Charles Altschul, (MFA Committee)
Charles Altschul (MFA Core Faculty) led the transition of Maine Media Workshops + College to non-proﬁt status and served as its President from 2006 – 2011. He continues to teach, both as a member of the M.F.A. faculty as well as workshops in digital photography and book arts. Working in both 500-year-old as well as cutting edge digital technologies, his work as an artist and teacher stems from contemporary as well as historical perspectives. 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 has published handcrafted artist books, most notably an illustrated folio edition 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, the Overbrook Foundation and Maine Media Workshops & College. He is currently President of the Board of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine and is an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Wayne Beach, (MFA Committee)
Wayne Beach (MFA Core Faculty) has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, Wolf Films, and Village Roadshow Pictures. He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE GREAT GATSBY, LAW & ORDER, HOUSE, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON, THE MATRIX, and THE PERFECT STORM.
Recently he created and wrote an original television pilot, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony. The pitch inspired a bidding war between Showtime, FX, and WGN America. He also recently collaborated with Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson in developing ENDLESS, a science fiction feature currently in development, and finished an assignment writing UNDONE, based on a novel by Lee Vance, for Identity Films (producers of THE OLD MAN & THE GUN).
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, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, and Taye Diggs. The film was released in 1100 theaters in the U.S.
Currently chair of the film program at Maine Media Workshops + College, Beach has also taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and Bates College. His former students have become successful writers, directors and producers working at the highest levels of film and television. Their credits include BLINDSPOT, FRIENDS, LOVE, SIMON, ARROW, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, RIVERDALE, YOU, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, HOW TO BE SINGLE, THE FLASH, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE VOW, SUPERGIRL, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, BROTHERS & SISTERS, 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 (MFA Core Faculty) is a photographer and writer. Her most recent work explores the relationship between ethics and creativity in documentary photography and was published in the Palgrave Macmillan compendium, The Ethics of Creativity. Charlotte holds a Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. 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 at Yale University. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally. Charlotte’s work experience has covered many aspects of 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 core member of the MFA faculty at Maine Media College.
Mimi Edmunds, (MFA Committee)
Mimi Edmunds (MFA Core Faculty) holds a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley; a M.A. in Anthropology & International Education from Columbia University; and is a PhD candidate at ABD, University of Connecticut, Storrs. Mimi has been a broadcast journalist for the past 22 years, working for CBS’s 60 MINUTES for over a decade, and then the documentary divisions of CBS, the DISCOVERY Network and PBS. 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 in Journalism at Emerson College in Boston.
Scott Fuller (MFA Committee)
Scott Fuller (MFA Core Faculty) 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, Provost)
Elizabeth Greenberg (MFA Core Faculty) Elizabeth Greenberg is an artist and educator living on the coast of Maine. She is an explorer of places and memories of that which has never been seen.
Growing up an only child, ample time alone fostered her vivid and active imagination. At the age of fourteen, she fell in love with the medium of photography and it has since been the language she uses to share her daydreams and visions of imaginary places.
Elizabeth’s passion for photography has also been her guide for living a life and career immersed in a daily conversation about looking at and making pictures.
She studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design and thereafter began what would become a long-term relationship with the Maine Media Workshops + College (formerly Maine Photographic Workshops.)
After running her own commercial photography business in NYC she changed paths to more seriously pursue her own art practice and share her passion for the medium of photography through education. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College.
Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited across the country and she has curated numerous exhibitions. She works with the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation to administer the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture to honor her mentor’s legacy.
Currently, Elizabeth is Provost at Maine Media Workshops + College. She teaches workshops in Maine and Hawaii, and is a member of the faculty in both the certificate and MFA programs at the college.
Howard Greenberg (Chair, MFA Program, MFA Committee, MFA Advisor)
Howard Greenberg (MFA Core Faculty), 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. He is currently on the Chair of the MFA program at Maine Media College in Rockport.
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.
An avid player, collector and restorer of vintage instruments, Mr. Greenberg also builds ukuleles with his friend, luthier Neal Flewelling of Northport, Maine. Mr. Greenberg recently assisted with the design and content of “Happy Days Are Here Again,” a book of ukulele arrangements by Remco Houtman-Janssen, aka Ukulelezaza, in Belgium. An article he wrote on Hollywood brand ukuleles of the 1930s is to be published in 2014.
Cig Harvey (MFA Committee)
Cig Harvey’s (MFA Core Faculty) photographs and artist books have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
Her first solo museum show was held at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo in 2012 in conjunction with the release of her first monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). The book is a personal exploration of love, loss, longing and belonging. You Look At Me Like An Emergency sold out in all editions and was selected by Photo District News as one of the best books of 2012. It was widely reviewed by international publications, including The Independent and The Boston Globe.
Her second monograph, Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing, 2015) was released to critical acclaim from Vogue and The New York Times, among others. The book is an exploration of familial love and a sense of place in the natural world, with seasons figuring prominently as metaphor. She was featured in The New York Times in an article titled “Why Can’t Great Artists Be Mothers?” rejecting the stereotype that motherhood and artistic dedication are at odds. In an interview with The Telegraph about the book, Harvey cited magical realism as a source of inspiration and said “I am very interested in finding magic in the real world and photography reminds me that this world is amazing.”
Harvey’s third monograph, You an Orchestra You a Bomb (Schilt Publishing, 2017) centers on our relationship with life itself, capturing moments of awe and sacred seconds that convey our fragile present. It was applauded in a number of international publications, including in The New York Times, BBC, Vice, New York Magazine, and Creative Review.
Harvey’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in several collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, George Eastman Museum, and The Farnsworth Art Museum. Her work has been displayed at Paris Photo, Art Miami, and AIPAD every year since 2006. She had been a finalist for the BMW Prize and The Karl Lagerfield Collection at Paris Photo, The Clarence John Laughlin Award, The Taylor Messing Photographic Portrait Prize.
In 2017 Cig was awarded the prestigious 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER, and in 2018 she was named the 2018 Prix Virginia Laureate, an international photography award.
In 2019, Cig held a solo show at Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine.
Connie Imboden (MFA Guest Faculty) is represented in many permanent museum collections including; The Museum of Modern Art in New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; and many other public and private collections in Europe and the Americas.
Imboden has been invited to show her work in over sixty solo exhibitions. In addition to Infocus Galerie, Cologne, Germany; Almlof Gallery, Malmö, Sweden; The Museum of the Photographic Arts, San Diego California; Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas Venezuela; Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Esther Woedehoff Gallery, Paris, France; Infocus Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
For the past 25 years Imboden has taught photography workshops all over the world. These include locations such: as Prague, Czech Republic; Arles, France; Havana, Cuba; Rockport, Maine; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Inderoy, Norway; Sharjah, U.A.E., in addition to teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1995 to 2015.
Her work and process was the subject of a national PBS segment of “Egg, the Arts” television show in 2002.
Imboden has four monographs published. Her first monograph, Out of Darkness, published in 1992, won the Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Silver medal for the Most Beautiful Book in the World Award). Beauty of Darkness and the Raw Seduction of Flesh were published in 1999. Piercing Illusion was published in 2000.
Connie Imboden lives and works in Baltimore Maryland.
Margaret A. (Meg) Weston (MFA Committee)
Margaret A. (Meg) Weston (MFA Core Faculty), served as President of Maine Media Workshops + College from February 2012 – January 2020. Prior to this, Meg was President and CEO of the University of Southern Maine Foundation; President of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, President of Konica Corporation’s photofinishing operations, and led other imaging businesses. Meg also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System.
Meg has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University with an interdisciplinary emphasis on creative non-fiction and photography. She has taken workshops and studied poetry with Richard Blanco and Betsy Scholl. She taught digital imaging at the University of Southern Maine and workshops in Creativity at the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Mass. Meg teaches writing retreats and workshops for Maine Media in Iceland, Hawaii, and on the Rockport campus using the AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) methodology of creating safe spaces to generate and encourage new work in a writer’s authentic voice.
Meg’s passion throughout her lifetime has been photographing and writing about volcanoes and active geological landscapes. 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. Her poems have been published in the 2019 Goose River Anthology.
David Wright (MFA Guest Faculty) is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer (Golden Cine, BAFTA & Emmy) with many credits for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS as well as VOD services like Netflix and Curiosity Stream. Originally from the UK, he is now based in the US and has shot in over 65 countries around the world. In the last two years this has included India, Bangladesh, Senegal, Uganda, Germany, Brazil and Iceland. Broadcast projects include science, history, and human-interest stories, as well as landmark wildlife series such as David Attenborough’s Life, Life in Cold Blood and Frozen Planet. In 2018 David also shot and directed a feature documentary about Maine based artist Alan Magee (https://www.alanmageefilm.com/) and is in production of a biography of photographer Joyce Tenneson. For more information go to https://www.expeditioncamera.com/
MFA PROJECT MENTORS
Recent MFA Mentors include: Paul Adams, Charles Altschul, Wayne Beach, Tim Broekema, Shondra Burke, Valerie Carrigan, John Paul Caponigro, Bestor Cram, Tillman Crane, Charlotte Dixon, Mimi Edmunds, Scott Fuller, John Goodman, Elizabeth Greenberg, Howard Greenberg, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Connie Imboden, Stella Johnson, Sean Kernan, Jim Levi, Karen Marshall, Norman Mauskopf, Greg Miller, 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, Valerie Carrigan, Christine Collins, Bestor Cram, Steve Fierberg, Joe Grifasi, Brenton Hamilton, Connie Imboden, Ken James, Sean Kernan, Valerie Landsburg, Greg Miller, Jane Pirone, Bob Sacha, DeWitt Sage, Paul Shardlow, and 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.