Charles Altschul, (MFA Committee)
Altschul 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 & 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, his work as an artist and teacher stems from contemporary as well as historical perspectives. Charles participated in a 1500 mile offshore sailing passage from Portsmouth, Virginia to Tortola in fall 2015. He currently resides in Maine, and is a father to one daughter.
Wayne Beach, (MFA Committee)
Beach 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, The Great Gatsby, Law & Order, Seven, Oceans 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 & Sister, He’s Just Not That Into You, Never Been Kissed, Valentine’s Day, Dawson’s Creek, Green Lantern, Beverly Hills 90210, and others.
Charlotte Dixon, (MFA Committee, MFA Advisor)
Charlotte Dixon is a photographer and writer. Charlotte received an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and a Doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She received the Larson Fellowship for Doctoral Studies at Harvard for her research on the sociocultural psychology of artistic creativity and was awarded the John Ferguson Weir Memorial Prize for her MFA thesis exhibition at Yale University. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally. Recent writing explored the relationship between ethics and creativity in documentary photography and was published in the Palgrave Macmillan compendium, The Ethics of Creativity. Charlotte’s work experience covers diverse areas in the field of arts, from being a photographer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, an Assistant Curator of Photographs at the New York Public Library, Chair of the Board of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and numerous teaching engagements. Charlotte is a member of the MFA faculty at Maine Media College.
Mimi Edmunds, (MFA Committee)
Edmunds received a 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)
Fuller 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 experimental small scale forms. His work interprets 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)
E. Greenberg 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)
H. Greenberg 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)
Hamilton 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)
Harvey’s 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, was released in 2015. Her book You an Orchestra, You a Bomb was released by Schilt Publishing fall 2017 www.cigharvey.com.
Margaret A. (Meg) Weston (MFA Committee)
Weston 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. 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.
In a varied career that swirled around photography, Jan was in turns a photojournalist; an artist; a physicist in the areas of digital color and reproduction, optics, and the design of digital-to-analog cameras for medical and graphics use.
He taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Polytechnic University of New York and Maine Media Workshops + College over many years. He loved to learn, spent far too many years at Wayne State University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Polytechnic University of New York (now part of NYU), received a BFA and (nearly) three masters degrees and was an autodidact with a variety of interests. He agreed with the 15th C. Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, who almost said “When I have money, I buy books; if there is anything left, I buy food and clothes.” His favorite season was fall, when it was time to buy school supplies and return to campus as either student or teacher. He had too many pairs of shoes.
He spent more than 50 years trying to make thought-provoking photographs with structural and intellectual beauty and was successful often enough to keep on working. He fought against the long-standing paradigms of beautiful subject matter and witless self-expression as suitable grounds for art, but without much success. It was an obsession he enjoyed. He was represented by Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, and his work found its way into a few personal and museum collections. He hated making photographs just to please others, and consequently never made a living at it.