What We Did This Year
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Griffin Museum, we are looking for one very generous donor who will give the Griffin a tax-deductible donation of $25 million.*
Imagine what we can do over the next 25 years with $25 million.
The Griffin has grown from a fledgling operation with occasional exhibits to a museum that holds about 25 exhibits each year in four venues including Winchester, Stoneham and Boston. We have great people giving fabulous lectures ranging from collecting photography, marketing photographs to protecting and copyrighting your work. We have basic and advanced photography courses in historical, traditional and avant-garde photo processes. We have our Focus Awards that recognize the best and brightest talent in all aspects of photography. We have our annual Taste Festival featuring the region’s best food and restaurants.
If we had $25 million, we could expand our galleries, hold more shows, collect great photography from contemporary and traditional photographers. We could have climate controlled storage facilities, offer more classes, have more lectures and provide more services to photographers such as editing, storage, archiving and estate planning.
At the Griffin, we like to think ahead and think BIG. Can we count on you to help us grow even bigger and better over the next 25 years? What is a great museum of photography worth to you? Please let us know; and thanks.
$25,000,000 $25,000 $2,500,000
$25 to $250 per month for 12 months charged to your credit card.
* We could get by with donations of $2.5 Million from 10 donors, or $250,000 from 100 donors, or $25,000 from 1,000 donors or $2,500 from 10,000 donors, or $25 per month to be charged to a credit card for 12 months from about 80,000 donors. Any increment of 25 will help a great cause. Are you on board? When it comes to year-end giving, this year make it Griffin.
Griffin Museum of Photography
Some highlights of the Griffin Museum’s exhibition offerings in 2017 include our exhibition Zindagi with photographers Dan Eckstein, Manjari Sharma, Priya Kambli, Raj Mayukh Dam and Quintavius Oliver. Zindagi in its essence was shown under the overarching idea of a celebration of daily life in India and its legacy. Hamidah Glasgow, director of The Center for Fine Art Photography judged a stimulating show for our 23nd Juried Exhibition. Loli Kantor, Rosemarie Zens, Larry Volk and Priya Kambli exhibited in Legacy. Migration. Memory. The backdrop of family history and its memories inform identity. The artists shared familial resettlement stories. Their customs, culture and the individual journeys varied but at heart, the passage to the present was all rooted in legacy. Koichiro Kurita’s Voice of the Woods was exhibited in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth and was created in response to Thoreau’s writings and his overriding philosophy regarding timeless man’s relationship with nature. Gray Matters, now showing in Winchester, rivals any New York City exhibition. Gray Matters features Francie Bishop Good, Marina Font, Sandra Klein, J. Fredric May, Colleen Woolpert and Liz Steketee. The exhibition came out of a personal realization that none of us escape the aging process. As an aging female and as the daughter of a parent with dementia, I’ve had first hand experience of how our culture regards its elderly. The point was to start conversations on the value of elders coupled with a focus on how the brain influences a quality of life. Gray matter includes the regions of the brain that are the nuts and bolts of muscle control, memory, speech, perception, hearing and emotions.
We honored the late photographer Ed Friedman and named our juried exhibition and an award after him. We began a scholarship for the late John Chervinsky at the request of John and his wife, Kirsten. The Highland Street Foundation asked us to curate billboards on route 93. For the fourth year we participated in the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays. Senator Jason Lewis invited us to exhibit at the State House. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary by bringing the FlashPoint photography festival to Boston with partners Boston University, Lesley University, SoWa Boston, Art New England and Gallery Kayafas. One month of exhibitions and programming across the city culminated in a talk by Beuford Smith, a major portfolio review and the 12th Annual Focus Awards. Curator Sally Reed created three exhibitions of Arthur Griffin’s photographs with catalogs.
Because of major donor, Winchester Rotary, with the Arthur Griffin Foundation and many generous donors, the Griffin Museum now has a terrace on Judkins Pond to augment the museum visitors’ experience.
We now have galleries in SoWa, in Boston’s Downtown Crossing and at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham. The museum in Winchester houses three galleries.
The Fence to Boston for another year. The Fence will go up in March 2018 and will hang in the artist district until the summer along Albany Street right off of Thayer Street under the expressway at the SoWa/Southie Plaza.
We added a basics photography class with Linda Haas and expanded classes with Emily Belz to include a topical focus. Our Photography Atelier class continues with Meg Birnbaum, as does our on-line class with Karen Davis and a mentor class with Vaughn Sills.
These exhibitions and programs listed here are a handful of what we offer our public. Our museum is an economic stimulus for the local economy but our reach is far and vibrant. Photography comes to life in Winchester but makes a difference for many near and far.
THANK YOU for your contribution to the Annual Appeal. Your support energizes our efforts to bring fellowship, art and photography to our community. We strive again this year to make the Griffin a state of mind.