The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.
The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics.
We welcome artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. We apply the same egalitarian standards for all those who serve MacDowell either in a staff, volunteer, or representative capacity.
The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.
You may apply to the Conference by submitting a sample of original work and an online application (see the link to the application below). All applicants submit an application and their supporting materials online. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.
There are several ways to apply to the Conference. You will see an overall list below. Those applying for financial aid must choose one category. If you would like to be considered for a spot as a general contributor should you not receive a financial aid award, you must submit a general contributor application in addition to the financial aid application.
Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the Conference. The workshops are designed to accommodate both published writers and those in the early stages of promising careers. For the 2012 Conference, we were able to accept 26% of general applicants; 6% of those who applied for financial aid received an award.
We cannot enroll anyone for less than the full ten days of the Conference. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.
There is no application fee.
N.B.: Applicants submit their top choices for workshop leader upon acceptance to the Conference, noting it on their deposit/confirmation form. Participants are then assigned to a workshop based on our commitment to giving all attendees one of their choices.
CLICK HERE for the online application.