Funding Fellowships is at the heart of the Friends of MacDowell, our community of arts supporters who believe that The MacDowell Colony is a place where artists can make brave new work. Members enjoy exclusive experiences within the arts; discover contemporary artists in intimate, curated programs; and gain insider access to art scenes around the world.

By funding Fellowships we sustain MacDowell as a national center with a global view of creativity and multidisciplinary dialogue. Anyone who supports a Fellowship annually at the following levels are eligible for memberships for one or two people (all-inclusive except where noted).

The Young Friends of MacDowell is a community of supporters under 45 years of age whose contributions support emerging artists and first-time residencies. Young Friends also enjoy art experiences across our seven disciplines, including access and interaction with artists in social settings.

Our calendar of events

Name a Fellowship: $25,000+

Receive Fellowship Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, Medal Day weekend events, and a private colony visit!

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Fund a Fellowship: $10,000+

Receive Premium Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, and Medal Day weekend events!

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Fund One / Two Weeks: $2,500+ / $5,000+

Receive Full Friends Membership for one or two:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for one/two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, and Medal Day weekend events!

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Feed an artist during their stay: $500+

Under 45 years of age? Receive Young Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings, outings and the Annual Young Friends Cocktail Party. This does not include the Chairman's Evening.

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Signature Events

Friends have the option of directing their support as sponsors for MacDowell’s signature events, which celebrate the work of artists and raise critical operating support for MacDowell’s residency program:

A star-studded group of artists will perform and read from works by MacDowell Colony Fellows at our annual National Benefit in NYC. All proceeds support Fellowships for more than 300 artists who come annually from all corners of the globe.

Made At MacDowell
Monday, May 6th 2019
Gotham Hall, NYC

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Each August art lovers from around the region and around the country converge on the lush Colony grounds to celebrate the achievements of a leading voice in American culture. This event is free and open to the public. If you missed it, or if you attended, please join us next August as we award the 60th Edward MacDowell Medal to a visual artist.

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The New Hampshire Benefit is held at the Colony each year and brings together artists-in-residence, MacDowell supporters, and business leaders for an intimate community celebration of art and artists.

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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 High Line Hotel Refectory Room

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