Maine Photography: exhibits, events, & opportunities

MAINE PHOTOGRAPHY:  exhibits, events, and opportunities

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2019!! Exciting times for some fantastic photography exhibits locally as galleries close locally, Midcoast thrives, museums look at historic and contemporary works, and the press captures what is going on. Please contact us if you have a listing you would like us to post.

Exhibits in April 2019: Sense of Sight, Safelight Studio Group Photography Exhibit at the Portland Chamber of Commerce at 443 Congress Street, first artist reception Friday 5 April from 5 to 8pm. A group exhibit of black and white traditional photography and some digital works. Viewing Monday to Friday 10 am to 3pm. Additional First Friday receptions include 3 May and 7 June from 5 to 8pm.

Black and white photographs transform the everyday 
where the physical and metaphysical overlap, transform
and eclipse one another.


April: Greg Shattenberg Artist Talk at the Glickman Library, 4th floor 25 April 2019 from 6 to 8pm.  Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. 314 Forest Avenue.207- 331-6622. Director, Denise Froehlich ( Born to a military family, Washington State is a faded second to Maine. Formative years were in Washington State, California, Japan, the Philippines. Studied at the University of Washington, graduating with a BFA from Cornish College. Relocated to Maine in 1981. Live and raised a family in West Paris, currently working happily in an Auburn studio. Jobs are held in support of making art when the bills accumulate.

Times were turbulent during early adulthood (1968-73). Cultural assumptions were justifiably being challenged. In search of a fresh experience I took an art class.  The world fell into place. My unformed identity found something worth clutching. It is possible to study, work, have a product and be totally unaffiliated. The limits are of perception and coordination.

Exhibits with upcoming opening receptions or artist talks in MARCH 2019:

Late March:

Bowdoin College Museum of Art: Photographic Lives: Robert Freson, Irving Penn, and the Portrait. Becker Gallery: 28 March to 2 June 2019: This exhibition explores two remarkable photographers and their different approaches to portraiture. It highlights Freson’s early work as Penn’s assistant in New York City and his later career as a globe-trotting photojournalist.


CMCA: Melt Down: Reception Saturday 23 March 5 to 7pm.  23 March to 9 June: Group exhibition of photography. John Caponegro, John side, Ella Hudson, Jonathan Lawrence, Justin Levesque, Jim Nickelson, Jan Piribeck, Peter Ralston, Shoshannah White, & Deanna Witman.

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Glickman Library USM Portland Campus: 21 Feb to 24 May Reception Thursday 21 February 6 to 8pm fifth floor at USM Glickman Library: Romanticism works by Greg Shattenberg at Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. Artist talk 25 April 6 to 8pm.

UNE Gallery Portland: 25 March Everyday Maine opens Thursday, 28 March reception 5 to 7pm at the UNE Gallery Portland Campus, curated by Bruce Brown with Steve Halpert:

Exhibits that are on and some close in March (the opening has passed):

Tim Greenway Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined from the 14 January to 15 April 2019 at UNE Ketchum Library Biddeford campus 11 Hills Beach Rd: Reception Thursday, 7 February, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the gallery. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

Richard Avedon, Portraits 1952 to 1970 at the PMA until 16 June 2019.

Maine Photography Show exhibit of 2019 awards: photos will be exhibited at the BRAF Gallery Sunday, April 7th through Friday, May 3rd

Penobscot Marine Museum:  Museum Hours Open May 26-October 2019
Kosti Comes Home Weekdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (except holidays)  Weekends and holidays call 207-548-2529 for schedule


Ogunquit Museum of American Art: Eating Flowers: Sensations of Cig Harvey 18 July to 31 October. 543 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907Open  10:00 am – 5:00 pm (207) 646-4909.


Bates College Olin Arts: Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being: 25 October 2019 to 28 March 2020 Center 75 Russell Street Lewiston, Maine 207-786-6158 Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm. Monday and Wednesday evenings 7:30 pm during academic year September through May.


