6:00 PM18:00

Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism Book Launch


Sheila Pepe and Gilbert Vicario In Conversation

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 // 6:30–8PM (doors at 6PM)
136 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 // map


This Thursday, join us in celebrating the release of Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism with a conversation between the artist and Gilbert Vicario. The book will be available for purchase. 

Sheila Pepe (A ’94, F ’13) is spending the year traveling to install (and re-install) her first mid-career survey Hot Mess Formalism, curated by Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Museum of Art.

Hot Mess Formalism is on view at the Phoenix Museum of Art through January 28, 2018. It will subsequently travel to the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY and the Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE.

No RSVP required. The event is free and open to the public.

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SkowheganPERFORMS 2017
2:00 PM14:00

SkowheganPERFORMS 2017


SkowheganPERFORMS 2017
Saturday, October 14 // 2–5PM
Socrates Sculpture Park // map

Skowhegan, in conjunction with Socrates Sculpture park is pleased to announce SkowheganPERFORMS, which will take place Saturday, October 14th, from 2-5PM

This year's SkowheganPERFORMS will take the loose form of a fall concert. The performances abstractly consider that specific atmosphere, acoustics, architecture, art, audience and mood. 

The annual day of performance, now in its seventh iteration, will take place alongside the exhibition The Socrates Annual, as well as Queens Food Day

Performances are one moment or ongoing, take place at specific locations or throughout the entire park, and necessitate various levels of participation from audience members and sculptures currently on view in The Socrates Annual.

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The Socrates Annual (formerly The Emerging Artists Fellowship [EAF]) features fifteen distinct artist projects including Joe Bochynski, Paul Branca, Tanda Francis, Devra Freelander, Doreen Garner (A '14), Gordon Hall (A '13), Tali Keren & Alex Strada, Valerie Piraino, Ronny Quevedo (A '13), Sreshta Rit Premnath (A '09), Amy Ritter (A '15), Moeinedin Shashaei, David B. Smith, Laura Swanson, and Wang Xu.

Performances by:

Wesley Chavis, A '17

Onyedika Chuke, A '17

Annette Cyr, A '76

Gordon Hall, A '13

Andrew LaFarge Hamill, A '14

Tim Hutchings, A '96


Melissa Koziebrocki, A '17

Colin McMullan d/b/a Emcee C.M., Master of None, A '07

Laura Morrison, A '17 and Lauren Bakst

Amy Ritter, A '16

Annesofie Sandal, A '15

Pallavi Sen, A '17

Tomoe Tsutsumi, A '10

Deborah Wasserman, A '97

Amia Yokoyama, A '17, Cosima Schietekat, Natalie Casagran Lopez, with Zhi Yuan Yang, A '17

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2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series

Nayland Blake • Angela Dufresne • Torkwase Dyson • Ron Gorchov • William E. Jones • Ralph Lemon • Judith Linhares • Dave McKenzie • Dean Moss • Eileen Myles † • Wu Tsang • Mario Ybarra Jr.

Old Dominion Fresco Barn
Skowhegan Campus, Madison, Maine

Lectures begin at 8:30 PM and are free and open to the public. Please call 207.474.9345 to confirm date and time. For directions to campus, please contact Assistive listening devices are available if you call to reserve a headset at least 24 hours prior to the lecture.

Lectures presented by resident and visiting faculty have been an essential element of Skowhegan's campus program since its inception in 1946. Beginning in 1952, the lectures have been recorded and collected for the Skowhegan Lecture Archive, which now contains over 650 lectures delivered by faculty artists in the uniquely intimate setting of our campus in rural Maine. The lectures have amassed into an invaluable collection of candid talks by artists as diverse as Vito Acconci, Janine Antoni, John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Kiki Smith, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, and Fred Wilson. The archive continues to grow each summer.

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Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
7:00 PM19:00

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

Still from "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" by Jesse England

Still from "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" by Jesse England

The Skowhegan Alliance Video Committee presents Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!, a video program of work made by Skowhegan alumni. The screening will take place May 4 at Skowhegan's New York program Space.

The works reflect the various meanings of mayday:

Mayday, from French m’aider, translated as help me: a distress signal. In times of life-threatening emergencies, typically used when at sea or in air, the word, Mayday is repeated three times to distinguish from similar sounding words. As technology advanced, this distress call for help was needed for radio communications replacing the Morse code SOS distress signal.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
The waters are rising!
We are going down!
We need help!


May Day, a Spring festivity with Pagan origins (such as Beltane, Flora, and Walpurgisnacht): rites of change and renewal. This festival marked a time for rebirth and optimism, where fires were lit marking the return of longer days and rituals were practiced to safeguard against the unknown and the supernatural. May Day also represents a return, a celebration of fecundity and revival, where farmers’ herds returned to their green pastures, and flowers and plants began again to grow.

Deprived of root, and branch, and rind,
Yet flowers I bear of every kind:
And such is my prolific power,
They bloom in less than half an hour;
My head with giddiness goes round,
And yet I firmly stand my ground;

– Jonathan Swift, A Maypole


May Day, or International Worker’s Day: A celebration of workers’ and labor rights. May Day represents a day of protest demanding attention and action as labor movements, communists, socialists, and anarchists join together in support and celebration of the rights of the working class. It is a day for strike, for solidarity, and a call for recognition and support. May Day is recognized in countries all over the world.

Oh, workers can you stand it?
Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab
Or, will you be a man?

– Florence Patton Reece, Whose side are you on? 

The screening features videos from artists:
Itziar Barrio (A '12), David Brody (A '83), Janaye Brown (A '16), Vincent Ceraudo (A '16), Jesse England (A '15), Hope Ginsburg (A '97), Autumn Knight (A '16) and Chelsea Knight (A '08), Neven Lochhead (A '15), Pascual Sisto (A '11), Nicole Tschampel (A '01), Asim Waqif (A '11), and Brian Zegeer (A '10)

The screening will coincide with the opening of Personals, an exhibition of small objects on the conference table upstairs from the screening. 

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A show of small objects on a large table. 

Featuring the work of:

Alejandro Acierto (A '14)
Matt Ager (A '11)
Rick Albee (A '02)
Ramón Alcoléa (A '84)
Betsy Alwin (A '01)
Trevor Amery (A '13)
JD Beltran (A '98)
Doug Bosch (A '91)
Matt Brett (A '14)
Sara Bright (A '10)
Teresa Booth Brown (A '88)
Mike Calway-Fagen (A '11)
Carlos Castro (A '10)
Lili Chin (A '10)
Eun Woo Cho (A '08)
Peter Dudek (A '78)
Chris Duncan (A '75, '78)
Jonathan Ehrenberg (A '11)
Catherine Fairbanks (A '11)
Gordon Fearey (A '73)
Robert Flynt (A '74, '76)
Judy Fox (A '76)
Winslow Funaki (A '16)
Mary Louise Geering (A '92)
Cadence Giersbach (A '95)
Alex Goss (A '14)
Sophie Grant (A '15)
Mark Haddon (A '91)
Julia Haft-Candell (A '16)
Bang Geul Han (A '07)
Dave Hardy (A '04)
Jane Fox Hipple (A '09)
Audrey Hope (A '14)
Sarah Hotchkiss (A '10)
Joanne Howard (A '84)
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford (A '11)
Ginny Huo (A '15)
Christina Hutchings (A '77)
Kristian Blomstroem Johansson (A '13)
Lois Johnson (A '96)
Andrew Ellis Johnson (A '99)
Matt Kennedy (A '10)
Baseera Khan (A '14)
Marcia Kure (A '12)
Gary LaPointe (A '13)
Tim Lewis (A '98)
Peter Lipsitt (A '61)
Laura Lobdell (A '99)
Gregg Louis (A '09)
Jennifer Macdonald (A '05)
MaryKate Maher (A '08)
Jason Manley (A '04)
Christopher Manzione (A '12)
Sarah Mattes (A '15)
James Maurelle (A '15)
Colin McMullan d/b/a Emcee C.M., Master of None (A '07)
Nancy Modlin Katz (A '78)
Bridget Mullen (A '16)
Julie Nagle (A '10)
Monika Napier (A '93)
Jann Nunn (A '91)
Erik Patton (A '15)
Jonathan Peck (A '10)
Benjamin Pederson (A '13)
Anna Queen (A '15)
Birgit Rathsmann (A '04)
Macon Reed (A '16)
Matt Rich (A '10)
Kari Kaplan Rives (A '82)
Andrew Ross (A '11)
Naomi Safran-Hon (A '12)
Gabriela Salazar (A '11)
Annesofie Sandal (A '15)
Vabianna Santos (A '13)
Cathy Sarkowsky (A '93)
Renata Manasse Schwebel (A '51)
Matt Shalzi (A '16)
Zoe Sheehan Saldana (A '00)
Kate Shepherd (A '90)
Rudy Shepherd (A '00)
Gina Siepel (A '08)
Barb Smith (A '12)
Jessica Snow (A '92)
Edra Soto (A '00)
James Southard (A '12)
Susanna Starr (A '85)
Draga Susanj (A '02)
Millette Tapiador (A '98)
Steed Taylor (A '97)
Elizabeth Tubergen & Erica Wessmann (A '15)
Robert Wechsler (A '06)
Steven Weiss (A '76)
Erica Wessmann (A '15)
Andrew Wilhelm (A '98)
Lynne Yamamoto (A '96)
John Zappas (A '12)
Monika Zarzeczna (A '06)

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The Skowhegan Tarot Launch Party
6:00 PM18:00

The Skowhegan Tarot Launch Party

The Skowhegan Tarot Launch Party

February 18, 2017, 6–PM
136 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Performative Tarot readings by Melissa Brown, Deborah Fisher and Elisa Harkins, magic by Ross Ta Da, occult support from Christopher Carroll, with master of ceremonies Jesus Benavente

On Saturday, February 18, the last day of the New York CAA conference, Skowhegan will host a reunion party to celebrate the launch of The Skowhegan Tarot. 

We hope this event will be an occasion for Skowhegan alumni to find some spiritual solace in these particularly difficult times. Space, as well as occult energy, is limited, so arrive early to get get a reading. Bringing your own Tarot deck (or other arcane paraphernalia) is encouraged.

The Skowhegan Tarot features artwork by the 27 following artists:
Pasqualina Azzarello (A '04),   Keren Benbenisty (A '09),   Melissa Brown (A '00),   Elijah Burgher (A '11),   Christopher Carroll (A '08),   Vladimir Cybil-Charlier (A '93),   Susan Paul Firestone (A '72),   Helen Glazer (A '75),   Becky Kinder (A '04),   Jonah King (A '16),   Ellen Lesperance (A '99),   Bryan Martello (A '16),   Miriam Martincic (A '00),   Marlene McCarty (F '11),   Lavar Munroe (A '13),   David Politzer (A '04),   Christina Quarles (A '16),   Alison Saar (F '93),   Alexandria Smith (A '15),   Rachel Stern (A '14),   Ceaphas Stubbs (A '12),   Walter Sutin (A '13),   Clare Torina (A '12),   Van 't Hullenaar & Vis (A '09),   John Walter (A '12),   Erica Wessmann (A '15),   and   Claire Zitzow (A '11)

Decks will be available for sale at the event at a discounted price. If you cannot attend, you can still purchase the deck or find out more information here.


Melissa Brown (A '00) was born in New Jersey and now works in Brooklyn. During the 2009 Nuit Blanche, she hosted ‘How To Win The Lottery’ in the Toronto nancial district. The goal of the performance was to win the lottery with thousands of other people by playing identical sets of numbers, attempting to make collective fantasy a reality. She designed a deck of cards called The Tabloid Deck, which assigns language from Tabloid Magazines to 52 cards that randomly form absurdist (but plausible) Supermarket Tabloid headlines as you play cards. Her paintings and animations take in uence from fantasy-related paper ephemera: money, lottery tickets, playing cards. She has had solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains, Bellwether, CANADA, Kansas, Essex Flowers in New York City and internation- ally at Kenny Schacter, Rove in London and Roberto Paradise in San Juan. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell grant for painting in 2012.

Deborah Fisher:

Deborah Fisher and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Dayjob Espresso and Culture, 2017, Grand Central Arts Center, Fullerton CA

Deborah Fisher and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Dayjob Espresso and Culture, 2017, Grand Central Arts Center, Fullerton CA

I believe that we are all interconnected, and am always looking for evidence of this connection. This makes me a student of exchange and power, and of the boundary between the known and unknown worlds.

This perspective drives everything I do.

In my art practice, I make businesses, collaborative group actions, intimate rituals, performances, photography, and pedagogy. My goal in this work is to infuse everyday life with moments of creativity and mystery.

As a creative leader, I am also working as an artist. As the founding Executive Director of A Blade of Grass and board member of the Center for Artistic Activism, I am working to create the cultural, social, and economic conditions that allow creativity to thrive.

