Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 3 satellite gallery spaces and several virtual on-line galleries as well.
Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 54 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite and online gallery spaces. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally including American Photo’s Image of the Year, Photoville’s Fence, Flash Forward Festival, Deland Arts Festival, Center for Fine Art Photography, PDN’s Photo Annual, PDN’s Curator Awards, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Image Ohio, The Curated Fridge, the Kontinent Awards, The Clarence John Laughlin Award/New Orleans Photo Alliance, the Filter Festival in Chicago, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, Your Daily Photograph for Duncan Miller Gallery, Dedham Portrait Project, Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery, Rhode Island Art League, Yankee Magazine, Vermont Center for Photography, The Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Davis Orton Gallery, the Congressional Institute’s national visual art competition for high school students, A Smith Gallery, TX, Los Angeles Center of Photography and the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China.
She is a regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, has been a panelist and featured speaker at photography events and conferences including MacWorld and Color Connections. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography Fellowships twice, as well as Danforth Art Museum and Arts Worcester, a juror for the Cambridge Art Council’s Community Supported Art Initiative, South Shore Art Center, Marblehead, Rockport, Bedford, and New Hampshire Art Associations, and many area camera clubs and art councils. She is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland, a nominator for the Heinz Prize in Pennsylvania, the Robert Gardner Fellowship at Harvard University, St. Botolph Club Foundation, MOPA Triennial, Kyoto Prize and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts. Ms. Tognarelli was recognized by “Printing Impressions Magazine” as one of twelve women in the United States who contributed to digital advances in the printing and graphic arts industries.
She is a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board, Winchester Rotary and the board of the Winchester Multicultural Network. She is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography and Mount Ida College.
Iaritza Menjivar is a documentary photographer with a BFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds the position of the Associate Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and works as a freelancer. In 2016, she was accepted into the juried New York Portfolio Reviews. Then, Iaritza’s project, “First Generation,” was published in the New York Times Lensblog. She has received a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and has recently been awarded a full scholarship for a three- year Advanced Mentored Study Program for Visual-Storytelling and Documentary Projects with James Estrin (New York Times) and Ed Kashi (VII Photo). Iaritza has been a teaching assistant in Oaxaca, Mexico for Lesley University and has exhibited in international and national group shows, including “Crossing Borders” at the Parker Gallery, Cambridge, MA and the “Emerge-Cubes” at Photoville in New York City.
Iaritza’s long term project, “First Generation,” documents the consequences of immigration and the first generation of children of Latino immigrants.
“First Generation,” can be viewed at: https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/honoring-a-debt-to-immigrant-parents/
Natalie Schaefer is a Boston-based mixed-media artist and photographer, born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a BFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston and earned her MFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2017. She currently works as the Assistant to the Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography and has worked previously at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Natalie was the Exhibitions Assistant at Lesley University for several years and has taught at the university level as a recipient of the Graduate Teaching Fellowship in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at Raizes Gallery, Cambridge Art Association, Gallery South, Roberts Gallery, Vandernoot Gallery, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Meg Birnbaum is a fine art photographer, designer and educator. She has had solo exhibitions in Kobe, Japan, the Davis Orton Gallery, NY, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Lishui China, International Photography Festival, and at the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio, Buenos Aires during the biennial Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz. Her work has been juried into many national and international photography competitions. Birnbaum was an invited exhibitor at Flash Forward Festival 2011 in Boston and was nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Meg is also a graphic designer specializing in publication design. She produces all design collateral for the museum and produces the exhibition catalogs associated with the museum’s exhibitions. She is a member of the Griffin Museum’s exhibition committee and teaches the Photography Atelier class.
Birnbaum taught illustration at Montserrat College of Art and is teacher of the Photography Atelier and Atelier 2.0 classes at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Meditech Corporation, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Lishui Museum of Photography in China and many private collections.
Martha Stone has studied at Clark University, Montserrat College of Art, Accademia Internazionale Estiva delle Belle Arti in Italy, as well as with Boston artists Lorraine Donati and Charles Mahoney. Stone is a fine art painter who has worked in graphics most of her career in quality control and archiving. At the Griffin Museum, Martha is responsible for weekend operation, gift shop display and strategic marketing as well as membership renewal and solicitation. Among many exhibitions in the Boston area, Martha’s work is featured in a permanent collection at Delloitte and Touche in Boston and in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Recent shows in the Boston area include Galatea Fine Art, Giardini di Sole, and Brickbottom Open Studios. Her work has also been featured at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont and Museo di San Francesco in Greve in Chianti, Italy.
Julie Williams-Krishnan is a fine art photographer based in Boston, MA. She has taught photography at university level and has worked as a freelance photographer and photographer’s assistant. She has served on the committee for the Renaissance Photography Prize, an international photography competition that raises money to support younger women with breast cancer. She has exhibited her photographs at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Khaki Gallery in Boston and The Center for Fine Art Photography, in Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as other venues in Boston, London, and Oxford. She holds a MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster in London, UK.