Visual artist Nathan Danilowicz creating in Alexander Studio.
Artist Experience and Studios
The Colony's 450 acres of woodland and fields, as well as its 32 artists studios, are among the many hallmarks of the MacDowell Fellowship experience. In order to preserve privacy and a sense of sanctuary, almost no studio is within sight of another and each is comfortably furnished with the artists’ needs in mind. Composers’ studios, for instance, include pianos; visual artists’ studios have ample wall space, natural northern light, and full-spectrum interior lighting. The Colony’s two photography studios feature fully-equipped darkrooms; printmakers will find their studios appointed with lithography and plate presses, aquatint equipment, and good ventilation; and writers and architects are provided generous work surfaces. All studios have bathrooms and heat; for those not assigned to a live-in studio (defined as a studio with a shower), bedrooms are provided in three different residences separate from the studios. Healthy and diverse meals are provided by the Colony. Breakfast and dinner are communal, but a basket lunch is delivered to the studios and left at the doorstep to minimize workday interruptions.
While no artist may visit another artist without an invitation, the Colony is designed to facilitate a balance between work and social interaction. Colony Hall, the main building at MacDowell, serves as the hub for artists-in-residence. It is here where meals are taken and common office needs are addressed. Landline phones for outside communication are available, as are scheduled “town runs” into downtown Peterborough. In addition to Colony Hall, Savidge Library – which houses a comprehensive and multimedia collection of work by MacDowell Fellows – provides a quiet atmosphere for research, study, and wifi access, and acts as a space for social gatherings and voluntary studio presentations. These presentations unite the community in spirited and enriching artistic dialogue, and frequently lead to inspiration for individual work as well as collaborations between Fellows that extend beyond a residency.
To view imagery of MacDowell's studios, please click on the names below.