Office of International Programs

Travel - Artist Residence in Maine

Artist Retreat in Maine, Experimental Drawing


June 14-21, 2018 at the Schoodic Institute

(June 7 there is a predeparture class on Portland's campus)

ART 399, 3 undergrad credits

ART 599, 3 grad credits



This nine day class will be a drawing intensive class.  Students will meet for one full day of preparation at USM in Portland, including a full afternoon lecture and demonstration in some experimental drawing techniques, and then spend seven days at Schoodic Institute, at Acadia National Park, in Winter Harbor, Maine.  Class will meet for two four-hour sessions each day. Students will draw in nature, from nature, with natural materials, and with an assortment of media and materials not necessarily associated with traditional drawing.  One day will include a trip to Bar Harbor and other parts of Acadia National Park to draw on site, and to visit the Abbe Museum, a museum of history and culture of the Wabanaki people. Some information about the history of landscape artists in the region will also be provided. Students will be required to do a final drawing for this class that will be due in mid-August.  An exhibit will be hung in Kidder Lounge on the USM Gorham campus, and a final critique will take place at that time.

Students will be housed in shared dorm or apartment type rooms at the Schoodic Institute and will be provided with three meals each day, dinner on the day of arrival (June 14, 2018) and breakfast on the departure day (June 21, 2018).



Lin Lisberger is a sculptor who taught sculpture, drawing, and design part-time in the USM Art Department from 1981 until her retirement in 2017.  Her exhibition experience is widespread and her work has been included in many exhibits, most recently at Chazan Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island Art Gallery.  Lin has been making art for over forty years and over time her sculptures have incorporated many images, always resonating with the attributes of wood.  Each sculpture is a sketch of a moment in time and space and the life of the tree.  


Rebecca Goodale makes unique and limited edition books. Her current project, Threatened and Endangered, is inspired by Maine's rare plants and animals. Her work is in numerous collections including Bowdoin College Library; The Maine Women Writers Collection; New York Public Library; Herron Art Library, IN; Hawai'i State Art Museum; and the White House Ornament Collection. She is the Faculty Director of USM's Summer Book Arts Program, Program Coordinator of the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts, and a long-time member of the Art Department. Rebecca is represented by the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle and by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers in Birmingham, AL.



The application deadline is March 30, 2018  along with a $200 non-refundable deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member leading the program)
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee will be $1,300-$1,500 plus tuition. Transportation to the Schoodic Institute is not included.

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for complete information on tuition and fees.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April TBD
Remaining balance due May TBD