Peter Urban Legacy Workshop Series at the Griffin Museum in Winchester

copyright Katrina dAutremont

copyright Katrina dAutremont, from the 20th Juried Exhibition

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION & PETER URBAN: The 20th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum will be named in honor of Peter Urban, a celebrated, Boston-based photographer who passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Urban was renowned for his success in both the commercial and artistic realm. Arlette Kayafas, who represented Urban’s art at Gallery Kayafas, said that while some photographers find it difficult to move from advertising to artistic endeavors, “Peter was the exception, because his commercial work was like his fine arts work. When he worked with clients, he saw them as the human beings they were. Peter’s work was always about people.’’

In the spirit of Peter’s success creating a career with a balance of commercial and artistic work, his family has partnered with the Arts & Business Council and the Griffin Museum of Photography to produce opportunities for other photographers to grow their careers.

“It is only right that the Griffin’s twentieth juried exhibition be named in honor of Peter Urban,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography. “Peter’s first solo exhibition was at the Griffin in 2005. His gallery talk that accompanied his show was to a capacity audience. You could feel the love in that room that day.”

Alongside the juried exhibition, the Arts and Business Council is organizing a series of FREE professional development workshops presented by a diverse range of thought leaders. These workshops will share instrumental ideas, methods and tools to help build the business and legal foundation of a thriving artistic practice.  All workshops and events will be held at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 02446.

Copyright Frances F. Denny

Copyright Frances F. Denny, from the 20th Juried Exhibition

Legal & Business Issues for Photographers
With Andrew Epstein and Jim Grace
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30

Can I take and use a photo of someone in public?  Do I own all my photographs or do my clients or employers own them? Do I have to put a copyright (C) notice on all my photographs? I would like to license more of my images, but how does it work?  What happens to my work when I am gone?  Get answers to these and many more questions about the legal and business aspects of your photography practice from Jim Grace and Drew Epstein, experts on the intellectual property issues photographers encounter.

copyright Brett Henrikson

copyright Brett Henrikson, from the 20th Juried Exhibition

The Art of Organization: Inventory and Documentation
Jennifer Uhrhane and Gretjen Helene
Thursday, July 24, 6:30-8:30

Commercial and fine art photographers alike need to maintain accurate and organized records for storage of their digital files and tangible work, as well as keep track of client, collector, and exhibition information. Developing a process for organization is critical to easy retrieval, accurate record keeping, and successful estate planning. In this two-hour workshop, curatorial/collections consultant and fine art photographer Jennifer Uhrhane and professional and fine art photographer Gretjen Helene will provide tools and guidance for photographers wishing to improve their overall documentation systems.

copyright Minho Kim

copyright Minho Kim, from the 20th Juried Exhibition

How to Prepare and Approach Portfolio Reviews, Galleries and Museums
Panel: Karen Davis, Arlette Kayafas, Neal Rantoul, Paula Tognarelli, and Francine Weiss
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30-8:30

Portfolio reviews are wonderful opportunities to have your work seen by gallerists, journalists, curators, and other art world figures. Taking full advantage of reviews, however, requires proper preparation. When it comes to your portfolio, your statement and CV, and your “elevator pitch,” do you know how to put your best foot forward? Let the panel guide you through the nuts and bolts of review prep so you can make the most of them. Are you seeking gallery representation but don’t know where to start? Are you currently showing work in a gallery but aren’t sure how to conduct your business outside of that relationship? Are you curious to learn how museums build their collection? In this two hour discussion you will learn the proper etiquette for preparing for portfolio reviews, approaching and working with collectors, curators, and other gate-keepers; the importance of marketing, branding, and on-line presence; what to expect from the marketplace and from a gallerist who opts to represent you; why not all photographers can be represented; and some of your non-gallery options.


Photography from the Peter Urban Legacy Exhibit powered by PechaKucha
With Paula Tognarelli and featured artists from the Peter Urban Legacy 20th Annual Juried Exhibition
Thursday, August 7, 6:30-8:30

Come experience a photo presentation powered by PechaKucha, a fun and informal way to present creative work. This year’s Peter Urban Legacy 20th Annual Juried Exhibition photographers will share their work along with Paula Tognarelli, who will present the photographs of Peter Urban. Join us to enjoy new art, conversations, and networking.

“Powered by PechaKucha” events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events. These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format. Find out more at

Getting Started with Social Media as a Marketing Tool

Getting Started with Social Media as a Marketing Tool

Getting Started with Social Media as a Marketing Tool
September 16, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 at the Griffin Museum
With Bonnie Borthwick
Free for members $7.00 for nonmembers
RSVP required
Description: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ — figuring out where to focus your time and energy in a fast-moving, ever-changing landscape of social media platforms can be a major challenge. This session is geared toward artists who are thinking about promoting their work through social media, but are unsure of where to start. We’ll begin with an overview of social media usage and the rise of social media marketing, then get to the big questions: What are the differences between the major platforms, and what should you consider before investing a lot of time in any of them? How do you find an audience? How do you decide what to post, and how can you use your limited time to best effect? How are recent changes, especially to the way Facebook works, changing the game for many artists and small businesses? How will you measure results of your efforts? We’ll have time for questions and discussion at the end, and you’ll come away better equipped to get started on your own social media marketing plan.

