It was always all around me, I had a Kodak Baby Brownie as a child and liked taking pictures of family and friends. NK: Include work in your portfolio that you would like to exhibit and some pieces that led to the work you are currently doing. It was not until I undertook a project for my father’s 70th birthday that I thought about how a photograph can be more than a mere record. "We might climb a tree, at least": A Maine Museum of Photographic Arts Exhibition to Commemorate the Birth of Henry David Thoreau. This work comes from a new series that focuses on local surfers. Photo Market, who of us hasn’t been there? 1.6K likes. The photographers I admire the most are those whose images are always different, but also always well seen. The biggest impact has been the collaborations with brilliant and talented people—artists, museum professionals, preparators, framers, art historians, writers, designers, book makers, art dealers and consultants that I get to work with routinely. Most photographs could be described as being site specific, but that is not entirely the idea of this collection. From his Maine studio, William Rand took some time out to describe his latest grand scale project creating life-sized photographic collage panels inspired from his visits to the Prado and the Met. Jan Pieter:   How did you get interested in photography and how did you get into curating photographic exhibits? LK, Barbara Peacock, James, From the American Bedroom portfolio, 2020, Inkjet print, 20 x 24 inches, "American Bedroom is a cultural and anthropological study of Americans in their private dwelling; their bedroom. This new book presents a unique vantage point on a place and time whose impact on music and culture cannot be overestimated. Please contact me with any details or memories you would like to have entered into her archives. The following is a brief interview with Larry, and I hope you will visit his web site to discover the sublime depth of his work. Her father owned a huge junkyard—“new imaginary worlds created weekly,” is how she remembers the place. Get directions, reviews and information for Maine Museum-Photographic Arts in Portland, ME. The work is highly personal and goes back to her beginning, to black-and-white with a touch of color. Smith: There’s a photobook by Jenia Fridlyand called Entrance to Our Valley that I keep looking through. Still there are reports that art sales have been positive. Because of the ungainly size and weight we built little stages on wheels for each "tablet". They can also negotiated receiving 100% of the framing costs from sales of framed prints. Mary: I have always been interested in art and was fortunate to have grown up in several beautiful European cities. John Goodman, The Schlitz Boys Combat Zone, 1978, silver print, 16 x 20″, from the collection of Melonie Bennett. These were the populations that inhabited this time and space. Listen to Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. 2 Tracks. NK, Reid Callanan, Untitled #7, From the Havana Portraits series, 2010 -2020, Inkjet print, 19 x 13 inches, These portraits are from an ongoing project I started in 2010. Carol Eisenberg, Untitled #11, From the Flowers portfolio, 2020, Inkjet print, 40 x 52.625 inches. Jack Montgomery, Portrait Bruce Brown, 2019, Ink jet print, 10 x 10 inches, Cate: Can you speak to why you chose this field? Claire Seidl’s painting studio and darkroom in NYC. 116 years after humans first assumed flight, the sight of airplanes in our skies is commonplace, even ignored. Stream Tracks and Playlists from Maine Museum of Photographic Arts on your desktop or mobile device. JP   How do you see the role of museums when showing photography? RC The technological advancements of the cameras in Apple’s iPhone are astounding. -Robert Rauschenberg, Send us an email with SUBMISSION/STUDIO in the subject line. My life has been so enriched because of my relationships with my artists and collectors. That said, I have long believed that the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities should be severed from the government, depoliticized and operated as true endowments – voluntary public contributions creating a national fund to support and promote the arts that enrich all of our lives. Get directions, reviews and information for Maine Museum-Photographic Arts in Portland, ME. We recommend booking Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) tours ahead of time to secure your spot. One shed lifts various colored threads for the photo to float over and the other shed carries the threads for the photo to pass under. Robert: I love it. The Museum’s commitment to photography extends back to 1905, when the Portland Society of Photographic Art initiated a regular program of exhibitions. There is an optimism in the beauty and continuity of Note: She has two studio mates. I create massive-sized prints created with a large-format camera, showing narrative American scenes unified by a common element- otherwise unimportant aircraft, often in the distance. NK: I can only answer this question for myself, as every curator is different. GS, Jeanne Wells, Frog, 2018, Polymer gravure with chine-colle, from a tintype, 15 x 15 inches, Jeanne Wells, Two portfolios: Gnossiennes, 2018 and Leaf Studies, 2019, Polymer gravure, 15 x 15 