illustrations will be featured in the exhibition. John Lithgow: Actor as Artist will be on display at Houghton Library from April 25-July 29.