Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture Announces 2018 Off Campus Programming

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture is pleased to announce off-campus programs in New York City during fall 2018. Exploring video, bookmaking and performance, the programs will feature the work of over 90 Skowhegan alumni, spanning 62 classes.

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SKOWHEGAN BOOK MEET

Publications Fair and Artist Discussion

October 27, 2018  / 2 - 6 PM; Artist discussions beginning at 4 PM

Skowhegan Program Space

136 W 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Skowhegan is excited to present a collection of alumni publications at The Skowhegan Book Meet. The Meet will be a unique opportunity to see the volume and breadth of printed works by participating alumni, whose years span 1956 to 2018, and will feature talks with artists Ali Fitzgerald (A '04) about publishing her first comic book, Josh Graupera (A '16) about his Philadelphia-based activist zine practice, and Pallavi Sen (A '17), Assistant Professor of Art at Williams College, moderated by Birgit Rathsmann (A '04), Skowhegan Alliance Member and this event's lead organizer. Select publications will be available to purchase on site from Skowhegan alumni, however the event’s focus is creating dialogue about art and book-making.

Free to the public, no tickets required.

SKOWHEGANWALKS: QUESTIONS FOR MY EVENTUAL

Outdoor Artist Talk

October 28, 2018  / 4:30 - 6 PM

Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Join Janine Antoni (F '98), Julianne Swartz (A '99, F '08) and Hadassa Goldvicht (A '08) for an evening walk through historic Green-Wood Cemetery, exploring relationships between death, hope, and empathy in their respective bodies of work.

The artists will lead a unique engagement of the cemetery, interweaving the ways love and loss have inevitably met throughout their respective artistic careers. Afterwards, attendees are invited to join them for a conversation moderated by Green-Wood Manager of Programs, Harry Weil.

This event is a part of the Reimagine End of Life week, and made possible by support from Green-Wood Cemetery.

This event is sold out.

About Skowhegan

Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists located on a historic 350-acre farm in rural Maine. Each year Skowhegan brings together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to artmaking and inquiry. Founded by artists in 1946, and still governed by artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work free of market or academic expectations.

Skowhegan’s off campus programs foster community and dialogue among artists, curators, collectors, and the public. Developed in the spirit of its campus environment, where risk-taking and inquiry is encouraged, these programs feature artists and endeavors that push the boundaries of normative art practices.

Skowhegan’s New York programs are supported in part by a grant from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.  


Media Contact

Cori Spencer
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
646.681.6424 | Direct / 212.529.0505
cspencer@skowheganart.org



Cerrie Woodner Bamford Joins Skowhegan as Director of Development & Events

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Photo: Travis Emery Hackett

Skowhegan is pleased to announce the appointment of Cerrie Woodner Bamford as its new Director of Development & Events. Ms. Bamford joins Skowhegan from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where she spent 14 years in the Special Programming and Events, Development, and the Affiliate Programs Departments. She currently manages The Friends of Education at MoMA, a membership group focused on diversity initiatives with a mission to foster a greater appreciation of art created by African American artists and to encourage African American participation in the activities and membership of the Museum.

At Skowhegan Ms. Bamford will work closely with the Board and Staff to lead fundraising efforts that leverage Skowhegan’s distinguished history, current programs, and ambitious future. In a statement, co-directors Katie Sonnenborn and Sarah Workneh said: Cerrie is a passionate advocate for artists who shares our deep commitment to advancing opportunities for artists from many backgrounds. In this pivotal moment for Skowhegan, as we embark on a campus Master Plan and look ahead to the school’s 75th Anniversary in 2021, we are thrilled to have her on board.

Ms. Bamford holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography & Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology from St. Edward’s University, and an AAS in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu. She is the Board President of Hivewild, a contemporary movement initiative dedicated to community engagement, and a member of POWarts.

