Joyce Tenneson received the Visionary Award from Maine Media Workshops + College in honor of her contributions as an artist, teacher, mentor and friend.

MMPA presents

Joyce Tenneson's Maine: Gold Trees

Joyce Tenneson, Birches, 2012, Mixed Media on plexiglass, 54 x 40 in. 
February 16 - May 30, 2017
Opening Reception:  Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8pm
Artist Talk:  Thursday, May 11, 6-8pm
MMPA Gallery, 5th Floor of the USM Glickman Family Library

Joyce Tenneson receives the Maine in America Award
Presented by the Farnsworth Museum
July 15, 2016


Over the last eight years, as cameras have become smaller and smaller — tiny enough to fit on a pair of glasses or inside a swallowable pill — John Reuter has been working to stave off extinction of one of the largest cameras ever made, so big and irredeemably analog that it feels, he says, “as if we’re pulling oil paintings out of the back of it.”

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Photographer Joyce Tenneson gets to the heart of her subjects
by Ann Dodds Costello
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors
Issue 140

Mark Edward Harris wrote this great article about Joyce Tenneson for Black and White Magazine.

"Exhibitions come and go. Images on the Internet are neither tangible nor of the highest standard. That leaves books as still the best venue for the dissemination of a photographer’s work in terms of quality and longevity. And with high-end, on-demand book publishing, photo books have never been more accessible. Few photographers have embraced the book format for the encapsulation of their imagery as enthusiastically and successfully as Joyce Tenneson. The Maine-based, Massachusetts native has more than a dozen books to her credit, and considers them the logical conclusion to each of her many bodies of work."

Art Review: 'Mentor' puts more than photographs in focus

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art's "MENTOR: 40 Photographers/40 Years" is an exhibition featuring master photographers from the Maine Media Workshops & College and their students -- many of whom in turn have become leading American artists.

Organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown, MMW professor Brenton Hamilton and CMCA director Suzette McAvoy, this impressive show is likely to change the way you think about photography in Maine. But "Mentor" goes beyond photography to inspire thinking about artistic culture and education.

Maine became one of the nation's leading centers for art in part because this was a place dominated by nature rather than nurtured culture.

In fact, more than anywhere, Maine came to fit the very model for American art: Rather than the conversational cafe culture of Paris or New York, Americans have long imagined the artist heading off on his own to struggle in the spiritual and intellectual wilderness on his quest to create something authentically self-won and genuinely original.

A Gallery For Fine Photography - January 2012


Full Circle - by Lorna Gentry | Professional Photographer Magazine

Lorna Gentry, of Professional Photographer Magazine, wrote this article about Joyce's work for their December 2011 issue.

"World-renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson will receive the PPA Lifetime Achievement Award next month at Imaging USA. Even with her innumerable laurels, she is busier than ever publishing books and producing new work...."

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A behind the scenes look at Joyce Tenneson's workshop "A GATHERING OF CREATIVE WOMEN" in Maine, for NORDphotography.

Read Deborah Weisgall's article about Joyce's latest book, Shells: Nature's Exquisite Creations.

We're thrilled to announce the publication of Joyce's newest book, Shells: Nature's Exquisite Creations.

Shells is published by Down East. We worked closely with their team, and would like to thank managing editor Michael Steere and designer Miroslaw Jurek specifically, for their dedication to the project.  It feels amazing to have it in hand, and the images reproduced beautifully.

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Joyce's studio was featured in the July 2009 issue of Maine Home + Design.

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Joyce was profiled in the July 2009 issue of Rangefinder .  Download file (PDF)

The introduction to Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography.  Written by Vicki Goldberg.

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Introduction to Joyce's best-selling book, Wise Women.

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Introduction to the book Light Warriors.

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Introduction to Amazing Men.

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The introduction to Transformations, written by Vicki Goldberg.  Also includes a lengthy interview with Joyce and David Tannous.

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