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
New England Liaison: Jon Lackman, writer
Chicago Liaison: Kelli Connell, visual artist
San Francisco Liaison: Matt Szymanowski, filmmaker