Bates College Olin Arts: Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being: 25 October 2019 to 28 March 2020 Center 75 Russell Street Lewiston, Maine 207-786-6158 Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm. Monday and Wednesday evenings 7:30 pm during academic year.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925 – 1972) moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1950 and developed a passion for photography along with a career as an optician. Over the next two decades, he created the enigmatic images that would secure his place in the history of the medium by consciously challenging the concept of the camera as a mere recorder of the world. Meatyard’s photographs are seldom seen in Maine. Stages for Being celebrates his legacy with over eighty vintage prints chosen to explore his innovative practice of staging photographs.

Meatyard’s work is deeply rooted in Kentucky, even as it reflects his wider knowledge of subjects as diverse as literature, jazz, philosophy, history, and art. On weekends, he scouted the countryside for abandoned homes to use as sets and directed his wife, children, and friends in scenes that suggest both ritual and theater. Creating mood with natural lighting, he used masks, dolls, and found objects as unsettling props and mined architectural detail for abstract compositional elements. He experimented with the expressive and metaphoric power of formal elements such as light and darkness, and explored photography’s ability to make visible what the human eye doesn’t register. He used motion to blur form, so that the human body appears to lose its solidity; at the same time, he blurred the line between the physical world and that of energy and the spirit. Considering the context in which he was working during the 1950s and 1960s—during the Cold War and Vietnam War, an era of tremendous social and political change in this country—gives his meditations on mortality a deeper relevance.

The photographer’s carefully constructed images work on multiple levels and are best read like poetry that uses symbolic language to provoke reflection and revelation. His use of dolls and other props was inspired by Surrealism, with its unexpected and jarring juxtapositions and connection to the subconscious. When the photographer Minor White introduced him to Zen Buddhism in 1955, it provided Meatyard with a way of bringing focused awareness of place and of the moment to his practice. But, in the tradition of Zen kōans, it also suggested the offering of a puzzle to be unraveled through deep contemplation, a question with no single or correct answer.

Meatyard’s voracious reading sparked endless ideas for his work and he embedded himself in Kentucky’s cultural community through a circle of close friends that included writer, environmental activist, and farmer Wendell Berry; photographers Van Deren Coke and Robert C. May; the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who shared his interest in Zen; the painter Frederic Thursz; and the writer/poet/philosopher Guy Davenport. The latter could have been describing Meatyard’s photographs when he wrote in a 1982 essay, “

Unless the work of art has wholly exhausted its maker’s attention, it fails. This is why works of great significance are demanding and why they are infinitely rewarding.”

This exhibition was curated by Janie M. Welker and organized by the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

Blake Library  Blake Library Gallery Curator, Sofia Birden at 207-834-7527 or Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes Gallery Curator, Lise Pelletier at 834-7536.  For further information, please contact Blake Library Gallery Curator, Sofia Birden at 207-834-7527 or Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes Gallery Curator, Lise Pelletier at 834-7536.

Bowdoin College:  9400 College Street Brunswick Maine 04011. Hours  Free to the public: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Special Sunday hours: 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. (June 28 through October 18, 2015) Closed on Mondays and national holidays.  Special Sunday hours until 18 October: 12 noon to 5pm  207-725-3265 tel

CMCA:  Melt Down: 23 March to 9 June. Reception Saturday, 23 March 5 to 7 pm. 21 Winter Street Rockland Maine 04801 207-701-5005

“If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. As Bruce Brown, exhibition curator states, “With increasing frequency Maine artists of all disciplines are traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic to study, observe and record the effects of climate change. Melt Down includes stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work calls attention to one of the major ecological issues of our time.”

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change, they bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

As photographer Peter Ralston states, “Climate change is obviously not a ‘hoax;’ the core questions we must all ask ourselves pertain to what extent are we actually culpable, as well as what we as a species can do about our contribution to it all. To do nothing is unconscionable.”

Melt Down is organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown.

Artists included:

John Paul Caponigro

John Eide

Ella Hudson

Jonathan Laurence

Justin Levesque

Jim Nickelson

Jan Piribeck

Peter Ralston

Shoshannah White

Deanna Witman

In the Press

Climate Change: What do Recent Dire Reports Mean for Maine? on Maine Public Radio by Cindy Han – December 17, 2018
At art museums, a season of environmental apocalypse in The Boston Globe by Murray Whyte – January 25, 2019
Melt Down in Maine Home + Design by Emma Simard – March 2019

Colby College of Art:   Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Sunday: Noon–5 p.m. Closed Mondays Open on Thursdays until 9 p.m. during the academic year/ Holiday Hours Independence Day closed. Thanksgiving closed Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Christmas Day closed/ New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. New Year’s Day closed

Farnsworth Art Museum:  For more info or to order tickets, click here or call 207-596-0949.   16 Museum Street Rockland Maine 04841. the Wyeth Center. Summer hours  June 1 through October 31, open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  First Fridays (June through October)10 a.m. – 8 p.m.   AND  July through September: Free Admission on  Wednesdays 5 – 8 p.m

Kingman Gallery: on Deer Isle, photographers from Maine.117 Center District Crossroad (corner Sunset Rd. 1/2 mile south of Deer Isle Village)
Deer Isle, Maine 04627 207-712-7014/ Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Anne Kingman Page, Owner

Lewiston-Aburn College ATRIUM:  51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240 Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday – Closed Monday, May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day Friday, July 3, 2015 – Independence Day
Monday, September 7, 2015 – Labor Day Monday, October 12, 2015 – Columbus Day Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Veterans Day Thursday, November 26, 2015 – Thanksgiving Friday, November 27, 2015 – Day after Thanksgiving Friday, December 25, 2015 – Christmas

Maine Media Workshops + College:

Maine Historical Society:   

MHS Brown Library: Congress Street in downtown Portland in the historic arts district that serves as the city’s main thoroughfare. Congress is within short walking distance of the Old Port and waterfront.  Physical & Mailing Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101.  Phone: 207-774-1822 . All of our facilities are fully accessible, with the exception of the second floor of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House; a full video tour of the second floor is available upon request. Hours   June-October 31, 2015: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm; Thursdays 10am-7pm; Sundays 12pm-5pm.
November 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Admission to gallery: Members: Free   National Trust Members: 20% off  Adults: $8 Seniors, AAA, & Students: $7  Children 6-17: $2; 5 and younger, free

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts: USM GLICKMAN LIBRARY  314 Forest Ave USM Glickman Library

Maine State Museum: Maine State Museum open Tuesday to Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 4, closed on Sunday and Monday. 230 State Street  Augusta, Maine 04330  207-287-2301, by e-mail at Maine.Museum@Maine.govusm Lewiston Auburn

Portland Museum of Art:   7 Congress Street Portland Maine 04101  207-775-6148 Richard Avedon, Portraits 1952 to 1970 at the PMA until 16 June 2019.  AT the PMA:  Portland Museum of Art   Richard Avedon: Portraits 1952 to 1970 This exhibit is on until 16 June 2019. 7 Congress Street Portland Maine 04101  207-775-6148  This exhibition showcases 12 photographic portraits and three triptychs of celebrated individuals by the iconic American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). Primarily a fashion photographer whose images played an influential role in defining America’s image of style, beauty, and culture, these portraits suggest his disillusionment with commercial work and his quest to portray the likeness of the sitter.

Published on the occasion the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s seminal 1970 exhibition on the artist, the Minneapolis Portfolio highlights a stylistic shift in Avedon’s practice. Here, the photographer employed an 8 x 10 view camera and shot his subjects on a flat, white background instead of his traditional grey. Stepping out from behind the camera, Avedon also began interacting with his sitters. In the Minneapolis Portfolio, Avedon’s intimate portraits feature actor Humphrey Bogart and actress Marilyn Monroe, comedians Jimmy Durante and Buster Keaton, poets Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore, as well as President Dwight David Eisenhower and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, among others. Recognizable yet foreign, the close-up portraits obscure identities and public personas, casting the subjects anew.

