Executive Director & Curator
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME, USA
George Kinghorn has been the Executive Director and Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) since 2008. UMMA is an academic art museum that focuses on exhibiting and collecting modern and contemporary art. UMMA presents twelve contemporary art exhibitions each year (typically four of which are photography) in five distinct galleries. Located near the heart of downtown Bangor, UMMA maintains a permanent collection of over 4,000 works of art, with an emphasis on work from 1945 to the present. Prior to UMMA, Kinghorn spent nine years at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served in several positions including Chief Curator and Director. Kinghorn received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts from Michigan State University.
Throughout his career, Kinghorn has curated many photographic exhibitions including: Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard; Sheltering Eye: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Photography Collection; Alt.Photo/Redefining Process; Photo National 2011; Dominic Chavez: The Global Lens; Cheerleading, Body Builders and Disco Queens: Works by Brian Finke and Morten Nilsson; String too Shirt to Use: Photographs by Todd Watts; Elegant Darkness: Photographs by Connie Imboden; Lori Nix: The City; Moments Abstracted: Photographs by John Goodman; Dog Run: Michael Crouser, and King and Clown: Dan Estabrook. Kinghorn has offered solo exhibitions to a number of photographers discovered at FotoFest, including Lynn Saville, Susan Barnett, and Susan Burnstine, among others.
As a portfolio reviewer, Kinghorn will offer critical feedback, career guidance, insight into the museum exhibition and curatorial process, and advice on editing and sequencing images for presentation and/or publication.
Kinghorn is most interested in reviewing cohesive and innovative bodies of contemporary works that are suitable for possible museum exhibitions. Works should have a strong conceptual basis, personal expression, and a point of view. He is interested in historical/alternative processes, photo documentary styles, portraits, landscapes, abstracts, and the nude figure (as part of a conceptual/thematic body of work). He is not interested in reviewing photographers working in commercial, advertising, stock photography, photojournalism, travel, or traditional nudes. Kinghorn is able to offer exhibition opportunities to emerging and mid-career photographers, including possible solo and group exhibitions. Photography plays a significant role in UMMA's permanent collection, and the Museum wishes to expand this area further through strategic acquisitions.