Elisa Harkins (A '15) is a Native American artist and composer currently living in Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins has performed at The Broad Museum, The Hammer Museum, Honor Fraser, and Shulamit Nazarian.  Harkins graduated from CALARTS in 2015 with an MFA in Fine Art.  She also attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2015.  A reader of tarot since 2012, she finds comfort, compassion, and therapy in readings.  For her performance she will be tracking the movement of the tarot cards, the reader (herself), and the querent (the person consulting the cards) with a camera to generate a live musical score.

Tarot Compositions is a live musical performance that creates sound based on the physical movements that occur during the tarot reading.  

Ross Ta Da (Ross Moreno)  (A '03)  has performed and exhibited in cities worldwide including Hong Kong, Berlin, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Moreno has been interviewed as part of the Art Forum 500 words series, and lectured about the intersection of magic and art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Moreno attended the summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003 receiving an artist fellowship, and in 2009 attended the Vermont Studio Center with a full fellowship. Moreno has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Moreno is a current member of the Society of American Magicians.

In this provocative performance, Moreno will explore perceptions of reality through the presentation of 3 thought experiments. 

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SVA X Skowhegan
to Feb 4

SVA X Skowhegan

Fred Wilson, Marvin Touré

Fred Wilson, Marvin Touré

November 28, 2016–February 4, 2017
Reception: Thursday, December 8, 6–8pm

SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, NY

Featuring Negar Ahkami (A '04), Sharona Eliassaf (A '11), Alejandro Guzman (A '12), Ulrike Heydenreich (A '01), Saskia Jordá (A '05), Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt (F '91, '92, '97, '13), Gregg Louis (A '09), Dave McKenzie (A '00, F '11), Miryana Todorova (A '12), Marvin Touré (A '16) and Fred Wilson (F '95, '02)

Curated by Lauren Haynes, curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Gregg Louis

Gregg Louis

The School of Visual Arts presents SVA x Skowhegan, an interdisciplinary exhibition that explores the effects an increasingly global society has on contemporary artistic practice. The show, curated by Lauren Haynes, curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, brings together Negar AhkamiSharona EliassafAlejandro GuzmanUlrike HeydenreichSaskia JordáThomas Lanigan-SchmidtGregg LouisDave McKenzieMiryana TodorovaMarvin Touré and Fred Wilson, 11 artists who have never been shown together and whose work touches on identity and the mapping of various geographies and landscapes, both real and imagined. 

On view at SVA Chelsea Gallery from November 28, 2016, through February 4, 2017, the exhibition's title reflects the dual relationship the featured artists have with each institution. All are either SVA MFA Fine Arts alumni or faculty who have equally benefitted from the prestigious summer residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Madison, Maine.

The artists in SVA x Skowhegan work in a wide variety of media—including video, painting, drawing, performance and multimedia installation—to present different perspectives on the relationship between place, experience and artistic process. Saskia Jordá uses craft materials to weave symbolic paths between constructed borders, while Negar Ahkami and Ulrike Heydenreich create real and fictional landscapes via painting and drawing. In his site-specific installation, bruh where ya mind at (2016), Marvin Touré maps the psychological effects of the American condition on the minds of young black men, while Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt employs aluminum, garland and glitter to illustrate how a blended neighborhood and traditional Catholic church affected the movements of an adolescent gay kid in 1950's New Jersey. Waving visitors into the gallery are four works from Fred Wilson's series of painted flags from African diasporan nations that, stripped of all color, celebrate and ponder their symbolism and glory. Along with Sharona Eliassaf, Alejandro Guzman, Gregg Louis, Dave McKenzie and Miryana Todorova, these artists create works that evidence their past, present, future, actual, devised and fabricated migratory movements, offering up poignant representations of global citizenship.  

SVA x Skowhegan will also include a fully illustrated publication, with entries on each artist and an essay by the curator, to be released on January 17, 2017. Visit for more information.  

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, is open Monday through Saturday10am to 6pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. 

About SVA's MFA Fine Arts
SVA's MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York's many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. The program's main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

SVA's MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the MFA Fine Arts website at and to call or visit the department prior to applying. To arrange a visit, please email or call T +1 212 592 2501.

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The Making of Pinochet Porn
7:00 PM19:00

The Making of Pinochet Porn

This panel will discuss the work’s major themes (sexually explicit material, representations of war and violence, humor and sexuality, etc.), the personal narratives underpinning the film, and the editing process.

Featuring John Brattin, Lia GangitanoCy Gavin, Jay Kinney and Josh Thorson, moderated by Clara López Menéndez

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Portrait of an Artist: Ellen Cantor
7:00 PM19:00

Portrait of an Artist: Ellen Cantor

The panel takes a genealogical view of the artist in order to give a sense of who and what influenced Cantor, as well as whom she influenced. The discussion will address key exhibitions, bodies of work, and scenes Cantor was involved in both in London and New York. 

Featuring Joseph GrigelyGerald Matt, and Nicola Tyson, moderated by Nicola Lees.

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Symposium //  What the Feminist Body Wants  +  Explicit About What?
3:00 PM15:00

Symposium // What the Feminist Body Wants + Explicit About What?

What the Feminist Body Wants

This panel will try to extend Ellen’s critical perspective on sexually explicit material to the present, or to contextualize her contribution in reverse. The discussion will address the different stakes of visibility for normative vs. non-normative sexualities.

Featuring A.K. BurnsXandra IbarraJulie Tolentino moderated by Natasha Marie Llorens


Why Explicit?

Lorraine O’Grady’s provocation, published as an essay for the first version of “Coming to Power,” was this question: where is the sexually explicit work by women of color, and what discourses is it responding to? This panel does not necessarily answer O’Grady’s question, but rather explores how sexually explicit material resonates outside the realm of hegemonic whiteness.

Featuring Lorraine O'Grady, and Sable Elyse Smith, moderated by Vivian Crockett


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In Conversation: Connecting Painting and Printmaking
3:00 PM15:00

In Conversation: Connecting Painting and Printmaking

Polly Apfelbaum, Night Flowering (2009), Multicolor woodblock print on Kozo (Japanese triple-thick handmade paper), 16 x 16 inches

In Conversation: Connecting Painting and Printmaking

Saturday, October 1
Free for PMA members and Skowhegan Alumni, $8 general public
Portland Museum of Art

For tickets, please see here. For more information, visit

Join Skowhegan and the Portland Museum of Art for a conversation inspired by the discursive environment on campus and the PMA’s current exhibition, Skowhegan at Seventy. Artist Polly Apfelbaum (Skowhegan resident faculty, 1999) and art historian Faye Hirsch will explore how the printmaking process sparks a spirit of inquiry and experimentation in the studio, and delve into the intersection between printmaking and painting in contemporary practice.

