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Summer 2018 Fellows include (clockwise from top left) Michael Fiday, Lesley Arimah, Cecilia Aldarondo, Mark Dresser, Andrew Sean Greer, Monica Youn, John Kelly, and Kate Soper. Photo: MacDowell Colony.

MacDowell Colony Awards Fellowships to Eighty-Four Artists

The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, announced today that eighty-four artists from eighteen states and six countries were granted fellowships, valued at about $10,000, and will participate in the organization’s summer residency program.

Among the group of 2018 MacDowell Fellows are the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Andrew Sean Greer; poet Monica Youn; composers Mark Dresser, Laura Schwendinger, and Kate Soper; performance artist John Kelly; playwrights Brian Selznick and Rebecca Taichman; filmmakers João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues; and visual artists Nayland Blake, Tod Lippy, and Mary Lum.

The recipients were selected from a pool of 978 applications by a panel of creative professionals. They will each be provided with a private studio for a period of up to eight weeks, accommodations, and three meals a day once they join the colony in the coming months.

“Time and again artists have told us a MacDowell residency provides the clarity of mind needed to make art,” executive director Cheryl A. Young said. “The pull of distractions and the frenetic pace of everyday life make that kind of focus difficult.” This group of artists will have the advantage of the long summer days as well as a chance to meet some great artists in other disciplines. A long walk to the studio or in impromptu conversation can lead to discoveries that might not otherwise come to be.”

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