inches. How has it impacted your life? But buying the painting for the first time connected me to the art world. Every institution, gallery, alternative co-op space, and museum has different guidelines. University of Southern Maine A Member of the University of Maine System PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104 1-800-800-4USM Larry Smukler, Beyond, 2019, Piezography Inkjet print, 42 x 42 inches, Jessica Burko, Short Fuse, From the Found Gone series, 2020, Installation; photo transfers with encaustic and found objects, 15 x 17 x 3 inches, The process of making the work in the Found Gone series is both simple and laborious. Jan Pieter: Your work included a lot of color photography. Avoid using a variety of frames in a single exhibit as they will take attention away from the images. JP During this Covid period both the visual arts as well as the performing arts have had a difficult time. This is how I would show up to the disenfranchised populations I might’ve otherwise dodged, avoided, ignored, condemned or in some way insulated myself from. KT My curiosity began at a very young age. Elizabeth Greenberg, Untitled, 2019, Inkjet print, 16 x 16 inches, Elizabeth Greenberg’s Imaginary PlacesInterview by Deb Dawson. I always tell people who ask, that a limited edition is essentially a moral and legal understanding/agreement between an artist and their collectors. Photographs were  very affordable then as now. JP In your Phoenix piece last week you quoted a juror (from away) stating that Maine Artists are not doing their homework in order to keep up with the latest trends in art. In the spirit of full disclosure, I, like most, offer AP’s in addition to the “standard” limited edition prints of a given image….and would, I reckon, would be foolish not to. By allowing the represented subjects to adapt and evade alignment, I am creating a sense of being that is in flux; one directly responding to and engaging with shifting borders. I especially learned all about good lighting and composition which was what Penn’s work was all about. It wasn't to be. What about art films and those from abroad, how would we acquire them? I am loving working as the curator of photography with owners John Danos and Kelley Lehr at Cove Street Arts which opened in Portland’s Back Bay area on June 1 last summer. A solution of collodion, ether, and salts are poured onto a sheet of glass, taken into a darkroom, and sensitized to light in a solution of silver nitrate. I do admit to the daily pleasure of walking around my own house looking at what is hanging on the walls and reveling in their power to please me, to charge me forward even. They were created with little intention beyond the impulse or need to photograph during a time of isolation. EB Heck, no! After a few years it became obvious that someone had to curate and lead for us to be a success. Growing up in south Texas I spent every day outside. “One of your best shows ever,” was a common refrain. MMPA is looking to 2021, our next physical exhibition, and scrutinizing our events outline for the coming three years. In 2011 I began making my 24 x 36 inch Master Prints limited edition series and I limit those to 50 prints plus 10 AP’s. Large photos on wheels was certainly an unexpected new format. I create each photograph using as raw materials my own photographs of the stars, sun, and moon in my own attempt to visually synthesize and celebrate the search for cosmic order. This November it will be four years of this daily practice and it does keep getting more difficult to keep walking the same streets and still find something new, and not allow myself to make a picture I have made before - but, I rather like the challenge.” EG, Imaginary Places is on view at the Maine Jewish Museum’s Pop-up gallery at 67 Washington Avenue, Portland. The weight of the objects, the smell, texture, and age, create personalities that inspire my imagination to drift to social historical context of their time and the collision of past with present. Maine Museum of Photographic Arts USM Glickman Family Library 5th floor, 314 Forest Ave., Portland MMPA Hours: “Greg Shattenberg is an accomplished draftsman and thinker who just happens to use photography as one of the many tools in his box. Robert: Penn’s work was very reserved and planned. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . There was a need for an institution to solely exhibit and collect contemporary Maine photographers back in 2010 when we launched MMPA. As director of the workshops you must see the work of many different photographers with many different styles. I am not very familiar with the programs that camera clubs offer, but I would guess they are similar to the workshop model. Our idea for the Antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive and forward-looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists of Maine. I look at archival inkjet printers as a new painting medium. I’ve been pruning and liming and plotting out a vegetable garden.We have a new batch of chicks. The popularity of making photographs with mobile devices has also heightened the interest in the creative potential of photography. So many talented people come to make, buy, collaborate, write about and commission art Maine. Larry was clearly well advanced in his thoughtful prose about the deeply personal work developed while earning his MFA. 1.6K likes. They are cancer cells that sometimes look as benign as plankton. Ruth Sylmor, Philosopher’s Egg, 2017, Silver print, 20 x 16 inches, Sophocles it seems was a fixiste; he didn’t believe in the concept of the evolution of living things. MMPA Celebrates 10 years & 100 Maine Photo Collectors. I want the original intentions of visual structure to find new life. I look for curiosity, ingenuity, passion, intelligence, craftsmanship and a sense of being in this world. 