Who We Are
Nat May, Executive Director
Nat has been working with SPACE since 2003, when he volunteered to write grants and organize the bookkeeping. He was a founder of the Bakery Photo Collective, a not-for-profit darkroom and digital photo lab. He has served on the boards of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, Portland's Downtown District, Creative Portland, and is on the Contemporary Arts Committee of the Maine Arts Commission. He has served as a juror and grant reviewer for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Maine Arts Commission and the Monhegan Residency.
Read Nat's blog posts here. Follow Nat's Instagram.
Jon Courtney, Founder + Screenings Programmer
Jon has a twenty-year history in public events presenting beginning with The Black-Eyed Susan, a live music venue in Daytona Beach, Florida and later as a founding member and events programmer at The Werehouse (neé The Wherehouse), a live/work/perform collective space in Winston-Salem, NC. He relocated to Portland in 2001 and co-founded SPACE Gallery in 2002. He daylights as a carpenter and timber framer and grows a variety of food and weeds with his wife, daughter and superlative dog Charlie at their pseudo-homestead in Cape Elizabeth.
Nick Rosenblum, Events Programmer
Nick came aboard as SPACE's Events Programmer in 2011, having previously worked as a producer for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He holds a BA in Theatre from Brown University. Since his early forays into booking events at a third-floor walk-up loft in Providence, Nick has enjoyed the opportunity to present interesting projects to interested people. When he's not busy planning SPACE events, he's likely involved in some food-related activity.
Jenny Dougherty, Associate Director
Jenny first became involved with SPACE as a volunteer in 2008, after moving back to Portland from Oakland, California. One of the highlights of her volunteering experience was assisting with Distance Don't Matter, where she helped Swoon and friends cut, sew, build and paint their massive installation back in 2009. Jenny has been the Associate Director since 2010 and along with painting gallery walls and working with our great volunteers, she maintains a studio practice in the Artist Studio building upstairs. See Jenny's website here. Read Jenny's blog posts here.
Marcie Parker Griswold, Marketing +
Marcie’s experience with nonprofit communications began ten years ago on the Portland waterfront while selling travel writers on the beauty of the city at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since then, she has worked with various nonprofits including private schools, organizations for social change, and an educational travel group. Along with managing SPACE’s marketing and development efforts, Marcie also runs the gallery’s membership communications. A Munjoy Hill resident, Marcie spends time outside of SPACE lounging on the Eastern Prom with her husband, two young sons and ridiculous labradoodle.
Adam Stockman, Events Manager
Adam's experience as the visual art curator at Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, MO, as well as years of volunteering at the True/False Film Festival led him to begin volunteering at SPACE shortly after moving to Portland from Columbia in 2010. He has been the Events Manager since 2011. When he's not spending late nights at SPACE he is usually painting or drawing. See Adam's website here, see Adam's blog posts here.
Board of Directors:
Board of Advisors:
Jessica Tomlinson » President
Mark Bessire, Portland Museum of Art
Event Staff: Sonya Tomlinson, Jon Donnell, Jess Hovey, Leah Cheaney, Andy Cole, Nathan Gilliss
SPACE Gallery was founded in 2002 by Jon Courtney and Todd Bernard.
SPACE relies on a wide net of friends and volunteers. There are many more people involved with the operations of SPACE, and we regret that we can not list them all.