MPS calls for 2014 show
Boothbay Harbor — In the midst of seasonal hustle, bustle and weather, photographers are reminded to put entering the 2014 Maine Photography Show on their calendars. Deadline is midnight, Jan. 24. Instructions for submissions are available at mainephotographyshow.com.
The 2014 show will be the ninth annual. The Maine Photography Show was conceived and created by late Boothbay Harbor artist Jim Taliana. He was fond of saying that photography by Maine photographers was "underexposed!" As a remedy, he championed the idea of a statewide, juried show and convinced the Boothbay Region Art Foundation's Board of Trustees to be presenter of the effort. A committee was formed; Anne Havinga, Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was recruited to judge the first show; sponsors were signed up; press releases went out; a database to collect images and information was created; and Lynn Koenig designed a logo.
Nine years later, some committee members and sponsors are still returning. Taliana died in 2012, but the committee and the event he conceived are still exposing Maine's great photographers to an ever-widening audience. The Best of Show award, now annually sponsored by The First Bank, has been renamed the James A. Taliana Best of Show Award in his memory.
Every year, the MPS has been honored when high-profile, nationally-respected photography professionals accept the invitation to judge. In addition to Anne Havinga, Susan Danley, Joyce Tenneson, John Paul Caponigro, Elizabeth Greenberg, Andre Gallant, Jay Stock and Tony Sweet have served as jurors. The juror for MPS 2014 is the internationally acclaimed Canadian nature photographer, gardener and writer Freeman Patterson.
Eight hundred and 41 photographs were submitted for consideration in 2013, among the highest number of any Maine show. Prize money has been increased for the 2014 show and more awards have been added. Categories remain the same: Color; Black and White; Student; and Special Theme, this season‘s being Flowers. The Student category is judged separately. All category winners receive cash prizes sponsored by photography supporting businesses and friends.
The MPS 2014 exhibition will take place at the downtown Boothbay Region Art Foundation gallery April 12 through May 2. For more information, contact Bruce Burnham at 380-1863 or Boothbay Region Art Foundation at 633-2703; or visit the website.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.