Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum is the embodiment of founder Arthur Griffin’s passion.
Through our many exhibitions, programs, and lectures, we strive to encourage a broader
understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional, and social impact of photographic art.
Exhibitions from well-known photographers, to those emerging on the scene, explore important
themes and thought-provoking ideas. All of the exhibitions and programs are designed to
encourage the passionate exploration of the art of photography.
The Griffin Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exhibition of photographic
arts: the Main Gallery; the Atelier Gallery; and the Griffin Gallery. And four satellite galleries
established in the last few years:
- Atelier Gallery at the Greater Boston Stage Company formerly the Stoneham Theatre (Stoneham, MA)
- The Griffin Museum at SoWa (in Boston’s South End)
- The Griffin Museum at Lafayette City Center Passageway (Boston Downtown Crossing)
- The Griffin Museum at WinCAM (at Winchester Community Access and Media)
Each year, the Griffin Museum presents the Focus Awards. Created in 2006, the annual awards
recognize individuals who have made critical contributions to the promotion of photography and
are one of the few to recognize the work of those who have been instrumental in building
greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.
Arthur Griffin was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on September 12, 1903. Originally trained
to be an illustrator, in 1929 he picked up his first camera—a second-hand folding Brownie—and
thus began a passion that would last a lifetime. By the mid-1930’s, Arthur Griffin had become
the exclusive photographer for the newly created Boston Globe Rotogravure Magazine and the
New England photojournalist for Life and Time magazines. He went on to become a pioneer in
the use of color film and provided the first color photographs to appear in the Saturday Evening
Post—a two-page layout on New England.
- Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator
- Iaritza Menjivar, Associate Director
- Martha Stone, Gallery Monitor
- Julie Williams-Krishnan
- Katie Swanger
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