A Century of Creativity - The MacDowell Colony 1907–2007

February 22–August 18, 2007

About the Exhibition

Since 1907, the MacDowell Colony has offered a creative sanctuary to artists, writers, and composers. Founded by American composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian, the Colony's underlying philosophy is that artists working in different disciplines can benefit from contact with one another. This exhibition, drawn from collections across the Library, provides an opportunity to appreciate the MacDowell experience, from its most recent fellows to its earliest colonists.

Exhibit Highlights

Many American classics can trace their origins to The MacDowell Colony. Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Aaron Copland's ballet Billy the Kid, and Dorothy and DuBose Heyward's play Porgy number among them.

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Visit the Exhibition

Visit the Exhibition in the Thomas Jefferson Building's American Treasures Gallery during the following dates and times:

February 22—August 18, 2007
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Lehman Brothers.

Exhibition Location

Southwest Gallery

About the Colony

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