Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is located in Maine
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is located in the US
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Location 89 Haystack School Dr
Deer Isle, Maine
Coordinates 44°11′18″N 68°35′03″W / 44.18820°N 68.58405°W / 44.18820; -68.58405Coordinates: 44°11′18″N 68°35′03″W / 44.18820°N 68.58405°W / 44.18820; -68.58405
Built 1961
Architect Edward Larrabee Barnes
Architectural style Modernist
NRHP Reference # 05001469
Added to NRHP December 23, 2005

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, commonly called "Haystack," is a craft school located at 89 Haystack School Drive on the coast of Deer Isle, Maine.

Haystack was founded in 1950 by a group of craft artists in the Belfast, Maine area, with support from Mary Beasom Bishop.[1] It took its name from its original location near Haystack Mountain, in Montville, Maine.[2] In 1961 the school was moved to its current campus on Deer Isle.[3]

The campus and buildings were designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, and consists of 34 buildings clustered onto 8 acres (3.2 ha) of the more than 40-acre (16 ha) campus property, located on Stinson's Neck, an appendage extending southeast from the main part of the island of Deer Isle. The buildings were designed by Barnes to fit well within their environment, and to provide views of the surrounding land- and seascape.[4] In 1994, the school campus won the "Twenty-five Year Award" from the American Institute of Architects.[5] The award is given to a structure (or in this case, several structures) whose construction and original intent have withstood the test of time. The school was honored again in 2005 when the campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Haystack offers summer workshops of one to three weeks in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, graphics, metals, and wood. The school has no permanent faculty; the workshops are taught by visiting professors and artists from around the United States. Haystack does not award academic degrees. In addition to offering traditional tools and facilities for crafts, Haystack is a member of MIT's Fab Lab network.[3]

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  1. ^ Steeves, Brenda Howitson. "Special Collections: Guide to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Records". Raymond H. Folger Library, University of Maine. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Haystack: Mission & History". Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sarnacki, Aislinn (16 June 2011). "Traditional crafts meld with futuristic technology". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Twenty-five Year Award Recipients". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, 1959-2004". Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved 10 December 2012.