Ostendarp to Teach at Skowhegan Summer Art Residency

February 23, 2016

Carl Ostendarp, associate professor of art and director of the M.F.A. program, has been selected as a resident faculty artist at the acclaimed Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for the summer of 2016.

Founded in 1946, Skowhegan offers an intensive nine-week summer residency program to approximately 65 emerging and established artists each year. Selected from more than 2,000 applicants, residents live and work on the 350-acre campus in rural Maine, where they are given an opportunity to engage fully with their studio practice, with their peers, and with the invited faculty and mentors.

Ostendarp is one of five resident faculty artists selected by Skowhegan's board of governors for the 2016 program. Ostendarp will live on campus for the entire session and lecture on his work. Resident faculty artists meet individually with each participant during the session, and work alongside participants in their own studios. The resident faculty is supplemented by six visiting faculty who spend two to three days at a time on campus to lecture and provide critiques.

"Skowhegan is the premier summer art program in the U.S.," says Ostendarp. "They bring in a new, invited faculty each year. It's quite prestigious, and it's an honor to have been invited."

The other resident faculty for the 2016 residency are Yael Bartana, Louis Cameron, Piero Golia, and Joanna Malinowska.

Ostendarp maintains a painting practice that centers on the continuing development of pictorial abstraction. His work is represented in New York City by Elizabeth Dee, in Boston by Carroll and Sons, in Montreal by Galerie Laroche/Joncas, and in Cologne by Galerie Anke Schmidt. Recent exhibitions include Paul Klee at Underdonk in Brooklyn; Abstract Index at Galerie Ruth Leuchter in Düsseldorf; I Like America at Schauwerk Sindelfingen in Sindelfingen, Germany; and Exposition 10ème Anniversaire Partie 1 at Galerie Laroche/Joncas in Montreal.

By Rebecca Bowes

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