Photographer Ken Kartes
August 11, 1961 - April 24, 2020
We lost a good friend this week. Ken Kartes, peacefully passed away with his family by his side on Friday, April 24, 2020 at his home in Melrose, MA. 

Ken's smiling face was a fixture at almost every Griffin event and reception. You could count on him to be there to keep the conversation and questions coming. He had the personality that drew people to him because of his sincere and welcoming way.

His "bucket list" was an inspiration and influenced many of us to focus on what is really important in life.

Due to the ongoing public health crisis in the world and with genuine concern for the people in the community, Services for Ken will be private and reserved for immediate family and friends. A celebration of life will be announced at a later time.
Family time captured in photos will live on long after I am gone. It’s a beautiful way of reflecting on my life and on our lives together. Now, my photos will outlive me, perhaps sharing our lives and the world as I saw it through my own eyes with others. - KK
When death nears, images of life grow brighter. See the full article here.
April 30, 2020
7 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
We miss you!!!
Join us at the Griffin Museum for a virtual social gathering! Let’s stay connected during this time of “social distancing.”

On Thursday, April 30, from 7-8 pm EST, we are going to be online to say hello to each other!
Sign up – we will then send you all the information you need to connect!

So, sign on and say hello! We hope to see you there!
The Griffin Team

May 7th, 2020
7-8:0 Eastern Time

No one should ever feel alone.

4 photographers, 10 minutes each, and time for Q&A afterwards! We don’t Chit Chat. We  Photo Chat Chat !

Bootsy Holler
Doug Johnson
Susan May Tell
JP Terlizzi

Please sign up on our website to be in the audience!

If you are interested in presenting your work, please email  crista at griffinmuseum dot org  to let her know!

This is our second virtual  Photo Chat Chat , and we hope to make it a regular feature at The Griffin Museum of Photography!

You will be emailed log-in when you sign up on our website.
Image: © Bootsy Holler
C all for Entry
Corona Online Exhibition

Submissions close
May 6, 2020 at midnight Eastern Time
It’s spring, and we are all physically distanced and living via the interwebs to have shared experiences. At a time of renewal, time of reawakening, we are all yearning to break free. We hope to get outside, see the blooms on the trees, breathe deeply of fresh air, unafraid of life in the time of Corona.

Let’s brighten our outlook on Corona. Let's reframe it. In science terms, a Corona is a usually colored circle often seen around and close to a luminous body (such as the sun or moon) caused by diffraction produced by suspended droplets or occasionally particles of dust.

We want you to share your light with us. Send us your images of sunshine, light and spring. Metaphor, abstraction and suggestion of sunlight in addition to representational concepts are welcome.

We are looking forward to your visual contributions with our creative community.

This is an open call and all submissions will be part of the online exhibition.

Submissions open until May 6th at midnight Eastern Time.

Send us an email with pertinent information like your name and image title, date and if available in editions let us know that too. Send us a link to your website or social media along with the submission.

Jpeg information should be as follows :
Size: 72dpi, sRGB, 1200px on the long side
Your name and image title should appear in the file name of the jpg.
Save as .jpg
One image per submission.
Open to All
No entry Fee .

We will put together an online exhibition to be showcased on May 8th.

Any questions? Ask.

Images to be submitted to Crista at crista (at) griffinmuseum (dot) org Make sure you have  Corona Exhibition  in your subject line.
image credits top to bottom:

© Leslie Jean-Bart
© Dawn Watson
© Ellen Jantzen
© Julia Borissova
© Elizabeth Stone
© Blythe King
The Mason-Dixon line exists in the American imagination as the line demarcating “Dixieland”, the land of the south, of human bondage and states’ rights issues, the mythic fallen hero, and the home of the “Blues”. In fact, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon surveyed the line prior to the Revolutionary War to resolve overlapping English land grants to the Penn and Calvert families, two families fighting over property. The line extends east to west bisecting Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia, and vertically, north to south between Maryland and Delaware.

Traveling to the Mason-Dixon Line for the last five years, Bill has been piecing together a collection of Mason-Dixon ephemera-visual fragments of life on the Line.

This lecture is online.

We will email the online address to those who register for this event for the artist talks.

Mason Dixon-American Fictions will be exhibited at Gallery Kayafas in October 2020.

Image © Bill Franson
Photos courtesy of the artist
and Gallery Kayafas
Rick Wright’s Vessels of the Late Petroleum Age   is exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography from January 18 – Present. Rick Wright writes, “This Philadelphia photographer inhabits the persona of a c. 4300 CE archaeologist: a scientist stumbling onto a cache of preserved vessels crafted out of an unknown synthetic material.”

Photographs © Rick Wright and essay An Index for the Age © Alison Nordström
Karen Davis  
Class meets: May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, and June 17, 2020.

This interactive online course will provide you with guidance in a supportive environment as you develop your fine art photography portfolio and create essential documents and materials to prepare you to market and exhibit your work.

Presentations, exercises and instructor-led, group critiques will help you refine your ideas, create strong images and edit and sequence your work for presentation. In a similar way, we will workshop key documents that are part of a complete marketing package: your well-written artist statement, bio and resume.

Personal websites, social media, supplemental support materials and networking, are reviewed. We will discuss approaches and opportunities for marketing your work. Extensive resource lists of are provided. Please note: This class assumes that you have a series of photographs or are working on a series with the intent of creating a portfolio. You can expect to devote 3-4 hours per week on assignments that are designed to assure that you have a ready-to-use marketing package by the completion of this class.

This six hour workshop with Ivana Damien George will be delivered online over 3 two-hour sessions:
May 27 from 6-8 pm (Eastern time)
June 1 from 6-8 pm (Eastern time)
June 3 from 6-8 pm (Eastern time)

Participants will develop their ideal collector avatar, learn where to find art collectors and generate a list of possible events that you can attend in the next three months to meet more art collectors. You will learn how to find the names of local art patrons that are hiding in plain sight, where you never thought to look before.
The  Buy a Brick Program is back at the Griffin due to popular demand by our audience .

Once we have accumulated enough orders we will process a bulk order of engraved bricks to be placed into the Griffin's walkway that leads to the  Winchester Rotary Terrace . There's plenty of room and we welcome your tribute inscriptions. 

  • Alexa Dilworth will jury the Griffin's 26th Juried Exhibition. Call for entry is live. Submissions close May 3, 2020.

  • Are you interested in sponsoring our programs and events. Ads in our newsletter? Give our executive director a call.

  • Do you have a photo series that covers CREATURES, FOOD, HOME, NATURE, PEOPLE, PLAY, or STREETS? Then apply to The @photoville FENCE

  • We are closed until further notice based on our governor's stay-at-home order. Trust us, we're working for you though.

  • Please be safe.