CBMM's virtual exhibit centers on the Bay's islands, both inhabited and formerly inhabited. Photo: Jay Fleming

Museum’s Jay Fleming “Island Life” Exhibit Launches Virtually

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) St. Michaels campus may still be closed but that won’t stop the opening of its new exhibition from award-winning photographer Jay Fleming, centered around life on the Bay’s offshore islands.

The exhibition Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines was planned for display in the museum’s auditorium, but instead has just launched virtually at, for free.

Fleming’s photos follow the changing environment’s impact on islands–both inhabited and formerly inhabited. The exhibition is based around Fleming’s third book of photography, Island Life, which is expected to come out next fall.

“Jay Fleming is a consummate visual storyteller,” said Jenifer Dolde, CBMM’s Associate Curator of Collections. “His frequent visits to the islands and shorelines along the Bay have resulted in an intimate knowledge of the land and people, allowing him to capture moments in time that encapsulate our distinctive Chesapeake landscape and culture.”

CBMM says it’s shifting to more and more virtual offerings like this one in the near future. It’s supported by the museum’s Annual Fund, which relies on contributions. If you’d like to give, go to

-Meg Walburn Viviano