Fine Arts Department Welcomes Visiting Artist Cig Harvey: “Storytelling through Photography” in SPArC Public Lecture Series

The Saint Joseph’s College Fine Arts Department welcomes internationally acclaimed and Rockport-based photographer Cig Harvey as the second visiting artist in the Speakers, Performers, Artists, and Culture (SPArC) lecture series on March 20th. 

Cig Harvey Photographs

Photography by Cig Harvey.

In a free lecture open to the public, Harvey will speak about her photography, which has been called “visual fiction” or “magic realism.” “Storytelling through Photography” will occur from 6-7 PM at The Chalet on the Sebago Lake campus in Standish. Her visit, generously funded by the Maine Arts Commission, Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, and the Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Trust, will also include outreach to local high schools. 

During Harvey’s time at Saint Joseph’s College, Bonny Eagle High School and Windham High School students will visit campus for workshops and engage in “mind mapping,” discuss visual storytelling, and then use the campus as their backdrop for photoshoots. Saint Joseph’s College BFA majors will serve as studio assistants and help mentor the high school students. They will also assist with post-production printing in the college’s Mac Lab and exhibit students’ work. 

Cig Harvey PosterAbout the Public Lecture: Join Cig Harvey on March 20th to learn about her work as a photographer and how she captures moments and tells stories through images. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture takes place from 6-7 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at The Chalet. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the series, contact Chris Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at

About Cig Harvey:

The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Cig began working in a darkroom at thirteen and has been dedicated to photography ever since. She grew up in the deep valleys of Devon in the UK, and came to the United States for her MFA in 1999, after years spent living in Barcelona and Bermuda. 

Cig Harvey’s work has been displayed at Paris Photo, Art Miami, and AIPAD every year since 2006. She has been a nominee for John Gutmann fellowship and the Santa Fe Prize, and a finalist for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and for the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.

Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug, their daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog. The slow passing of time and the natural surroundings of her rural home has made her alert to the magic in the mundane.

To see examples of Harvey’s photography:

About Fine Arts at Saint Joseph’s College:

The Saint Joseph’s College Fine Arts Department established SPArC in 2012 to stimulate artistic discourse in the Lakes Region. SPArC is an interdisciplinary platform that brings creative professionals to campus to share their work and experiences. SPArC has hosted 19 diverse presenters--visual artists, musicians, museum directors, designers, and even a mead brewer. Attendance has grown steadily, and post-lecture work with students demonstrates that attendees emerge with a broader understanding of the term “artist.”