Maine Media names Photography Program Director

Jun 23, 2014
Ashley Craig

Rockport — Maine Media Workshops + College welcomes Ashley Craig as its new Photography Program Director. Leaving behind the hustle bustle of Miami for the coastal Maine campus, Craig arrived in Rockport just in time to greet summer workshop attendees seeking an immersive learning experience led by world-renowned filmmakers, photographers, writers and book artists.

Craig has traveled throughout the country garnering recognition for her work as an artist, educator and creative entrepreneur. As the new Photography Program Director, Craig plans to work with students and faculty to identify opportunities for expanding programs and ensuring experience-centered workshops, which support photographers at all levels. She also will connect and cultivate sponsors that supply the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise essential for the caliber of programs offered at MMW+College.

“Ten years ago, I worked at Maine Media as a photo intern and teacher’s assistant for two consecutive summers during college,” said Craig. “I found many mentors here who helped me grow as an artist and who had a big influence on my career.”

She said she looks forward to doing the same by offering aspiring and professional photographers alike the workshops they need to cultivate their craft, such as marketing classes to help artists reach new audiences. She also will teach during the nine-month Professional Certificate for Visual Storytelling. Craig said she is already working on the curriculum and recruiting students for next fall.

“I feel so fortunate to have Ashley back on campus as a full-time member of our faculty and staff,” said Elizabeth Greenberg, Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Maine Media Workshops and College. “She’s a promising new addition to the Maine Media family.”

Prior to moving to Rockport, Craig was an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Barry University and at Miami International University of Art and Design, where she taught and designed curriculum for digital photography. She also traveled throughout the United States, assisting various photographers and working for different publications; and she also has taught at the University of South Carolina. Craig is co-founder of TICKA ARTS, a nonprofit that offers a venue for emerging photographers to display and exhibit their work. She has a BA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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