Charles Altschul, (MFA Committee) led the transition of Maine Media Workshops + College to non-profit status and served as its President from 2006 – 2011. He continues to teach at the school, both as a member of the M.F.A. faculty as well as workshops in digital photography and book arts. He received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Yale University where he later held a faculty appointment as Senior Lecturer in the School of Art. Altschul founded the New Overbrook Press in 1982 (now Camden Hills Press) to publish handcrafted artist books, most notably an illustrated folio signed by Nobel prizewinning author Samuel Beckett. In 1991, he moved to Camden, Maine to become Director of Education at the Eastman Kodak Center for Creative Imaging, a facility that pioneered the teaching of digital arts. Subsequently, Altschul worked with several art schools, including the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, to integrate digital technologies into their curricula. In 1997, he created the nation’s first B.F.A. program in Multimedia at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has served on the Yale President’s Council, the Board of the Experiment in International Living and Maine Media Workshops and College. He is currently Vice President of the Board of the Farnsworth Art Museum and is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Working in both 500-year-old as well as cutting edge technologies, Altschul’s work as an artist and teacher stems from contemporary as well as historical perspectives. He is the father of a 9-year old daughter and is participating in a 1500 mile offshore sailing passage from Portsmouth, Virginia to Tortola in fall 2015.
Wayne Beach, (MFA Committee) has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox,Disney, Sony, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures. He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THEGREAT GATSBY, LAW & ORDER, SEVEN, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON,THE MATRIX and THE PERFECT STORM.
Recently he developed an original television pilot, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony. The pitch inspired a bidding war between Showtime, FX, and WGNAmerica. He also recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf.
His screenplay credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes. He wrote and directed SLOW BURN (Lionsgate) starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film was released in 1100 theaters in the U.S.
Beach has also taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and Bates College. Many of his former students have become successful writers, directors and producers working at the highest levels of film and television. They have written hit TV shows and number one box office hits. Their credits include FRIENDS, BLINDSPOT, ARROW, REVENGE, THE VOW, SUPERGIRL, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, BROTHERS & SISTERS, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED, VALENTINE’S DAY, DAWSON’S CREEK, GREEN LANTERN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, and others.
Ashley Elizabeth Craig, (Professional Certificate Program faculty) is an artist and educator living in Camden, Maine. She received a BMA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of South Carolina, Miami International University of Art and Design (MIUAD), Barry University and has now settled in at the Maine Media Workshops + College.
In late 2012 Ashley, along with two colleagues started a not for profit organization, named Ticka-Arts. Ticka-Arts uncovers hidden talent within the photography community and showcases their work on their website as well as physical exhibitions at rotating locations in the US and Puerto Rico.
Ashley is active in the fine art community, exhibiting nationally in Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and California. She participates in portfolio reviewing events and both attending and giving artist lectures and guest critiques. Ashley also works curating both graduate and undergraduate exhibitions with Universities and Colleges. She has been an active member in SPE since 2004 and is currently serving as a Peer Review Committee member for the SPE 2015 Conference.
Charlotte Dixon, (MFA Committee, MFA Advisor) is a photographer and teacher. She received an M.F.A. in photography from Yale University School of Art where she was awarded the John Ferguson Weir Memorial Prize. She worked as the Assistant Curator of Photographs at the New York Public Library and as a photographer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is passionate about teaching photography to students of all ages. Charlotte is currently a doctoral student at Harvard University doing research on teaching art.
Mimi Edmunds, (MFA Committee) B.A. in the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. in Anthropology & International Education, Columbia University; PhD candidate, ABD, University of Connecticut, Storrs; has worked in non-fiction storytelling for three decades. As a broadcast journalist with CBS for 15 years, including eleven at 60 Minutes, and at CBS's documentary unit, she then worked at PBS, the Discovery Network, in Maryland, Washington, and Arizona. Her films have won Emmy nominations and Cable awards. She currently works on independent productions. She has taught at the Workshops every summer since 1986, including workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico and Havana, Cuba. Several of her films have won awards for cinematography and production. She also wrote and produced for PBS' newsmagazine ARIZONA ILLUSTRATED from 1999 until 2002. With an educational background in visual anthropology, she has also taught documentary filmmaking and broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently Mimi is teaching as Adjunct Professor in Journalism at Emerson College in Boston.