About the Faculty

Bonnie Borthwick, better known online as 6x6pix/Bonnie B, is an online marketing and web development professional with over 20 years’ experience helping higher ed institutions and nonprofit organizations navigate the intersections of communication and technology. She also takes pictures, most often with one of her trusty Brownie Hawkeyes. The rest of her story can be extracted from various online sources in small pieces that may or may not add up to a cogent narrative.

Karen Davis’s photographs are featured at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the Boston Drawing Project/Carroll and Sons Gallery, the Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA and in the collections of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Lishui Museum of Photography (China) and the Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University. Davis is the recipient of the 2009 Artists Fellowship Award from the CPW, and a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) MARK artist.

Recent exhibits include the Cabane Gallery, Phoenicia NY, the Lishui International Photography Festival, China, the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA and the Griffin Museum of Photography.  She was the featured artist in the 2006 inaugural issue of The Women’s Review of Books and, in 2005, her photographs were exhibited in “hrlm: pictures” at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Karen and her husband, Mark Orton are co-directors of the Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street, Hudson NY. Davis has taught the Photography Atelier for the past 7 years at Radcliffe, Lesley and The Griffin Museum.

Andrew D. (“Drew”) Epstein is a partner in the firm of Barker, Epstein & Loscocco, a full-service Boston, Massachusetts law firm. Drew represents hundreds of design and image professionals especially photographers, illustrators, design firms, advertising agencies, museums and other individuals and businesses involved in photography, art, illustration, and imaging. Drew also has an extensive knowledge of antiques and regularly represents antique dealers, appraisers and auctioneers. In addition to general business law and litigation, Drew’s practice focuses on copyright, trademark, contracts and licensing issues. He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Griffin Museum in Winchester, Massachusetts. He is a former president and long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC.  Jim has experience working with artists and arts organizations in the areas of publishing law, public art, copyright, trademark, nonprofit incorporation and mergers, negotiation training, and artist live/work and nonprofit board issues.  Jim was an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for over five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. In addition, Jim is a working author, book editor, and publishing attorney.

Gretjen Helene has successfully served the photographic needs of businesses and individuals in New England, nationally, and internationally and is responsible for sustaining happy clients in a variety of fields including entertainment, events, health care, corporations, nonprofits, advertising, book publishing, sports, educational institutions and public/private events. Gretjen also continues to create her fine artwork, primarily concentrated in documentary photography and 3D alternative processes. She holds a BA in Fine Art Photography from the Art Institute of Boston where she subsequently taught for three years. She was the founding director and producer for the publication and gallery showcase ‘Taking In’ wherein juried photography comprises a feature of the best work produced annually at The Art Institute of Boston. She has completed showcases of her photography, installation, and poetry work in Alaska, New York, and in Greater Boston at the Photographic Resource Center, Suffolk University art gallery at NESAD, the New England School of Photography, and The Griffin Museum of Photography.

Arlette Kayafas is the founder and director of Gallery Kayafas in Boston and has over 45 years of experience collecting contemporary photographers with her husband Gus and more than a dozen years representing them as a gallerist. She speaks regularly on the topics of fine art photography, collecting art, representing artists, and the artist-gallery relationship. Arlette is an overseer at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Danforth Art Museum.

Neal Rantoul is a career artist and educator. He retired from 30 years as head of the Photo Program at Northeastern University in Boston in January 2012. He taught at Harvard University for thirteen years as well. He now devotes his efforts full time to making new work and bringing earlier work to a national and international audience. With over 60 one-person exhibitions over the length of his career, Rantoul continued last spring with two different bodies of work shown simultaneously: Wheat, aerial and ground-based photographs of the area in Southeastern Washington called “The Palouse” at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA and the Island Aerials, aerial photographs of the islands of Massachusetts at Panopticon Gallery in Boston, MA. He is represented by 555 Gallery in South Boston.

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 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 three galleries and maintains four satellite gallery spaces and several virtual on-line galleries as well. Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces.

She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally including American Photo’s Image of the Year, Photoville’s Fence, Flash Forward FestivalDeland Arts FestivalCenter for Fine Art PhotographyPDN’s Photo AnnualPDN’s Curator Awardsthe Kontinent Awardsthe Filter Festival in Chicago, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition 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. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography Fellowships and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland, a nominator for the Heinz Prize in Pennsylvania and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts.

Jennifer Uhrhane has worked in curatorial, collections management, and registrarial roles in museum, corporate and private art collections. Also a fine art photographer, she continues to use film and travels to make pictures that explore sense of place through architectural details. Jennifer holds a BFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, a Certificate in Museum Studies and Administration from Tufts University, and an MA in Art History from Boston University.

Francine Weiss isa professor and independent curator with fifteen years of experience working in museums and arts organizations. She has participated as a reviewer in many regional and national portfolio reviews. Her curatorial experience includes fellowships and research appointments at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, where she curated several shows of contemporary art. More recently she served as Acting Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) and worked as Curator of the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) in Boston. As the PRC’s Curator, Francine organized exhibitions of contemporary photography and edited Loupe journal. A photography expert, Francine has written extensively about the medium, taught at various area institutions, and advised photographers about professional development. She currently teaches photography and modern art at Boston University, where she received her doctorate in 2012.