Maine Media Workshops + College MFA student Stuart Zaro is presenting his thesis project in an exhibition through June 21 at PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave. An artist reception will be held Friday, June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Zaro’s ongoing “Driven Deep” series is a collection of photographs created out of Zaro’s 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.

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.

PhoPa Gallery is a collaboration among photographer Jon Edwards, independent curator Bruce Brown and Rockport’s Maine Media Workshops + College. PhoPa exhibits (Pho)tography and works on (Pa)per, with a special focus on emerging Maine artists. The gallery divides its schedule between showcasing works by MMW+C students, alumni and faculty; and exhibits organized by Brown and Edwards.

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