David Driskell and Maine

Saturday, July 24, 2021,

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

David Driskell, Blue Pines, 1959. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 in. (91.4 x 73.7 cm). Gift from the Alex Katz Foundation and Museum purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund. Accession Number: 2017.388.

David Driskell (1931–2020) attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in the summer of 1953 and remained part of the Skowhegan community for the rest of his life. His connection to Maine and to the School influenced many artists over several generations, and artists worked with him as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend. The participants in this conversation will discuss the meaning of David’s legacy within their practices, and in Maine more generally. Speakers will include Ruth Fine, Desmond Lewis, Julie L. McGee, and Sylvia Snowden; moderated by Sarah Workneh.

The conversation will be followed by a reception and an optional tour of the Skowhegan campus.

Cosponsored by the Colby Museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and organized in conjunction with the exhibition David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History (PMA, June 19 through September 12, 2021).

This event is free but registration is required and capacity is limited. Register now. 


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