Freedom to Create / MacDowell Colony

Mark Foster Gage outside Adams Studio, 2008 - © Joanna Eldredge Morrissey / Courtesy of The MacDowell Colony

Now accepting residency applicants, the MacDowell Colony’s mission is 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.” Artists from a wide range of disciplines, including a long list of architects, have experienced the MacDowell Fellowship, receiving a studio, accommodations and three meals a day for up to eight weeks with no residency fees. The experience is very private. Each individual is given their own studio to live and work in solitude, as no studio is visible from another. Meals are shared at the Colony Hall. The sole criterion is artistic excellence.

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Currier Museum of Art / Ann Beha Architects

© Jonathan Hillyer

Ann Beha Architects’ (ABA) renovation and expansion of the Currier Museum of Art has transformed the historic building, welcoming new and diverse audiences, and presenting art in exciting ways.

Architect: Ann Beha Architects
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire,
Project Area: 33,000 sqf New Construction, 40,000 Renovation
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jonathan Hillyer, Bruce T. Martin

AD Classics: Exeter Library (Class of 1945 Library) / Louis Kahn

In 1965 Louis I. Kahn was commissioned by the Phillips Exeter Academy to design a library for the school. The Academy had been planning the new library for fifteen years but were consistently disappointed with the designs that the hired architects and committee were proposing. The Academy was very particular in knowing the kind of building they wanted: a exterior to match the Georgian buildings of the school and an interior with the ideal environment for study. Kahn’s sympathetic use of and his concerns for natural light met these specific principles that the Academy had in mind for the library, and thus the design fell in his hands.

More information on ’s Phillips Exeter Academy Library after the break.