Survey: Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Artist Residency Program
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
Over $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists. Neither a “school” in the traditional sense, nor a “retreat,” the program seeks to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for artistic creation and interaction by providing a concentrated period of work, created with the critical assistance and camaraderie of a distinguished faculty of Resident and Visiting Artists. Many of the most respected artists of our time have served as faculty. The program draws its vitality from the talent and energy of the participants, and the community they create. Through its admissions process Skowhegan seeks to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art-making and inquiry. Founded in 1946 by artists, and still governed by artists for artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work and explore -- free of the expectations of the marketplace and academia. Skowhegan, in both its physical and programmatic design provides an opportunity for intense work and creative interaction. All participants, faculty and staff are provided with living quarters set on a large lake, all meals, and studio space a short walk away among woods and rolling pastures. Studios are open 24 hours a day. Alumni often report that the intensity of the Skowhegan experience has had a profound effect on their work and their lives. In order to allow others entry, no artist is allowed to return for a second summer. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Linda Earle
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Marella Consolini
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jud Reis
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Ann Gund
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
Drain on existing staff and space concerns
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Technical Support / Expertise
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
Our Lecture Archive resides at the following institutions: The Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C. The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson Library Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME The Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Los Angeles, CA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Yale University, Art and Architecture Library
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Campus, Skowhegan, ME
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
The Lecture Archive is accessible at research organizations where it resides, according to their protocol. Our requirement is that researchers obtain written permission from the lecturer/or estate in order to publish, reproduce, or prepare derivative works of this lecture. Other parts of our archive are available on an informal basis.
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
We have logistical concerns to address before we can plan how to make our archives accessible.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
Annual newsletters, bulletins and Awards Dinner journals
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Mock-Ups / Models / Prototypes
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
CD filing boxes; archival shelf boxes
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
41 - 50
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
21 - 30
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
21 - 30
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
100 - 150
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
55 binders of applications (original); 8 CD cases; 2 large flat file cabinets
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Microsoft Access
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Acid-Free Housing
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Organize photographs and inventory materials
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
Staff time
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Artworks catalogued
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Staff time
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Not at this time
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$50,001 - $60,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
25b. Who?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture was actually founded in 1946, not 1950.
I wish to defer payment and allow AS-AP to use these funds to further AS-AP’s efforts to preserve the history of the alternative and avant-garde movement in America.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: