Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jay York Titles and Artist Statement

Zakarian Van, 61 Center Street, 1978
Popkins Zakarian as a Portland City Councilor in 1967 was an outspoken critic of the proposed Model Cities Program. That program was responsible for the "urban renewal" that demolished large swaths of residential neighborhoods in Portland. This lot currently is used for parking and is to the west side of Brian Boru.

Laundry Lines, 37 Pleasant Street, 1978
I passed by this scene almost every day on my way to and from the Portland School of Art. The building these lines were attached to was a brick rooming house built in 1900 that had been converted to apartments. The building and the people who lived there always reminded me of the photographs of the "big city" tenement houses. It was converted to six condominiums in 2008.

Artist Statement

Jay York lives and works in the Last Church on the Left at 58 Wilmot Street in Portland's Bayside neighborhood. He has been providing photographic services to artists, galleries, and museums for the last 22 years. He has also been photographing family and friends since 1965 when his mother and father paid for all his film processing.


Jay York 58 Wilmot Street Portland, ME 04101 207 774-9600


1970-1974 Kennebunk High School

Summer 1975 Maine Photographic Workshop

1976-1980 Portland School of Art (Maine College of Art)


1973-1974 Founding member of Salt Magazine, Kennebunk, Maine

1977-1982 Deli 1, 34 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine

1982-1988 Lab manager at Maine Color Service, Portland

1988-present Owner / operator Jay York Photography

1989-1992 Board of Directors, WMPG Radio

1990-1992 Board of Directors, Children's Co-Op, Portland

1994-2006 Board of Trustees, Maine College of Art

1994-present Ski Instructor at Mt. Abram, Greenwood, Maine

1995-1997 Board of Directors, Monhegan Artists’ Residency

Corporation, Monhegan Island, Maine

1996-2001 Board of Directors, St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center

1999-2006 Bayside Neighborhood Association Steering Committee

1999 Photojournalism instructor, Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine

1999-2007 Portland Public Art Committee

2000-2005 Bayside Development Committee

2003 Photography instructor, University of New England


2007 "Both Sides of the Camera: Photographs from the

Collection of Judith Ellis Glickman", Portland Museum of


2006 "Maine: The Way Life Is", Portland Museum of Art

2002 “Artist of Bayside”, Three Fish Gallery, Portland, Maine

2000 “Photographing Maine, 1840-2000” Maine Coast Artists

1999 MECA Alumni Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art

Portland, Maine

1997 “Jewelers & Photographers”, MECA Alumni Show

Davidson & Daughters, Portland, Maine

1995 “Familiar Moments” New Photographs by Jay York &

Katie Fagan, Dead Space Gallery, Portland, Maine

“Photography: The State of the Art”, Round Top Center

for the Arts, Damariscotta, Maine

Thos. Moser, 699 Madison Ave. New York City

1994 One person show, University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

Maine Coast Artists Annual Exhibition, Rockport, Maine

1994 Maine College of Art Alumni, Baxter Gallery

Portland, Maine

1993 “Familiar Photos” New Work by Jay York,

Photography Co-Op, Portland, Maine

1993 “Shadows of Forgotten Relationships”, Photography Co-Op, Portland, Maine

One person show, Saint Joseph’s College, Windham, Maine

1992 Small Works Show, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Brunswick, Maine

“Jay York : Photographer”, Hard Ware Gallery

Peaks Island, Maine

“Images of Dead Animals”, Photography Co-Op

Portland, Maine

1991 Maine Photographers 1991, Baxter Gallery, Portland, Maine

Maine Coast Artists Annual Exhibition, Rockport, Maine

1990 Maine Coast Artists Annual Exhibition, Rockport, Maine

Union of Maine Visual Artists Show, Ogunquit, Maine

1989 Union of Maine Visual Artists Show, West End Gallery

1987 Portland School of Art Alumni Exhibition

Thos. Moser, Portland, Maine

1986 One Person Show, Baxter Photo Gallery, Portland, Maine

1986 Maine Coast Artists Annual Exhibition, Rockport, Maine

Photography Invitational, NOPO Gallery, Portland, Maine

1985 Maine Photography Biennial Exhibition

University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine

1984 Portland School of Art Alumni Exhibition

Baxter Gallery, Portland, Maine

1980 Maine Photography Biennial Exhibition

University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine

Contemporary Maine Photographers

Alexander Hall, Westbrook College, Maine

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