Painter Named Chair of MacDowell
Author Nell Painter has been named the MacDowell Colony’s new chairman of the board, taking over from novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon, who has held the post since December of 2010. The board unanimously appointed Painter at a meeting earlier this month. Painter, a two-time MacDowell Fellow, is the first woman to lead the organization's board. The MacDowell Colony awards more than 300 competitive Fellowships to artists working in seven disciplines each year.