MacDowell makes a place in the world for artists, because art makes the world a better place.

The MacDowell Colony is a leading contemporary arts organization located in Peterborough, NH.

Since 1907, our mission has been to create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis. We do that by providing essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.

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A house of dreams untold–
It looks out over the whispering treetops
And faces the setting sun.

Artists’ Accolades

The writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and architects who have attended MacDowell have won:

83 Pulitzer Prizes
803 Guggenheim Fellowships
28 Rome Prizes

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Join us as we present the 59th annual Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts to Pulitzer Prize-Winning graphic novel pioneer Art Spiegelman.

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Martha's Vineyard Playhouse presents a reading by Boo Killebrew with The MacDowell Colony. VIP pre-show dinner with Boo and Friends of MacDowell.

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As media resources continue to shift to free content and fast news, The MacDowell Colony is doubling its fellowship support for writers engaged in…

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Our next application deadline is Sept 15, 2018 for winter-spring 2019 residencies. The application period opens on July 15.

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