2016 Received 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, Arts Council for Monterey County
2015 Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Laguna College of Art & DesignAwarded Honorary Doctorate from Laguna College of Art & Design'>
MacDonald accepted an Honorary Doctorate degree from Laguna College of Art & Design at the May 18 2015 LCAD Commencement Ceremony in Laguna, California. The internationally renowned sculptor received this honor in recognition of his dedication to the pursuit of excellence in representational figurative sculpture. Richard MacDonald is the Honorary Chair of the LCAD Figurative Sculpture department, and teaches Master Classes on the LCAD campus. MacDonald and LCAD share a mutual commitment to classical fine art education and the advancement of fine art figurative sculpture for the next generation of students and collectors.
2014 Appointed Sculpture Chair of Laguna College of DesignAppointed Sculpture Chair of Laguna College of Design'>
MacDonald appointed Advisory Chair of Fine Art- Sculpture Department at Laguna College of Art and Design. MacDonald lead a Figurative Sculpture Master Class in the university in the 2014 Spring semester.
2013 Celebrates twenty-five years of sculpture
2012 Appointed as Honorary Professor at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan UniversityAppointed as Honorary Professor at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University'>
During a lecture tour in China, MacDonald is appointed as Honorary Professor at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University.
2012 Dinner with Prince Charles at Buckingham PalaceDinner with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace'>
In gratitude for his support of The Royal Ballet, Richard MacDonald is invited to dine at Buckingham Palace.
2009 The Royal Ballet
2007 Partners with Cirque Du SoleilPartners with Cirque Du Soleil'>
MacDonald and Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque Du Soleil, collaborate to create the highly collected Cirque Series.
2004 The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown Bust, City of San Francisco, CAThe Honorable Mayor Willie Brown Bust, City of San Francisco, CA'>
MacDonald completes the bust of Mayor Willie Brown for the City of San Francisco, CA.
2001 Medal of Honor, Momentum - 100th U.S. Open, United States Sports Academy, AL
MacDonald creates Momentum, a 15-foot tall bronze monument capturing the perfect golf swing, to celebrate 100 years of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, CA.
1996 Montana Memorial Award
The National Sculpture Society honors MacDonald with the Montana Memorial Award in New York City for Momentum.
1996 Flair Across AmericaFlair Across America'>
MacDonald and The Flair, a 26-foot monument for the Olympic Games, embark on a ten city tour across America before being permanently installed at Atlanta’s Georgia International Plaza.
1995 Montana Memorial Award, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
1991 Gold Medal Winner, Knickerbocker Artists
Work is honored with a gold medal at the Knickerbocker Artists Annual Exhibition in New York City.
1991 Best in Show, Art Center
MacDonald’s sculpture wins Best of Show at his alma mater, Art Center College of Design.
1988 First exhibition as sculptor
Recovered from the ruination of his studio fire with the help of Tony Robbins’ Personal Power, MacDonald borrows $16K to show his sculptures at the Art Expo in Los Angeles. Makes a profit and successfully places with national galleries.
1988 Fire destroys studio
A fire sweeps through MacDonald’s studio in the Sierras. Everything is lost – all his work, the immense commission he’s in the process of creating, and his beloved Golden Retriever, Beau. He is devastated.
Develops a design incorporating mythical Greek figures in a spiraling 18-foot sculpture for MGM's corporate headquarters.
1986 Stephen F. AustinStephen F. Austin'>
Designs the heroic monument for the Texas Sesquicentennial at Stephen F. Austin University in Austin, TX, including the reflecting pool, lighting, and plaza.
1985 Christus RexChristus Rex'>
Creates first public monument. The 9-foot figure of Christ floats from of a stained glass window at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA.
1979 Sells first bronze
Sculpts and sells first bronze, to HRH Prince Faisal Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia.
1979 Opens American Illustrator's Gallery in Atlanta, GA
MacDonald’s gallery in Atlanta, GA represents notables such as N.C. Wyeth, Bernie Fuchs, Robert Heindel, Mark English, Alan E. Cober, and Fred Otnes.
1978 Advocates for artists' rights
Blackballed by Coca-Cola due to copyright dispute, MacDonald gets involved in the movement that changes copyright laws so that artists retain ownership of their work.
1971 Works as an illustrator
Fortune 500 clients include AT&T, NFL, Coca-Cola, and publishing houses like Bantam and Harper.
1971 Graduates from Art Center College of Design
Inspired by his uncle, advertising designer Chuck Ax, MacDonald wins a scholarship to attend Art Center and graduates cum laude.
1946 Born in PasadenaBorn in Pasadena'>
The second of five children, MacDonald grows up on the coast of California.