|general admission information
The 2014 Application is now CLOSED.
The 2015 Application will open on the website mid-November 2014.
Skowhegan's 2014 session will take place from June 7-August 9
Through its admission process Skowhegan seeks to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art-making and inquiry. Sixty-five participants are accepted annually. An academic background in art is not required. The admissions panels consider both those who are enrolled in academic programs and artists who have been working independently.
Tuition for the 2014 Skowhegan program is $5,500. All participants are expected to make a financial contribution to their experience at Skowhegan and we ask that applicants consider seriously what they are able to invest in this experience. However, fellowships are available to help offset tuition costs to those who present evidence of need. The amount of the participant contribution must be determined by each individual based on personal circumstances--some will be able to pay most or all of the tuition cost, others may be able to pay only a small amount. Financial status is not a consideration in the admissions process. Financial need should not deter artists from applying for admission. Applicants' work is reviewed by panels of distinguished artists comprised of Skowhegan's Board of Governors and the upcoming summer's faculty. Admission is based primarily on work samples (10 images or a 5-minute video sample). Skowhegan alumni may not reapply. Applicants must be at least 21 years old before the first day of the program's start date.
Before applying to Skowhegan artists are asked to consider the commitment of time required
In accepting admission to Skowhegan artists agree to stay the full nine-week term of the session. Exceptions are made in cases of emergency only. Absences from the program to fulfill other professional commitments will not be authorized. They disrupt the community, the development of work and participation in critiques, lectures and studio visits. For this reason, artists who leave for such purposes will forfeit their admission to and participation in the program.
Participants are encouraged to come prepared to work without any preconceived agenda or schedule
In fact, many artists who come to Skowhegan having to complete a specific body of work for a scheduled exhibition find that the focus and resolve this requires is often at odds with some of the most important benefits of the Skowhegan program: a high level of interaction and critical input with peers and an atmosphere of openness, spontaneity and support for risk-taking.