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Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is a nine-week summer artists residency located in Skowhegan, Maine.[1]


  • History 1
  • Notable alumni 2
  • Awards to alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The school was established in 1946 by Willard W. Cummings, Sidney Simon, Henry Varnum Poor and Charles Cutler.[2] 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.

Since 1952 the school has hosted a significant series of lectures. An archive of these is held by the MoMA.[3]

Notable alumni

Skowhegan alumni have included a number of well-known artists, including:

Awards to alumni

Artist's Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy MuseumAlex Katz ('49, '50)

National Artist Award, Anderson Ranch Arts CenterEnrique 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 AwardsBrian 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 ArtsEdgar Arceneaux ('99)

Joan Mitchell Foundation FellowshipMarie Watt ('95)

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships– SoHyun Bae ('93) Chris Lan Hui Chou ('02) Christopher Duncan ('75)[9] Judy Fox ('76) Kalup Linzy ('02) Karyn Olivier ('00)

MacArthur FellowshipWhitfield 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)

United States Artists FellowshipLaylah Ali ('93) William Pope.L ('96)

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)

Gwangju Biennial PrizeAllora & Calzadilla - Guillermo Calzadilla ('98)

Creative Capital GrantsBrody Condon ('01) Allison Wiese ('99) Wayne Hodge ('06)

Fulbright Senior Research Grant– Margaret Lanzetta ('81)

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant– Jon Cuyson ('06)

Joan Mitchell Foundation GrantsJohn Bisbee ('92) Lillian Garcia-Roig ('90) Rajkamal Kahlon ('98) William Villalongo ('02) Amy Feldman ('13) Allora & Calzadilla - Guillermo Calzadilla ('98)

Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grants– Astrid Bowlby ('02) Heesop Yoon ('05) Tamara Zahaykevich ('95) Amy Feldman ('12)

Penny McCall Foundation GrantAllora & Calzadilla - Guillermo Calzadilla ('98)

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants– Marcus Bjernerup ('04) Allora & Calzadilla - Guillermo Calzadilla ('98)


  1. ^ "Mission", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ "History", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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  4. ^ "Indiana, Robert", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Bontecou, Lee", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Pope.L, William", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^ "White, Pae", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Alex Katz", Skowhegan Art, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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External links

  • Skowhegan School of Art website
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