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We Stand With Afghanistan’s Art Makers
Executive Director Philip Himberg has signed a petition calling on the U.S. government to do everything in its power to help at-risk Afghans, including artists, filmmakers, performers, and writers, to exit the country.Read the message
Why MacDowell NOW?
In January of 2020 we introduced a new series of essays written by our Fellows, intended to interrogate the transcendent relevancy of the American artist residency at this particular moment in time. You can access them here.Enjoy the essays
Latest News + Events
This essay by writer Casey Plett makes the case that artist residencies should avoid front-loading pressure on artists to anticipate the outcome of their works. Instead of asking program applicants to explain how their work has current relevance, they should ease the requirement to detail that relevance and view the mystery behind artistic projects as key in achieving it.Read more
Watch our 2021 Virtual National Benefit, when we honored Urban Word with the 2nd annual Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award, which was accepted by by Mahogany L. Browne, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC and Poet-in-Residence at Lincoln Center.Read more
MacDowell will suspend a longstanding admissions requirement that applicants supply reference letters as part of the application process and convert from three annual application deadlines and corresponding residency seasons to two.Read more
Watch a replay of the televised 2021 Medal Day with Composer-Performer Rosanne Cash featuring author Kurt Andersen, who introduced the 61st Edward MacDowell Medalist, performances with Cash, Emmylou Harris and John Leventhal, a one-on-one interview with New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, and an intimate tour of open studios .Read more
Get to know 8,000+ artists
Find out who has gone through our community and how their artistic dreams and passion are being fulfilled.Browse Artists
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 February 10, 2022 for Fall-Winter 2022-2023 residencies. The application period is now open.Apply
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