The MacDowell Colony 

About the Colony

Edward MacDowell and Marian
A Brief History

Community in Residence

The Studios

MacDowell Colony FAQ


  NH Map The MacDowell Colony was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 1907. The Colony's mission today, as it was then, is to provide an environment in which creative artists are free to pursue their work without distraction. Over 200 writers, composers, visual artists, photographers, printmakers, filmmakers, architects, interdisciplinary artists and those collaborating on creative works come to the Colony each year from all parts of the United States and abroad. 

Colonists receive room, board, and the exclusive use of a studio. In addition to ideal working conditions, artists in residence benefit from the experience of living in a community of exceptional artists. 

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