May 27, 2015

Contact: Karin Leuthy, kleuthy@mainemedia.edu, 207-236-8581, ext. 335 

Maine Media Workshops + College is proud to announce an art sale set for June 24, featuring one-of-a-kind original work produced through unique collaborations between some of the most talented and well-known artists in the Maine Media community. These original pieces have been created solely for this show, do not exist anywhere else, and will only be available at this sale set for June 24 in Rockport's Brewster Point Barn.

“This is a truly exceptional event featuring pieces made by some of the most creative artists we know,” said Maine Media President Meg Weston. “This has been a year-long effort, and the artists have stunned us with their astounding, collaborative work.”

The name “Exquisite Corpse” is a gloomy juxtaposition for this type of event, but the art couldn’t be more vibrant and lively. Collaborators include husband and wife John Paul and Arduina Caponigro, who combined two shots of stunning cliffs and ocean in Amalfi, Italy. Teams made up of Sam Abell and Arthur Meyerson, and Keith Carter and Cig Harvey, have both prepared diptychs of landscapes from the American west and images shot in Cuba respectively.

Singer-songwriter Sally Taylor (daughter of Carly Simon and James Taylor) wrote a song inspired by one of Michael Zide's photographs. Taylor wrote the lyrics above the captivating black and white landscape from Martha’s Vineyard. And Connie Imboden and Jill Enfield created an amusing alternative process composite self-portrait. There are many others.

Originally fueled by absinthe and the new vision of the French Surrealists, Exquisite Corpse was a popular parlor game in the early 1920s that brought friends together to create a single story, song, or drawing. In most forms of the game, one artist could only see a portion of what the other created, resulting in strange, surprising, and even profound creations. Maine Media seized on this concept as the theme for this art sale because creative collaboration is at the heart of Maine Media’s mission. Now in its 42nd year, Maine Media Workshops + College brings world-renowned artists and media professionals to teach workshops and long-term programs in photography, filmmaking, book arts, and design to more than 1,600 students from around the world each year. All proceeds from the Exquisite Corpse event will support the non-profit organization’s efforts to bring creative minds together.

The pieces that will appear at this show and sale range from handmade books nesting in a custom wooden case to poetry layered with still-life compositions on gunpowder drawings. These pieces showcase an astonishing range of talents. “Our process was sending each other images of ourselves,” Enfield explained about her collaboration with Imboden. “Connie played around and put them together and we decided which one we liked the best. I used Inkodyes and cyanotype to make the image. We laughed a lot and had a great time!"

The more than 25 original works of collaborative art will be available for purchase at Exquisite Corpse, held on June 24 in Rockport's Brewster Point Barn and sponsored in part by B&H Photo-Video-Pro Audio. VIP ticket holders will have access to the VIP reception beginning at 5:30PM, featuring food and drink pairings, a sneak peak at the art for sale, and an opportunity for early purchase of select pieces. The main event begins at 6:30PM. Tickets to the event are available for purchase on Maine Media’s website: www.mainemedia.edu.

Founded in 1973 as Maine Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops + College has evolved into a creative center for visual storytellers across many disciplines. Offering immersive photography, filmmaking, and multimedia courses in weekend and weeklong workshops, multi-week intensives, one-year professional certificate programs, and a three-year MFA degree program, Maine Media attracts more than 1,600 students each year from all over the world.