MacDowell makes a place in the world for artists, because art makes the world a better place

Painter Paul Anthony Smith.

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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A house of dreams untold– It looks out over the whispering treetops and faces the setting sun.

- Edward A. MacDowell

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The writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and architects who have attended MacDowell have won:

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Charles Gaines is 60th Medalist

The Medal will be presented at a free public event on August 11, 2019 by author and Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon.

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The 2019 National Benefit

Get your tickets early to this signature annual event.... This year's theme: Made at MacDowell.

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Katherine Min Fellowship

Help establish this endowed Fellowship with Katherine’s friends and family. Katherine, who was in residence eight times, was excited about the idea of a fellowship in her name to help bring Asian American writers to MacDowell.

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Our next application deadline is Sept. 15, 2019 for winter 2020 residencies. The application period opens on July 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.