Celebrating Extraordinary Contributions to the Fields of Visual, Media and Literary Arts.

Maine Media’s biennial Visionary Award was established in 2019 to recognize and celebrate artists making extraordinary contributions to the fields of visual, media and literary arts.

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Past Winners

2021 Winner

Teju Cole

Teju Cole at NCRM by Yasmine Omari
Photo by Yasmine Omari.

Teju Cole is a noted writer, photographer, and art critic. Formerly the photography critic at New York Times Magazine, he is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard. In his practice as a photographer, Cole maintains an extensive exhibition history both nationally and internationally.

In addition, he is the author of the essay collection, Known and Strange Things, as well as the novels Every Day Is for the Thief and Open City, the latter of which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award.

2019 Winner

Joyce Tenneson

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Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.

Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. In a poll conducted by American Photo Magazine, readers voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women in the history of photography.

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Header image copyright Cig Harvey.