Scott Fuller (MFA Committee) is the Founder and Department Chair of the BFA in Visual Arts program at Saint Joseph's College of Maine. The program encourages students to study fine art combining traditional and new media. Scott is a practicing artist focusing in large scale public works and exsperimental small scale forms. His work interpertes the natural world and has a diverse range, utilizing photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, large-scale metal, glasswork and ephemeral materials like fire, ice and projection. Fuller’s work has been exhibited throughout the USA and in a total of thirty-four different countries around the world. His work has been published in international exhibition catalogs, books, periodicals, local media and has appeared on national television in the USA and China. Scott received an award in Beijing for a landscape sculpture created for the Summer Olympics and presented the work in the California Governor’s Office during a cultural exchange between Chinese and American artists.
Elizabeth Greenberg, (MFA Committee, MFA Advisor, Professional Certificate Program faculty) Vice President of Academic Affairs, earned a B.F.A. in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed her M.F.A in Visual Arts at Vermont College. Elizabeth began her photographic career in New York City working as Arnold Newman’s studio manager and first assistant. After leaving Arnold Newman’s studio, she went on to assist many other well - known photographers, spending another four years working as a still life and food photographer. She then continued to work as a freelance portrait and editorial photographer in New York City and Pennsylvania. Elizabeth has been teaching at the Maine Media Workshops since 1994. She was the Director of the Photography Programs from 2000-2007. Elizabeth has also taught at the New School for Social research, Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and the Baum School of Art (Allentown, PA). Elizabeth is a member of the MFA Steering Committee, MFA Committee, MFA Admissions Screening Committee and is a Professional Certificate Program Curricular faculty member as well as an MFA Advisor.
Howard Greenberg (Chair, MFA Program, MFA Committee, MFA Advisor) received his MFA from Vermont College. He has taught painting, drawing, printmaking, and 2-dimensional design at Rockport College (now Maine Media College), Rockport; Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania; The University of Maine, Augusta; and at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Greenberg has served as a senior-project juror and thesis evaluator at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and at Lafayette College where he has also been an artist-in-residence in printmaking and has led seminars in Aesthetics and Visual Culture.
Mr. Greenberg has been represented by Schmidt/Dean Gallery in Philadelphia since 1990. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows since 1987 at such venues as: the Allentown Art Museum; Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; The Cultural Exchange, Scottsdale, Arizona; The Taller De Arts Plasticas, Oaxaca, Mexico; The University of Maine at Augusta; Tangerine Fine Arts Gallery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Muhlenberg College; Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland, Maine; The North American Cultural Center, San Pedro, Costa Rica and at the Portland Museum of Art. Mr. Greenberg’s paintings are in numerous public and corporate collections including the Allentown Art Museum; the Bank of Japan; Swiss Re; Ikon; The Vanguard Group; Pepsi; Wharton School of Business, The University of Pennsylvania; Lafayette College and First Union Bank.
Mr. Greenberg is the recipient of a number of awards, grants and fellowships. Among these are an Art Omi fellowship, as well as First Prize (Mayfair Exhibition, Lisa Dennison curator) and Curator’s Choice (Allentown Art Museum, Lynn Zelavansky) awards.
As a performance artist, Mr. Greenberg has worked in collaboration with dancers and musicians at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City, the Community Education Center in Philadelphia, Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Kutztown University. As a member of The Stubborn Trio, he has been a co-recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Mr. Greenberg is president of Cardinal Point Press, LLC, a concern whose mission is to promote through publication, the creative collaboration among contemporary artists. The company’s premier publication, “Doorways,” is a collection of prints by artist David Driskell with prose by Michael Alpert. Copies of the edition are in the permanent collections at the Portland Museum of Art; The High Museum, Atlanta; and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., among others.
