Business Manager, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cambridge, MA
Vittorio Mezzano was born in Italy and moved to the United States in 1996. Mezzano holds a Masters in Science in Computer Science and is a Business & Operations Manager at Hewlett-Packard Corporation. He has been interested in photography for many years as an artist and collector. Vittorio joined the PRC Board of Directors in 2009 and has been chairing it since 2010.
President, Kadis & Company Ltd., Boston, MA
Jack Kadis spent most of his professional career in private equity, investment banking, and financial advisory services. Working primarily with small to medium sized companies as well as institutional and individual investors, Kadis managed and executed a wide variety of transactions in a number of different industries. In addition to serving on numerous for-profit boards, Jack has extensive non-profit board experience. After volunteering with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years, he now serves on its board and chairs its Strategic Planning Committee. At Combined Jewish Philanthropies, he chairs the Overseas Youth and Families Committee. Over the past three years, this committee has planned and launched social services programs culminating in the construction of a community-based parents center in Haifa, Israel, serving the needs of economically disadvantaged Israeli, Russian immigrant, and Arab families. Kadis is also a collector and an avid photographer, working mainly in large format black and white. His work was exhibited at the Panopticon Gallery (Boston, MA) in 1975 and at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA) in 2012.
Director, School of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts Boston University
Lynn Allen earned her BS from Kutztown University and her MFA from University of New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); the New York Public Library (NY); the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); the Library of Congress (Washington, DC); the Springfield Art Museum (MO); the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MN); the Vesteros Kunst Museum (Sweden); and the Victoria & Albert Museum (England), as well as numerous corporate collections. Allen was previously a Professor of Art at Rutgers University, Director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and former Master Printer and Educational Director at Tamarind Institute. Her work has been selected for over 100 exhibitions in the United States in addition to several international exhibitions. Allen received two Fulbright Scholarships (USSR 1990, Jordan 2004–05), two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grants, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, and a Pew Fellowship finalist. Allen had artist residencies in numerous countries around the world and continues to lecture widely in throughout the United States and abroad.
Susan M. Bradley
Development Director, Boston, MA
Susan Bradley is the development director of the Gavin Foundation, a South Boston based non-profit multi-service agency. Her development experience also includes establishing and running the development department for Hope House in Roxbury. Susan serves on the board of The Art Connection, a Boston based nonprofit connecting artists and agencies. She recently spent two years in London, England with her husband for his job assignment and while there volunteered with the development department of the Imperial War Museum and served on the Events Committee of the Caledonian Club. Susan also did volunteer development work for the National Theatre in London and has continues to do so with the American wing in Boston and New York.
Fine Art Photographer, Somerville, MA
John Bunzick has been a photographer since the age of 7. Retired from a career writing construction specifications for architecture firms, John is able to spend much more time on his own photography. In the last few years John has started to build a photography collection, focusing on photographers active in the 1960s through 1980s. He may also be found in his local café reading the New Yorker.
Chair, Lois & Richard England Family Foundation, Lexington, MA
Vice President of Administrative Services, Boston University, Boston, MA
Attorney, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., Boston, MA
Alan Geismer is an avid collector of photography. In addition to the Photographic Resource Center, he serves on a variety of arts boards, including World Music/Crash Arts, New Center for Arts and Culture, and Boston Dance Alliance. He is a member of Friends of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. An attorney, Alan is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where he specializes in family law. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and also holds a degree in social anthropology from Cambridge University.
Business Development Manager, Avaya Inc., Hingham, MA
Denise Gilardone has been a marketing and business development professional in the telecommunications and software industries for 20+ years, currently focusing on strategic partnerships and market development. Prior to joining the PRC board, she has served on other non-profit boards supporting literacy and the arts. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia, Denise is an avid traveler and collector of photography and other works on paper.
Co-owner, Ligne Roset, Boston, MA
Fine Art Photographer & Assistant Professor of Photography, UMass Lowell,
Chehalis Hegner received her MFA in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She is currently a member of the art department faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Having an insatiable eye, she works concurrently on multiple portfolio projects. In 2010, Hegner received the Gjion Mili Photography Prize (Kosovo). She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe including the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA); the Art Institute of Boston (MA); Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD); St. Gauden’s National Historic Site (Cornish, NH); the Cultural Center (Varigotti, Italy); the Interlochen Arts Academy (MI), the MIT Museum (Cambridge, MA); and the National Gallery of Art (Kosovo). Hegner also volunteers at the Lowell Humane Society.
Founder/President , Coffee Pond Photography & Yearbooks, Natick, MA
Andrew Kessler graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984. In 1983, he founded Coffee Pond Photography & Yearbooks in Natick, MA providing school portrait and yearbook publishing services to schools from Maryland to Maine with more than 55 photographers. He is an avid cyclist and is on a Pan Mass Challenge team that has raised more than $1 million in the fight against cancer. He is also a collector and photographer and has exhibited his work at the Red Eye Gallery (Providence, RI), the Cambridge Art Association (MA); the PRC Benefit Auction (Boston, MA); the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA); the Danforth Museum (Framingham, MA); and other galleries throughout New England. Kessler also worked over the past 6 years as a consultant for a local high schools Junior Achievement entrepreneur program.
Fine Art and Freelance Photographer, Cambridge, MA
Susan Lapides began her career as an editorial photographer working for national magazines: Time, Smithsonian, Conde Nast Traveler, among many others. She photographed President Obama when he was the Editor of the Harvard Law Review. While she was photographing for People Magazine, she met her husband. She was awarded prizes from ASMP, Studio Magazine, and Woman in Photography. Lapides had a solo exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2011. Her work has also appeared in the PRC auction, and at Danforth Art. Her current project is theEditorial.com
President and CEO, ISM, Boston, MA
Gary Leopold heads Boston-based ISM, considered one of the world’s premier providers of marketing and advertising solutions for the travel and lifestyle industries. Over the years, he and his company have influenced such brands and destinations as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton, American Express, Hong Kong, The Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Emirates, and Harley-Davidson. Prior to co-founding ISM, he held the position of Worldwide Corporate Director of Public Relations for Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Leopold is the proud recipient of the Albert E. