A series of exhibitions and events in August will celebrate the life and accomplishments of renowned portrait photographer Arnold Newman (1918-2006), whose deep connection to Midcoast Maine was defined largely by the 30-plus summers he spent teaching at Maine Media Workshops.

In conjunction with the first award of the new Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, Maine Media Workshops and the Farnsworth Art Museum have collaborated on this series of events to honor the master photographer, widely recognized as the father of environmental portraiture.

Through Aug. 14, “The Influence of Arnold Newman” will be on view at the Maine Media Gallery, 18 Central St. This exhibition features the work of 15 artists who were all at one time Newman’s assistants and/or students; and who later went on to become renowned photographers in their own right. A public reception for this exhibition will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m., Maine Media will present a piece derived from Arnold’s lecture titled “What is a Portrait,” from his last presentation at the Workshops in the summer of 2005. Following the presentation, members of the MMW faculty will discuss the impact of Newman’s work in the context of 20th century photography and his role as mentor and teacher. This event will take place in Union Hall, 2 Central St.

Also on Aug. 14, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Emily Schiffer, the winner of this year’s Arnold Newman Prize, will open at the Farnsworth in Rockland. The Arnold Newman Prize was offered through the 2009 Photo Annual competition of Photo District News and recognizes an individual for his or her innovative approach to photographic portraiture. The prize is sponsored by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation, with support from Maine Media Workshops, the American Society of Media Photographers and Photo District News. This exhibition will be on view at the Farnsworth through January.

Maine Media Workshops & College is a non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops and college programs for photographers, filmmakers and media artists. For information on all Maine Media programs, visit mainemedia.edu, call 236-8581 or send e-mail info@theworkshops.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.