Celebrating Photography in Maine: Selection from the Bruce Brown Collection

October 2–December 31, 2015

In conjunction with the Maine Photo Project, a 2015 statewide photography collaboration, UMMA is pleased to present a selection of images acquired by Bruce Brown. One of Maine’s leading photography collectors, Brown began collecting in earnest in 1989. Since then his passion for the discipline and its practitioners has resulted in an extensive collection of photographs taken by artists residing in Maine and fueled by its creative sense of place. The exhibition illustrates a unique collaboration between curator and collector as works were selected in a “call and response” manner. UMMA curator George Kinghorn first selected a compelling image which prompted Brown to choose a fitting companion piece based on a variety of factors, such as composition and subject matter.

UMMA has partnered with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art for the presentation of this two-venue exhibition. These selections offer a glimpse into the richness and breadth of Brown’s vision as a collector and showcase the diversity of approaches explored by Maine-based photographers. The UMMA exhibition features images by Joyce Tenneson, David Brooks Stess, Todd Watts, Judy Glickman Lauder, Kris Larson and David Hilliard, among others.

MELONIE BENNETT (American, born 1969) Memory Lane Music Hall, 2012 Silver gelatin print Courtesy of the artist & Bruce Brown
DAVID HILLIARD (American,1964) Lather, 2010 Archival pigment print Courtesy of the artist & Bruce Brown