• MacDowell Colony

    MacDowell Colony


    Artist RetreatsCharitable & Nonprofit Organizations

    About Us

    The MacDowell Colony is the nation's first artist residency program and one of its leading contemporary art centers. Thirty-two studios are scattered among its 450 acres. The grounds are open to the public on Medal Day, typically the second Sunday in August, offering an opportunity to visit open studios and get a look at where some of our culture's best works have been and are being created on a daily basis.

    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.