The MacDowell Colony brings together the community with the art and artists at MacDowell in free programs as well as fundraisers to expand appreciation of the arts.

Explore our events below.

Upcoming Events

New Hampshire Benefit

The New Hampshire Benefit will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at the Colony and bring together artists-in-residence, MacDowell supporters, and business leaders for an intimate community celebration of art and artists.

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MacDowell NYC

TV icon and author Carol Burnett will appear at MacDowell NYC on October 24, 2019, joined by acclaimed memoirists and MacDowell Fellows Amanda Stern and Nell Painter. The three will read from their memoirs and discuss the unique challenges of the popular non-fiction form.

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Annual Fellows Party

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Fellows Executive Committee will host the Annual Fellows Party in New York, reuniting recent and past Colony Fellows in celebration of MacDowell’s mission and its ongoing role in their lives. Proceeds from the event go toward a gift for the Colony.

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Chairman's Evening

Each December MacDowell caps off our year with this exclusive Friends of MacDowell members evening featuring Michael Chabon in conversation with some of the art world’s most fascinating voices.

The Glasshouses Chelsea
Monday, December 9th

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MacDowell Downtown

MacDowell Downtown is a free series of presentations open to the public by MacDowell Fellows that takes place on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough.

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National Benefit

On Monday, May 6th MacDowell artists, supporters, board, and friends gathered at Gotham Hall in New York City to celebrate the power, diversity, and influence of art. We showcased a selection of works Made At MacDowell and we raised more than half a million dollars for our residency program.

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Fellows Events

Find out where to experience Fellows' work anywhere on the planet. Our listing shows you where you can find the fruits of Fellow labor in film, literature, performance, architecture, theatre, visual art, music, and the interdisciplinary arts.

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Friends of MacDowell

Discover where Friends will go next and what kinds of opportunities there are to meet the artists who make the work in intimate settings.

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Past Events

Medal Day

On Sunday, August, 11th, 2019 MacDowell awarded our 60th Edward MacDowell Medal to conceptual artist Charles Gaines. Art lovers from around the region and around the country gather for our most anticipated event of the year on the lush MacDowell grounds to celebrate the achievements of leading voices in American culture. This event is free and open to the public.

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James Baldwin Library Dedication

To recognize James Baldwin and his extraordinary cultural legacy, the MacDowell Colony’s library has been named in his honor. Baldwin’s work as a novelist, poet, activist, essayist, playwright, social critic, and cultural leader continues to have enormous impact on the public imagination.

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Get Michael Chabon's Latest Book

Flash sale of limited-edition hardcover copies of Bookends by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chairman of the Board of MacDowell. The paperback of this book will not be available in bookstores until 2019.

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MacDowell Now

Join The MacDowell Colony and The Curator Gallery on Wednesday, April 18 for the opening of MacDowell NOW: Recent Abstract Painting featuring the work of MacDowell Fellows.

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