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Making Video as Film
7:00 PM19:00

Making Video as Film

A panel composed of people with a deep understanding of both Cantor’s work and formal knowledge of film and video, either from a critical, curatorial or artistic perspective. The discussion aims to contextualize Cantor’s work in the formal histories she drew from—mainstream and independent film, video art, pornography, and photography. 

Featuring Peggy AhweshKarl McCool, and John Thomson, moderated by Johanna Fateman.

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Suzanne McClelland and Thierry De Duve In Conversation: "When Is Art Political?"
6:00 PM18:00

Suzanne McClelland and Thierry De Duve In Conversation: "When Is Art Political?"

Skowhegan and Team (Gallery, Inc.) are pleased to announce a conversation and book signing with Suzanne McClelland and Thierry De Duve to celebrate the release of Suzanne McClelland: 36 x 24 x 36, at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture New York program space. 

Suzanne McClelland: 36 x 24 x 36 assembles four distinct bodies of the artist’s work, made between 2013 and 2015. Featuring thirty-five paintings on canvas and a collection of works on paper, the monograph explores the development of McClelland’s practice in relation to her use of politically charged subject matter, language, statistics, and her own research process. Thierry De Duve contributes an extended meditation on McClelland’s production, paying particular attention to her 2015 exhibition at Team Gallery, “Call With Information.” Through a careful analysis of her installation, De Duve lays the groundwork to pose questions about the efficacy of political art, asking the difficult question of his essay’s title: “When is art political?” In conversation together at Skowhegan, McClelland and De Duve will pick up this question in order to reflect upon the power of images in our contemporary moment.


Since the mid-1980s, Suzanne McClelland (F ’99) has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad. Her practice includes both large-scale paintings and works on paper, often extracting fragments of speech or text from various political and cultural sources and exploring the symbolic and material possibilities that reside within language. Her work has been the subject of solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida, and will be the subject of an exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary art in 2017. Her paintings are held in numerous public collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City; the Yale University Art Gallery, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. McClelland has twice participated in the Whitney Biennial, in 1993 and 2014, and was recently included in The New Museum’s exhibition NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts, the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University, and has sat on the Board of Governors at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture since 2000. In 2016, McClelland completed the Lab Grant Residency at Dieu Donné in New York, and is currently an artist in residence at Urban Glass, Brooklyn.

Thierry de Duve is an internationally recognized historian, critic, and theorist of art who focuses on the questions modern art poses to philosophical aesthetics. His English-language publications include Pictorial NominalismKant after DuchampClement Greenberg Between the LinesLook – 100 Years of Contemporary art, and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp. His books have been translated into a dozen languages in addition to English, most recently Russian and Chinese. His most recent publications in French are two volumes of collected essays: Essais dates 1976-2010, Vol. IDuchampiana and Vol. II, 1983-2006, Adresses. Forthcoming in English are a book tentatively titled Duchamp’s Telegram, based on a series of six essays published in 2012-13 in Artforum, and a book on aesthetics that takes the hypothesis of Kant after Duchamp beyond issues of taste into ethics and politics. Prior to joining the faculty of Hunter College, Professor de Duve taught from 2003-12 at the University of Lille 3, in France. He was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2013, and in 2015, both the Daniel J. Evans Visiting Professor at Evergreen State College in Washington and Theorist in Residence in the MA program in Aesthetics and Politics at the California Institute of the Arts.

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A Place to Grow: From Agriculture to Visual Culture // A History of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
to Sep 24

A Place to Grow: From Agriculture to Visual Culture // A History of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 3, 7pm-9pm

Celebrating Skowhegan’s School of Painting and Sculpture 70th anniversary. Common Street Arts will present a visual history of the schools transition from a working farm to the school that has made an enormous impact on the visual arts, in particular, Post-War American Art

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For Sale By Owner
to Aug 1

For Sale By Owner

For Sale By Owner

An exhibition and installation of works from the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

July 16–August 1, 2016
Open Monday–Saturday, 9-5:00PM
Opening Reception: July 16, 4–6:00PM

Hilltop Antiques
48 Water Street, #3 Skowhegan, Maine

With contributions from artists at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York-based artist Baris Gokturk (A '16) has curated an exhibition and installation of over thirty works within the existing displays of Skowhegan’s Hilltop Antiques. In operation since 1968, Hilltop Antiques houses over 30 rooms of antiques and specialty items including posters, furniture, glassware, paintings and oddities, like a 1950s X-ray machine and a submarine periscope.

Mixed in with these items are small works of painting, sculpture, video, and ceramic by the participants, faculty and staff of the 2016 class of Skowhegan. The installation encompasses a wide array of practices and concerns related to each artist’s own body of work, their time at Skowhegan and, in certain instances, the antique store itself: an unconventional exhibition space from a parallel universe.

Initially motivated by the “FOR RENT” sign at Hilltop, Gokturk began to see connections and disconnections between the manufactured objects within the store and objects produced by artists that also become subject to commerce. The store’s proprietor, Greg Salisbury, was open to interspersing items already for sale at his shop with work made at the art school, merging the parallel universes of exhibition and commercial space.

Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists established in 1946, which seeks each year to bring together a diverse group of individuals with a demonstrated commitment to artmaking and inquiry for a concentrated period of artistic creation, interaction and growth. Located on a historic 350-acre farm in Madison, Maine, the campus serves as a critical component of the program and serves as a backdrop for the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible. 2016 marks the school’s 70th Anniversary.

For more information, please contact Sarah Workneh, 207.474.9345

Participating Artists
Eddie Aparicio A '16
Svetlana Bailey A '16
Daniel Bozhkov A '90, F '11
Linsdey Burke A '16
Chris Carroll A '08
Marcos Castro A '16
Aschley Cone A '16
Mel Cook A '16
Oscar Cornejo A '14
Craig Drennen A '06
Corey Escoto A '16
Winslow Funaki A '16
Ian Gerson A '16
Sean Glover A '03
Baris Gokturk A '16
Josh Graupera A '16
Julia Haft-Candell A '16
John Harlow  
Amanda Horowitz A '16
Hong Seon Jang A '16
Jonah King A '16
Diego Lama A '16
Bryan Martello A '16
Lilly McElroy A '06
Melanie McLain A '16
Orr Menirom A '16
Omar Mismar A '16
Paribartana Mohanty A '16
Bridget Mullen A '16
Yue Nakayama A '16
Carl Ostendarp F '16
Christina Quarles A '16
Macon Reed A '16
Matthew Shalzi A '16
Omid Shekari A '16
James Scheuren A '16
Marvin Toure A '16
Elizabeth Tubergen A '15
Yoav Weinfeld A '16

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2016 Barbara Lee Lecture Series
to Aug 5

2016 Barbara Lee Lecture Series

  • Old Dominion Fresco Barn (map)
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Lectures are free and open to the public.
Lectures begin at 8:30PM.
Call 207 474 9345 to confirm dates and times.
Assistive listening devices are available; call to reserve a headset.

