IN 2014, to support the residency program in Maine, SKOWHEGAN OPENED ITS First PERMANENT HOME IN NEW YORK CITY to house its archives, a flexible program space, and the administrative office.
Architect, designer, and Skowhegan Trustee Alan Wanzenberg of Alan Wanzenberg Architect/Design (AWAPC) designed the space, pro bono, with his colleague Seky Gomez. Fully accessible, it encompasses the ground floor (street front) and the newly excavated lower level of the 1907 building. More than 2,500 square feet is devoted to archives, a reading room, and a programming and event space. Many programs are open to the public and the space creates a touchstone for Skowhegan outside of Maine.
136 West 22nd Street was inaugurated by several projects from Skowhegan alumni. Artist Daniel Bozhkov (A ’90, F ’11, fresco instructor 1995-2010) created "Wesserrunsett Boogie-Woogie", a site-specific fresco to serve as Skowhegan’s signage that will be visible from the street. Artist Mary Mattingly (A ’10) installed a living edible forest garden, “Mobile Food Forest” (2014) in the rear yard. The second edition of the alumni publication SPACE/LAUNCH, edited by artists Ester Partegas (A ’09), Sreshta Rit Premnath (A ’09, founder, Shifter Magazine), Adam Shecter (A ’06), and Roger White (A ’05, co-founder, Paper Monument), is available for free to the public at the New York space. A selection of vintage Skowhegan posters and limited edition artist prints are also on display.