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Best-selling Author and Visual Artist Nell Painter Appointed Chair of MacDowell Colony Board of Directors

Nell Painter, the author of The New York Times bestseller The History of White People and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Old In Art School, is The MacDowell Colony’s new chairman of the board. She takes over from novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon, who has held the post of chairman at one the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations since December of 2010.

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MacDowell Awards Winter-Spring Fellowships to 87 Artists

Seventy-six percent of the upcoming artists-in-residence are first-time Fellowship awardees and come from 21 states and seven countries. The incoming Fellows reflect seven artistic disciplines and will arrive from locales as far apart as Poland, Mexico, Belgium, and Israel, as well as Tennesee, Washington, and Minnesota.

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2020 Public Season of Works-in-Process and Artist Conversations in New York

Beginning with a musical salon featuring performances and conversation about a work soon to premier at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, the 2020 MacDowell NYC season features the work created at MacDowell by the 300 artists granted Fellowships there each year. Monthly events – both free to the public and ticketed – include gatherings small and large.

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The MacDowell Colony is a leading contemporary arts organization located in Peterborough, NH.

Since 1907, our mission has been to create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis. We do that by providing essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.

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- Edward A. MacDowell


Our next application deadline is Jan. 15, 2020 for summer 2020 residencies. The application period opens on October 15.



The MacDowell Colony relies on the generosity of individuals and foundations
to provide vital support every year to more than 300 artists in seven disciplines.