3 Followers. We had a great time presenting 50 photography and works on paper exhibitions by Maine artists before the gallery closed in September 2018. The university system, including art schools, are typically semester-long programs of 4 to 5 months. KT The majority of the work is actually during pre-production. Jan Pieter:   Are there any themes in photography that specifically interest you? JP The film ends with a teary eyed dancer looking across the landscape . I imagine the paper that a photograph is printed on as a pliable, bendable plane that can interact with other planes and threads by traveling over and under them. Cate: What themes are you exploring as a curator both personally and professionally? Posted February 12, 2020. All basements look the same, so I can write from whatever basement I happen to be living in.” – John Green, Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest, Edgar A. Beem, 2020, Inkjet prints, 24 x 24 inches, Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest interviews Art Critic Edgar Allen Beem. These photographs allowed us to see what we might have in common, what we might rally around in one another...our shared humanity, our broken heartedness, our rejoices, our failings, our triumphs, our falls from grace, our pain and our passion. Robert: No not really, but I like to eat! I still have a darkroom here, although because of the ease that digital gives us now, I have not been in it lately. I remember a series of graveyard angels that exhibited around the state. press in the middle of my studio, and it’s the love of my life. Bruce:  In February 2013, photographer Jon Edwards and I in association with Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport opened the PhoPa Gallery in Portland. 6-12 jpegs (3000 pixels on the largest side) or a short Vimeo link, a 3-5 sentence abstract about the work, and an image list (artist, title, date, medium, size) to, Sharon Arnold, Fireworks, from After the Wedding Dresses, medium, 2011, Sharon Arnold: “My photographs are presented as dreams”, Some of the ways in which the photographer Sharon Arnold looks at the world can be traced to her early life on Mount Desert Island. The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is located in the USM Glickman Family Library Gallery on the 5th Floor, 314 Forest Avenue in Portland. My wife decides. RC. Would just the money makers and easily digestible films be available? Jan Pieter: After leaving Penn how did your work evolve and how does it differ from his work? A blanket. What is your point of view and doesn’t this sound elitist? I photograph to build memories from incidents, visual experience in the present . Cate: Can you speak to why you chose this field? His work resides in many public and private collections including The Carnegie Collection–University of Maine, Colby College Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum and Wyeth Center, New York Public Library, Petersburg Press–New York and London, Portland Museum of Art and University of Maine at Orono. Can I meet this moment with radical empathy? Cate: How would you describe the importance of Art right now? by Deb Dawson. Wikipedia has an interesting bit on the subject here. Aroostook county, Allagash specifically, just by geographic placement, are in normal times shielded from busier parts of the country, exhibiting a natural flow not often found in 21c America. Robert: Irving Penn always told me that it was not about making art until the time that he was offered a major exhibition in New York. Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Portland, ME. For now, it is filled with hope to see our island friends again. For more information, please visit their web site here:, View the exhibition online here:, PHOTOGRAPHING TIME by Deb DawsonA conversation with fine art photographer, Larry Smukler, Taking a workshop often leads to the most serendipitous circumstances bringing photographers from various backgrounds to an inspirational setting where they can share in common goals. Our future is elsewhere. Making art, one steps through a threshold, you are awake in your dream. During the first half he plays the Jazz Standard, Folks Who Live On The Hill. Jim Kelly’s studio, a photo based mixed media artist based out of Kennebunk Maine. The price of $1500  was very expensive as my salary at that time was around $10,000. What is it I really see? RC The biggest difference between a workshop educational environment and a university or art school environment is the time factor. Given current circumstances this might well be a welcomed form of isolation – winter is upon us. This will be a huge asset and opportunity for photographers because their images are so easily transferable