Michael Burka – President
Michael Burka has served in various capacities on the Griffin Museum Board of Directors since 2012. He developed an interest in the technical aspects of optics and photography as a child. This developed into a professional career designing optical instruments and a passion for the photographic arts and sciences. Michael and his wife, Barbara, are longtime residents of Winchester.
Ashley Craig – Vice President
Ashley Elizabeth Craig is an artist and educator living in Boston Mass. She received a BMA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She has taught at multiple institutions, works with the Society for Photographic Educators (SPE), and volunteers at local photographic events.
Ashley is active in the fine arts community, participating in portfolio reviewing events as both a reviewee and a reviewer. Ashley also works curating graduate and undergraduate exhibitions and gives guest lectures and critiques at multiple Universities and Colleges.
Anthony Attardo – Treasurer
Tony Attardo is retired finance professional who is actively involved in the non-profit community near his home in southern New Hampshire. Known for his kind and compassionate demeanor, he provides support to their missions by donating his financial and organizational skills, and at times, direct client care. His love of photography and the Griffin Museum’s welcoming, vibrant, and creative community were the perfect match that began back in Atelier 24. Board service is his way of “Paying it Forward’.
His professional experience, highlighted by a 30-year career with Massachusetts based Raytheon Company, included the positions of Financial Systems Subject Matter Expert, Finance Manager of Mission Assurance and Quality, and Operating Budgets and Planning and Manpower. He retired from Raytheon in 2014.
Tony made a successful transition to the non-profit sector as a tutor in adult literacy and adult education. In a volunteer engagement that lasted several years and included various roles he helped displaced families remain together while working toward economic self-sufficiency. He also has experience in the manufactured housing sector as an organizational development specialist, providing resident community training on by-laws, board elections and roles and responsibilities, and short-and-long term planning.
Tony served as an Artist/Mentor in NH Seacoast Mental Health Center’s Art of Recovery Program: a collaboration between professional artists and clients, who together create original works of art which in turn supports clients progress on their journey to their own personal recovery.
Today, he is directly involved in a community bicycle organization dedicated to providing basic transportation to Nashua, NH area’s most vulnerable residents. Tony actively supports the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter Ride to End ALZ committee and participates in its cycling events.
Erin Carey – Clerk
Erin Carey is an independent curator, educator and artist based in New England, having earned her B.A. in Art History and Criticism from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Tufts University and SMFA Boston. She is the former Academic Director and Gallery Director at New England School of Photography, where she had the privilege of working with more than one hundred artists from around the U.S and Europe, exhibiting diverse photographic projects and collaborating on public programming with regional institutions and educators. Erin is a regular contributor to regional portfolio reviews for emerging professionals and undergrads in Boston and has been featured as a juror at Photoville’s The Fence (2016 and 2019) , Dodho Magazine of Barcelona (2020) and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Erin’s photographic work explores the of the American landscape and its vernacular. Her most recent project, A Spring that Love Remembered, debuted in the summer of 2020 and addresses the landscape of loss and the experience of ecstatic time. To see an archive of Erin’s curatorial projects and her own photographic work, please visit her website at erin-carey.com
Andrew Epstein – Past President
Andrew D. (“Drew”) Epstein is a partner in the firm of Barker, Epstein & Loscocco, a full-service Boston, Massachusetts law firm.
Drew represents hundreds of design and image professionals especially photographers, illustrators, design firms, advertising agencies, museums and other individuals and businesses involved in photography, art, illustration, and imaging. Drew also has an extensive knowledge of antiques and regularly represents antique dealers, appraisers and auctioneers. In addition to general business law and litigation, Drew’s practice focuses on copyright, trademark, contracts and licensing issues.
Drew is an accomplished trial attorney with over three decades of successful jury and non-jury trial and appellate court experience in both Massachusetts and Federal courts. Drew has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including multi-million dollar personal injury actions, $1.1 million for copyright infringement, and $1.2 million for damaging several works of art.
He is a former president of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Resource Center and has been on the Board of the Griffin Museum for the last seven years.
Drew was an adjunct professor at Boston University for six years where he taught Legal Issues for Arts Administrators in the graduate school Arts Administration Program. Drew has been a frequent guest lecturer to academic, professional, business and legal groups on copyright and trademark law, art law and general business law. He writes frequently on copyright law, contract law and legal and business issues for photographers and artists. Drew was awarded the first annual Attorney of the Year Award by the Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 2002.
Elizabeth Clark Libert
Elizabeth Clark Libert is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Cambridge, MA. She received a BA in Fine Art from Amherst College, a post-baccalaureate certificate from SMFA, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally, and featured in various online and print publications such as the New York Times T Magazine, the New Yorker’s Photobooth, Mockingbird, and Lenscratch. Some of her photo heroes include Sally Mann, Larry Sultan, David Hilliard, Francesca Woodman, Nan Goldin, Tina Barney, and Alessandra Sanguinetti. Currently she serves on the board at the Griffin Museum of Photography and several local philanthropic committees. In her free time, she consumes indie movies, novels and photo books. She also enjoys live rock, historic homes, fashion, jogs, and spending time with her family of boys.
