The Maine Experience:
Bloomsburg State College
Summer Art Classes at
Moosehead Lake, 1975 - 79
Brochure cover from 1975
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This online exhibit is intended as a means of documenting the history of the Bloomsburg State College art classes that traveled to Maine during summers in the 1970s to better learn the art of painting and drawing. In the spring of 1974 art professor Ken Wilson proposed an intensive, six week summer course for students who would live, eat, and breathe art in the woods of Maine. The students would live together, immerse themselves in nature, and develop their skills to a new level. The course was approved, and in the summer of 1975 the first students went up to a ski lodge near Moosehead Lake, Maine where they ate and slept while sharing cooking and cleaning responsibilities. Just down the road at a nearby farm they used a remodeled chicken coop as an art studio where they created work inspired by their environment. Throughout the week Ken Wilson guided the students as they painted, and each Friday they would critique each other's work as their skills grew and developed.
This course was offered for three summers, and it gave 28 Bloomsburg art students a chance to do what they enjoyed most: to paint, draw, and create objects of beauty. But it wasn't all work. They swam, hiked, climbed, fished, canoed, went moose watching and took full advantage of what the Maine wilderness offered. These six weeks were an important part of their education and enriched their lives, and this website attempts to show some of that, as well as the art that came out of the experience. The online exhibit includes photographs, brochures, correspondence, flyers, maps, clippings, paintings, and drawings. These physical items provide an historical record of a wonderful time in the lives of the students, which will live forever in their memories.
Robert Dunkelberger, Bloomsburg University Archivist
Introduction by Ken Wilson
Planning the Summer Course
The Moosehead Lake Area of Maine
The Summer of 1975
The Summer of 1976
The Summer of 1979
This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of two
art students whose lives ended far too soon.
Those who knew them will never forget them.
Diane Marie Tedeschi Kulevich, 1955 - 1990
William Michael McGraw, 1957 - 1997
Created by Robert Dunkelberger, Bloomsburg
and Kristen Sullivan, Archives student assistant
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