The Griffin Museum is about to conclude another amazing year of bringing you the best in photography: classic, historic, modern, avant-garde, exciting, experimental, beautiful and powerful.
Help keep our batteries charged and give to the 2019 Annual Fund. Your donation will help us bring you more exciting programming. Last year, we held 41 photo exhibitions in four venues; had 5 book signings, conducted 15 lectures, had 20 classes, plus held our Spring Gala Dinner and International Focus Awards. Want more? Give more! It is that simple.
There are many ways to give and lots of worthy things we need. For example, we have raised about 50% of what we need to replace the floors in the galleries. Your donation can help with our floors, scholarships, programming, our Internet connectivity and our lectures. The needs are many; so give early and give often.
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*Credit card gifts in monthly installments are a wonderful way to provide year-round funding for the Griffin. For example, a $20 monthly donation by credit card hardly makes a dent in most budgets but it sure makes a difference to us. Paula and I thank you for your generosity and wish you and your family our best for a wonderful holiday season.
President of the Board
It has been a full year of exhibitions, programming and education. There are way too many to name them all here for you. Some highlights though of our offerings include Isa Leshko’s Allowed to Grow Old, Susan Rosenberg Jones’ Widow/er, Arianne Clément’s 100 Years: Age of Beauty and Virgil DiBiase’s My Husband Won’t Tell Me His First Name. These four shows carry a common thread on aging with dignity. Each exhibit stands alone with its unique message and execution. Photography critic, Mark Feeney featured all four exhibitions on the front page of the arts’ section of the Boston Sunday Globe.
Julie Grahame, independent curator and publisher of aCurator, has also been a representative for the estate of Yousuf Karsh for licensing for the past 14 years. She juried and assembled a stimulating show for our 25th Juried Exhibition. The Globe featured this exhibition as well on its pages.
Through photographs the artists of Down Garden Paths, Craig J. Barber, Joan Lobis Brown, Jimmy Fike, Ivana Damien George, Emily Hamilton Laux, Marcy Palmer, Paula Riff, and Vaughn Sills tackled the subject of land and bounty. The overarching idea behind this exhibit was to enter gardens and consider the natural world and intertwine conversation on how to protect already fragile resources while examining the ramifications of inaction. Mr. Feeney again reviewed the exhibition for the Globe.
John Reuter’s Shadows and Traces exhibition took place in January and was curated by Barbara Hitchcock, independent curator and former curator of the Polaroid Collection. She says of the exhibition that it“reinvents the past, stimulates our imagination, and encourages us to enjoy this flight into a familiar, yet somewhat unconventional, alternative universe.” Yes, it was reviewed in the Boston Globe.
For the second year we hosted the Arnold Newman Portrait Awards for the Newman Foundation and their facilitator for the award, Maine Media Workshops and College. National Geographic photographer, Louie Palu and three finalists exhibited in our Main Gallery. Palu exhibited his photographs frozen in ice.
We are now in our fourth year of presenting a scholarship to an emerging photographer, given in the name of the late John Chervinsky. This year’s judges include Mia Dalglish, Blue Mitchell, Kirsten Rian, Jan Potts and Elizabeth Corden. The Highland Street Foundation asked us to participate in Free Fun Fridays again for the sixth year. Since partnering with the Highland Street Foundation our attendance has tripled. Our PhotoSynthesis program with Winchester High School and Burlington High School students kicks-off its fifteenth year this month with artist mentors Suzanne Révy and Bill Franson. In April 2020 we again collaborate to produce the New England Portfolio Reviews with the Photographic Resource Center. It will be for our 13th year. Our Photography Atelier 31 exhibition is scheduled for March 2020 and the Photography Atelier 32 education program begins in March as well.
This year we added a satellite gallery at Winchester Community Access and Media. This partnership has allowed us to expand our exhibition offerings, offer podcasts and television features called Optics. For these opportunities, we interview the artists we exhibit in the WinCAM gallery space.
We’ve hosted many lectures including those by Dr. Alison Nordström (on photography abstraction), Susan Wilson (on the Omni Parker House), Mikael Owunna (on his photographs and the topic of precolonial African sexuality and contemporary queer African narratives that debunk the myth that it is un-African to be gay) and Mary Engel (on Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive and her organization called American Photography Archives Group). We partnered with the Network for Social Justice for a talk by photographer Melissa Lynn at WinCam.
Elizabeth Avedon and Julie Grahame each gave portfolio reviews for Griffin members in our Curator in Residence program.
We held our second Members’ Day on the Winchester Rotary Terrace. Daddy’s Bonetown Burgers Food Truck came again to serve burgers and ice-cream for dessert. The Firefly Talks debuted here as members got up to the microphone to tell their photography related story. What fun!
This year the Griffin again sponsors The Fence Year 8. More info will be released in the coming months as we plan for a June install.
We also will return to Regis College in Weston in January 2020 to exhibit the photography of the high school students of our Secondary School Photo Teachers’ Alliance that includes a mix of 19 public and independent high schools.
Education continues to flourish at the Griffin. Our faculty has grown to include Karen Davis, Meg Birnbaum, Emily Belz, Linda Haas, Bill Franson, Rachel Boillot, Rana Young, Elin Spring, Suzanne Révy and Vaughn Sills. Additional live and distance learning classes and workshops are now being formed for the winter and spring sessions. It is our belief that the desire to learn is life-long.
All of us at the Griffin including Drew and our board and corporators, staff, faculty, interns and volunteers look forward to joining you at our many events. There’s always something happening at the Griffin. Building community is our forte. In addition, when our patrons visit we know they spur the local economy. The photo comes to life in Winchester, an epicenter for photography, but our reach is far, vibrant and welcoming to all. Your support energizes our efforts to bring fellowship, art and photography to our community and we thank you.