Open Call

MacDowell Colony - Summer 2020 residency season

The MacDowell Colony

With Funding
Peterborough, United States


The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are in high school or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply.

Number of Participants

The maximum number of artists in residence at one time is around 32 artists. The number could be slightly higher if there are a few collaborative teams in residence at the same time.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


June 01, 2020 - September 30, 2020


  • $1,000.00 travel budget
  • $1,000.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $30.00 application fee


Darkroom, Desk Space, Individual Studio, Library, Piano, Print Shop, Sculpture Facility, Silver Darkroom


Cabin, Live/Work, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Breakfast, Chef on Site, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Tea, Vegan, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Group Dinners, Open Studios, Performances, Picnic Baskets, Readings, Retreat, Self-Directed


Activists, Architecture, Augmented Reality, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Choreography, Cinematography, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Dance, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Video Art, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology



Program Description

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. The MacDowell Colony believes that all talented artists should have the opportunity a MacDowell Fellowship provides. There is no cost for a Fellowship; however, artists are responsible for materials and travel expenses. In order to open the residency experience to a broader community of artists, MacDowell offers two financial assistance programs to those who have been awarded a Fellowship.

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