June 13 - August 15

The 2020 Skowhegan application will go live in Mid-November.

Admission to Skowhegan, the awarding of general financial assistance, and the pursuit of all Skowhegan activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age. The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Maine.

General Admissions Information


If you have difficulty uploading an image, or you encounter a "500 internal server error", it is because your image is incorrectly formatted. Images MUST BE 2000 pixels or less on the longest side.

In rare instances, especially with international applicants, there may be an issue regarding slow payment processing through Stripe:

  • If your card is declined, try re-entering the information. Once you are sure it is correct, then you must contact your bank to approve the payment. Then try to pay again. If the problem persists, please email

  • If you paid your fee and cannot advance past step 7, log out of your application and log back in. You should be able to submit now.

  • If you accidentally pay twice, to receive a quicker refund, please email as soon as possible.

  • If you made your payment before a fee increase or deadline but were not able to immediately submit, do not worry! Notify of your situation and include your full name and emailed response proving the payment was received before midnight.

No exceptions will be made with regards to fee increases or the final deadline. Technical issues with the website, or with Skowhegan’s payment system, will not be considered valid reasons for any extensions.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

The application fee is determined by the date you choose to submit your application, starting at $20, then raising to $50, $65, and $80 as the deadline approaches. The dates of these fee increases will be announced in early November before the application goes live. All fee increases occur at 11:59PM (EST) on the last day of each payment bracket. All times are EST.

Skowhegan seeks to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to artmaking and inquiry. An academic background in art is not required. Financial status is not a consideration in the admissions process, and financial need should not deter artists from applying for admission. You must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the program and have a working knowledge of English. Application fees are non-refundable.

Time Commitment

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. For this reason, artists who leave for such purposes will forfeit their admission to and participation in the program.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition for Skowhegan’s nine-week program is $6,000. Additionally, all participants are required to pay a $75 activities fee. The goal of Skowhegan’s financial assistance program is to help ensure that artists accepted into the program may participate, regardless of their financial status. All participants are expected to make some amount of financial contribution to their experience. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a self-determined amount of financial aid through the online application (Step 4 of the Skowhegan application).

INLAKS Foundation Applicants

For those applicants that live and work in India and are under 35 years of age your application fee, tuition, and travel expenses will be subsidized by the Inlaks foundation. If you qualify for Inlaks support then you may skip the application fee found at step 7 of the Skowhegan application following these instructions.

Helpmann Academy Applicants

For those applicants that are Australian citizens who are based in South Australia, and are final year students or graduates (up to five years following final year of study) from Helpmann Academy partner institutions, your application fee, tuition, and travel expenses will be subsidized by the Helpmann Academy. If you qualify for Helpmann Academy support then you may skip the application fee found at step 7 of the Skowhegan application following these instructions.

Online Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Applicants must apply to Skowhegan through its application website. The Skowhegan application accepts the following three submission categories. You must select one.

  • Select “jpgs” to apply with 10 still images

  • Select “videos” to apply with 5 total minutes of video

  • Select “jpgs and video” to apply with 5 images and 2.5 minutes of video in total


Still images must be saved in JPG format with the following specifications:

  • 2,000 pixels maximum length in any direction. If a blank webpage or error appears after you upload an image, your image size is too large.

  • RGB mode

  • Adhere to the following naming convention: lastname_firstinitial_01.jpg (ex. Washington_G_01.jpg)


Applicants must have a VIMEO account (a free service) in order to submit video samples to the Skowhegan application. No other video hosting platform, such as YouTube or personal websites, will be accepted.

After uploading your video to Vimeo, click on your video’s “SHARE” button and copy and paste the URL found in the “LINK” field into the appropriate field of the Skowhegan application (video URL will look similar to this:

All videos must allow for embedding “anywhere”.  This must be the case for both private and public videos.

Vimeo offers several video privacy options for you to choose from, however only two are compatible with Skowhegan’s application. Your video must be either viewable by “anyone” or it must be password protected. All other Privacy modes must be ignored.

By default Vimeo will make your video public and viewable by “anyone”. Skowhegan prefers video submissions to remain public and viewable by “anyone”, however we do have a space for you to enter in your video’s password in the application. To attribute your video’s Vimeo password in the application, simply select “Private” in the corresponding field of the Skowhegan application and write it in. Please do not put the password in the Vimeo description.

If you have a Vimeo Plus or Vimeo Pro account you must allow for your video to have a playbar.

Do not delete your VIMEO account or remove any videos used in your Skowhegan application until after you are notified of your acceptance status in the spring.

Failure to comply with these specifications will make your video unviewable, and we will not be able to review your application.


If you have any questions regarding submission guidelines please contact the Skowhegan office at 646.681.6426 or
(M-F 10AM-4PM).