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 United States
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Location89 Haystack School Dr
Deer Isle, Maine
Coordinates44°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
ArchitectEdward Larrabee Barnes
Architectural styleModernist
NRHP reference #05001469
Added to NRHPDecember 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] The first director of Haystack was Francis S. Merritt, whose wife Priscilla Merritt was also an administrator.[2] It took its name from its original location near Haystack Mountain, in Montville, Maine.[3] Without a permanent location in its early years, the school was located in Lincoln, Maine in 1959, when one of its trustees, artist William H. Muir recommended a move to the Maine coast. He and his wife Emily found a property and introduced the buyers and sellers to facilitate a permanent location.[4][5][6] In 1961 the school was moved to its current campus on Deer Isle.[7]

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.[8] In 1994, the school campus won the "Twenty-five Year Award" from the American Institute of Architects.[9] 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.[10]

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. Since 2012, Haystack has operated an annual two-week artist residency (supported by funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation) during which artists may move among studios and receive technical assistance.[11] 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.[7]

Since 2004, the school has published a quarterly newspaper, Haystack Gateway.[12] In 2016, Craft in America included Haystack in its list of significant craft places in America.[13]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Haystack Web Site
  • "Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Library". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-04-08.


  1. ^ Steeves, Brenda Howitson. "Special Collections: Guide to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Records". Raymond H. Folger Library, University of Maine. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  2. ^ Finding aid from University of Maine Digital Commons, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Records, 1950-2005, held by Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine (2016) https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1270&context=findingaids
  3. ^ "About Haystack: Mission & History". Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Archived from the original on 24 March 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Final Event in Lyceum Series Set (pt 1)". The Daily Times-News. Burlington, North Carolina. April 20, 1959. p. 9. Retrieved 13 March 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access and "Final (pt 2)". The Daily Times-News. Burlington, North Carolina. April 20, 1959. p. 16. Retrieved 13 March 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Myers, Peg (Spring 2003). "Emily Muir's Lasting Legacy Includes Crockett Cove Woods" (PDF). Island Heritage Trust Newsletter. Deer Isle, Maine: The Conservation Land Trust of Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine and Surrounding Islands. XIII (1): 1, 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ White, Maryline (September 24, 1974). "Crafts School Emphasizes Uniqueness". Biddeford, Maine: The Biddeford-Saco Journal. p. 2. Retrieved 14 March 2018 – via Newspaperarchive.com. open access
  7. ^ a b Sarnacki, Aislinn (16 June 2011). "Traditional crafts meld with futuristic technology". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  8. ^ "NRHP nomination for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  9. ^ "Twenty-five Year Award Recipients". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, 1959-2004". Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Haystack receives $2 million grant". Penobscot Bay Press. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  12. ^ "Haystack Mountain School of Crafts – Gateway Newsletter | Annual Report". www.haystack-mtn.org. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  13. ^ "CRAFT IN AMERICA | Craft school programs". Craft in America. Retrieved 2018-07-11.