MFA thesis work at Maine Media Gallery

Apr 09, 2014
Photo by: Stuart Zaro “Aquarium” by Stuart Zaro is part of the photographer’s Driven Deep series.

Rockport — Maine Media Workshops + College Master in Fine Arts student Stuart Zaro will present his thesis project in an exhibition at the Maine Media Gallery from Wednesday, April 16, through May 24. An artist reception will be held Friday, May 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. The show will then move to PhoPa Gallery in Portland to be on display June 11 through 21. An artist reception will be held at PhoPa Thursday, June 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Zaro’s ongoing series Driven Deep is a collection of photographs created out of his desire to capture the curious and magical inner landscape of seemingly everyday, ordinary occurrences. Part street-photography, part surrealism, Zaro’s work is guided by the ethos that photography should do more than just record … It should tell a deeper story than what is apparent on the surface, and engender a connection to the human element.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Maine Media Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St., showcases photographic and multi-media work of students, alumni and faculty, as well as innovative media artists pertinent to the community. The gallery offers an outstanding collection of donated faculty work for sale, with proceeds benefiting Maine Media’s scholarship fund. Maine Media Gallery also houses Tim Whelan’s bookstore, a nationally recognized bookstore for its impressive collection of fine art photography books.

The Master of Fine Arts degree at Maine Media is a low-residency program for artists interested in pursuing an MFA degree in the fields of photography, filmmaking and multimedia. Students structure their programs with the aid of faculty advisors in order to complete degree requirements in three years. The MFA program culminates with the presentation of final thesis exhibitions or screenings.

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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