Photography All Season Long at the OMAA

In celebration of the year in photographs in Maine, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art is hosting a series of photography exhibitions as part of the Maine Photo Project, which  features exhibitions in more than 30 museums and galleries across the state.  The OMAA is very glad to participate in this statewide initiative by exhibiting work by celebrated photographers:

Verner Reed, May 1-31
Rose Marasco, June 5-July 5
George Daniell, July 10-August 9
Todd Webb, August 14-September 27
Michael Alpert, October 2-31

Senator John F. Kennedy, Boston, Massachusetts, Courtesy of the Estate of Verner Z. Reed

Senator John F. Kennedy, Boston, Massachusetts, Courtesy of the Estate of Verner Z. Reed

Each photographer brings his/her individual voice to the Museum, and each represents the best in photography in Maine.

It was an honor to have worked with guest curator Andres Azucena Verzosa on all of the exhibitions.  As an experienced Maine curator, and an intimate friend of all of the photographers, he brought a unique perspective to the series and curated a strong schedule for our season.

We are immensely excited by the this season’s exhibition schedule.  It was a great experience for me and OMAA Curatorial Assistant Alexandra Bishop to collaborate with Andres, as we got to better know each photographer’s work and select strong shows.  We also worked closely with the lenders and photographers who were all gracious and generous with their time.  My hope is that visitors will come time and again to see each exhibition and experience the very different perceptions of life in Maine and New England.

The first photo exhibit for the 2015 season, Verner Reed: New England Life, highlights the lives of New Englanders caught on film by Verner Reed. Reed first learned photography as a way to document the hand crafted furniture he made throughout the 1940s, but was later asked to photograph for Life magazine when he happened to be among the picket lines at the Rosenberg trials with a camera on hand. From there his career bloomed and the artist went on to continue taking photographs as well as making furniture, fine jewelry, and blacksmithing.

To support the OMAA exhibitions for the Maine Photo Project, we have many other wonderful exhibitions as well.  DeWitt Hardy, Alfred Chadbourn, Henry Strater, Winslow Homer, and the many fine artists from our permanent collection present a wide range of art for all museum goers to appreciate.

Funding for the Maine Photo Project exhibitions and print materials at the OMAA is generously funded by The Warren Memorial Foundation.

Todd Webb, OKeeffe, Making Stew, Ghost Ranch, New-Mexico 1961, © Todd Webb, Courtesy Todd Webb Photographs, Portland, Maine

Todd Webb, OKeeffe, Making Stew, Ghost Ranch, New-Mexico 1961, © Todd Webb, Courtesy Todd Webb Photographs, Portland, Maine

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