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About this collection

Founded in 1946, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is one of the most important art schools in the United States. A program “run by artists for artists,” Skowhegan brings participants and faculty together for an intensive nine-week summer residency program located on 330 acres of farmland in Central Maine.

 

In 1952 Skowhegan began an on-campus lecture series that continues to this day. Speakers include resident and visiting faculty as well as distinguished guests. The lectures collectively represent the depth and breadth of post-war American art, including talks on contemporary art and ideas by visual artists, poets, architects, philosophers, journalists, curators, historians, composers, and choreographers.

 

The audio files and transcripts on this site are the first digital deposit of the Skowhegan Lecture Archive. Lectures prior to 2013 have been compiled as an audio collection on compact discs. Click here to view the library's catalog entries for this material. The audio archive is a unique resource: unlike many artists’ talks, the lectures were originally intended for art students and fellow artists. Speakers often address broader issues that affect artists and offer both philosophical and practical advice.

 

The Skowhegan Lecture Archive is a closed collection, and only available for viewing and listening on-site.

 

Images left to right: Brice Marden and Philip Wofford (1976). Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein (1968). Claes Oldenburg (1973) Forms part of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records, 1946-2013. Archives of American Art Research Collections.

 
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