Skowhegan 75 Years

Skowhegan 75 Years

A Short Film by Rafael Salazar and Ava Wiland

2017, 12 min


Established in rural Maine in 1946, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is one of the oldest and most well-respected artist residencies in the world. In 2015, RAVA was commissioned to create a film that explored the history and legacy of the school, and captured the life-changing event that Skowhegan has come to represent for so many young artists. Weaving interviews with artists, faculty,  archival material and original footage of present-day Skowhegan, the film captures the memories and magic of art-making at Skowhegan, and perhaps more importantly, of becoming an artist.

We created two films as part of this project. The Pivot, released for Skowhegan’s 75th Anniversary benefit, and a longer 12 min film which is currently in post-production.