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Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

Skowhegan, an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists established in 1946, seeks each year 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.


Skowhegan, Maine: United States

The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture is located in central Maine near the town of Skowhegan. Its campus is situated on beautiful Lake Wesserunsett and comprises approximately 330 acres of forest, pastures, and lakefront. All studios, workshops, and offices are on the upper campus. A short walk away on the lower campus are the residences and the dining hall, all at the edge of the lake.


  • Residency Length: 9 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 60+
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 65
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 2500


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Skowhegan is a residency program for emerging artists. All participants must be 21 years old when the residency program begins (June of each year--specific date varies), but there is no upper age limit. Skowhegan promotes diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental disability.

  • Application deadline: January 10
  • Additional deadline info:
    The application deadline is January 10, 2019 at 11:59PM EST (23:59). Applications will not be accepted after January 10 for any reason. The 2019 application fee amount is determined by the date that you choose to submit your application. The fee is $20 if you apply between November 15 and November 22, 2017. The fee is $50 if you apply between November 23 and December 6, 2017. The fee is $65 if you apply between December 7, 2017 and January 7, 2018. The application fee is $80 if you apply between January 8 and January 10, 2018.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Recent participants in Skowhegan include Laylah Ali, Sanford Biggers, Amy Cutler, Ellen Gallagher, Corin Hewitt, Karyn Olivier, Jason Rhoades, Dana Schutz, Do-Ho Suh, Marc Swanson, Julianne Swartz and Eve Sussman, among many others.
Each person, each exchange, and each day [at Skowhegan] brought experiences that contributed to my growth as a person and as an artist.
— 2007 Participant

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Shared bedroom
    All participants live in dormitories. Most rooms are shared, though there are some singles available. All residents share bathrooms.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Residents eat breakfast and dinner in the dining hall on the lake, near the dormitories. Lunch is brought to the upper campus where all studios are located. All meals are provided.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Skowhegan has a limited amount of wheelchair-accessible housing and studio space, and continues to try to increase accessibility. The school has an assisted listening device available during lectures. Most public areas are wheelchair accessible, including the lecture hall and the dining hall.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Film / Digital editing, Painting, Photography (digital), Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Each studio building houses 3-8 individual studios, and each artist receives his/her own studio. Studios are open 24 hours a day.

Residency Fees

Tuition is $6,000 and includes room and board. Financial aid is available to those who show evidence of need.

Stipends / other support

Skowhegan's goal is to enable any artist who is accepted to the program on the basis of his or her work to attend, regardless of financial status. In the past 5 years, over 95% of participants have received financial aid.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Skowhegan's program focuses on process and experimentation, and participants are encouraged to come prepared to work without a preconceived agenda or schedule. The program requires participants to commit to being in residence for the full 9-week session, and absences from the program to fulfill other professional commitments are not permitted.

Contact Information

136 West 22nd Street
New York, New York 10011
United States
Tel: 212-529-0505