We are working hard to bring new voices to our Critical Mass program this year (and every year)! Let us introduce you to some more excellent new jurors!
Kelly Burgess – Too Tired Project
Kelly Burgess (she/her) is a project-based conceptual photographer, curator, publisher, and arts administrator. Emotional narrative is the thematic thread running through her work, with much of her own photography and writing coming directly from personal experiences.
Kelly has curated and juried several exhibitions and features for TTP, Paypal, and All Visual Boston. She has been the Gallery Exhibitions Coordinator for Castleton University’s art galleries since 2019. In addition to her personal work, she has over a decade of experience in arts administration. In 2020 Kelly joined the Too Tired Project as the Curatorial Director and then as Executive Director. With TTP, she launched Too Tired Press, where she works as the Publisher. Her mission for Too Tired Press is to focus on creating transparent, equitable, and affordable relationships between artists and the publishing industry.
Born in Connecticut, Kelly received her BFA in photography from the Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2009 and her MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2018. She currently lives and works in rural Vermont.\
Donna Garcia – Atlanta Photography Group
Donna Garcia is the Incoming Executive Director at the Atlanta Photography Group (APG). APG’s mission is to provide opportunities for photographers to further their artistic development, advance and sustain an inclusive and vibrant photographic community for all individuals interested in contemporary photograph, and to promote and support contemporary photography as a significant art form. Donna is responsible for planning and organizing all programing, executing all tasks around exhibitions, including, but not limited to, call for entries, installations and curation, community outreach and management of grants – locally and nationally. And she serves as the liaison between artists, the photographic community and the board of directors. Donna is also a regular contributing editor for LENSCRATCH. She holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Kristina Graber – SF Camerawork
Kristina Graber (she/her) is the Gallery Manager at SF Camerawork. She joined the organization in 2016 and works across committees to develop programming, oversee external communications, and plan fundraising activities at SF Camerawork. Prior to her position as Gallery Manager, Kristina worked on communications and development for the Art for AIDS fundraiser benefiting the UCSF Alliance Health Project. She holds a BA in History of Art and History from UC Berkeley.
Karen Harvey – Shutter Hub
The Creative Director of Shutter Hub (based in the UK), Karen founded the organization to create a supportive community for photographers and provide a platform for the development of ideas and careers. She develops partnerships and projects, and produces most of the exhibitions at Shutter Hub.
Karen is a consultant, curator and collaborator who works to bring innovative ideas and fundamental kindness to every project. She has curated exhibitions internationally and has won awards for photography, writing and community development. Karen is experienced in working with museums and galleries, developing exhibition spaces, and collaborating with organizations such as The National Archive, English Heritage and Cambridge University. She founded and co-directs the charitable organization Toiletries Amnesty.
Cat Lachowskyj – Writer, Editor + Researcher on Photography
Cat Lachowskyj is a Canadian freelance writer, editor and researcher based in Athens, Greece. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she trained as an archivist in Tkaronto, where her work on colonial photography and albums was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has completed residencies and fellowships at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Archive of Modern Conflict, the Ryerson Image Centre, and the Rijksmuseum, and she holds an MA in Photography Preservation from Ryerson University. Cat has written hundreds of articles for dozens of publications, and occupied full-time editing roles at Unseen Magazine and LensCulture. As a freelancer, Cat has written essays and afterwords for a number of artist books and compilations, including Ivana Marrone’s Riscatti, Martínez Bellido’s Emil and Une Histoire Mondiale Des Femmes Photographes, edited by Luce Lebart and Marie Robert. She is currently the editor of The Unless You Will Journal.
Luciana Molisani + José Fujocka – The Lovely House Publishing
Luciana Molisani and José Fujocka are co-founders, curators and editors of Lovely House, a publishing house and bookstore based in São Paulo, Brazil. Acting in the photography and design industry for over 20 years, the duo has been dedicating to the curation and publication of art books since 2018, with great emphasis on photography books and artists’ books, comprising national and foreign publications. Furthermore, they are also creators and organizers of IMAGINÁRIA_Festa do Fotolivro (festivalimaginaria.com.br), the first Brazilian festival entirely dedicated to photography books. In its first edition, in March of this year (2021), the festival had the participation of publishers, authors, curators, researchers and critics from over 6 countries and presented four main types of activities: conversation circles, book fairs, editing marathon, and the Lovely Award for photobook dummies, where two authors will have their work published, and three others won art residencies with professionals in the book industry.
Jessica Roscio – Danforth Art Museum
Jessica Roscio joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.
Efrem Zelony-Mindell – Independent Curator + Publisher
Efrem Zelony-Mindell is a white non-binaray artist. Some of their curatorial endeavors include group shows: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, and This Is Not Here. They have written about art for FOAM, Unseen, DEAR DAVE, Rocket Science, SPOT, and essays for artists’ monographs. Their first book n e w f l e s h, published by Gnomic Book and shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2020, looks to study queerness beyond the body and is in the collections at 50 libraries and archives around the world. Efrem’s second book Primal Sight, also published by Gnomic Book, is a survey of contemporary black-and-white photography and includes the work of 146 international artists. They exist in New York, unless they’re elsewhere.