Skowhegan

Neither a “school” in the traditional sense nor a “retreat,” the program seeks to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for artistic creation and interaction by providing a concentrated period of work, created with the support and critical assistance of a distinguished faculty of Resident and Visiting Artists. Skowhegan draws its vitality from the talent and energy of the participants, and the community they create. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists for artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work and explore free of the expectations of the marketplace and academia.

Alumni often report that the intensity of the Skowhegan experience has had a profound effect on their work and their lives. In order to allow others entry, no participant is allowed to return for a second summer. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Willard Cummings, known as Bill, secured a farm belonging to his family as the locale for the School. Legend has it that when a neighbor came by to see exactly how chicken coops could be converted into a... [ Read All ]

Skowhegan

United States


Phone: 212/529-0505
Website: http://www.skowheganart.o


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Department and information about the department

Our 2007 Session runs from June 9 to August 11

Because the program focuses on process and experimentation, participants are encouraged to come prepared to work without a preconceived agenda or schedule. The program requires participants to commit to being in residence for the full nine-week work session, and absences from the program to fulfill other professional commitments are not permitted. All participants, faculty and staff live and work on campus, and are provided with studio space and technical support for their work. The artistic dialogue continues around the clock.  


Academic Staff and Description

Our faculty is a distinguised community of resident and visiting artists.

2007 Resident Faculty

El Anatsui
Tom Burckhardt
Susanna Coffey
Angela Lorenz
Marjetica Potrc

2007 Visiting Faculty

Paul Chan
Petah Coyne
Peter Doig
Jon Kessler
Liz Larner

2007 Mellon Distinguished Fellow

Walter Murch
 


Academic Staff Art Work (10)

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Alumni

http://www.skowheganart.org/alumni-news/index.html  


Student Facilities

Studios

Studios are located amid woods and rolling pastures a short walk from the lake and are open 24 hours a day. Studios can accommodate a variety of work and accessibility needs.



Technical Facilities

There is a large wood and metal shop; a basic black & white and color darkroom facility; a small multi-media lab with computer capabilities for digital video editing, image manipulation and Internet access.



Library

The Robert Lehman Library collection contains art books; catalogues; bound magazines; and approximately 500 recordings of lectures given by Skowhegan faculty since 1952. These recordings comprise a unique art historical resource. The Library also houses a small collection of film and video art. Participants have access to this collection and are encouraged to organize special viewings in groups or individually. The Library is open around the clock.
 


Accommodation

Participants are required to live on campus, all meals, and studio space are provided. Studios are open 24 hours a day. Participants are also encouraged to use the 300 acres of forest, pastures and lakefront on campus for their work.



Accommodations

Living quarters are in converted cottages set on a large lake. The cottages have common areas with fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. There are no cooking facilities in participant living quarters. All meals are provided by the Dining Hall. There is a wheel-chair accessible cottage. Most participants share a room and no rooms have private baths. Participants furnish their own blankets, sheets and towels. There is a strict quiet rule in living quarters after 11:00 pm. There is a 24-hour Common House for social activity a short walk from the cottages.
 


How To Apply

http://www.skowheganart.org/program/appdeadlinepass.htm

APPLICATION DOWNLOAD

The 2007 application deadline has passed. The
application for the 2008 session will be available
in the autumn of 2007.

If you are unable to download the 2007 Application and Financial Assistance Forms, contact the Skowhegan office at 212/529-0505.


NOTE: THE APPLICATION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORMS CANNOT BE SUBMITTED ON LINE.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE COMPLETING APPLICATION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORMS. GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF WORK SAMPLES HAVE CHANGED



ADMISSION

Through its admission process Skowhegan seeks to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art-making and inquiry. Sixty-five participants are accepted annually. An academic background in art is not required. The admissions panels consider both those who are enrolled in academic programs, and artists who have been working independently. Financial status is not a consideration in the admissions process, and financial need should not deter artists from applying for admission....  [ Read All ]