Maine Media Gallery and Store at 18 Central Street, Rockport

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. 

Gallery Hours
Saturday 10:30am-3pm*
*Please note: these are our modified winter hours. Regular gallery hours will resume in the spring and summer.   Stay tuned for details.  
If you are traveling from a distance, please check our website or email to confirm open hours. 

Current Exhibition

Off Season
Jacob Hessler
February 9 - April 4

Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, February 26, 5:30pm

About the work
Off Season features photographs by Jacob Hessler of quiet landscapes that portray the muted energy left behind in places like coastal Maine, when many inhabitants have packed up for the season in search of more hospitable climates. In these photographs, Hessler captures this mysterious and quiet beauty, haunted with the shadows and remnants of previous vigor. Each image transmits an eerie nostalgia of a time since past, a moment, a summer on the shore, a fragment of a memory. The off season, devoid of others, pale, quiet and introspective, exemplifies how life carries on, with or without us. The echo of a vibrant not-so-distant past is ever present, but muted by the vastness. 

About the artist 
Currently based in Camden, Maine, Jacob Hessler graduated from the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA in 2007.  Hessler then assisted celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg on numerous high profile projects, including work for New York Magazine and Wired.  Following Greenberg Studios, Hessler received a degree in graphic design at Parsons in New York City, where he then worked as a freelance commercial photographer, art director and graphic designer.  Hessler is now working on a book of his fine art landscape work, scheduled for release in 2016. When not shooting or teaching workshops, he operates the boutique branding agency Hessler Creative.

Upcoming Exhibition

featuring work by
Jeffery Becton, Thomas Birtwistle and Sarah Szwajkos

Guest Curated by Susan Danly 

April 11 - May 23

Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm

About the Work

The first camera, the camera obscura, couldn’t produce prints, but it was a powerful tool for the observation of the outside world.  A simple black box, it had a small, pin-hole sized opening through which light transmitted the scene in front of it.  The image, projected upside down inside the box, brought the world “outside/in”.  This exhibition of contemporary photography does a similar thing.  It draws our attention to the outside world in formally composed and socially cogent imagery.

These photographs of quiet interior spaces by Jeff Becton, Thomas Birtwistle, and Sarah Szwakjos make reference to the exterior world in their use of light, color, language, and objects.  With views through open windows and doors to still-life studies of shoes and nautical charts, their images carry our imagination toward the sea and the landscape -- and out of prison.    

-Susan Danly, Guest Curator


Gallery News

This is where we post any gallery news such as calls for art, events and opportunities.  Check back here often to stay in the loop! 


Get Involved

We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the gallery. Interested? Contact the gallery manager, Rachel McDonald at rmcdonald[@]

Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved in our creative community and to see some of Maine’s most wonderful artwork! 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! If you are interested in volunteering please contact the gallery manager, Rachel McDonald, at rmcdonald[at]

Check out our Portland gallery! 

PhoPa Gallery (Pho)tographs + Works on (Pa)per
132 Washington Ave | Portland Maine | 04101

PhoPa Gallery is a collaboration among Maine Media Workshops + College, photographer Jon Edwards, and independent curator Bruce Brown. PhoPa exhibits (Pho)tography and works on (Pa)per, with a special focus on emerging Maine artists rarely seen in Portland. 

The gallery divides its schedule between showcasing works by MMW+C students, alumni, and faculty, and exhibits organized by Bruce Brown and Jon Edwards.

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Maine Media Gallery Location:
18 Central Street, Rockport, ME 04856 


The Maine Media Gallery is located at 18 Central Street, in Rockport, Maine, next to Shepherds Pie.

From the North:
Travelling South on Route One, proceed through Camden, and continue past the Hannaford Plaza. Turn left on Main Street in Rockport, just beyond Maine Sport. Proceed straight on Main Street past the police and fire station on your left to the center of Rockport village. After passing Pascal Avenue with its bridge on the right, follow curve to the left onto Central Street, past Union Hall, on your right (the first red brick building), and continue to the second large brick building on your right. The Maine Media Gallery is the far left entrance on the street level of 18 Central Street, in the Shepherd Building.

From the South:
If you are coming from the South, take Interstate 95 north into Maine. Take the South Portland Exit (I-295) and follow I-295 through Portland. Continue on I-295 to the Brunswick Route 1 Exit (Exit 28). Follow Route One through Brunswick, Bath, Woolwich, Wiscasset, Damariscotta and Waldoboro to Warren - about 45 miles, where you'll find Route 90 at a blinking yellow light. Take a left onto Route 90 and follow it 12 miles to the third set of stop lights. The Market Basket, a green barn, will be on your right. Proceed straight through the lights until you reach a "T" intersection. Turn left and proceed on Pascal Avenue toward Rockport village. After crossing the bridge at the head of the harbor, turn right onto Main Street. Follow curve to the left onto Central Street, past Union Hall, on your right (the first red brick building), and continue to the second large brick building on your right. The Maine Media Gallery is the far left entrance on the street level of 18 Central Street, in the Shepherd Building.