Dear Maine Media Community,
I am delighted to share some exciting news with you.
After a rigorous national search carried out by the Board, Michael Mansfield has been named as the next President of the Maine Media Workshops and College (MMW+C). He will effectively start in early January 2020. Michael’s practice as an artist, contributions to film and media art, record of achievement, and advocacy for contemporary artists make him the ideal President to lead the college into the coming chapter and beyond. Michael will be joining us in early January, from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA), where he has been Executive Director since 2016. Until his start in January, he will be working with Meg Weston and the management team to prepare for the transition and take advantage of opportunities to meet members when possible.
In addition, Elizabeth Greenberg, currently Vice-President for Academic Affairs, has been promoted to the new role of Provost. Elizabeth has been a driving force in the development of our innovative academic and workshop programs. In this new role she will bring sharper focus and accountability for academic program design, execution and student experiences as we continue to build inspirational and relevant programs for the future.
These two appointments will strengthen MMW+C and help us achieve our ambitious goals to reach more diverse audiences, grow inspirational programs, and improve the quality of the student experience, as well as our facilities.
Michael is a practicing artist and noted scholar of film and media art. At OMAA he has established an innovative program that joins painting, drawing, and sculpture with contemporary photography, the written word and the moving image. His recent curatorial credits include contemporary film and photography projects with Bill Viola, James Welling, and Cig Harvey. He has also successfully led efforts to add video to the museum’s permanent collection. Michael’s tenure at OMAA is marked by a rapid expansion of the museum’s budget, and refinements to its iconic building and gardens.
Prior to his current position, Michael held appointments at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, where he served as Curator of Film and Media Art. He oversaw collections and exhibitions initiatives around moving image and electronic media. Additionally, he advised post graduate and senior fellowships as well as extensive research collections including the Nam June Paik Archive, the NEA Artist Video Tape Archive, and the archive on Cloud Music. Michael’s professional experience also includes the Burren College of Art in Ireland and the Narodnie Muzeum Fotografie in the Czech Republic. He has been a featured speaker at museums, universities, and art colleges and has been a guest contributor to several programs on history, technology and fine art subjects at the Library of Congress, Stanford University, and the UK’s Tate Modern, among many others.
Thank you very much for your continued support of MMW+C. I believe we are poised for exciting developments in our programs and in continuing to achieve our strategic goals. Your support is much appreciated, and essential to our success.
Please join me in welcoming Michael to MMW+C and in congratulating Elizabeth on her new appointment.
Chair, Board of Directors
Maine Media Workshops + College