Adriana Farmiga Named MacDowell Fellow

June 11, 2018

Import Export, 12 x 16 inches, watercolor, graphite on paper

Adriana Farmiga A'96, assistant dean and adjunct professor in the School of Art, was awarded a 2018 MacDowell Summer Fellowship. This year the MacDowell Colony awarded summer fellowships to 84 artists working in seven disciplines; the disciplines include architecture, composition, filmmaking, interdisciplinary art, theatre art, visual art, and writing.

This summer's highly competitive fellowships were awarded from a pool of 978 applications received between October 2017 and January 2018. A panel of distinguished professionals in each discipline selects Fellows based solely on their talent as evidenced by a work sample and project description. The fellowship is part of MacDowell’s mission to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals an inspiring and multidisciplinary environment to produce enduring works of the imagination. Past Fellows have included James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ellen Driscoll, Louise Erdrich, and Dee Rees.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.