Residencies as Communities

Residencies as Communities

With Nat May, Donna McNeil, and Paul Sacaridiz

Paul Sacaridiz knows the power of artistic communities. As executive director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, he understands the potential and impact of art schools and creative residencies. In this unique discussion, he joins Executive Director and co-founder of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony Nat May, and Donna McNeil, Executive Director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation
 for a conversation on the potential of these spaces.

This rare exploration of art alternatvie art education begins with an introduction and exhibition overview from co-curators Diana Greenwold, Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art, and independent curator Rachael Arauz
Presented as part of In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969.

Thursday, August 15, 6 p.m.
$10 general admission; free for members


About the guests


Paul Sacaridiz
Paul Sacaridiz is the Executive Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He has over sixteen years experience in higher education, and prior to leading Haystack he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul has been a fellow with the National Council of Arts Administrators and has served on the boards of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), The Watershed Center for Ceramics, the Archie Bray Foundation, and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). His work as an artist has been included in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft among others.


Nat May
Nat May is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony, a rustic retreat located in Western Maine that encourages emerging and mid-career artists by offering time and space to work on their practice. He is a co-founder and board member of Common Field, a national network that connects, supports and advocates for independent arts organizations and organizers. From 2004-2016 he was the Executive Director of SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, a nonprofit art space, studio building and grantmaking organization. Prior to that he was a co-founder of the Bakery Photo Collective, a not-for-profit darkroom and digital photo lab.


Donna McNeil
Donna McNeil, currently the Executive Director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and former Director of the Maine Arts Commission has spent her lifetime as an arts advocate in the forprofit, non-profit and government fields. She holds an undergraduate degree in painting from Syracuse University and a masters degree in art history from Harvard as well as an honorary PhD from Maine College of Art where she was commencement speaker. She has curated numerous exhibitions, written two books and served as juror and nominator on many panels including the NEA and MacArthur Awards.



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