Visiting Artists

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A very special Skowhegan PERFORMS
2:00 PM14:00

A very special Skowhegan PERFORMS


SkowheganPERFORMS 2016
Saturday, May 14 // 2–6PM
Socrates Sculpture Park // map

SkowheganPERFORMS is back for its sixth season after a rainout this past fall –– coinciding with Socrates Sculpture Park's 30th year and Skowhegan's 70th. This iteration of our annual day of performance is meant to celebrate 100 cumulative years of supporting artists, and is followed by a picnic for alumni and family.

Performances are one moment or ongoing, take place at specific locations or throughout the entire park, and necessitate various levels of participation from audience members and existing sculptures in LANDMARK, an exhibition featuring several Skowhegan alumni and underscoring the collaborative nature of both the performances and our respective organizations.

LANDMARK features eight different artist projects including a newly commissioned major earthwork by Meg Webster (F '96). Additional artists in the exhibition include Abigail DeVille (A '07), Brendan Fernandes, Cary Leibowitz, Jessica Segall (A '10), Casey Tang, the curatorial collective ARTPORT_making waves, and a Broadway Billboard by Hank Willis Thomas (A '05).


30+70 // an after-hours picnic party
6PM–dusk // following SkowheganPERFORMS

Socrates Sculpture Park and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture are collectively turning 100!

To celebrate the centennial, alumni from both programs are invited to an after-hours re/union featuring live music, ping pong, positive vibes and more. There will be beer and a falafel food truck, but BYOB/P(icnic) is recommended for an optimal lounging experience. 

George Monteleone (A '12) will perform music in varied phases of determinacy. Sound on sound for voice, multi-instruments, and ephemeral material.  

#trashDAY #skowheganperforms#BouncingAndBehaving with k(Rob) + Doe Derek #levelUp #realness #official#afterParty (Instagram, courtesy of @kenya9)

#trashDAY #skowheganperforms#BouncingAndBehaving with k(Rob) + Doe Derek #levelUp #realness #official#afterParty (Instagram, courtesy of @kenya9)

...and after, with Doreen Garner and Kenya (Robinson) (A '14), AUNTIE TEAM proudly presents Bouncing + Behaving, the inaugural pop-up broadcast of our hit radio show #trashDAY. It’s a PG piece, a break from our more obscene stylings, but no less buoyant on the truth telling tip. Imagine a blonde feathered wig, straight out the box, skimming the shoulders with a side part bang – a coquettish coterie. We’re thinking New Orleans Bounce with a dollop of Disney and an inflatable castle, no shoes – a teaser to set the tone. We’ll have the rhythm, the Rossi and the Ratchetpiece Theatre to round out the set.

The park will close early at 6PM for this special soirée. Come for the whole day or just the afterparty—but make sure to RSVP in advance to receive updates about cancellations or new afterparty venues. 

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Peter Soriano in conversation with Sharon Butler
6:30 PM18:30

Peter Soriano in conversation with Sharon Butler

  • 136 West 22nd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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In 2012, Peter Soriano (A ’81) became, in his own words, “a sculptor who no longer makes sculptures.” Rather than shaping, carving, or casting three-dimensional forms, he assembles and arranges visual experience. Drawing is his medium, his method of dematerialization, and his means of exchange with the collaborators who interpret and help install his instruction-based works. 

In conjunction with the release of Peter Soriano: Permanent Maintenance, a publication documenting Soriano’s largest wall drawing to date, Soriano will speak with Sharon Butler, artist and publisher of Two Coats of Paint, about the evolution of his art; the idea behind and process of creating Permanent Maintenance; the meaning of his (seemingly) inscrutable graphic lexicon; the iterative nature of his work; and why he compares his wall drawings to musical compositions.

The conversation will be followed by a reception and publication signing.

This event is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where Soriano’s Permanent Maintenance is on view through August 21, 2016, and hosted by Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. 

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7:30 PM19:30


  • 136 West 22nd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda, still from Concrete (2013), 1:61 minutes,

Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda, still from Concrete (2013), 1:61 minutes,

Alumni Video Screening

Nobutaka Aozaki (A '15)
Rebecca Baldwin (A '04)
Haley Bueschlen (A '15)
Robert Flynt (A '74, '76)
Shana Hoehn (A '13)
Cooper Holoweski (A '09)
Gregory Kalliche (A '15)
McKendree Key (A '05)
Mores McWreath (A '13)
Michael Menchaca (A '11)
Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda (A '13)
Sharon Paz (A '01)
Yoshie Sakai (A '14)
Kate Shepherd (A '90)
Corinne Spencer (A '14)
Jennifer Sullivan (A '11)
Molly Teitelbaum (A '15)
Jody Wood (A '12)

In this polarizing election year, we are faced with many Divisions. Divisions among political beliefs—Democrats versus Republicans, of course—but also Divisions and sub-Divisions within the ideological hearts of the parties: outsiders versus the establishment, grass roots versus business class, idealists versus pragmatists, and so on. Additionally, Divisions between political and gendered identities: class, race, sexuality, citizenship, and access. You can’t use the bathroom here.


We move within spatial, geographic and gerrymandered Divisions: supra-national agreements, alignments, and competitions; red states versus blue states; urban centers versus suburbs; gentrification versus preservation. Even the building of actual physical walls of Division is being debated. I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.


Internal conflict. Divisions are also feeling torn between opposite decisions, to feel in disagreement or at odds with oneself. Morals and ethical beliefs are upheld, challenged, or trespassed. What happens at Skowhegan stays at Skowhegan.


Divisions need not be purely political or so conflicted. It can also be neutral, calculable: The exactitude of finding how many times one number can be divided by another. Or how Divisions and multiplications can move from a familiar picnic scene to a survey of the entire universe before contracting inwardly to reveal an inner cellular and molecular world. Charles and Ray Eames film, “Powers of Ten”.


Further on this molecular level, Divisions can relate to the splitting of a cell, or mitosis. One made into multiple as a parent cell divides into two or more daughter cells. The human body experiences 10 quadrillion cellular divisions within a lifetime.


Divisions are also the taxonomic categorizations for levels of classifications: departments, branches, wings, sectors, or subsections. They can be either narrow or broad in scope. The Skowhegan Alliance is pleased to present DIVISIONS. Comprised of 17 Skowhegan alumni, which can be divided into the following years of participation: 1974, 1976, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

This particular screening will be further divided physically and experientially with videos screened on both levels of the Skowhegan office. 

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Art & Dialogue: New York with Kristan Kennedy & Donna Huanca
7:30 PM19:30

Art & Dialogue: New York with Kristan Kennedy & Donna Huanca

Presented as part of Artadia’s Art & Dialogue series, Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Curator at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will present a public program in conversation with Donna Huanca, Artadia Awardee and 2006 Skowhegan alumna, at Skowhegan in New York, NY.

Kristan Kennedy is a Portland-based artist, curator, and educator.  She is the Visual Art Curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). For the last decade, Kennedy has focused on commissioning new work by international emerging artists in the form of large-scale, site-specific installations and solo projects that exist at the borders of genres. Kennedy takes an expansive view of visual art; in addition to presenting the plastic arts, she organizes music, performance art, publications, and new media projects as part of PICA’s year-round programming and for the organization’s annual Time-Based Art Festival.

Kennedy teaches Contemporary Art History at Portland State University, where she directed the MFA Visiting Artist Program and Lecture Series (2011-2016) and founded the programs companion journal STUDIO. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon.

Donna Huanca (A '06) stages surreal architectural collages activated by live performers. She uses socially coded artifacts of the body such as cosmetics and found clothing to create paintings and sculptures, which become backdrops for these durational performances. Painted models, presented as canvases, move glacially through her installations; their morphing tableaux vivants leaving behind scars and ghostly remnants.

Donna Huanca (b. Chicago, USA) studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In 2012 Huanca was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to live and work in Mexico City. Huanca is a recipient of the Art Matters Grant (2010) and the Artadia Award (2015).

Recent exhibitions include: POLYSTYRENE BRACES presented by Art in General, NY at Kim? Riga, Latvia; MUSCLE MEMORY at Peres Projects, Berlin,Germany, WATER SCARS at Valentin, Paris; PSYCHOTRIA ELATA at Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, SADE ROOM (famously reclusive) at MoMA PS1 Printshop New York.

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. We recognize artistic excellence in cities throughout the United States and introduce local communities to the international art conversation. In the past 15 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Over 20,000 artists have applied for the Artadia Awards program.

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Skowhegan WALKS: Studio Museum Harlem
7:00 PM19:00

Skowhegan WALKS: Studio Museum Harlem

SkowheganWALKS: The Studio Museum in Harlem
Thursday, December 17th, 7:00PM
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York (map)

Please join The Skowhegan Alliance for a guided tour of A Constallation with assistant curator Amanda Hunt and artists Aaron Fowler (A '14), Troy Michie (A '15), and Andrew Ross (A '11). Afterwards Kenya (Robinson) (A '14) will speak about her work in Black: Color, Material, Concept, also at The Studio Museum.

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HARD WORK 3: Katherine Hubbard / Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith
7:30 PM19:30

HARD WORK 3: Katherine Hubbard / Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith

Katherine Hubbard (A '15)
back on back

Back on back is a performance lecture that considers the body in motion, the necessity of distraction, and the potential of conjunctives all in relation to the organizing priority of the brain. The work will use video to mark a visual correlate for ‘vision for action’ a mode of perception that is differentiated from ‘vision for perception’ in how the brain processes it’s surroundings. By stripping grammar from language and structuring narrative through movement Hubbard makes space for the recognition of and in turn the temporary release from haunting.

Katherine Hubbard is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York who works at the intersection of photography, performance, and writing. A new series of landscape photographs, bygone from here (2015), is currently included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1. Her most recent solo exhibition, four shoulders and thirty five percent everything else, was presented at Capricious 88, (now Company Gallery), NY in 2014.  Forthcoming in 2016 Hubbard will be an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX.  Hubbard’s work has also been exhibited at Recess, NY; The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; the Judd Foundation, NY; Vox Populi, PA; Higher Pictures, NY; Renseriet, Stockholm, Sweden; Murray Guy, NY; Marlborough Gallery, NY; and Museum of Arts and Design, NY. Hubbard holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and holds part time teaching positions at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Parsons School of Design, and the International Center of Photography at Bard.

Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo (A '04) & Sable Elyse Smith (A '15) 
Mirror / Echo / Tilt

In Mirror / Echo / Tilt the artists will ask members of the public to participate in physical reenactments that locate a series of current events within their bodies through gesture, voice, and proximity. Utilizing testimony, news reports, and memory, participants will recreate intensely contested moments of police violence through shifting perspective. This performance, marked by voice and movement, poses the questions: What does it mean to enact and to activate? How do we measure our collective complicity in both systemic violence, trauma, and the legacy of constructed racial representations?

The piece will be conducted in memory of Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin… and countless others.

Mirror / Echo / Tilt is a collaborative project between artists (Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith), educators, and individuals affected by the criminal justice system. The project investigates the range of factors contributing to cycles of police confrontation and incarceration, while questioning how images of people caught in those cycles are constructed through the media. Working toward a series of videos, performances, and a toolkit that reframes personal narratives of imprisonment, we insert counter narratives told through first person voice into the dominant media discourse, which commonly alienates and criminalizes black and brown bodies. By working with new forms of participatory engagement, we also aim to facilitate the sharing of perspective needed for polarized groups to discuss and enact change in seemingly impenetrable systems of justice.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, The SHS Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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HARD WORK 2: Zachary Fabri / Becky Sellinger
7:30 PM19:30

HARD WORK 2: Zachary Fabri / Becky Sellinger

Becky Sellinger (A '12)
oh, and one more thing

In Becky Sellinger’s amorphous game of chess, she takes on a new directorial role. In oh, and one more thing, seats are sprawled around the room. The audience is floating islands, phantom even, for the performers to travel between and interact with. This structured improvisation brings together several collaborators, Booker Stardrum, Pearse Redmond, Egbert Vongmalaithong and text by Ariel Yelen in an immersive environment stewing in the ghostly aura of Samuel Beckett, The Savoy Ballroom, and Rene Magritte. 

Becky Sellinger is an artist living and working in Richmond VA. Becky received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2011 and completed her MFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Practice Gallery, Pelham Arts Center, Artpark, and Socrates Sculpture Park amongst others. Becky’s work is humorous, often using her physical body as a site to engage a dialog around social conditioning and cultural perception of femininity.   

Zachary Fabri (A '13)
Container No. 2

Container No. 2 by Zachary Fabri is the second in a series of works that engages the architecture of a performance space. The piece is structured and informed by the built environment of Skowhegan's storefront, in which program, research, and office areas exist in close proximity. By inviting the audience to follow the action of the performance as it moves fluidly between the ground floor and the lower level, the work complicates the static relationship between performer and audience.

