2019 Application Information

2019 Summer SESSION: JUNE 8— AUGUST 10

 The 2019 Application will open 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

The application deadline was January 10, 2018 at 11:59PM EST (23:59).

Applications will not be accepted after January 10 for any reason.


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. All fee increases occur at 11:59PM (EST) on the last day of each payment bracket. All times are EST.



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 1200 pixels or less on the longest side.

In rare instances, there may be an issue regarding slow payment processing through PayPal:

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

  • If you accidentally pay twice, to receive a quicker refund, please email help@skowheganart.org rather than through PayPal's resolution center.

  • If you made your payment before a fee increase or deadline but were not able to immediately submit, do not worry! Notify help@skowheganart.org of your situation and include your PayPal receipt 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 PayPal, will not be considered valid reasons for any extensions. 

Please email help@skowheganart.org with any questions or concerns. 

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 was $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 2018 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” option to apply with 10 still images

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

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


JPG Guidelines

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

  • 1,200 pixels maximum length in any direction (If a blank webpage appears after you upload an image then your image size is too large)

  • RGB mode

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

Video Guidelines

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 the “SHARE” button and copy and past the URL found in the “LINK” field into the appropriate field of the Skowhegan application (video URL will look like this: https://vimeo.com/68310457).

Make sure that your video settings allow for embedding everywhere. This must be the case for both private and public videos.

If you choose to make your video private you must include the video’s password in the Skowhegan application (not in the Vimeo description).

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.


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