Crista Dix has been selected as the Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography by the Griffin Board of Directors effective
January 1, 2022. Currently the Associate Director at the Griffin, Ms. Dix is a highly respected member of the fine art photography community.
“Crista has that rare combination of talents. She is a strong administrator, as well as an insightful curator. Exactly what the Griffin needs,” said Paula Tognarelli, retiring Griffin Executive Director.
Dix’s passion for photography has taken her to a variety of roles in the past two decades and is
nationally recognized for fostering and promoting the work of fine art photographers. As the founder and director of wall space creative in Seattle and Santa Barbara, she supported emerging and mid-career artists by providing them with a place to demonstrate their visual voice and helping to elevate the dialogue about contemporary photography practice.
In addition to founding her gallery, Ms. Dix is also known as an independent curator who has a deep understanding of trends in photography. She has participated in panel and community discussions, juried creative competitions and taken part in major portfolio reviews around the country including reviews in Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Palm Springs and New Orleans.
Dix comes to her new role at the Griffin with extensive fundraising skills and known for developing innovative business strategies. As the Associate Director at the Griffin, a role she took on in March 2020, Ms. Dix has been responsible for museum operations and worked to support the Executive Director in realizing their goals of extending the reach of the Griffin’s photographic community by modernizing the membership system, doubling the museum’s membership, and assisting to expand the museum’s programming and events with the addition of a robust online schedule, bringing the Griffin museum to a broader public.
“We are very excited that Crista has agreed to take on the role of Executive Director at the Griffin,” said Griffin Museum Board Chair Drew Epstein. “We feel she has all the skills we need to maintain our leadership position in the fine art photography world. She has big shoes to fill and we feel confident that she will take us through the next number of years with innovation and finesse.”
Arthur Griffin founded the Griffin Museum of Photography to promote an appreciation of photography as an art form. As the Griffin moves into its thirtieth year, Dix will maintain its strong legacy and also guide the museum through the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.