• Graham Foundation Fellowship for Architects
    Nathalie Rozot
    MacDowell Colony

Nathalie Rozot/PhoScope, (Helio)Photomorphing, indoor lighting test (space), 2011-12, Paris.

The Graham Foundation Fellowship provides a MacDowell Colony residency in the coming year for an exceptionally talented architect engaged in work that explores intersections between art and architecture. The recipient demonstrates both exceptional talent and need. Since 1907, MacDowell has nurtured the creation of new works by some of the country's most important artists, many of them when they were still emerging in their fields. At MacDowell, architects receive exclusive use of a studio, living accommodations, all meals, and the opportunity to share ideas with artists of all disciplines in an inspiring setting on the Colony's 450 acres in Peterborough, NH.

Nathalie Rozot is a French-born lighting design practitioner whose award-winning design and research work explores speculative models for 21st-century global nightscapes. She is currently developing programs for the photocentric think tank PhoScope, which she launched in 2011.

The MacDowell Colony's mission is to nurture the arts by providing creative individuals with an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. Founded in 1907, MacDowell welcomes more than 250 artists each year—including architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers—to work within its 450 woodland acres in Peterborough, NH, for up to two months. More than 7,000 artists have worked there, including Benny Andrews, Henry Cobb, Aaron Copland, Janet Fish, Osvaldo Golijov, Tom Kundig, Glen Ligon, Anna Schuleit, Alice Walker, and Thornton Wilder. The residency experience gives architects and other artists the rare opportunity to concentrate exclusively on their work in a setting that encourages critical exchanges, collaborations, and open discourse. In 1997, MacDowell became the only artist community to receive the National Medal of Arts, "for nurturing and inspiring many of this century's finest artists" and offering artists "the opportunity to work within a dynamic community of their peers, where creative excellence is the standard."