Fellows Executive Committee

The Fellows Executive Committee (FEC) is made up of artists who have been in residence at MacDowell. The FEC generates and communicates the ideas, opinions, and suggestions of MacDowell Fellows to MacDowell’s executive director and board members. New committee members are chosen by existing FEC members from a pool of willing volunteers who express interest and enthusiasm.

The FEC aims to be a rotating, ever-refreshing pool of backgrounds and input. To that end, FEC volunteers serve for two or three years.

The FEC meets with MacDowell’s executive director four times a year in New York. In addition to providing feedback on the residency experience from an artist’s perspective, the committee plans and organizes the Annual Fellows Party, a fantastic fall bash to which all Colony Fellows (and their partners, spouses, and friends) are invited. The event raises money for the Colony that, in the past, has been directed to provide such things as computers and e-mail service, bicycles and their repairs, and a public address system. Some FEC gifts have later been adopted as regular fixtures in the MacDowell budget, such as the real maple syrup that greets breakfasters in Colony Hall.

The Fellows Executive Committee exists to serve all MacDowell artists. Any questions, ideas, or suggestions about Colony life or any Colony-related issue can be e-mailed to the FEC by clicking here.

President: Jason Van Nest, architect

Vice President: Paula Whyman, writer

Treasurer: Michael Harrison, composer

Secretary: Rosemarie Fiore, visual artist


Christopher Cerrone, composer

Sarah Friedland, visual artist

Nene Humphrey, visual artist

Zahir Janmohamed, writer

Larry Krone, interdisciplinary artist

Paul La Farge, writer

Zibuokle Martinaityte, composer

Brandon Neubauer, interdisciplinary artist

Samuel Nigro, filmmaker

Wendy Richmond, interdisciplinary artist

Seamus Scanlon, writer

Scott Wheeler, composer

Regional Liaisons:

New England Liaison: Jon Lackman, writer

Chicago Liaison: Kelli Connell, visual artist

San Francisco Liaison: Matt Szymanowski, filmmaker