John Bisbee attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has taught sculpture for many years at Bowdoin College. He has held residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. Bisbee had solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas Cit,y and a mid-career retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Bisbee is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and a Maine State Individual Artist Grant (The Rappaport Prize). He received the Purchase Prize and the William Thon Jurors' Prize through the Portland Museum of Art Biennial Exhibitions.
John Bisbee worked in the Heinz studio.
The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…