Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture is one of the country’s foremost educational experiences for artists. Located on a 350-acre campus in Maine, the intensive nine-week program provides 65 emerging artists and 10 faculty artists with a collaborative and rigorous environment that is shaped by risk-taking, mentorship, and peer-to-peer exchange.
Founded in 1946 by artists, and still governed by artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work free of market or academic expectations.
Skowhegan, an intensive nine-week summer program for emerging artists, seeks to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art-making and inquiry to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for a concentrated period of artistic creation, interaction, and growth.
Neither a school in the traditional sense nor a retreat, Skowhegan draws its vitality from the community created through the talent and energy of the participants and the distinguished resident and visiting faculty artists who provide support and critical assistance for them.
While on campus, participants are given individual studio spaces, as well as access to facilities that include fresco and ceramics studios, a sculpture shop, a media lab, and a library housing 10,000+ volumes. Set upon 350-acres of open fields, dense woods, rolling hills, and the shores of Lake Wesserunsett, artists live in converted summer cottages and work in former farm buildings.
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.
Skowhegan’s merit-based admissions process ensures that we accept the most promising and cutting-edge artists of any generation, regardless of financial, art historical, or educational backgrounds.
- Part of an Institution
- Months: 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- New Media
- Private studio / workplace
- Small hand and power tools available
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Library/research resources
- Sound recording studio
- Ceramic facilities
- Welding tools
- Woodworking tools
- Metalworking tools
- Technical assistance
- No requirements