Brenton Hamilton (Chair, Professional Certificate Program, Professional Certificate Program faculty) holds his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate Program, Photography at Maine Media College. His teaching specialties include B&W Craft and Historic Processes and the History of Photography at Maine Media College. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students. Brenton’s own work is inspired by the 19th century and has become a principle area of research and inspiration both as a historian and a printmaker. Devoted to the cyanotype, Brenton’s embellished images are exhibited nationally and recently published in the recent 2005 COLUMBIA JOURNAL. Current projects include publishing: ‘OBSCURA’ a quarterly magazine devoted to contemporary issues. Brenton is represented by Tilt Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cig Harvey (MFA Committee). Her photographs and artist’s books have been exhibited widely and are in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester. She was a recently nominated for the 2013 John Gutmann Award and was a finalist at Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Schilt Publishing, 2012. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with, New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and process at institutions around the world. Her second monograph, Gardening At Night, will be released in the spring 2015.. www.cigharvey.com.
Margaret A. (Meg) Weston (MFA Committee) is a long time Maine resident and respected leader in higher education, business and consulting in international imaging, was appointed President of Maine Media Workshops + College in February, 2012. Prior to this, Meg served as Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Southern Maine and as President and CEO of the University of Southern Maine Foundation. Meg has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University with an interdisciplinary emphasis on creative non-fiction and photography. She has taught digital imaging at the University of Southern Maine and workshops in Creativity at the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Mass. Meg brings over 25 years of leadership experience in imaging and communications businesses, including as president of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram and as president and COO of the U.S. photofinishing operations of Konica Corporation. As president and CEO of PrintLife, an Israeli digital imaging company, she introduced photobooks in the U.S. and Japanese markets in 2000-2001. For eight years, she operated f22 Consulting, Inc., a successful consulting practice focused on helping mature companies make the transition to new global opportunities in consumer digital imaging. Her f22 client list included many digital imaging start-up companies as well as Kodak, Hewlett Packard, and Fuji. Meg also has a wealth of experience in higher education. She served as Chair of a legislative commission on higher education governance and for ten years on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System, including two years as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Meg’s passion is photographing volcanoes. Her photography work has been showcased in the solo exhibits, “Lava Flows” at the Lyceum Gallery in 2012, and “Lavascapes” in 2008;” in group shows: “Atelier 2007” and the “Next Step” exhibit of alumni of JP Caponigro, as well as on her website, www.volcanoes.com. She was one of 8 selected poets/artists to present poetry and images at the 2012 Belfast Poetry Festival on October 20, 2012.
MFA PROGRAM MENTORS
Recent MFA Mentors include: Paul Adams, Charles Altschul, Wayne Beach, Tim Broekema, Shondra Burke, John Paul Caponigro, Bestor Cram, Tillman Crane, Mimi Edmunds, Scott Fuller, John Goodman, Howard Greenberg, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Connie Imboden, Stella Johnson, Sean Kernan, Jim Levi, Karen Marshall, Norman Mauskopf, Brent Morris, Alan Myerson, Peter Nichols, Jane Pirone, Raul Ramos, Janet Roach, Jan Rosenbaum, Fernanda Rossi, Bob Sacha, Jonathan Schwartz, Paul Shardlow, Jeff Daniel Silva, Doug Stradley, Peter Turnley, Jo Ann Walters, Meg Weston, and Kate Williams.
MFA PROGRAM GUEST FACULTY
Recent MFA Guest Faculty include: Brian Vanden Brink, Christine Collins, Bestor Cram, Steve Fierberg, Joe Grifasi, Connie Imboden, Sean Kernan, Valerie Landsburg, Jane Pirone, Bob Sacha, DeWitt Sage, and Paul Shardlow, Kate Williams.