Art and Artists Are Made at MacDowell


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A two-and-a-half minute peek into the heart of MacDowell’s belief in the power of art to transform society


Art and artists are made at MacDowell. Much more than simply a place or a residency program, at its heart, MacDowell is a philosophy, a shared belief in the power of art to transform society. For more than a century, this sanctuary of creativity has offered time, space, community, and the freedom to create. Our groundbreaking mission, emulated by countless residencies around the globe, has nurtured more than 9,000 architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers.

MacDowell Fellows have collected more than 100 Pulitzers, almost 1,000 Guggenheims, numerous Rome Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Tonys, GRAMMYs, Academy Awards, and more.

Works made at MacDowell include James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and Gregory Pardlo’s poetry collection Digest. Ayad Akhtar, Faith Ringgold, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Louise Erdrich, Dee Rees, Ann Patchett, Colson Whitehead, Audre Lorde, Milton Avery, and Wendy Wasserstein all created here, were made here.

Support and care of artists
is at the core of what we do, nourishing Fellows with three meals a day, one of 31 private studios tucked in to 450 inspiring wooded acres, and solitude or social interaction …. It’s truly that simple.

One of the most important aspects of a MacDowell residency is the exchange of ideas that occurs between artists working in different disciplines as they share evening meals. It’s all part of making MacDowell an enriching refuge unlike any other. And key to how art and artists are made at MacDowell.