MacDowell 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 MacDowell 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 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.
Artists-in-residence are provided with the opportunity to volunteer for community activities through two programs, including outreach in the schools program. Artists may also contribute a sample of their work to the MacDowell collection which is made available to artists-in-residence in the library. Donations may also be made to the local public library.
Individual studio or private room in a shared facility for each resident; furnishings and linens provided. Meals are provided.
Digital media, exhibition, installation, film and digital editing, heavy metals, blacksmithing, music studio (non-recording), painting, photography (non-digital), printmaking and sculpture facilities.
Spread out over the Colony's 450 acres of woodlands and fields are 32 artist studios. Almost no studio is within sight of another. Nearest airport is 35 miles away and the nearest bus stop 15 miles.