online. I believe what the juror said is absolutely true. The first two images are my new studio, hopefully up and running by mid July - first time I will have a working darkroom at home in about 15 years - a long time coming. Our idea for the Antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive and forward-looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists of Maine. The Bureau of Land Management is dealing with years of corruption that began before, but was only made worse by the Trump administration. A selection of this series will be on view at Cove Street Arts Faculty Photography exhibition October 22 - December 12, 2020. - Denise Froehlich, MMPA Director, The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts gallery, 5th floor of the USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave. Portland, Maine 04103, “On Fridays after work, I pour a glass of wine and look and read the site, and pretend I’m on Portland’s First Friday art walk.” - Joel R. Ferris, First donor to help launch MMPA in 2010 (He gave $75.00 dollars), Erin Little, Cutting Farm #1, 2020, Inkjet prints, 20 x 16 inches, Karin Rosenthal, Funny Feet, 1989, Inkjet print, 14 x 14 inches, Barbara Peacock, Sonia (Holocaust survivor), From the American Bedroom portfolio, 2020, Inkjet print, 20 x 24 inches, In 2017 MMPA exhibited the beginning of this portfolio, American Bedroom. We’ve received a gift of works by Ashley Bryan, the amazing nonagenarian who has lived on Little Cranberry Isle much of his life. We were planning to open a retrospective by gonzo artist/illustrator Ralph Steadman this summer--the only location it was to travel to in New England and well beyond—but we had to cancel it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I will sometimes find common themes which become the basis of a show. This virus cannot enhance that but can only inhibit it. Thurston was the first to respond, suggesting his interest in exhibiting several of his punk rock images from the ’80’s. Technology of all sorts has made the world an increasingly small place: one where people, places and lives are more interconnected than ever. I hope my portraits do justice to their courage and strength. Q. I was struck by their desire to be seen and the openness with which they availed themselves to the lens. EB On an international level (and here’s what I mean by art in Maine not always following the mainstream) some of the most important new works of art are not beautiful objects made for the luxury market but installations, performances, environments and experiences. I took to it like the proverbial duck to water. This is the first in a series of "Conversations With David" the Museum is presenting. Community » Museums. Maine Museum of Photographic Arts Presents Margo Halverson: If I had Known Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | 314 Forest Ave 8:00 am - 6:00 am Event website Currently on view through January 27th, 2019. Do you have a preference for color over Black and White? The George Marshall Store Gallery has been open since mid June with health protocols in place. Robert: Listening to Carl Sagan while I photographed him was fascinating. Share Your Story Donate 1 stars 1 story . Ideas, creative manifestation, and audiences don’t go away–they morph with the times. William Rand, a graduate of the Portland School of Art (Maine College of Art) has had a long and prolific career as a painter, sculptor, poet and photographer that has taken him around the world with numerous solo and group exhibitions. Sean O’Hagan, Melonie Bennett, Wyatt at 14, 2020, Ink jet print, 16 x 20 inches, Jeffery Becton, Donde Esta Noah, 2017, Ink jet print, 20 x 26 inches. More about that in a second, but limiting editions of images apparently dates back to the 18th century and is generally recognized to be driven by “marketing imperatives,” although not always clearly understood as such by the consuming public. ), I really have zero intention when going out, other than to look, and see - forget and let my imagination guide me. I won't mention names for fear of leaving someone out...Cate: What themes are you exploring as a curator both personally and professionally? In this way, the original image is changed and altered by what is occurring in the mix of things. Nat May. Director of education department staff, learning programs, and innovation initiatives. It’s an old farm house with fields and woods that I’ve rented seasonally for years. Ralph is in his 80s, and is still making terrific art, that is funny, edgy, touching and inspiring. I’ve owned it for over 20 years, and the gardens and orchard have been neglected. One key way that art has been changing is the increased number of public art events in the area thanks to Congress St. Art Park, Tempo Art projects, First Friday Art walks etc. Now I collect vintage pedestals and a variety of backdrops. Your pledge makes you a founding member of the new Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. For artists, art is the way they make sense of the world, communicate, define the human condition, the time they/we live in, comment on political, philosophical, and spiritual ideas. Worse by the estate of 100 photographs on loan from private collectors all.. 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