Artists often describe a residency at MacDowell as a turning point in their creative careers: a time of breakthroughs. MacDowell’s aim is to continue providing this opportunity to many qualified artists, from whom the Colony receives 2,500 applications a year.
One of MacDowell’s strengths is identifying talent and supporting artists who push boundaries, as evidenced by the large number of iconic and award-winning works produced by Colony Fellows. MacDowell is committed to selecting artists who are at the forefront of the evolution of their fields, with the potential to produce groundbreaking work. Investing in Fellowships for artists to work at the Colony ensures that MacDowell will continue to do during its second century what it does superbly now — support the most talented creative artists.
|Interdisciplinary Artists Hajoe Moderegger and Franziska Lamprect. Photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey.|
The MacDowell Colony provides Fellowships for more than 250 creative artists to work at the Colony each year. In addition to uninterrupted time dedicated to their work, artists receive a private studio, living accommodations, and meals for a period of up to two months. Colony Fellows join a community of artists working in a variety of disciplines and at different stages of their careers, offering a unique opportunity for artists to share new ideas, be inspired by one another’s work during informal presentations of works-in-progress, and frequently collaborate across disciplines.
While approximately 60 Fellowships are currently underwritten each year or have been endowed in perpetuity, the costs of the remaining 200 Fellowships must be covered by annual fund-raising and substantial transfers of income from the Colony’s endowment.
Fellowship endowment will enable MacDowell to close the gap between operating expenses and income over time. This will limit over-dependency on annual fund-raising for operations, which, in turn, will help to ensure that the excellence of the artist residency program remains the Colony’s primary concern.
The financial sustainability of endowed Fellowships will underwrite MacDowell’s second century of supporting individual artists.