Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records measure 35.42 linear feet and date from 1945 to 2013. The paper records of the school document the period from circa 1945 to 1977 and consist of administrative records, financial records, visiting artist files, faculty files, student files, and photographic material. Also included are motion picture films by Jack Eastman and Karl Fortess, dating from circa 1950 to 1968, showing the school's campus and faculty, staff, and students at work and leisure. A large portion of the collection consists of the Skowhegan Lecture Archives, a sound recording archive of lectures given by artists speaking at the school between 1952 and 2013.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records, 1945-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Material lent for microfilming is available on microfilm reels N68-27-N68-30, N68-78-N68-80, and N68-96-N68-97 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Duplicate audio CDs of the Skowhegan Lecture Archives are also available at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Califorina; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Califorina; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Museum of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records AAA.skowscho Page 2 of 19 Modern Art, New York, N.Y.; Tate Library and Archive, London; Arts Library, Robert A. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Location of Originals:
Microfilmed materials: Originals in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Skowhegan Lecture Archives: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Skowhegan in addition to the copyright holders. A list of copyright holders is available at the Archives of American Art Washington, D.C. office. Transcripts may not be duplicated.
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming on reels N68-27-N68-30, N68-78-N68-80, and N68-96-N68-97. Loaned materials were returned to the donor and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (est. 1946) is an art school and artist residency in Skowhegan, Maine. Since the school's beginnings, it has attracted prominent visiting artists and faculty members such as Jacob Lawrence, Philip Pearlstein, Ben Shahn, Isabel Bishop, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi.
Records were lent for microfilming in 1968. Portions of the lent material were acquired between 1968 and 1977 by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture via Willard Cummings and Jack Eastman. The lecture archive was donated from 2002 to 2014 via the Executive Director.
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