Summer Studio Art

Visiting Artists

Each year the Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program brings renowned artists from diverse disciplines to lecture on their work, engage with students in the studio, and meet in informal gatherings. Distinguished visiting artists including Terry Adkins, Arlene Shechet, Rochelle Feinstein, Polly Apfelbaum, and Jessica Stockholder have infused the studios with their creative energies and shared their work with faculty and students. Recent visiting artists have included Jessica Vaughn, Jane Fine, Jamie Diamond, and Emilie Clarke and Paula Wilson.

2018 Visiting Artists


Jessica Vaughn

Courtney Mattison '08

Courtney Mattison is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She hand-sculpts intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of ocean ecosystems—primarily coral reefs—and the human-caused threats they face. Courtney’s delicate and often large-scale ceramic sculptural works have been exhibited at prominent science and art venues including the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Tang Museum, the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.

To learn more about Courtney Mattison visit her website.

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Deborah Zlotzky

Deborah Zlotsky works experimentally, beginning with a mark of color in her abstract paintings, allowing the gradually forming shapes and images to guide her composition. As she explains: “I work responsively, constantly altering relationships in a process of accumulating, assembling, and revising.” Through this process of progression and regression, Zlotsky creates robust works, whose muscular forms seem barely containable. Her paintings are full of colorful, interconnected geometric structures resembling honeycombs or carved blocks, dappled with smudges and drips. Though her process is intuitive, Zlotsky's work is analytical and grounded in art history. “Although abstract, the work comes out of a personal awareness of the complexity, subtleties and coincidences of being in the world,” she says.

To learn more about Deborah Zlotzky visit her website.




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Sana Musasama received her BA from City College of New York, NY (1973) and her MFA from Alfred University, NY (1988). Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place. Clay was a geographical catalyst that brought her first to West Africa. She studied Mende pottery in Sierra Leone (1974-75) and ventured later to Japan, China, South America and Cambodia. She has continued her quest, expanding her interests to tribal adornment practices in various indigenous cultures. She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity and the “purification” of the female body.

Musasama’s travels have transformed Sana and her approach to clay. Realizing that clay is universal, she believes that there is no dichotomy between her life and her work. Her trekking has taught her valuable lessons in observation, her mission speaks of a global citizen who walks through the artwork, heart first. Musasama’s work is informed by history, women’s studies, culture and her travel journal.

To learn more about Sana Musasama visit her website.



Past Visiting Artists 

Jessica Vaughn

Jessica Vaughn is a Chicago-born interdisciplinary artist who uses sculpture, photography and installation to discuss belonging and dispossession in urban spaces. To learn more about Jessica Vaughn visit her website.






Jamie Diamond

Jamie Diamond's art is grounded in photography, video, and performance and revolves around modes of exchange, intimacy, and perception. Through collaboration with strangers, she uses recognizable photographic genres to explore family identity, physical connections, and social interactions. Visit for more information.




 Borinquen Gallo

Borinquen Gallo's art reconfigures ordinary materials into unexpected combinations, the irreproducible and the commercial, the original and the copy, the permanent and the consumable or even the disposable. Her goal is to elucidate an unexpected beauty from the transformation of mundane materials and to displace the familiar or the mediocre, giving way to the surprising. Visit for more information.