About Maine Media Gallery
Maine Media Gallery showcases photographic and multi-media work of students, alumni, and faculty, as well as innovative media artists pertinent to our community. The gallery offers an outstanding collection of donated faculty work for sale, with proceeds benefiting Maine Media’s scholarship fund. Additionally, the Maine Media Gallery houses Tim Whelan’s bookstore, a nationally recognized bookstore for its impressive collection of fine art photography books.
Maine Media Gallery is located in Rockport Village, a short walk from the Maine Media Workshops + College campus.
JUNE 28 - July 22, 2017
About the Exhibition
Poet Mary Oliver stated, “I think when we lose the connection with the natural world, we tend to forget that we're animals, that we need the Earth. And that can be devastating.” My work is set in the swamps and woods of Mississippi and Louisiana, natural places where one confronts life and death, growth and decay. Taking on the mindset of a feral woman, I collect the bones, branches, and flora and tread with the animals, both living and dead. My portrayal of the wild woman character counteracts stereotypical depictions of the feminine as fragile and weak, revealing a strong woman navigating the treacherous landscape around her. Gathering nature’s fragments to preserve them from the danger of being lost to the world, I reflect upon the forms, the impermanence, and the interconnectedness of natural life.
The photographs are printed using the historic cyanotype process, which shifts focus from potentially colorful landscapes and figures to patterns, textures, and the relationships of forms within the images. Tea-staining the prints dulls the blue and adds warmth, mimicking the earth tones I encounter in the wilderness. Printing on thin Japanese paper adds translucence and gives the prints a feeling of fragility. My photography work offers the viewer a shared experience and connection with nature, during times in which society is becoming removed from the natural world.
About the Artist
Jaime Johnson currently teaches in Photography and Foundations at Ole Miss and will join the University of Tampa as Assistant Professor in Art in Fall 2017. Johnson received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University.
Johnson's work has been shown nationally and abroad in venues such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, The SOHO Photo Gallery in New York, The New Orleans Photo Alliance, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and during Canada's Exposure Photography Festival at SEITIES Studios. She has been published in Don't Take Pictures magazine, Seites magazine, The Oxford American: Eyes on the South, and in Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator 2nd edition. Her photographs also serve as cover art for literary works including The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, NY), and Venus in Furs (Roads Publishing, Dublin).
Johnson has been a finalist in 2014 and 2015 for the Clarence John Laughlin Award, which recognizes photographers who utilize the medium of photography for creative expression. In 2015, Johnson won the Grand Prize in Maine Media Workshops’ international competition Character: Portraits and Stories that Reveal the Human Condition. She received 3rd place in PRZM/Juxtapoz Magazine’s 2016 Dream Big Contest out of 1800 artists competing in all art mediums. Most recently, Johnson won SOHO Photo Gallery’s 2017 International Portfolio competition and was awarded a solo exhibition at SOHO Photo Gallery, NY. Johnson’s work has received past funding through a visual arts fellowship award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her work is in public and private collections including the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and the International House Hotel in New Orleans. Her work is represented by SEITIES gallery in Calgary, Canada.
Hours & Info
18 Central Street, Rockport, ME 04856
The Gallery is situated in the Shepard building in Rockport Village, next to new restaurant 18 Central. If you are traveling from a distance, please check our website or facebook page to confirm open hours.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the gallery. Interested? Contact the Gallery Manager Katie Lovins at email@example.com
Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved in our creative community. Maine Media Gallery leans on the help of its volunteers to maintain its open hours, interact with gallery visitors, and assist in the general upkeep of the space. The help of our volunteers is incredibly important to the life of our gallery!
Maine Media Gallery is not accepting submissions at the moment. We are in the process of revising our submission process to better suit interested artists and the capacity of our staff. Please stay tuned for new details regarding submission process.
Check out our Portland Gallery!
132 Washington Ave, Portland, Maine 04101
PhoPa Gallery is our Portland exhibition space where we feature (pho)tography and works on (pa)per by Maine-based artists. At PhoPa we maintain a special focus on highlighting emerging artists rarely seen in Portland, in addition to showcasing work by members of the Maine Media community. PhoPa is a collaboration among independent curator and collector Bruce Brown, photographer Jon Edwards and Maine Media Workshops + College (MMW+C) and all profits from sales at PhoPa are donated to MMW+C. We are excited to be entering our fifth year hosting exhibitions and gatherings in Portland’s artistic community!
PhoPa is open Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5pm, and by appointment.
For more information, please visit our website.
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IMAGES: ©Phillip Wright, Arthur Meyerson, Ashley Craig, Jorge Gavilondo, Gary Briechle, Christine Moriello, Andrea Birnbaum, Zoe Morris, Erin Tokarz