Spring Summer 2023 Residencies

Associated Residency Program

MacDowell provides residencies that facilitate a balance between focused work and interdisciplinary interaction among architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, playwrights, visual artists, and writers. Residencies average 30 days in length within a range of 2 to 6 weeks. While on our Peterborough grounds, each Fellow will have use of a private studio, three meals a day, and living accommodations, sharing their experience with approximately 30 artists during their stay. The relationships formed here spark inspiration and creativity and can result in long-term artistic partnerships. MacDowell distributes over $170,000 annually in financial aid and travel support to approximately one-third of our applicants to cover lost income, expenses, and travel. Our Peterborough programs, MacDowell Downtown and MacDowell in the Schools, provide opportunities for interested artists-in-residence to participate in community activities by presenting their work to youth and adults in Peterborough. Artists may also contribute a sample of their work to the MacDowell collection, available to residency artists in the James Baldwin Library. Donations may also be made to the Peterborough library. Following the residency, MacDowell provides opportunities for Fellows to connect through MacDowell's Fellows Executive Committee and our Virtual MacDowell program.

Deadline
Residency Length
2 weeks - 6 weeks
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
30
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Woodworking
Criticism
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Translation
Writing
Choreography
Dance
Performance Art
Theater
Music
Opera
Symphony
Animation
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
TV + Radio
Virtual Reality
Illustration
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Storytelling
Urban Planning/Design
Philosophy
Companions
N/A
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Childcare stipend provided
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
All meals
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Piano
Electric Kiln
Darkroom (Black And White)
Printers + Scanner
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Easels
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Washer And Dryer
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. Applicants are accepted on the basis of their work sample and proposed project in seven broad areas—architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, playwrights, visual artists, and writers—and multiple subgenres. Emerging and established artists from any country may apply. Applicants enrolled in a degree-seeking program are ineligible for residencies, excluding doctoral candidates who have completed all coursework. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
150
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
1541
Artist Stipend
1500
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
500
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
0
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

All residencies are offered free of charge.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Artist stipends and travel reimbursement are need-based. One-third of Fellows receive financial assistance. Please see our website for more details.

Application Fee
30
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application