Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
The school was established in 1946 by Willard W. Cummings, Sidney Simon, Henry Varnum Poor and Charles Cutler. The vision of these founding artists was to create an enduring community of artistic practice, learning and innovation governed by artists.
The school invites applicants to submit images of artwork, which are then judged by a jury of school governors and artists. During the summer work period, artists are given studios and living accommodations. Sixty-five participants are accepted each year, and are supported by a staff of twenty. A fee of approximately $5,000 is asked of the applicants, but scholarships and awards reduce the average paid significantly. More than half of the participants received full scholarships, and only a handful pay the full fee.
Six established artists are resident on the campus, giving studio visits and criticism to the participants. Additionally, six or seven more established artists will come for week-long visits, meeting with the students and giving more lectures. Lectures are the only part of the program open to the public.
The School is unique in that it is one of the few institutions in the United States that teaches the technique of fresco. In addition, the school has a permanent collection of fresco work done by important contemporary artists. Since 2010, N. Sean Glover has been the fresco instructor.
Even though the school offers instruction in fresco, it is not focused on 'traditional' art forms. The participants are of a thoroughly contemporary bent; video art, computer art, sculpture, painting and everything in between can be found. The school has an up-to-date computer lab, photographic printing facilities, and a sculpture shop.
Skowhegan alumni have included a number of well-known artists, including:
Recent awards to alumni
Artist's Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy Museum– Alex Katz ('49, '50)
National Artist Award, Anderson Ranch Arts Center– Enrique Martinez Celaya ('94)
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant– Jennie C. Jones ('96)
Adolph and Clara Obrig Prize, National Academy Museum– Robert Andrew Parker ('52) Susan Louise Shatter ('64)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards– Brian Alfred ('99) Ellen Altfest ('02) Matt Blackwell ('80) Mark Ferguson ('94) Stephen Mueller ('68) Dana Schutz ('99) Gedi Sibony ('99) Arthur Simms ('85) Emna Zghal ('04)
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome– Daniel Bozhkov ('90)
William H. Johnson Prize, William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts– Edgar Arceneaux ('99)
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship– Marie Watt ('95)
MacArthur Fellowship– Whitfield Lovell ('85)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships– Danielle Abrams ('92) Patricia Cronin ('91) Peter Dudek ('78) Alessandra Exposito ('97) Heather Hart ('05) Wayne Hodge ('06) Shih Chieh Huang ('01) Yoko Inoue ('00) Jihyun Park ('02) Michael Rakowitz ('96) Peter Simensky ('03) Shinique Smith ('03) Steed Taylor ('97) Mary Temple ('99) Hank Willis Thomas ('05) Traci Tullius ('02) Nari Ward ('91) Saya Woolfalk ('04) Charles McGill ('87)
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant– Cris Cristofaro ('70)
Art Matters Grants– Sanford Biggers ('98) Daniel Bozhkov ('90) Wayne Hodge ('06) Shaun Leonardo ('04) Charles McGill ('87) Kori Newkirk ('97) Clifford Owens ('04) Cauleen Smith ('07) Allison Wiese ('99) Saya Woolfalk ('04)
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grant– Donna Conlon ('02)
Creative Capital Grants– Brody Condon ('01) Allison Wiese ('99) Wayne Hodge ('06)
Fulbright Senior Research Grant– Margaret Lanzetta ('81)
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant– Jon Cuyson ('06)
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grants– Astrid Bowlby ('02) Heesop Yoon ('05) Tamara Zahaykevich ('95) Amy Feldman ('12)
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants– Marcus Bjernerup ('04) Sarah Cain ('06) Beth Campbell ('97) Christopher Duncan ('75) Katie Grinnan ('92) Iva Gueorguiva ('05) Kirsten Hassenfeld ('97) Eric Hongisto ('98) Young-Min Kang ('04) Elanit Kayne ('07) Haegeen Kim ('06) Tracy Miller ('92) John O'Connor ('00) Jean Shin ('99) Hong Zhang ('03)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2012 Fellowship - Charles McGill ('87)
- "Mission", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "History", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Indiana, Robert", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Bontecou, Lee", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Pope.L, William", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "White, Pae", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Alex Katz", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- Skowhegan School of Art website