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After 30 weeks of immersion into learning to see and craft images with a unique and personal voice, Maine Media College's Professional Certificate graduates are ready to show the result of all their hard work. Opening first in Rockport at the Maine Media Gallery on May 30, and later in Portland at PhoPa Gallery on June 12, the 2013 Graduation Exhibition will showcase the work of Collin Howell, Sujata Khanna, Adam Pitula, and Jourdan Selkowitz. "The talent and poise of this certificate group is significant," says Certificate Program Chair Brenton Hamilton. "In genres ranging from classic street photography, lyric documentary, personal autobiography, and cultural investigation, the group has created a superb and articulate body of work." From as a far away as India and as close as New Hampshire, Maine Media's Professional Certificate graduates have spent the past ten months honing their individual approaches to photography. The exhibit includes portraits taken on the streets of Maine with a view camera, doumentary images of the lives of Maine's apprentice farmers, personal exploration through self-portaits, and platinum-palladium prints of street theater in America.
Maine Media's Professional Certificate Program is a comprehensive immersion experience in which students spend a year refining their skills and tailoring their unique personal vision. Courses focus not only on technique and craft, but also on photographic seeing, history, and the business of art. Through regular critiques, students push themselves and each other towards complete and polished portfolios. The program prepares storytellers and photographic printmakers for a wide range of careers in photography as well as for a creative life of imagemaking that can grow and evolve over a lifetime.
Opening receptions for the exhibition will be held on Thursday May 30 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Maine Media Gallery at 18 Central St. Rockport, and on Wednesday June 12 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at PhoPa Gallery at 132 Washington Ave. Portland. Receptions are free and open to the public. The Rockport exhibition will run from May 30-June 2, and the Portland exhibition will run from June 12-June 22.
Founded in 1973 in Rockport, Maine as Maine Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops + College has evolved into a creative center for visual storytellers across many disciplines. Offering immersive photography, filmmaking and multimedia courses in one-day, one and two-week workshops, a one-year professional certificate program and a three-year MFA degree program, Maine Media attracts more than 1,600 students each year from all over the world.
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