Tara Wray: Founder

Tara Wray is a photographer based in rural Vermont. Her sold-out photobook, “Too Tired for Sunshine,” was published by Yoffy Press in 2018. Born and raised in Kansas, Wray graduated from New York University where she studied documentary filmmaking. She is director of two feature length documentaries: "Manhattan, Kansas" (SXSW 2006; Film Society of Lincoln Center) and “Cartoon College” (2012). Her photography has been featured on NPR, Washington Post, VICE, Huff Post, Polish Vogue, and others, and is held in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the George Eastman Museum Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. Recent and solo exhibitions of "Too Tired for Sunshine" were held at Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. Selections from “Too Tired for Sunshine” were featured in the group exhibition How to Live and Survive in the Countryside at KUNST HAUS WIEN in Vienna, Austria, as part of the inaugural FOTO WIEN festival. Tara is also the Co-Founder of Too Tired Press. Follow Tara on Instagram.

Kelly Burgess: Executive Director

Kelly Burgess (b. 1986, she/her) is a project-based conceptual photographer and curator living and working in rural Vermont. She received her MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2018 and her thesis work, Sing Me Back Home, has been exhibited internationally. Emotional narrative is the thematic thread running through her work, with much of her photography and writing coming directly from personal experiences. She is currently working on her second book, which is a photo and text-based narrative examining solitude and growth. Kelly's photos have been seen in the New York Times, Kodachrome Magazine, and in various exhibitions and publications worldwide. In addition to her photography work, she is the Gallery Coordinator for the Castleton University Art Galleries and is the Co-Founder & Publisher for Too Tired Press. Follow Kelly on Instagram.

Zuzanna Szarek: Art & Communication Director

Zuzanna Szarek (b. 1984, Warsaw, Poland) is a visual artist, photographer and screenwriter. She graduated with honors from the Media Art Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and completed PhD studies. She is an academic teacher. In art she searches for expressions of absurdity, paradox and melancholia. Solo exhibitions include "There Won’t Be Any Other End of the World” and “Humans Do Not Rule This Land,” which will open at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography in 2020. Her photographs are in private and institutional collections, including the National Museum in Gdańsk. Follow Zuzanna on Instagram

Curatorial Team

Vanessa Leroy

Vanessa Leroy is a 24-year-old photographer from Waltham, Massachusetts. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She remains on the hunt for new ways of seeing, remembering, and altering the world through photography. She is drawn to image-making because of the power it holds to create nuanced representation for marginalized people and uplift their stories. She sees photography as a tool for social justice, and with it, she hopes to create worlds that people feel as though they can enter and draw from, as well as provide a look into an experience that they may not personally recognize.

Cassandra Klos

Cassandra Klos (b. 1991, she/her/hers) is a fine art photographer currently living between Durham, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. She is a 2020 graduate of Duke University’s Experimental and Documentary Arts MFA program. Her projects challenge the veracity of the photographic image, attempting to breathe life into situations where visual manifestations may not be available. She also shares a love for archives and curation, as the 2020-2021 William H. Gedney Curatorial Assistant at the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University.

Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum for Photography and the Cassilhaus Collection and Gallery, as well as internationally in festivals such as the Bienne Festival of Photography (CHE) and the Lagos Photo Festival (NGA). Her work has been seen in TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times, among others. 

Kevin Bennett Moore

Kevin Bennett Moore (b. 1996) is a recent graduate with Departmental Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA '20) in Boston. His self-portrait based projects largely discuss queerness by utilizing the past to talk about current politics. Moore is influenced greatly by films of the 1950s & 60s, gender performativity, and ideals of mid-century American culture.

Board of Directors

Dr. Del Barrett is a linguist specializing in Language & Power, particularly the manipulation of language for political purposes. She is currently Vice President of the Royal Photographic Society and will become President in September 2019.  Barrett is also an ardent supporter of the visual arts, particularly photography, and has contributed to a number of photographic publications. Recently she has led the RPS Hundred Heroines campaign, an international initiative to recognize the contribution that women make to photography.

Elfi Sixt: Treasurer

CPA, #cryptoaccounting #Tokenengineering; Founder of FinTechAcademy, Founder of Crypto42Token Summits, CoFounder of efri.io.

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