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Two MacDowell Fellows Win Prestigious Stays at Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY

Alexandra Chasin and Justin Spring, who spent residencies at The MacDowell Colony at different times, will spend the next year working alongside each other as 2013 Leon Levy Biography Fellows. They were selected for the fellowships among 85 applicants.

Gary Giddins On Levy Center-MacDowell Kinship

The Levy Center rewards writing talent to raise the standards of biography, just as The MacDowell Colony makes a place for talented artists to do their best work. Giddins said the collaborative …


MacDowell Colony Library Design Commitee 

Library Design Committee Gets Project Update During Preview with Architects and Fellows

Members of the library design committee paid a site visit to The MacDowell Colony in May to get a peek at the project’s progress as it nears completion. They met with renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and were joined by MacDowell Fellows Ruth Reichl, Thaisa Way, and Heidi Julavits.

The centerpiece of the Colony’s most ambitious capital campaign, this modern granite and glass structure complements and completes the renovated Eugene Coleman Savidge Library, providing support for creative work and new artistic practices in the 21st century. The library will have its public debut   

Johannes Heldén Uses Artist Residency to
Explore His Digital Art and Interactive Poetry

In our digital age, new media art is challenging traditional notions of artistic expression and blurring the lines between artist and audience. The May 2013 edition of MacDowell Downtown showcased this exciting evolution at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture with what Johannes Heldén calls “interactive poetry.”

Heldén, who was in residence at The MacDowell Colony this spring, presented new digital art that explores intersections of poetry, visual art, and electronic media. His investigation of various disciplines has resulted in . . . 

Hurlin, de Monchaux, and Visconti Win American Academy in Rome Prizes

Dan HurlinA diverse cast of MacDowell Fellows will spend the next year pursuing work at The American Academy in Rome as 2013-2014 Rome Prize recipients. The academy awarded the prize to architect Nicholas de Monchaux, interdicsciplinary artist Dan Hurlin, and composer Dan Visconti, among 31 artists and scholars.

 Hurlin, who has spent two residencies at The MacDowell Colony, is the director of the graduate program in theatre at Sarah Lawrence College where he teaches dance and puppetry. He’ll be spending


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Michael Chabon

Chairman Michael Chabon Talks About Rock & Roll at American Academy Bob Dylan Induction 
Last month, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MacDowell Colony Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon gave the annual Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield keynote address at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The address, which has been given in the past by such luminaries as Robert Frost and Richard Hughes, was titled Rock & Roll, which Chabon said was the subject before he learned the Academy was inducting its first rocker, Bob Dylan, as an honorary member.

You can listen to Chabon’s heart-felt and thought-provoking address here.


Stephen Sondheim (Jerry Jackson photo)
 Stephen Sondheim To Be Celebrated During Medal Day 2013
On Sunday, August 11, the 54th Edward MacDowell Medal will be awarded to Stephen Sondheim. The ceremony will begin at 12:15 p.m. with welcoming remarks from MacDowell's Chairman Michael Chabon followed by an introduction of the Medalist by Frank Rich.

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"My MacDowell experience was transformative. It afforded me quietness to concentrate. The beauty and openness of the place were essential. But happily, the quiet was perfectly balanced by the inspiring discussions with a wonderful and inspiring group of individuals.
 I came away with more than an important experience, I walked away with a model for a perfect working environment."
-- Architect Laura Briggs


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