Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admissions Questions

+ Is the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture only for painters and sculptors?

All visual arts practices are welcome.

+ When is the application deadline?

January 10, 2019, 11:59PM EST (23:59 EST). We advise applicants to begin work on their online application well in advance of this date. The system will automatically shut down at 11:59pm EST on January 10, 2019. Remember that it may take several minutes for your payment to be accepted by the site, so please do not wait until the last moment to submit. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for any reason including website failure.

+ Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is an application fee due when you submit your application. The one time application fee amount is determined by the date that you apply. Please refer to the application fee timetable for application fee rates.

+ What is the biggest mistake applicants make?

The biggest mistake applicants make is to submit bad portfolio images. A lot of images suffer because applicants shrink the image file itself, rather than changing the pixel dimensions of the image. Even if you think this doesn't apply to you, you should still carefully read the image specifications outlined in Step 3. These instructions are there to help you put your best work forward for our particular application. Furthermore, despite the constant advancements made in cell phone camera technology we suggest that you avoid submitting images made by your phone, especially while handheld in low light situations.

+ How can I submit video?

All video work must be submitted using Vimeo. Please see the step by step explanation in the application instructions. Uploading videos to vimeo can be a slow process make sure to leave yourself enough time. If you are unable to upload and submit your videos to Skowhegan by January 10, 2019, your application will not be considered for admission. As a reminder, please make sure you do not remove your video until you receive your admissions decision from us in the Spring.

+ What should I do if I have trouble using Skowhegan's application website?

If you encounter any technical difficulties you may call Skowhegan’s New York office (646-681-6426) Monday-Friday, 10AM through 4PM EST; or you can email your question to Should you encounter difficulty submitting your application after office hours we cannot accept your inability to contact the office as a valid excuse for a late application.

+ What happens if I have a technical issue right before the deadline?

No exceptions will be made in regards to fee increase deadlines or the application deadline. Issues with the website server due to traffic volume at the time of deadlines, as well as technical problems with the application or Skowhegan’s payment system will not be considered valid reasons to miss deadlines. We encourage all applicants to submit their application at least one day before any hard deadline to give adequate time for questions or concerns.

+ What forms of payment does Skowhegan accept for the application processing fee?

The application fee must be paid using Skowhegan’s Stripe payment system which takes most major credit cards. If you are experiencing difficulty using Stripe, call Skowhegan at 1-646-681-6426 or email for help making your application fee payment at least 1 day before each application fee increase or deadline.

+ How do I know if my application has been received?

After you have submitted your application you will receive an automatic email acknowledging our receipt of your application. Please be sure to check your spam folder and make sure you set your email settings to accept as a safe address. Mail generated from our website is often blocked by spam filters (this is particularly true for those who use Hotmail, AOL, and Earthlink). If you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact the office at to confirm receipt of your application.

+ Who reviews my application?

Review panels are comprised of members of Skowhegan’s Board of Governors and members of the upcoming summer’s faculty. The first round of applications are also viewed by members of the Skowhegan Alliance, an alumni committee. All are distinguished artists and many are alumni. Applicants are presented to the jurors anonymously.

+ When and how will I be notified of the result of my application?

You will receive email notification by the end of April. We do not respond to inquiries about application status prior to this notification. Please do not call or email the office to inquire about your acceptance status.

+ Is there an age requirement or an age limit?

Artists must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program (June 8, 2019). There is no maximum age limitation.

+ Who is eligible to apply?

Aside from being over 21, there are no eligibility requirements. Academic credentials and/or training in art are not a prerequisite and are not considered in the admissions process.

+ My work falls into more than one category. May I apply in more than one discipline?

No. We understand that many artists work across disciplines, but you must choose a primary discipline for purposes of organizing our review process. Applicants are never penalized for being in the “wrong” category. If you are accepted to Skowhegan you can work in any discipline(s) you choose.

+ What is the “Alternative Practice” category?

The category choice you make is used for administrative purposes and it is important to note that there is no right or wrong category for you to select. Many artists choose this category because they work in multidisciplinary, conceptually driven forms incorporating 2-D, 3-D, and Time-Based media. Others select this category because their work is more ephemeral or employs digital practices. Please choose whichever category that you feel best aligns with your practice.

+ Do you allow collaborators to apply to Skowhegan?

Yes. Skowhegan allows collaborative teams to apply. Collaborative teams must apply using one application to represent the entire team. Please note we can only accept up to three members of any collaborative team.

+ May international artists apply?

Yes, however Skowhegan is not an accredited academic institution and cannot participate in the student visa process. If admitted, artists must arrange for a visitor’s visa (if required) in time for the start of the program. International applicants are eligible for financial aid and grants toward travel expenses. A working knowledge of English is required.

+ Who should I ask to be a reference on my application?