2018 Barabara Lee Lecture Series

Julieta Aranda  •  Kevin Everson  •  Fritz Haeg  •  Josephine Halvorson  •  Dave Hardy  • 

Lyle Ashton Harris  • Simon Leung  •  Fred Moten  • Jeanine Oleson  •  Henry Taylor  •  Anicka Yi

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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 mail@skowheganart.org. 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.

 

Skowhegan receives $250,000 gift from Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

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Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading residencies for emerging visual artists, announced today that it has received a $250,000 gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The funds will provide for a new studio building to be constructed on its rural campus in central Maine.

The new building will be named in Frankenthaler’s honor, acknowledging her deep commitment to studio practice, and will accommodate discrete workspaces for three visual artists. When complete, the Frankenthaler Studio will be the 15th studio building on Skowhegan’s 350-acre campus, joining those named for other artists who taught at Skowhegan, including founder Willard “Bill” Cummings and Jacob Lawrence.

“This remarkable gift is deeply meaningful for Skowhegan, which was founded by and for artists. It carries forward that legacy and underscores the critical role that alumni and faculty play in its long-term success,” said Skowhegan Co-Director Sarah Workneh. The sentiment was echoed by Co-Director Katie Sonnenborn, who stated, “Skowhegan is a place that cherishes legacy, and the presence of previous generations is palpable through its archives, historic campus, and honorific spaces like the Frankenthaler Studio that are so inspiring for artists to work within.”

Frankenthaler came to Skowhegan during the summer of 1986 as a visiting faculty artist. In addition to conducting studio visits with participants, she gave a lecture on campus in the Old Dominion Fresco Barn. This talk, excerpts of which can be heard on Skowhegan’s website is preserved in Skowhegan’s Lecture Archive, a trove of lectures by faculty and other artists who spoke at Skowhegan dating back to 1952.

Clifford Ross, Chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, stated, “The Foundation is extremely pleased to support Skowhegan in offering new studio workspaces that will carry Helen’s name. She valued exchanges with students and young artists throughout her life, finding her time at Skowhegan not only meaningful, but also productive for her own work.”

Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of the Foundation, added, “We are delighted to contribute to Skowhegan’s broader efforts in a way that also signals Helen Frankenthaler’s commitment to the serious work of studio practice.”

The Frankenthaler studio will be one of several new or renovated spaces being conceived by Skowhegan as part of a holistic campus Master Plan. Approximately 750 square feet in size, it will be sited atop a ridge with expansive views to the north, east, and west, and buttressed by dense woods to the south. It will house three Skowhegan participants, who will be among the 65 emerging visual artists selected annually, from a pool of about 2,000, to participate in the summer program. Construction will begin within 24 months, with the first artists in residence in the new spaces by summer 2020.

The gift will be marked on October 23, 2017, when Douglas Dreishpoon, Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné, will moderate a conversation at the Foundation among artists Tom Burckhardt, Byron Kim and Lisa Sigal who were participants at Skowhegan in the summer of 1986 when Frankenthaler visited. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information or to reserve a seat, email Cori Spencer at cspencer@skowheganart.org.  


ABOUT SKOWHEGAN

Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists located on a historic 350-acre farm in rural Maine. Each year Skowhegan brings together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to artmaking and inquiry. Founded by artists in 1946, and still governed by artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work free of market or academic expectations. For additional information, visit our About page.

ABOUT HELEN FRANKENTHALER AND THE HELEN FRANKENTHALER FOUNDATION
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. She was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. In addition to unique paintings on canvas and paper, she worked in a wide range of media, including ceramics, sculpture, tapestry, and especially printmaking. Her work, which continues to have a profound impact on contemporary art, is represented in museum collections worldwide and has been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions and substantial publications. 

The New York City-based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime, is dedicated to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the visual arts. For more information, visit: www.frankenthalerfoundation.org.

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2017 Barbara Lee Lecture Series

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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 mail@skowheganart.org. 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.