Ogunquit Museum  OPENS in MAY: Eating Flowers: Sensations of Cig Harvey 18 July to 31 October. 543 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907Open  10:00 am – 5:00 pm (207) 646-4909

This exhibition is the first solo museum presentation in the United States of contemporary artist Cig Harvey. Spanning photography, video, mixed media and the written word, Harvey’s creative practice explores the physical and emotional boundaries of the senses. Her vividly colored images and seductive vocabulary combine to suggest dreamlike narratives informed by sensations of touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, and memory. Harvey draws inspiration from her life in Maine, and the work is on the one hand autobiographical, and on the other, a magical window onto a familiar and living landscape. The exhibition is drawn from a selection of Harvey’s photographic projects from the past ten years, and refigured into an arrangement that privileges the feeling of life experience. 

Eating Flowers takes its title from an original work commissioned for the show which will be installed in the museum’s seaside sculpture gardens. The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and is generously supported by Elizabeth Cutler and Joanna Manikas.

Penobscot Marine Museum:  Museum Hours Open May 26-October 21, 2018
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm  Kosti Comes Home Weekdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (except holidays)  Weekends and holidays call 207-548-2529 for schedule. Visitor Center: Admissions, Museum Store
2 Church Street 207-548-0334.   PMM Members: FREE   and Searsport/Stockton Springs Residents: Free and Children (7 and under): FREE and Seniors (65 and over) and Students (+17 with student ID): $12.00 and Adults: $15.00 and Children (8 to 15): $10.00 and Group Rate: $10.00 per person for parties larger than 10 people.

UMMA: FREE: 40 Harlow Street, Bangor Maine 04401-5102 Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, closed Thanksgiving and Friday after , Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

University of Maine: University of Maine Museum of Art:  40 Harlow Street, Bangor Maine 04401-5102  Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, closed Thanksgiving and Friday after , Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

University of New England Ketchum Library: 11 Hills Beach Road: BIDDEFORD, Maine The Art Gallery at the Ketchum Library on the Biddeford Campus of the University of New England is pleased to present Mackworth Island Transformed — Rocks Reimagined. The exhibition features the photography of Tim Greenway, a local professional and commercial photographer, who also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New England where he teaches digital photography within the Department of Creative and Fine Arts.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery.


Mackworth Island Transformed — Rocks Reimagined explores the transformation of space within the context of both the physical and the psychological. Using the popular location of the rock formations near the pier on Mackworth Island in Falmouth as subject matter, Greenway’s photographs visualize imaginative landscapes by detailing the geology of this iconic Maine island. By focusing on the micro-ecology, and by transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture, pattern, and form, Greenway’s photographs reimagine a recognizable setting. The photographs thus transform the overarching space into detailed and abstracted images that reflect personal exploration as an escape from literal reality.

This exhibition will be on display in the UNE Biddeford Campus Ketchum Library Art Gallery from January 14 to April 15.  The Art Gallery in the Ketchum Library is free and open to the public, when school is in session, every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For further information and directions, contact Cally Gurley by email or phone (207) 221-4324.

University of New England Gallery, Portland Campus: Everyday Maine celebrates Mainers at home, at work, and at play with photographs taken by 73 invited photographers living in 30 areas statewide. The photographs address the diverse geographical, economic, racial and ethnic, employment, educational, family, and social lifestyles that define who we are — especially in the rural areas of the state via 84 locations from Eliot close to the New Hampshire border, to Eastport approaching Canada.

The images, equally represented in black and white and in color, were selected by Bruce Brown, curator emeritus from the Center of Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland, with assistance from Stephen Halpert, curator of photography at UNE.

Contact Amanda Skinner with any questions at or (207) 221-4449  Wednesday: 12–5 p.m. Thursday: 12–7 p.m. Friday: 12–5 p.m. Saturday: 12–5 p.m. Sunday: 12–5 p.m.


University of Southern Maine Art Galleries: AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Ave., Portland. USM Art Gallery, 37 College Ave., Gorham