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, Member Exhibition and Photobook Exhibition at Davis Orton Gallery for 9 years, 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, Portraits 2020, Center for FIne Art Photography, Slow Exposures 2020, Patterns and Shadows New York Center for Photographic Art, NYC, 2019 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Black and White and More Exhibition, March 2020 , SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC, member of the jury panel for 2018/2019 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 a past member of the advisory board of the New England School of Photography and is a member of the advisory board of 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.
Crista Dix is the Griffin’s Associate Director. Before coming to the Griffin Museum she spent fifteen years creating and operating her own photography gallery, wall space creative, closing it in 2020. Having a career spanning many paths, Crista has landed at the Griffin to assist in the day to day operations of the museum. Her background in science, business and creative arts helps Crista provide a solid background for supporting the Griffin’s mission of showcasing creativity and the museum’s photo community.
wall space supported emerging and mid career artists with exhibitions, participated in art fairs around the country, as well as maintained an office space for client meetings. As an internationally known gallery, Crista worked with clients all over the world and represented national and international artists. In addition to wall space’s special event and exhibition schedule, it hosted a series of artist lectures, studio and community events. The gallery believed in giving back. She created a charitable giving program called Life Support. In ten years Life Support worked with over 400 artists, donating over $80,000 to charitable foundations Doctors Without Borders, Direct Relief and Habitat for Humanity.
Ms. Dix has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.
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 the biennial 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.
Tira Boonpracong studied at Assumption University in Bangkok for a Bachelor of Communication Arts, majoring in Public Relations. She received a Masters in Cultural Management from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Prior to working at the Griffin Museum she was the Customer Service Manager for WCA Ltd, Boston for four years. For two years prior she was a marketing associate for Worldwide Information Network in Bangkok after working a year as a Sales Associate for the same company. After receiving her masters in Cultural Management, Tira managed the art collection for WCA World in Bangkok.
At the Griffin Museum of Photography, Tira is responsible for weekend operations, gift shop display and strategic marketing as well as membership renewal and solicitation.
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.