Zachary Fabri was born in Miami, Florida. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in 2007 in combined media. His multidisciplinary practice mines the intersection of personal and political spaces, often responding to a specific environment or context. Zachary’s work has been exhibited at The Jersey City Museum, El Museo del Barrio, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Art Center, and Performa 13. Awards include Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in interdisciplinary work. Recent exhibitions include Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Radical Presence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and Art in General. He is currently an artist in residence at Smack Mellon.

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HARD WORK 1: Joiri Minaya / Marisa Williamson
7:30 PM19:30

HARD WORK 1: Joiri Minaya / Marisa Williamson

Joiri Minaya
Sunset slit

In Sunset slit Joiri Minaya will emulate the image of a woman emerging from water and whipping her hair back. Usually presented in a still or slowed down form, this pop-culture image carries a tired narrative that builds fantasies of leisure and pleasure from the cliché pairing of women and idyllic landscapes. By reproducing this idealized gesture over and over again in the incongruous, almost opposite context of a NYC basement, Minaya attempts to create a space where meaning can be transformed through the absurd and the pointlessly laborious. 

Sunset slit is part of a body of work that deals generally with otherness, self-consciousness and displacement, and specifically addresses how the people and environments of the tropical regions have been historically idealized by others, and the subsequent internalization and re-performing of those fantasies by the subjects in which they originate in the first place.

The performance involves a moderate amount of dark ink that will be splattered in one direction. Consider wearing black to avoid staining or keeping a safe distance from the space directly behind the performer.

Joiri Minaya (A ’13) was born in New York, U.S, in 1990, growing up in the Dominican Republic. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales(ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. (2009), the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. (2011) and Parsons the New School for Design (2013).

Exhibitions include a solo show at the Centro de la Imagen in Santo Domingo, and group shows at Rush Arts Gallery, MoCADA, Grace Exhibition Space, Trestle Gallery, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and ARC Magazine’s New Media Exhibition at the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival 13.

Minaya is the recipient of both the Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, and the Bluhdorn and Parsons Scholarships in 2011. She has participated in the 2015 NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, the 2014 L-EST European Performing Arts and TRansmedia Lab at MA Scène Nationale, Montbéliard, France and will begin a residency at Guttemberg Arts this winter.

Marisa Williamson
WORKOUT with Sally Hemings

In WORKOUT with Sally Hemings, Marisa Williamson’s perennial persona—the slave and mistress of Thomas Jefferson—will lead audience members in an energizing and enlightening workout. Join Hemings and her SolidaritySquad (Jesus Benavente [A ‘12] and Kathy Cho) in a realistic, full-body, and fun routine, focusing on strength, endurance, affect, and labor. Tone that butt! Flatten those abs! Whittle away or build up you body! Your socioeconomic mobility depends on it! Together we’ll explore work and the embodiment of fitness in our culture and over time.

With this routine,

...tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.  

—Thomas Jefferson

Marisa Williamson (A '12) is an New York-based performance and video artist. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from CalArts. She was a participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014-2015. She attended ACRE Summer Residency in 2014 and Shandaken Project at Storm King this Fall. She is currently participating in the New Museum Seminars program. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Chicago.

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Skowhegan PERFORMS 2015
1:00 PM13:00

Skowhegan PERFORMS 2015

This year's SkowheganPERFORMS has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

We plan to reschedule the performances for a later date and time.

Skowhegan would like to thank Domingo Castillo A '12, Catherine Fairbanks A '11, Sean Glover A '06 & David E. CurtisJohn Gonzalez A '08, Jordan Tynes, & Thomas Willis,Andrew Hamill A '14, Baseera Khan A '14 & Magdalen Wong A '14, Elizabeth Harney A '14, Erin Henry A '15, Madeline Hollander A '15, Jim Leach A '15, Neven Lochhead A '15, The Big Head Brigade & Megan Marlatt A '85, Sarah Mattes A '15, Holli McEntegart A '14, Melanie McLainJoiri Minaya A '13, Jef Scharf A '00, Kuldeep Singh A '14, Melissa Smedley A '85, Corinne Spencer A '14, Felipe Steinberg A '14,Michael K. Taylor A '12, Clare Torina A '12, Deborah Wasserman A '98, and Bennett Wine A'12 for their time and preparation.

We would also like to thank the Skowhegan Alliance Performance Committee—Jesus Benavente A '12, Claudia Bitran A '14 & Gabriela Salazar A '11—and the staff at Socrates Sculpture Park for its support of this event and its future reconfigurations.

There will be drinks afterwards at
The Strand Smokehouse
25-27 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106

Skowhegan, in conjunction with Socrates Sculpture Park, is pleased to announce the fifth annual SkowheganPERFORMS, which will take place Saturday, October 3 from 1-5PM.

This year's SkowheganPERFORMS considers the picturesque and the sublime. The performances reveal, and revel in, the beautiful and the terrifying—as mediators, frames, or contexts. Performances are one moment or ongoing, take place at specific locations or throughout the entire park, and necessitate various levels of participation from audience members and existing sculptures.

Skowhegan would like to thank the Skowhegan Alliance Performance Committee [Jesus Benavente (A '12), Claudia Bitran (A '14) & Gabriela Salazar ('11)] and the staff at Socrates Sculpture Park for its support of this event.

We hope to see you there!

Domingo Castillo (A '12)
Catherine Fairbanks (A '11)
Sean Glover ('06) with David E. Curtis
John Gonzalez (A '08), Jordan Tynes, & Thomas Willis
Andrew HamillBaseera Khan & Magdalen Wong (A '14)
Elizabeth Harney (A '14)
Erin Henry (A '15)
Madeline Hollander (A '15)
Jim Leach (A '15)
Neven Lochhead (A '15)
The Big Head Brigade, featuring Megan Marlatt (A '85)
Sarah Mattes (A '15)
Holli McEntegart (A '14) 
Melanie McLain
Joiri Minaya (A '13)
Jef Scharf (A '00)
Kuldeep Singh (A '14)
Melissa Smedley (A '85)
Corinne Spencer (A '14)
Felipe Steinberg (A '14)
Michael K. Taylor (A '12)
Clare Torina (A '12)
Deborah Wasserman (A '98)
Bennett Wine (A '12)


Preliminary site visit by Deborah Wasserman. 

Preliminary site visit by Deborah Wasserman. 

Socrates’ Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition is the setting for SkowheganPERFORMS. Marking the fifteenth anniversary of this annual exhibition program, EAF15 features fifteen new commissions created over the summer in the park's outdoor studio. Rather than a thematic exhibition, each artist has a distinct artwork that embodies his/her exploration of public sphere sculpture. Diverse in subject and approach, the works provide critical considerations on subjects ranging from modern interpretations of Romanticism to contemporary statuary, from explorations of urban design to the trajectories of the African Diaspora.

