MacDowell Grants Residencies to 129 Artists as Program Returns to Full Capacity

- September 14, 2022

Type: Press Releases, Artist News, Fellowships

(Clockwise from top left): Terese Svoboda by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey; Thomas J. Campanella; Du Yun by Zhen Qin; Jasmine Lee-Jones by Helen Murray; Dave Malloy and Anne Washburn by Joanne Eldredge Morrissey; Maria Clara Escobar; and Donté K. Hayes by Tate Hildyard.

(Clockwise from top left): Terese Svoboda by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey; Thomas J. Campanella; Du Yun by Zhen Qin; Jasmine Lee-Jones by Helen Murray; Dave Malloy and Anne Washburn by Joanne Eldredge Morrissey; Maria Clara Escobar; and Donté K. Hayes by Tate Hildyard.

Latest group of incoming artists will work in seven disciplines and arrive from 21 states and nine countries for residencies September-February.

MacDowell has awarded Fellowships to 129 artists working in multiple disciplines who are scheduled to come to the nation’s first artist residency program for Fall/Winter 2022-2023 stays from September through February. The incoming group includes artists from nine countries and 21 U.S. states, who were chosen from 2,948 applicants, the largest pool in MacDowell’s history.

Sixty-three percent of the upcoming artists-in-residence self-identify as artists of color and almost 80 percent are first-time Fellowship awardees at MacDowell, where the mission is to nurture the arts by offering talented individuals an inspiring residential environment in which to produce enduring works of the creative imagination.

“This incoming artist cohort brings us a sense of optimism and exhilaration at a time when our world needs it,” said Executive Director Philip Himberg. “MacDowell panelists selected these remarkable innovators from the largest pool of applicants we have ever seen, a reflection of our creative community’s deep need for chosen isolation and camaraderie at this time. Across seven disciplines of artmaking, and including international artists from Europe, Africa, and South America, MacDowell aims to foster connection and creative cross-pollination – space and time in which to experiment, take risks, and tell stories that will illuminate the human heart.”

This group of MacDowell Fellows includes architect Thomas J. Campanella; composers Du Yun and Matthew Ricketts; filmmakers Maria Clara Escobar and Jasmine Lee-Jones; interdisciplinary artists Lauren Lee McCarthy and Cynthia Oliver; theatre artists Dave Malloy and Anne Washburn; visual artists Sascha Braunig and Donté K. Hayes; writers Ben Yagoda, C Pam Zhang, and Terese Svoboda; and poets Rick Barot and Samiya Bashir.

Fellows’ applications 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. Once at MacDowell, selected Fellows are provided a private studio, three meals a day, and accommodations for a period of up to six weeks.

According to discipline, incoming Fellows are:

  • Architects: Thomas J. Campanella, Elgin Cleckley, Leen Katrib, Hyojin Kwon, Jane Mah Hutton, Zahra Safaverdi, and Brendan Shea.
  • Composers: Hauke Jasper Berheide, Lea Bertucci, Anthony Cheung, Du Yun, Marti Epstein, Selim Göncü, Füsun Köksal Incirlioglu, Zach Layton, Janice Lowe, Matthew Ricketts, Sofía Rocha, Steven Takasugi, Wang Lu, LJ White, and Christopher Zuar.
  • Filmmakers: Carine Doumit, Zachary Epcar, Maria Clara Escobar, Dónal Foreman, Casey Friedman, Kinda Hassan, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Justin Jinsoo Kim, Elizabeth Lo, Irene Lusztig, Xavier Marrades, Juan Matos, Angelo Madsen Minax, Michael Robinson, maryam tafakory, Sofía Velázquez, Julianna Villarosa, and Qiong Wang.
  • Interdisciplinary artists: Arit Etukudo, Daniel Fishback, Sunder Ganglani, Apechhya Gurung, Jeffrey Halstead, Miatta Kawinzi, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Danny Lulu, Cynthia Oliver, Brigitta Varadi, and Dorian Wood.
  • Theatre artists: Calley Anderson, Jeesun Choi, Cusi Cram, Ty Defoe, Katherine Freer, Robin Frohardt, Deepak Kumar, Shayan Lotfi, Dave Malloy, Brendan Pelsue, Justin Sayre, Amy Stebbins, Mat Sweeney, Branislav Tomich, Sanaz Toossi, Mara Vélez Meléndez, and Anne Washburn.
  • Visual artists: Sydney Acosta, Sharon Barnes, Sascha Braunig, Kari Cholnoky, Lauren Cohen, Jessica Gandolf, Paul Guilmoth, Donté K. Hayes, Sunny Kim, Kang Seung Lee, Oscar Morel, Luis Romero, Jean Shin, Harold Smith Jr., Rafael Soldi, Jeff Thompson, Chen Wang, and Margaux Williamson.
  • Writers and poets: Caleb Azumah Nelson, Rick Barot, Carey Baraka, Samiya Bashir, C.M. Burroughs, Catherine Carberry, Vincent Chavez, YZ Chin, Carrie Cogan, Shira Erlichman, Eve Ewing, Brad Fox, Evan Friss, Asiya Gaildon, Yan Ge, A. Kendra Greene, Ruby Hansen Murray, Summer J. Hart, Clemonce Heard, Niki Herd, Laird Hunt, Nneoma Ike-Njoku, M.L. Krishnan, Rebekkah LaBlue, Grace Liew, Vanessa Lyon, Navied Mahdavian, Madison Mainwaring, Laura Marris, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Julia Mata, James McAuley, Mathapelo Mofokeng, Loubna Mrie, Leila Nadir, Alicia Obejas, Cindy Juyoung Ok, Kelly Pendergrast, Kiki Petrosino, Kathy Price, Vanessa Roveto, Lauren Russell, Arash Saedinia, Niv Sekar, Susan Steinberg, Terese Svoboda, Barbara Alexandra Szerlip, Shira Telushkin, Merritt Tierce, Jennifer Tseng, Camille Wanliss, Ben Yagoda, and C Pam Zhang.

MacDowell awards nearly 300 Fellowships a year, which are highly sought after by artists of all disciplines around the world. The next application period opens on January 1, 2023.

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 have been honored with numerous awards and accolades. Each year, MacDowell is a haven for nearly 300 artists and strives to make its residency program accessible and possible for all creatives. Artists with demonstrated financial need are eligible to receive travel grants and stipends that offset expenses accrued at home while they are in residency.

* Nov. 7 edit: We've added 11 artists from our waitlist to bring the new total to 140.