Artists in Residence
Staff -- Interior Design, 4/10/2002 7:53:00 AM
Skowhegan announces honorees for its 2002 awards, which will be repsented at the 31st Annual Awards Dinner on April 23 in New York City's Plaza Hotel.
Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency where each year 65 visual artists produce art in a communal, rural environment of great natural beauty. Skowhegan is set on 300 acres in the heavily forested Lake District of Central Maine.
The honorees for this year's Awards Dinner are Barney Ebswroth, Irving Sandler, Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Lari Pittman and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Ebswroth will be presented with The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award for Outstanding Patronage of the Arts while Sandler will receive The Governors Award for Outstanding Service in the Arts. Koons will receive the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. The Skowhegan Medal for Assorted Mediums will go to Ono and the Skowhegan Medal for Painting will be awarded to Pittman. The Special Citation from Skowhegan's Board of Governors will be given to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Skowhegan was founded in 1946 by artists and is still governed by artists for artists. Its mission is to create the most stimulating atmosphere possible for artistic creation and interaction. No structured classes are offered. Instead, Resident and Visiting Artists, a group of professional artists which changes every year, provides critical assistance during a concentrated period of work.
The Annual Awards Dinner has been held every year since 1971. Proceeds from the event go to the Skowhegan Scholarship Fund. A primary mission of the School is to guarantee that any artist accepted will be able to attend, regardless of their ability to pay. Last year 95 percent of artists atending received some form of financial aid.
For more information on the Awards Dinner, call (212) 245-6570. For information on Skowhegan, please contact Marella Consolini, executive director at (212) 529-0505.