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 nonprofit 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 three galleries, and maintains three satellite gallery spaces and several virtual on-line galleries as well. The museum has been in operation for 25 years. Tognarelli has held positions at the museum since 2002.
Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 54 exhibitions a year at the Griffin 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 was a candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. Prior to her career as an arts administrator, she spent 25 years in the printing industry. She was named one of 12 women in the United States that contributed to moving the industry from an analog workflow to a completely digital process.
She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally, 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 many awards and fellowships, including the Prix Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland; the Heinz Prize, Pennsylvania; the Robert Gardner Fellowship, Harvard University; St. Botolph Club Foundation; MOPA Triennial; and the Rappaport Prize, Massachusetts. She is a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board, Rotary and Winchester Multicultural Network. She is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography, Mt. Ida College, and the FlashPoint Festival Boston.
While Tognarelli will be reviewing portfolios with the intention of filling exhibition spaces over the next years, this does not mean a review with her ensures an exhibition. 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. She approaches portfolio reviews from the perspective of an educator, offering assessment and guidance to photographers to realize their objectives.