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 4 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 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, United Photo Industries’ The Fence, Flash Forward Festival, Deland Arts Festival, Darkroom Gallery, VT, 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, Through the Lens Exhibit of the Art League of Rhode Island, Davis Orton Gallery, Santa Fe Workshops, the Congressional Institute’s national visual art competition for high school students, A Smith Gallery, TX, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Lens 2018 Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Illinois, Flora, Columbus State University’s Rankin Arts Photography Center in Columbus, GA, Shore line Alliance, Guilford, CT, Camera USA, Naples Art Association, Colorado Photographic Art Center, Denver, SohoPhotoGallery National Competition, NYC, Atlanta Photography Group Portfolio 2019, LightWork 2018 Transmedia Photography Annual, member of the jury panel for 2018 Arnold Newman Prize 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 or speaker for the Cambridge Art Council’s Community Supported Art Initiative, South Shore Art Center, Cape Cod Art Center, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Marblehead, Rockport, Bedford, and New Hampshire Art Associations, Shoreline Arts Alliance, CT, Wickford Art Association, RI Art League, RI 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, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award 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 The Arnold Newman Prize facilitated by Maine Media Workshops and College, is a member of SPE, is on the Winchester Cultural District Committee and is a member of ASMP.
Iaritza Menjivar is a documentary photographer and Associate Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Her 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 Ed Kashi from VII Photo and James Estrin from the New York Times Lens. Iaritza has been a teaching assistant and co-instructor for Stella Johnson’s photography workshop Documenting Village Life, Oaxaca, Mexico for Lesley University and Main Media Workshops. Recently, Iaritza has exhibited in various group shows, including, Crossing Borders at the Boston Arts Academy in Boston, 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.
Katie Swanger is a freelance documentary photographer with a BFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. She is the Assistant to the Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Katie also works one-on-one with professional photographers in the Boston area, assisting them in their work management. Katie was selected to present her work at the New York Times Portfolio Reviews and has been invited to show her work on Lensculture. Katie’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations including Raizes Gallery and Gallery South, LUCAD, Cambridge, MA and Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico.
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 thebiennial 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.