Executive Director, Curator
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, USA
Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. Located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, the Griffin Museum of Photography is a small 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. Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin Museum and its surrounding satellite spaces.
She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, a B.A. from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography, and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally including, American Photo's Image of the Year, PDN’s Photo Annual, PDN’s Curator Awards, and the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China. She is a regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, and has been a panelist and featured speaker at photography events and conferences including MacWorld. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Photography Fellowships and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, she is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography and The Flash Forward Photography Festival Boston. She is also a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board.
Ms. Tognarelli will be reviewing portfolios with the intention of filling exhibition spaces over the next two years. She is open to viewing a broad range of photography but will be looking for completed bodies of work that are ready for exhibition. She is also interested in work that can be connected to programming and education projects. Ms. Tognarelli approaches portfolio reviews from the perspective of an educator offering assessment and guidance to photographers to realize their objectives.