MacDowell makes a place in the world for artists, because art makes the world a better place.

Filmmakers Janice Duncan and Sophia Allison

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.

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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.

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Find out who has gone through our community and how their artistic dreams and passion are being fulfilled.

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The writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and architects who have attended MacDowell have won:


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.



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