Frances Jakubek is an image-maker, independent curator, and consultant for artists. She is the co-founder of A Yellow Rose Project, past Director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City, and Associate Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts.
Recent curatorial appointments include Potential Space: A Serious Look at Child’s Play featuring works by Nancy Richards Farese; Critical Mass, Portland, Oregon; Filter Photo, Chicago; The Griffin Museum of Photography; British Journal of Photography; Les Rencontres d’Arles, France; Save Art Space, Los Angeles; and Photo District News.
Jakubek has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography fellowships, speaker for SPE National and Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and lecturer for the School of Visual Arts, University of New Mexico, and Washington and Lee University. She has taught workshops for the Cambridge Art Association, Maine Media, and the University of Iowa and serves as an advisor to the Rhode Island School of Design and Clark University program.
Lou Jones is a freelance photographer who has maintained studios in Boston, Massachusetts for many years. The engine that drives his business is commercial & advertising photography for ad agencies, large Fortune 500 companies as well as local & regional entities like Nike, KLM, FedEx, Aetna. He divides his time also with a myriad of editorial publications, foundations & NGOs including Sports Illustrated, Time/Life, National Geographic, Paris Match, Barr Foundation, etc.
Jones has specialized in traveling domestically & internationally to sixty foreign countries & 48 of the 50 USA states on assignment. He has covered thirteen summer & winter Olympic Games.
In addition he has served on the boards of directors of organization such as American Society of Media Photographers, Photographic Resource Center & Griffin Museum of Photography & cofounded the Center for Digital Imaging Arts & taught at many colleges, workshops, festivals & reviews all over the world.
Jones has published over a dozen photography related books: Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, travel+PHOTOGRAPHY, Speedlights+Speedlites, Saint Petersburg Russia, etc. His photography has been exhibited at Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Gallery Kayafas, Bridge Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography & is in the permanent collections of Harvard University, Wellesley College, University of Texas, Boston Athenaeum & Boston Public Library.
he has won awards & been recognized by Communication Arts Magazine, Travel Photographer of the Year awards, Building & Construction magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, United Nations & was named a Nikon “Legend of the Lens”.
But Jones’ entire career has been paralleled by his long-term projects that include Jazz, tall ships, pregnancy, Japan & his current most ambitious effort panAFRICAproject, where he is documenting all 54 countries in Africa.
Fern L. Nesson is a graduate of Harvard Law School. She received an M.A. in American History from Brandeis and an M.F.A in Photography from the Maine Media College. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She practiced law in Boston for twenty years and subsequently taught American History and Mathematics.
Nesson’s photographs have been shown internationally in solo exhibitions at the Politecnico University in Torino, Italy, Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France, Ph21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary and at The University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. In the United States, Nesson has had solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, at MIT and Harvard, and at the Beacon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, the Pascal Gallery in Rockport, and Maine, and Through This Lens Gallery in Durham, NC. Additionally, her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions in the U.S., Barcelona, Rome and Budapest. Nesson’s photobooks, Signet of Eternity and WORD, won the 10th and the 12th Annual Photobooks Award from the Davis-Orton Gallery. Her photography can be found at www.fernlnesson.
Gail Samuelson lives and photographs in a small rural town southwest of Boston. Surrounded by protected forest and wetlands, she is drawn to the changing light and how it affects her sense of home, the landscape, and family life. Trained to make photographs through a microscope, she now uses a camera to examine and capture details of everyday moments. Often closing in tight on her subjects, she distills and intensifies their form and meaning to unveil underlying emotional qualities.
Gail’s photographs have been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the Danforth Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Cassilhaus, PhotoPlace Gallery, and the Davis Orton Gallery. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Danforth Museum and Cassilhaus. Gail serves on the Board of Directors of the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Katalina Simon is a British-Hungarian photographer based in Winchester, Massachusetts. Her work focuses on visual and oral history and personal narrative. Katalina has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally. Prior to focusing on photography, Katalina worked for IBM as Manager of International Communications. Katalina received her BA from Bristol University in the United Kingdom. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at The Massachusetts College of Art. She also manages a household of three busy teenagers, her entrepreneur husband, and a willful Norwich Terrier.
Boston-based photographer Donna Tramontozzi’s work explores how living creatures exist in today’s world. After a career as a high tech executive and business owner, Donna parlayed her knowledge of digital media and its storytelling potential into her photographic practice.
Donna has a BA in English and has studied at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Donna has exhibited in multiple juried shows throughout New England. Her solo show, Optical Shards, has been shown in various Griffin–affiliated galleries. It also won a silver portfolio award at the San Francisco Bay International Awards.
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