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Author and playwright Jen Silverman argues that imprecise terms such as likability and problematic presuppose that art can be deemed good, bad, moral, or immoral based on a liberal or conservative lens. By saying art is “problematic, you are saying that it constitutes or presents a problem, to which my first instinct is to reply: I hope so,” Jen writes. Read the essay here.Read more
The Admissions Department at MacDowell processed 2,967 applications for the Fall/Winter 2022-2023 residency period, a number for a single application cycle that exceeded all previous annual totals. In 2019, 2,650 individuals applied in three regular application cycles (MacDowell’s previous record year). In 2020, 2,109 individuals applied in two cycles due to the pandemic, and in 2021, 1,514 applied in one cycle due to the pandemic. Read a Q&A with MacDowell Admissions Director Courtney Bethel about the latest cycle.Read more
Novelist and MacDowell Fellow Walter Mosley will introduce the Medalist, a Langston Hughes Award and Robert Frost Medal winner, at a public ceremony that will include picnicking on the grounds, our first since August of 2019.Read more
Unoccupied for longer than the pandemic, Pan’s Cottage residence hall at MacDowell is finally welcoming artists into thoroughly modernized accommodations. A gut renovation by Tom Tolman Builders of Nelson, NH, had just concluded as MacDowell shut down for COVID in March 2020.Read more
Freedom to Create has always been a touchstone of MacDowell’s core vision and values. We stand in solidarity with our artist Fellows against any form of the censorship of art, including violence against art or artists. Among frequently banned and targeted titles written by MacDowell Fellows and Medalists are works of art such as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Beloved.
Our Mission, Values and Vision
In the summer of 2021, MacDowell’s staff and board of directors began the process of articulating a shared set of organizational values and revisiting our mission statement. We held our continuing work around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at the core of these conversations. You can read the full “Mission, Values, and Vision” statement here.Read About Our Vision
MacDowell Decries Artistic Censorship
In response to recent and ongoing attempts to suppress art in our democratic society, MacDowell issues this statement in solidarity with our artist Fellows against any form of the censorship of art, including violence against art or artists.Read our statement
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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 September 10, 2022 for Spring-Summer 2023 residencies. The application period will open in July.Apply
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