Applications postponed until April 2021.

MacDowell has decided to suspend the September 2020 and January 2021 application deadlines. Like many residency programs, MacDowell temporarily closed its program due to the corona virus pandemic. Upon reopening, MacDowell is committed to providing time and space to those artists whose residencies were cancelled or postponed due to our closure. We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming artists back to MacDowell in the coming months.

For questions, please contact admissions@macdowell.org.

About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. Artists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging artists, are eligible to apply. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.

Applications for MacDowell’s Fall 2021 season will open February 15, 2021 with an April 15, 2021 deadline.

The Fall season is October to January.

application Guidelines

MacDowell 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.

See link above for more details on eligibility, submission information, etc.

Financial assistance

We believe that all talented artists should have the opportunity a MacDowell residency provides, and there is no cost for a MacDowell Fellowship. Additionally, in order to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists, MacDowell offers financial assistance programs to those who have been awarded a Fellowship. These financial assistance programs are intended to help with or cover the costs of traveling to and from MacDowell, as well as expenses which artists expect to incur while in residence, including rent and lost income.

Artists may apply for financial aid stipends and travel grants only if they are awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, and demonstrate financial need. Applications for assistance, which are made available as part of the confirmation of acceptance to MacDowell, are kept confidential. Financial assistance funds are disbursed during or shortly after a residency. Artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply.

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