The MacDowell Colony has awarded fellowships to 79 artists from 19 states and six countries. The incoming Fellows represent seven artistic disciplines and will arrive from places such as Nigeria, Mexico, and Hong Kong, as well as Oregon, Texas, and North Carolina. The fellowships are for upcoming fall residencies at one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations.
This group of MacDowell Fellows includes Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori, Pulitzer Prize in Drama finalist Sarah DeLappe, Grawemeyer Award winner Sebastian Currier, industrial-pop composer Olin Caprison, recording artist and actor Jibz Cameron, Pulitzer Prize in Fiction finalist Hernan Diaz, award-winning historian Nell Painter, journalists Noah Sneider and Jeff Sharlet, and visual artists Clarity Haynes, Pamela Council, and Anna Hepler.
“MacDowell is honored to provide time and space at our bucolic property for these remarkable individuals to investigate, imagine, and create new works of art,” says Executive Director Philip Himberg. “They represent a wide and diverse range of artistic voices, reflecting a truly diverse landscape of art makers in our country and across the globe.”
These highly competitive fellowships, each with an average value of more than $10,000, were awarded from a pool of 676 applications received by the most recent of MacDowell’s three annual deadlines. A panel of distinguished professionals in each discipline selects Fellows based solely on their talent as evidenced by a work sample and project description. While at MacDowell, Fellows are provided a private studio and accommodations for a period of up to eight weeks and three meals a day.
Visual artists: Tonita Cervantes, Elisabeth Condon, Pamela Council, Bruce Crownover, Marina Fridman, Clarity Haynes, Anna Hepler, Hong Hong, Carol Keller, Cyriaco Lopes, and Chris Wright.
Fellows make use of uninterrupted time to work and enjoy the rare opportunity for multidisciplinary exchange. Artists with demonstrated financial need are eligible for travel grants and stipends to cover expenses that accrue at home while away at a residency. The MacDowell Colony awards more than 300 fellowships each year. The next application deadline is January 15, 2020 for the summer 2020 residency period.
By awarding these fellowships, The MacDowell Colony continues its long-standing mission 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. It is a mission that has inspired important contributions to American and world culture for more than a century, and has to date earned Fellows 89 Pulitzer Prizes as well as many other accolades.