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A Message from Philip Himberg
A letter from our executive director in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and MacDowell's decision to temporarily close the residency program.Go to message
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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 since December of 2010.Read more
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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.Explore our history
The writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and architects who have attended MacDowell have won:
Medals for the Arts
A house of dreams untold – It looks out over the whispering treetops and faces the setting sun.
- Edward A. MacDowell
Our next application deadline is September 15, 2020 for winter-spring 2021 residencies. The application period opens on July 15.Apply
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.