The competition that kicked off one year ago is now down to its final stage. Safely stored in a secure location are the bas relief plaster castings of the three finalists’ designs that were selected in October 2019. Those artists, now awaiting the judges’ decision, are:

  • Alexis Chipperini, of Brighton, MA for “Call of the Storm”

  • Beth Swan of Gloucester, MA for “Out at Sea”

  • Shannon Wilkins of Portland, ME for “Gloucester: America's Oldest Seaport”


  • By the end of the day on February 13th, the distinguished judging panel (see February 3, 2020 announcement) will have reviewed the castings, selected a winner, and sealed their decision in an envelope to be opened on February 25th at 7:00 p.m. as the first agenda item of Gloucester’s City Council meeting. All three artists have been invited to attend “the big reveal” and, as always, members of the public are welcome.


  • The successful design announced on the 25th will be minted as the city’s official medallion representing Gloucester’s 400th anniversary. The commemorative medal will be minted in bronze and silver versions for purchase by Gloucester residents, collectors, and numismatists worldwide. Gloucester400 organizers expect to make an announcement about opportunities to pre-purchase medals in the coming weeks.


Gloucester Celebration Corporation. (GCC), is the organizer of the Gloucester Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Celebration. Learn More.

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