Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Founded in 1946 by Willard W. Cummings, Sidney Simon, Henry Varnum Poor, and Charles Cutler, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is a highly selective nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists located on 330 acres of farmland in Central Maine.
In 1952 Skowhegan began a 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.
These recorded lectures have been compiled as an audio collection consisting of more than 500 talks on more than 700 compact discs. The audio archive is a unique resource: unlike many artists’ talks, the lectures were originally intended for students and fellow artists. Speakers often address broader issues that affect artists and offer both philosophical and practical advice. The archive can be accessed on Colby’s campus through the Bixler Art and Music Library. Digital recordings of select lectures are also available through the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s portal on Artstor.
Using the Skowhegan Lecture Archive
To request materials, visit the multimedia desk of the Bixler Art and Music Library and present identification. Headphones will be provided for listening to lecture CDs in the library’s media facility. Use of the archive is subject to the following restrictions:
- Materials are available for use within the library only.
- Materials cannot be loaned to other libraries.
- Lectures or excerpts cannot be published, reproduced, or used in derivative works without the permission of the applicable lecturer or lecturers.
- Transcripts are read-only and are only available at Colby. Transcripts are provided as a research aid and are not intended as official reproductions of the audio content.