The names of your references are not revealed to the admissions panel and are not a considered in the admissions process. Identify individuals who can speak to your commitment and openness as an artist and your ability to work well in a communal setting. Skowhegan does not accept letters of recommendation.

+ How often am I allowed to apply?

You may only submit one application per annual cycle; artists who submit multiple applications in the same cycle will not be considered for admission. Artists may only attend Skowhegan once.

+ Can the application fee be waived?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to waive the application fee. It is one of our priorities as an organization to make the experience possible for any artist, regardless of their financial situation through financial aid awarded at the time of acceptance. However, we do rely on the application fee to cover the substantial costs involved with processing and reviewing each application. The application fee is tiered by date of application and is much cheaper for those who apply early.

What time is it in Eastern Standard Time?

Time does not update automatically!
All application times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Tuition and Financial Aid Questions

+ What is the cost of the residency?

Tuition, room, and meals is $6,000. Additionally, all participants are required to pay a $75 activities fee. Admission to Skowhegan is need-blind. If you are accepted, we will work with you to make it possible for you to attend.

+ How much financial aid is available?

Only artists who have completed the financial assistance section of the online application will be considered for financial aid. You must submit this information at the time of application.

The goal of Skowhegan’s financial assistance program is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted can attend regardless of their financial status, however all participants are expected to make some financial contribution to their experience. Each applicant is asked to request a financial aid amount with this in mind. We will determine an award amount at admission based on this information, as well as other financial information requested in the application. Keep in mind that most participants need financial assistance and take that into consideration when requesting your aid.

+ How do I apply for a Matching Fellowship?

Applications for all financial aid opportunities, including the Matching Fellowship, can be found in Step 4 of the Skowhegan Application. To qualify for a Matching Fellowship, applicants must complete sections A, B, and D of step 4 of the Skowhegan application. If you gain admission into our program and have completed the financial aid portion of the application, we will contact your school on your behalf regarding the match.

If you do not know if your school participates in our matching program, you can ask Skowhegan by contacting or (646) 681-6426.

If you know that your school does not participate in our matching program, we still advise you to complete sections A, B and D of step 4. In section D, put in the contact information of someone at your school who might be a good candidate for us to reach out to to advocate for participation on your behalf.

+ My graduate program participates in Skowhegan’s Matching School Fellowship Program. Must I complete the Financial Assistance section?

Yes, you must complete the entire financial assistance section of the online application to receive any of the Named or Matching Fellowships. Many times schools are unable to participate in the program or cannot match more than one accepted student. Please fill out the financial aid section of the application as you would if you did not expect to receive a Matching Fellowship in case your school cannot contribute this year.

+ INLAKS Foundation Applicants

For those applicants that live and work in India and are under 35 years of age your application fee, tuition, and travel expenses will be subsidized by the Inlaks foundation. If you qualify for Inlaks support then you may skip the application fee found at step 7 of the Skowhegan application following these instructions.

+ Helpmann Academy Applicants

For those applicants that are Australian citizens who are based in South Australia, and are final year students or graduates (up to five years following final year of study) from Helpmann Academy partner institutions, your application fee, tuition, and travel expenses will be subsidized by the Helpmann Academy. If you qualify for Helpmann Academy support then you may skip the application fee found at step 7 of the Skowhegan application following these instructions.

Program Questions

+ Are artists required to work on specific projects at Skowhegan?

No. In fact, participants are strongly discouraged from coming with a preconceived agenda. Many artists who come to Skowhegan having to complete a specific body of work for a scheduled exhibition find that the focus and resolve this requires is often at odds with some of the most important aspects and benefits of the Skowhegan program.

+ Are absences from the program allowed?

No. Absences are very disruptive and will not be allowed except for emergencies. Participants must commit to being in residence for the full nine-week term of the program. Absences are allowed only in a case of emergency or with prior approval by the Director.

+ If I am accepted and cannot attend, may I defer my residency?

No, but you may re-apply the following year. Furthermore, the application fee cannot be refunded for any reason including application withdrawal.

Resident Life Questions

+ What are the residential accommodations like?

Participants are housed in lake-side cottages. Most participants share a room and all share bathrooms.

+ Can Skowhegan accommodate artists with disabilities?

Yes, it is our goal to accommodate all artists accepted to Skowhegan. For specific concerns about residential and studio accessibility please email Skowhegan’s New York office (

+ What are the meals like?

Skowhegan serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Each meal has vegetarian options available. We can also accommodate most other dietary restrictions and allergies. All of those admitted to the program with specific dietary requirements will have the opportunity to speak directly with the Director of Food Service at the beginning of the summer.

+ May I bring a partner or family members with me to Skowhegan?

No. However, there is one weekend in July set aside for visitors but even then, they may not stay overnight on campus.

+ May I bring a pet?


If you do not see the answer to your question here then please e-mail the New York office at:, or call 646.681.6426 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM EST, Monday-Friday.