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The MacDowell Colony

The MacDowell Colony facilitates a balance between focused work and interdisciplinary interaction, among composers, writers, architects, film and video artists, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and visual artists.

A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

Location

Peterborough, New Hampshire: United States

This retreat-style residency was founded in 1907 and is situated on 450 acres in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2 - 8 weeks, average residency is 5 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 20+
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 301
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 2137

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    One application per artist per 24 month period. Applicants who are in a degree program as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.

  • Application deadline: April 15, September 15, January 15

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Milton Avery, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Chabon, Barbara Ess, Spalding Gray, Meredith Monk, Susan Lori Parks, Alice Walker, Thornton Wilder, Jessica Yu
To enter one’s assigned studio in the morning in expectation of a whole day with no distractions to intrude on the project in hand, and to look forward to a succession of such days for the continuity that is so hard to obtain elsewhere, is to feel oneself in the possession of a kingdom. Cheney, my studio in the woods, was a kingdom of happiness where I completed more work than I have ever before in a comparable period. I know of no other place that so perfectly fulfills its purpose as does MacDowell.
— Barbara Tuchman
While The MacDowell Colony is probably best known as one of the first multidisciplinary artist residency programs in America, we are proudest of the reputation we have for being a great place to work. The simple formula that Edward and Marian MacDowell developed has changed little since its founding in 1907. The spirit of the place is refreshed each year by the variety and vitality of the artists themselves. The solitude, uninterrupted time, and an appropriate workspace, all within a supportive community of other creative people, make for the perfect environment.
— Cheryl Young, Executive Director

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Individual studio or private room in a shared facility for each resident; furnishings and linens provided.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    All meals are provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Some studios are accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Other facilities and services: Common room for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; computer and internet connections in common area; some local transportation provided by the organization. Smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

Application fee - $30; travel and materials.

Stipends / other support

Travel grants available, based on need; financial assistance available, based on need.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists-in-residence are provided with the opportunity to volunteer for community activities through two programs, including outreach in the schools program. Artists may also contribute a sample of their work to the MacDowell collection which is made available to artists-in-residence in the Library. Donations may also be made to the local public library.

Contact Information

100 High Street
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458
United States