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Lindsay Pollock & Nicole Eisenman In Conversation
6:30 PM18:30

Lindsay Pollock & Nicole Eisenman In Conversation

Co-hosts Deborah Jones Buck (A ’75) and John Melick, Trustee, Aesop and Morgan Stanley invite you to join

Lindsay Pollock, Editor, Art in America and Nicole Eisenman, F ’06

for conversation and cocktails in support of Skowhegan.

Nicole Eisenman sculpture and daughter George at the 2013 Carnegie International. 

The two discussed Eisenman’s work with reference to themes raised in Picasso Sculpture, the exhibition at MoMA in September 2015. Picasso, though formally trained as a painter, had a lifelong sculpture practice that was experimental and personal. Topically resonant with Skowhegan’s emphasis on process and studio practice, the show was a launch point for Art in America’s September issue, for which Eisenman created an original cover.

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Inside/Outside: Works from the Skowhegan Archives
to Sep 19

Inside/Outside: Works from the Skowhegan Archives

Curated by Michelle Grabner
Opening Reception July 30, 7-9PM

More information here.

“Since its founding, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has nurtured an expansive vision of art, maintaining a commitment to wide-ranging, often contradictory, artistic views” notes Sharon Corwin, the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator at Colby College Museum of Art. Yet fundamental themes have been ongoing throughout the history of the School, reflecting the interests and concerns of the artworld and our culture at large. One such theme is painting’s continuous affinity toward representing the changing nature of appearances. “Inside/Outside: Work from the Skowhegan Archives” brings together a collection of work that examines the alluring flux of observation and the mutability of vision as depicted in traditional genre.

Landscape and the translation of the natural environment into a spirited visual language are evident in the work of Sylvia Snowden, Wade Frame, and Bruce M. Gagnier. Painters Kristina Branch, Gail Campbell, Janet Fish, and Charles Lassiter, turned their focus to the interior world where the architecture of the School’s studio became the subject of pictorial inspiration. Barry Shils large canvas explores the School’s social structure in the routine of group portraiture while Thomas Monahan’s large canvas scrutinizes concepts of representation through symbolic representations, shallow space and a co-mingling of graphic and painterly qualities. Dating from 1951-1979, each of these paintings foreground the humility of deep contemplation.  

Juxtaposed with these paintings is a selective group of works culled from the School’s 2015 participants who share with their historical counterparts a similar concern for the vibrant nature of representation and interpretation. Manifestly evident in these works is an extreme mobility of attention and subject, set into motion with the aid of a vast range of painterly syntax. What unifies the contemporary offerings with the historic contributions is painting’s persistent dance with consciousness and language, its investment in phenomena and formal logic alike. “To be conscious of the tree is to be conscious of the tree itself, and not the idea of the tree: to speak about the tree is not just to utter a word but to speak about the thing.”[1] Paintings are a transparent cage. “Everything is outside, yet it is impossible to get out.”[2] This is the paradoxical nature of painting, an imprisonment and an elsewhere, a thing and an idea, a relentless field of the awareness.

In 1937 Mainer Marsden Hartley copied three lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem “Ash Wednesday” on the back of his canvas titled “In the Moraine, Dogtown Common, Cape Ann.”  

Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among the rocks 

Hartley struggled with being both an intellectual painter and an intuitive painter. “To care and not to care” is a very contemporary sentiment. Caring too much about the language of painting means risking the freedom to stray. “Not to care” risks impassivity and detachment. I included artists who each in their own way have the desire to sit still-- who know when to stretch and to taunt, to respect and yield to the authority of the painting.  

Scott Anderson, Thomas Dahlberg and Sophie Grant’s works aggregate the histories, spaces, and genres of twentieth century painting with an intellectual command and a broad-based visual vocabulary that reliably conjures both representation and abstraction. Co-mingling photographic imagery with deft brushwork, Jordan Seaberry seeks to develop a sobering new realism by directly embracing the content of violence and race. Alex Jackson and Alexandria Smith employ the figure as iconic and indeterminate deeply psychological and two-dimensional.  

Maia Cruz Palileo and Pallavi Singh develop absorbing idiosyncratic cultural stories, Cruz Palileo by way of vivid and loose translations of familial photographs and Singh through the use of the continuous narrative format and a graphic approach to storytelling. Similar to E. Barry Shils, Sam Jorgensen, a member of the School’s 2015 staff, furthers the genre of portraiture by recording the individuals who comprise the social landscape of the school.

Employing a trompe-l'oeil tradition Emmanuel Sevilla critically calls into question the value of the hand-made copy and the evaluative role of the simulacra within contemporary culture. Sarah Mikenis, Cal Siegel, Nick Fagan and Neil Carroll complicate painting’s material signifiers with materiality. While Siegel and Mikenis protract painting’s planar authority into shrewd and often humorous objects, Carroll integrates the visceral qualities of found material with painting’s spatial lexicon. In their work the painting’s thingness challenges traditional value designations such as craft, form invention and beauty. Memory and observation is comingled in Jane Westrick’s brisk and effortless compositions while Frank J. Stockton and Jamie Williams cultivate fantasy with the fluidity of line. Finally, with impressive scale, Linnea Rygaard mediates painting’s spatial conceits with architecture’s authoritative perspectives.

Each of these artists embrace new-found affinities, freedoms, and influences that support the new economy of painting, distinctly contoured from the art-historical matrix governing the work from the School’s archive. “In this new economy of surplus historical references, the makers take what they wish to make their point or their painting without guilt, and equally important, without an agenda based on a received meaning of style.”[3] Yet I would argue that the breath of references and material exploration evident in the contemporary work included in this exhibition embraces a knowing time-based relationship to history and tradition, not least, a deep humility for contemplation and for the virtues of close looking.  

I would like to thank Kika Nigals, Program manager of Common Street Arts and Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for originating the concept of an exhibition culled from the School’s archives. Also, thank you to Nate Young and Michael Perreault for assisting me in the installation of the exhibition. And naturally, much gratitude to the generosity of all the 2015 participants who lent work from their studios for this project. 

Michelle Grabner

[1] Philosopher Francis Wolff’s writing is regularly cited by Alain Badiou and Quentin Meillassoux. The quote I use here is applied by Millassoux in After Finitude as an illustration of the concept of “correlation.” Francis Wolff, Dire le Monde (Paris: PUF, 1997), p. 11.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Laura Hoptman, The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2015), p. 15. 

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