The MacDowell Colony

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A MacDowell Colony Fellowship (awarded through a competitive application process) consists of a residency up to two months and includes a private studio, housing, and three meals per day. The Colony is designed to facilitate a balance between social interaction and focus on work. Private studios available to artists 24 hours a day, together with the dining and recreation rooms at Colony Hall, combine to provide an environment adaptable to each individual’s needs. To ensure all autonomy and privacy, no artist-in-residence may visit another’s studio without invitation. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room, while lunch is delivered to each studio. After dinner, presentations are a traditional, elective part of the stimulating and supportive environment. Readings, slide shows, open studios, and informal performances allow artists to become acquainted with and inspired by one another’s work. Friendships established among artists-in-residence often lead to collaborations and connections beyond the Colony.

Residency Programme since: 1907
Description of Organisation:

Founded in 1907 by composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell, his wife, The MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by awarding Fellowships to artists of exceptional talent, providing time, space, and an inspiring environment in which they can do creative work. The sole criterion for acceptance is talent, as determined by a panel representing the discipline of the applicant.

The more than 8,000 artists who have benefited from a residency at MacDowell include such notables as Willa Cather, Aaron Copland, Thornton Wilder, Leonard Bernstein, James Baldwin, Jonathan Franzen, and Suzan-Lori Parks, to name but a few. A registered National Historic Landmark, The MacDowell Colony was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1997.

Organisation founded in: 1907
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 2
Number of studios: more than 20
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Meals
  • Bicycle
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): There is no cost for a Fellowship in order to open the residency experience to a wider, more diverse community of artists, however, MacDowell offers two financial assistance programs to those who have been awarded a Fellowship. Travel reimbursement grants are available to defray the cost of domestic and international travel to and from New Hampshire. Need-based stipends are available to artists who would not otherwise be able to afford the time away that a Fellowship requires. Stipends may be used to cover rent, utilities, childcare, and other expenses that accrue during a residency. They may also be directed toward equipment costs and to replace lost income. Artists may apply for these stipends and travel grants only if they are awarded a MacDowell Fellowship.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
    How to reach by plane: By plane: Air travelers are advised to take flights into Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH. Driving directions may then be followed as described above.
    How to reach by train: For shuttle service to the Colony from nearby airports, train, and bus terminals, please call Go Green Airport Shuttle (603-635-4270), Adventure Limousine (877-238-5466), Amoskeag Airport Service (800-395-3479), Shamrock Transportation (800-337-8510) or Thomas Transportation (800-526-8143). Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance.
    How to reach by car: Driving time to the Colony is approximately two hours from Boston and five hours from New York City. Peterborough is at the intersection of Routes 101 and 202, east of Keene and west of Nashua and Manchester.From Boston: Take I-93 North to I-95 South to Route 3 North, Exit 8 (Monadnock Region), then follow Route 101A West to Route 101 West, past Milford and into Peterborough. At the intersection of Routes 101 and 202, take a right onto Grove Street. You will proceed into the center of Peterborough, where you will then take a left onto Main Street. Go uphill and look for a sharp right onto High Street. The MacDowell Colony is located at 100 High Street, past the Monadnock Country Club. The main office is located in the large white building.From New York City: Take I-91 North to Vermont Exit 3 (Keene, NH) follow Route 9 East to Keene. In Keene, continue straight (the road becomes Route 101 East) until you reach the intersection of Routes 101 and 202, which is in Peterborough. At that intersection, bear left onto Grove Street. You will proceed into the center of Peterborough, where you will then take a left onto Main Street. Go uphill and look for a sharp right onto High Street. The MacDowell Colony is located at 100 High Street, past the Monadnock Country Club. The office is located in the large white building.
    Street & Number: 100 High Street
    Postal Code: 03458
    City: Peterborough, NH
    Country long: United-States
    100 High Street
    Peterborough, NH 03458 USA
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