Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture


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.

Residency Programme since: 1946
Description of Organisation: 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.

Organisation founded in: 1946
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of an Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: more than 20
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Sound recording studio
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $6,000 USD
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Fellowships toward tuition, room, and board are available to those who provide evidence of financial need. Skowhegan cannot provide assistance for other living expenses or materials. If you are requesting financial assistance please remember that tuition represents a fraction of the actual cost of a residency. Take time to consider seriously your real needs and ability to contribute toward your tuition and fees so that Skowhegan can assist as many people as possible. Financial status is not a consideration in the admissions process. Financial need should not deter artists from applying for admission.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Bangor
    Nearest Train Station: N/A
    Street & Number: 39 Art School Road
    Postal Code: 04950
    City: Madison
    Country long: United-States
    39 Art School Road
    Madison 04950 United-States
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