Artist in Residence Series at UMaine
SISS is working to help support art education programs such as the Artists in Residence series at the University of Maine in Orono, a program initiated by the Littlefield Gallery of Winter Harbor in 2014.
The UMaine program puts professional artist into the University sculpture studio to work alongside the students while sharing ideas, techniques and enthusiasm and giving students a glimpse of the vigor and rewards of a life in the arts.
SISS has allocated the proceeds of the gift of the Don Meserve sculpture collection sales towards projects such as this one. Don’s history as a teacher and mentor make this a perfect match while it also adds to the ideals SISS has contributed to the arts in Maine.
The University of Maine Alumni Foundation published in UMaine Today’s Summer edition, an article on their Artist in Residency program. The online version of the article titled “Great Works: Artist-in-residence program brings sculptors to campus” can be read at the UMaine Today website.
Working with Maine Schools
Teaching Across Curriculum
Thanks to a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation, SISS has conducted a number of workshops for teachers to promote the use of the Sculpture Trail across the Curriculum. From geology to physics and math, the sculpture trail can be a backdrop for interdisciplinary explorations.
Visit the Trail
Since 2007 over two dozen schools have visited the Symposium, watching as artists carved out their sculptures. Bring your students on a short tour of the trail. To ask for a guide for your organization’s tour or visit, please contact us.
In the Classroom
Looking for ideas to bring the trail to your students? Over the years we have archived a number of fantastic projects that teachers have come up with, to give the students ways to connect with this artwork.
Stewardship of the Trail
The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium would like to foster the idea of stewardship within the schools along the trail. Every sculpture is a story that is part of the community and carrying that story forward is essential.
During each Symposium, our volunteers and staff talked to visitors about the stone that the artists used for their sculptures. Many questions about the history of the symposium and aspects of Maine geology were presented to our visitors in the Welcome Tent during the events. The answers to most of those questions can be found in the posters shown below. To view a larger image of each poster click on the links below the image.