MacDowell will welcome 142 artists from 23 states, Washington, D.C., and 11 countries for spring and summer residencies. These Fellowships at the nation’s first artist residency program were granted from a pool of 1,822 applications from 54 different countries and every state except Hawaii. Fifty-two percent of the incoming artists-in-residence self-identify as artists of color and 76 percent will be first-time Fellows.
MacDowell’s mission is to nurture the arts by offering talented individuals an inspiring residential environment in which to produce enduring works of the creative imagination. “For our spring and summer Fellows, the task of calendar-clearing will be rewarded in Peterborough with a focused intentionality and freedom from distractions,” said Resident Director David Macy. “With ideal working conditions in the studios and three delicious meals daily, MacDowell offers a temporary utopia where artists can, through social interaction and creative exchange, bring out the best in one another.”
This group of MacDowell Fellows includes architect Olalekan Jeyifous; composers Leah Reid, Frank Carlberg, Richard Carrick, and Ann Cleare; filmmakers Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and PJ Raval; interdisciplinary artists William E. Jones and Raheleh Filsoofi; theatre artists Kaite O'Reilly and George Sapio; visual artists June Edmonds, Rochelle Feinstein, Narcissister, David Anthone, and Ron Norsworthy; writers Lucy Corin, William Finnegan, Sarah Schulman, and A.J. Verdelle; and poets Erica Hunt, Nikola Madzirov, and Ann Townsend.
Applications for Fellowships are reviewed by a panel of esteemed professionals in each discipline. These panelists make their selections based on applicants’ vision and talent as reflected by a work sample and project description. Each year MacDowell awards about 300 Fellowships, with a maximum stay of six weeks, at no cost to accepted artists. The next application period opens on August 1, 2023 with a deadline of September 10 for residencies to be scheduled from March through August of 2024.
According to discipline, incoming Fellows are:
- Architects: Anthony Acciavatti, Emily Baker, Olalekan Jeyifous, Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, Vyta Pivo, Alexandra Quantrill, and Christopher Woebken.
- Composers: Vicente Atria, Ashkan Behzadi, Hayes Biggs, Douglas Boyce, Anthony Brandt, Frank Carlberg, Richard Carrick, Ann Cleare, Tamar Diesendruck, Henry Dorn, Zachary Gulaboff Davis, Aubrey Johnson, Sunyeong Pak, Leah Reid, Nora Stanley, and Firas Zreik.
- Filmmakers: Eduardo Aguilar, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Tamar Baruch, Philip Cartelli, Melissa Friedling, Sabine Gruffat, Alexandra Halkin, Rana Kazkaz, Hu Liwei, Juyi Mao, Michaela Mihalyi, Molly Murphy, PJ Raval, Lisa Rubin, Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, Affonso Uchoa Alonso Rodrigues, Hope Tucker, Janelle VanderKelen, Soetkin Verstegen, and Eva Weber.
- Interdisciplinary artists: Amelia Bande, Cristóbal Cea, Mauriah Donegan Kraker, Maryam Faridani, Raheleh Filsoofi, Kearra Amaya Gopee, Rashawn Griffin, William E. Jones, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Ada Pinkston, Sarah Sharp, Kaz K Sherman, Frank Yefeng Wang, Ni'Ja Whitson, and Leah Wilks.
- Theatre artists: Nkenna Akunna, Jennifer Barclay, Quan Barry, Eliza Bent, Maxe Crandall, Kareem Fahmy, Ebony Noelle Golden, Libby Heily, Kaite O'Reilly, Margaret Perry, Magda Romanska, George Sapio, Daphne Silbiger, Evan Silver, Hayley Stahl, Ekaterina Wagner, Deke Weaver, and Khari Wyatt.
- Visual artists: David Andree, David Anthone, Paolo Arao, Mehraneh Atashi, Jennifer Paige Cohen, June Edmonds, Rochelle Feinstein, Sarah Gamble, Carl Hazlewood, Christopher Iduma, Narcissister, Ellen Lesperance, Eva Lundsager, Tanya Marcuse, Ron Norsworthy, Tom Powers, Hasani Sahlehe, Anthony Smith, Jennifer Viola, and Angela Voulgarelis.
- Writers and poets: Chisaraokwu Asomugha, Jessica Bruder, Julialicia Case, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, Wendy Chen, Harriet Clark, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Constance Collier-Mercado, Lucy Corin, Kate Daloz, Alicia DeSantis, Whitney DeVos, Aaron Edwards, Virginia Eubanks, Ada Ferrer, William Finnegan, Porter Fox, Jan Freeman, Nell Freudenberger, Allegra Goodman, Cynthia Greenlee, Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, Simon Han, Michele Harper, Michelle Hart, Amanda Hess, Ben Hoffman, Caoilinn Hughes, Erica Hunt, Dana Isokawa, Sheri Joseph, Carolyn Kormann, Rachel Kushner, Dong Li, Leeyee Lim, Erin Lynch, Nikola Madzirov, T Kira Mahealani Madden, Ben Mauk, Sarah Mirk, Lara Mimosa Montes, Lio Min, Leila Mottley, Ladane Nasseri, Brooke Newman, Hamilton Nolan, Kate O’Neill, Julie Orringer, Cheryl Pappas, William Powers, Leo Ríos, Nahanni Rous, Sarah Schulman, Marisa Silver, Olivia Stephens, Meredith Talusan, Sofia Thanhauser, Ann Townsend, Vu Tran, A.J. Verdelle, Matthew Wamser, and Na Zhong.
For more than a century, MacDowell has provided uninterrupted time to reflect, innovate, study, practice, and create, and its Fellows have contributed significantly to American and world culture and been honored with numerous awards and accolades. MacDowell is a haven of creativity and strives to make its residency program accessible and possible for all artists. Applicants with demonstrated financial need are eligible to receive travel grants and stipends that offset expenses accrued at home during their residency.
* July 31 edit: We've added 15 artists from our waitlist to bring the new total to 157.