Our Kickstarter campaign will give us the money to create a virtual museum website for the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts.
The website is the first permanent step in exhibiting and travelling the photographic arts created here in Maine at such places as the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Bakery Photographic Collective, Maine Media Workshops, Maine College of Art, College of the Atlantic, by the hundreds of independents working in the commercial field or teaching at our elite liberal arts colleges.
Maine photographers and film makers are creating cutting-edge work. In some ways it mimics what was going on in Maine in the realm of painting 100 years ago. The astounding creative output of Maine’s historic art colonies and great artists has long been recognized and revered.
We are poised to do the same for Maine’s contemporary photographers and filmmakers.
Embracing new technology (and the new realities of fundraising for the arts), we will make the museum's collection—and its extensive educational archives and resources—available digitally online.
Money raised from Kickstarter is vital to create the virtual museum website featuring 200 artists with five examples of each of their work. We will also have interviews with artists accessible via podcast from the site. Students and collectors will be able to gain a better understand of the artist's vision and influences.
We will also organize a “Museum By Mail” program allowing K-12 classrooms to request the loan of prints, film and video.
About the Founders
Independent gallery owner Elizabeth Moss, MA, organized A PICTURE’S WORTH only to discover it exceeded even her own expectations. Determined to channel the critical praise and artistic energy the show created, she reached out to University of New England Art Gallery Director Anne Zill and photographer Denise Froehlich, MFA, to establish a museum dedicated to contemporary photography and film with roots in Maine.
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