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

At MacDowell we believe that art makes the world a better place. We also believe that to create inspiring art, artists need a place that inspires them. At MacDowell we create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis, so that artists can do the work of inspiring us to take a fresh look at the way we connect to the world and to each other.

Read Our Summer Newsletter Online

News about the MacDowell Colony from November through April 2017, including new Fellow works, three Tonys, three Pulitzers, busy season for composers, four Fellows elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters, MacDowell Events, and our announcement of David Lynch as the 2017 Edward MacDowell Medalist.

​Apply by Sept. 15, 2017 for Winter-Spring 2018

More than 275 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is talent. There are no residency fees and travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to ensure the residency is open to the widest and most diverse community of artists possible.

Watch MacDowell Chairman Michael Chabon recreate a Twin Peaks snippet at The Apple Pan in LA -- standing in for the Double R Diner -- as he invites the public to our Medal Day 2017 celebration of David Lynch.

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Medal Day to Honor Filmmaker David Lynch

Filmmaker David Lynch will be honored with the 58th annual Edward MacDowell Medal on August 13, 2017 during our free public event in Peterborough, NH.

New Chelsea Offices and New President of MacDowell Board

Read the announcement made at The National Benefit in NYC on May 1 about the New York office space and new Colony Board President Andy Senchak.

MacDowell and Schelling Studio: 110 Years of Working Artists

Read the full story about the Colony’s first purpose built studio as we approach our 110th anniversary on the Portable MacDowell.

Meet Artists Who Make New Work

This community of arts patrons are invested in the brave new work that artists create at The MacDowell Colony.

See MacDowell in Action on Vimeo

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lena Dunham joined Michael Chabon at our last Chairman’s Evening. You can watch their exchange as well as other videos here.

Take Our News and Artists With You

​Take a peek behind the scenes and find news, press releases, learn about artists and find out where you can experience their art around the world.

The 2017 National Benefit earlier this month raised a whopping $600,000 for our program. You can watch the entire program of the evening here.

“Time expanded, thoughts were formed, matured, and came to fruition on the page. I haven’t been able to delve this deeply into my work in many years. This was a gift whose value can’t be measured.” — Irene Cheng, architect 2016

Fellows Meredith Monk, Dave Malloy, Peter Zuspan, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Eileen Myles, and Sarah Jones speak about the importance and value of a MacDowell Colony residency in this 3-minute film.