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Maine Media creates new reception gallery on campus in Rockport, ME

Image by Lane Gower
Date: May 1, 2023



Located in the HAAS Building, the gallery will present creative works in all media that celebrates the community of artists at Maine Media

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the Haas Gallery, a new space for contemporary media art at the Maine Media campus in Rockport. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and devoted student, the gallery will serve as a platform for artists, students, and the community to engage with contemporary art and ideas. 

We are especially excited to announce the inaugural exhibition, opening May 25 through June 5, 2023. The installation will showcase Maine Media’s 2023 graduating class of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling (PCVS) program. The exhibition is the culmination of their studies and will highlight a wide range of material and the diverse interests of our students as they embark on careers in visual storytelling.

Haas Gallery, 2023 Panoramic View
Panoramic view of the Haas gallery, currently housing select works prior to the inaugural PCVS student exhibition.

President Michael Mansfield expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “The Haas Gallery marks the beginning of a remarkable transformation. We have long needed a space to show and celebrate the creative achievements of this community. This is only made possible through an anonymous gift from a grateful student. I’m so grateful.”

Board Chair Nils Tcheyan added, “We are thrilled to showcase the talents of our PCVS students in the inaugural exhibition at the Haas Gallery. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our donor who has made this possible. The Haas Gallery will serve Maine Media and our students in many ways for years to come and is an important addition to our campus.”

The Haas Gallery is a 1,200 square-foot space that will organize and host exhibitions throughout the year, featuring works by local and international artists, as well as Maine Media students and faculty, and installations drawn from the college’s collections and archives. The gallery’s opening underscores Maine Media’s 50th anniversary and our dedication to providing our students with opportunities to engage with the arts, develop their skills, and showcase their talents and achievements.

In addition to receiving support to develop a new gallery space, funding from the anonymous donor will also support relocating the campus library to a larger space. Maine Media maintains an expansive library of more than 4,000 titles that trace the histories of art, photography, writing, and media studies. The library had outgrown its space and finding additional room was a priority. Maine Media’s library will be relocated to a more suitable facility alongside the college’s archive and collection of photography. The HAAS Reception Gallery will be open to the public during business hours. Admission is free.

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