Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Georgia State University

Guide to the Skowhegan Lecture Archive

Visual Resource Center
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Room 520 Art & Humanities Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

May 2010, Updated November 2011

Descriptive Summary:

Creator: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Title: Skowhegan Lecture Archive
Dates: 1952-2011 (Continuing)
Quantity: Eight Archival boxes of CDs, Adobe transcripts
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by Artist
Abstract: Audio recordings and transcripts of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture's Distinguished lecture series spanning more than fifty years.

Historical Note:

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture was founded in 1946 as a summer residency program for artists near the town of Skowhegan in central Maine. The school provides an unstructured studio space and environment for artists to focus on their work. Faculty consist of resident and visiting artists who provide studio visits and regular criticism. Admission is highly competitive and the school regularly accepts only sixty-five students annually, often out of hundreds of applicants. Students are allowed to attend only once and most are provided at least partial scholarship. Since 1952 the school has also hosted regular public lectures by faculty and other artists. The ever-growing rosters of faculty, students, and lecturers now contain many of the most accomplished artists of the twentieth century and after. The lectures by themselves, as well as the school as a whole, have become an acknowledged vital part of the American art world and an importance resource for the study of post-war art history.

The recorded lectures were compiled as an audio collection and made available by the Skowhegan School to a number of libraries and museums including the Archives of American Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Research Library of the Getty Research Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Arts Library at Yale; The Tate Gallery, London; and many other distinguished collections/institutions.

The Skowhegan Lecture Archive has been made accessible for research with the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, and the Henry R. Luce Foundation.

Restrictions on Access:

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Checkout and Use of Materials:

Checkout limited to faculty (only) of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design (for research and class use only, no overnight checkout). Students may checkout and use in the VRC only. All others (GSU non Art & Design faculty, students, and other institutions) may only checkout and use in the VRC. VRC personnel will assist patrons in use of materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights:

The Skowhegan Lecture Archives are the physical property of the Visual Resource Center, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce from the lectures requires the written permission of Skowhegan in addition to the copyright holders. A list of copyright holders is available at the Visual Resource Center. Transcripts may no be duplicated.

Preferred Citation:

Published citations should take the following form:

Showhegan Lecture Archives, (Lecturer, date). Visual Resource Center, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University.

Acquisition, Processing, and Accruals Information:

The Skowhegan Lecture Archive was purchased by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design in 2010. CD recordings of the lectures, along with electronic copies of their transcripts, have been individually sleeved and boxed in appropriate archival housing. As the Skowhegan lecture series now comprises ten or more lectures annually, the Visual Resource Center receives periodic (yearly) additions to the collection.

For Further Information:

Visual Resource Center
Room 520 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Ga 30303

Phone: 404-413-5233
Fax: 404-413-5261

The master list of lectures in the archive is available as a Word document here: