Established in 2010, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (MMPA) is The only Museum in maine dedicated exclusively to photography.

Images from Light, Motion, Sound 2012,  a collaboration with the Oqunquit Museum of American Art

The mission of the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, engage and educate, through the exhibition, preservation and collection of photography, film, videography, installations and new media. The Museum’s programs will address contemporary, historical, cultural and conceptual themes through local, national and international exhibitions and public events. Our focus is on Maine's vibrant community of photographic artists. 


MMPA Advisory Board 2018

Meg Weston
Sarah Szwajkos
Fran Vita Taylor
Richard Keen
Brenton Hamilton
Jennifer McDermott
Libby Bischof
Gillian Wilcox

Gary Robinov
Jeff and Hillary Becton
Gary Green
Judy Glickman Lauder
Juris Ubans
Jack Montgomery
Kevin LeDuc

Barbara Goodbody
Kathy Shaw
Emily Adams
Bruce Brown
Justin Kirchoff
Charles Melcher
Tilman Crane

Elizabeth Greenberg
Anne B. Zill
Rose Marasco
Mary Virginia Swanson
Margo Halverson
William B. Foster
Susan Maasch


Board of directors 



Denise Froehlich is the director, curator and co-founder of MMPA. She is also a professor of photography and has taught photography, film and Art History at numerous academic institutions including:  Bates College, College of the Atlantic, University of New England and New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk. Denise's photographic images can be found in museums, academic institutions as well as private collections around the world.  She is also a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries/AAMG and the New England Museum Association/NEMA.  

Melonie Bennett 

Melonie Bennett is a contemporary photographer who specializes in documentary work.  When Melonie's images are not being displayed in local galleries and museums, they are adding humor and intellect to the pages of Downeast Magazine or the walls of important collectors around the country. Melonie is also a co-founder of MMPA and aides in our curatorial decisions and operations. 

Jan pieter van voorst van beest

Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest is a documentary photographer who has been making photographs and living in Maine since the seventies.  He studied photography at the Portland School of Art and later with Joyce Tenneson and Arnold Newman.  His work has been widely shown and published both here and in the Netherlands.  He is new to our board and already contributing his excellent editing, curating and organizational skills. 

Dan Mills

Dan Mills is a museum director, curator, and visual artist. Since 2010, he has served as the director of the Bates College Museum of Art.  He leads a top notch exhibition program widely recognized for integrating a larger world view to the culture at Bates and the larger Maine community.  Mills has had solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and at museums and academic institutions nationally.   As a seasoned board member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, MMPA is happy to have him!  


Deb Dawson is our newest member to MMPA and already her assistance has become a game changer.  She comes to us from a documentary and editorial background ; she was an archaeological photographer in Carthage, Tunisia contributing to the National Museum of Carthage.  Deb did her academic work here in Maine at USM (BFA), Salt and MECA .  Her speciality for us is graphic design, marketing and media communications.  We welcome her skill set, and her ability to help us get the word out about the wonderful contemporary photographers of Maine.