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March 28, 2007

Skowheagan School of Painting and Scultpure Announces 2007 Award Recipient, Ann Hatch

New York, NY  February 22, 2007 —Founder of Napa's Oxbow School, Ann Hatch, will receive the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Governor's award for Outstanding Service to Artists at the 36th annual Skowhegan Awards Dinner on April 24, 2007. This will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City and is chaired by Jodie and John Eastman.  Jane Lauder and Aerin and Eric Zinterhofer are Vice Chairs.  Awards will be presented by Joseph D. Ketner II, Chief Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum; artists Ursula von Rydingsvard and Frank Stella; Patterson Sims, Director of the Montclair Art Museum; and Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art.

Founded by artists in 1946, Skowhegan is one of the country’s foremost artists’ residency communities, providing visual artists with a collaborative and rigorous creative environment for the development of new work. Since 1946 Skowhegan has brought together almost 4,000 artists—many of whom are among the country’s leading artists—as students and faculty for intensive nine-week summer residencies at the School’s picturesque 300-acre lakeside site in rural Maine.

As a further expression of its commitment to fostering excellence in the visual arts, Skowhegan honors artists, patrons and those who have demonstrated outstanding service to the arts/artists annually each spring. The Skowhegan Awards are one of the oldest honors of their kind in the art world.  The Awards Dinner raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for the Skowhegan Scholarship Fund, which supports the School’s commitment to guaranteeing that all artists accepted to the program will be able to attend regardless of financial resources. In the last five years, over 94% of Skowhegan resident artists have received financial aid or fellowship support.

Over the last 36 years, the Skowhegan Medal has been presented to some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Claes Oldenburg (1972), Georgia O’Keeffe (1973), Richard Serra (1975), Willem de Kooning (1976), Isamu Noguchi (1977), Agnes Martin (1978), Louise Bourgeois (1985), Cindy Sherman (1989), Nam June Paik (1991), Matthew Barney (1999), Kiki Smith (2000) and Lee Bontecou (2004).  Recognized for their outstanding service to the arts and artists, past recipients of the Governors Award include Marcia Tucker (1988), Jonas Mekas (1997), Irving Sandler (2002) and Rick Lowe (2005).  Recognized for their exemplary patronage, past recipients of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award include Paul Mellon (1972), Alfred H. Barr, Jr. (1974), Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1979) Dominique de Menil (1989), and Emily Rauh Pulitzer (2006). 

Ann Hatch, Governors Award for Outstanding Service to Artists
Ann Hatch is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the California College of the Arts (CCA) and a longtime arts advocate.  In 1983 she founded Capp Street Project, the first visual artists’ residency program in the United States dedicated solely to the creation and presentation of new art installations.  Fifteen years after its founding, in 1998, Ann Hatch was instrumental in merging Capp Street Project with the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at CCA.  In 1997 Hatch co-founded the Oxbow School with Robert and Margrit Mondavi.  Oxbow is the nation’s only semester program for high-school students that combines high-level instruction in the visual arts with academic subjects, with a mission to give them the confidence and self-worth to take more active responsibility in their own learning and lives.  Ann Hatch has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Walker Art Center, the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA and the San Francisco Art Institute.

For more information, visit www.skowheganart.org

Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com

[Posted: 3/27/2007]

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