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Media Arts

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage the exploration, creation, exhibition and dissemination of Media Arts. This field includes film, video, television, multimedia computing, sound art , animation, computer-based generative work, electronics and actuators, interface art, use of innovative materials, the innovative recording or exhibition of media, and other analog and digital art forms.



Congratulations to Media Arts Fellow Susan Bickford

Susan Bickford

Susan Bickford has been awarded the 2017 Maine Arts Fellowship in the Media Arts.

Susan Bickford has been a full time practicing artist exhibiting in various media for over twenty years.

Recently her focus has been projected video/animation/sound for interactive installation and theater. Susan has designed projections for productions including Metamorphoses at Colby College and Sunday in the Park with George at Heartwood Regional Theater Company. 

Susan has her Bachelors of Fine Art and a Bachelors of Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art. In 2007 Susan moved from Yarmouth to Newcastle.


In 2015 Susan  initiated a pilot program inviting 10 local artists; dancers, musicians, visual and media artists to retreat at a river camp in Sheepscot Village. The goal of this group was to “listen, immerse ourselves, and become part of the concert of nature that is always already going on”. This group considered the season, weather, moon, tides, sun, insects, birds and fish. The 5 screen video installation of 5 synched simultaneous projections is available to be exhibited as a gallery show. Conceived as a performance for camera, it became clear to the participants that this could be viewed live and would be valuable to stage as performance.

In 2012 Susan collaborated with three artists to create FLOAT/PLAY an immersive interactive installation in the Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine in Augusta. In 2009 she installed precarious balance: a solo show of interactive video installation, electronic sculpture, drawings and collaborative performance at the Charles Danforth Gallery. Another collaborative performance was entitled FF>>: Duet for Piano, Hydraulic Lift and Volume F, and was performed at the Portland Museum of Art in February of 2006. Her works were also selected for inclusion in the Portland Museum of Art’s 2005 Biennial. 

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Program Support

The Media Arts program was created to support contemporary artwork that is informed by technology as well as to encourage the collaboration between artists and other sectors, such as media production and energy technology.

For more information please contact Kerstin Gilg
Director of  Media Arts and Performing Arts at the Maine Arts Commission
207/ 287-6719 -