Backstage at the Maine Photography Show
Several years ago, James A. (Jim) Taliana recognized that photography was not being given the respect and exposure in Maine that it deserved as a major fine arts medium. To correct this oversight, he conceived the idea of a statewide, juried photography show, and convinced the Boothbay Region Art Foundation (BRAF) Board of Trustees to support his efforts to organize the event.
Jim formed the Maine Photography Show Committee in 2005 from a small cadre of photographers who possessed the necessary vision and skills, plus a willingness to put in the long hours required. Some of these original, dedicated members still serve on the committee today.
The committee recruited Anne Havinga, Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to judge the first show. They secured event sponsors, sent press releases to the media, created an entry database, arranged for Lynn Koenig to design the MPS logo and attended to dozens of other details. The first Maine Photography Show opened in April 2006. It was an instant success, and the rest is history – it's now considered to be the premier annual, juried, state-wide exhibition of fine art photography in Maine, and is an important part of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation's annual exhibition program.
A new, high-profile and nationally-respected photographer is selected each year to serve as the show's juror. This helps keep standards high and gives Maine photographers a juried show worth entering. Previous jurors have included Anne Havinga, Susan Danley, Joyce Tenneson, John Paul Caponigro, Elizabeth Greenberg, André Gallant, Jay Stock, Tony Sweet, and Freeman Patterson. The MPS has been refined annually to improve and streamline procedures, and now allows entrants to pay their entry fees online using our secure web site, and to send their photographs to us via e-mail. Prize money was increased this year and more awards were added.
More than 800 photographs were entered in 2015 Maine Photography Show - among the highest number of any Maine show. Many Maine photographers proudly include their acceptance into the highly selective MPS on their résumé - many as award winners. The show is well-attended and gives valuable exposure both to the participating artists and the show's sponsors.
Businesses and individuals who wish to support this prestigious statewide event may sponsor one of the eighteen awards, which vary from $35 to $500. Sponsors will receive recognition on signage at the BRAF gallery in Boothbay Harbor as well as on press releases and posters.
Thank you for your interest in the Maine Photography Show. We welcome your inquiries, and are always looking for new committee members who are as dedicated as we are to the art of photography. For more information, browse our website or call Bruce Burnham, the MPS Committee Chairperson, at 207-380-1863.
Current members of the MPS committee are: