Office of International Programs

Travel - Book Arts and Drawing in Maine

Experimental Sketchbooks: Time and Space to Create at Monson Arts

July 18-24, 2021 at Monson Arts in Monson, Maine


Note: While we are hopeful we will be able to run this program, it is subject to how the coming months unfold in light of the pandemic, and subject to certain protocols and restrictions that may need to be in place to maintain the safety of programming. We will definitely share updates as we are able, and will continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation! We appreciate your patience and hope to see you all in Monson this summer!


ART 399/499/599 with Rebecca Goodale and Lin Lisberger

Students will receive 3 credits in drawing or book arts



With attention to content and design, and some experimental techniques, each student will create a group of Artist’s Books or Drawings about their time in Monson, actively responding to the visual world around them.

In preparation for this week on the campus of the Monson Arts Residency Program, each student will be asked to do research on the history and culture of this region of Maine. Primary source resources include the Osher Map Library and USM Special Collections as well as other local libraries.

While there, Maine artist, Barbara Sullivan, will present a workshop on Fresco, and Russell Scholars Director, Lisa Hibl will present a lecture on Henry David Thoreau.

Each student will travel with several blank artist’s books, sketchbooks and rolls of paper that they have prepared for the journey. The drawings and artist’s books will be developed during the week at Monson Arts.

The last project will be an Artist’s Book or finished drawing made after returning home.

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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 May 1, 2021

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Complete this online Application Form
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor *Letter of recommendation is waived if you have previously participated on a Books Arts travel program
  • No deposit will be due at this time


Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee will be $1,050 plus tuition. Included in the program fee: most meals, lodging, studio and classroom space, guest presenters, and some materials. Transportation to Monson, Maine is not included.

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