Established in 2010, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (MMPA) is a photographic arts endeavor, led by a dedicated core group of entrepreneurs.
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
Fran Vita Taylor
Jeff and Hillary Becton
Judy Ellis Glickman
Shawn T Denecker
Steve and Judy Halpert
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 New England museums, academic institutions as well as private collections around the world.
Anne B. Zill has been a program associate with the Stewart R. Mott Foundation for more than 30 years and, for the last 18 years, she has also been the director of the University of New England Art Gallery. Most recently, she is their full-time curator. Her traveling photography exhibition, Women on War, has been seen in eight venues to date. Anne's curation extends to several United Nations exhibitions on the progress of the world's women. She is also the founder and director of Ethics in Action and the co-founder of MMPA. Anne is our role model and the organizer among us. She keeps our nonprofit and museum efforts timely and forward thinking.
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.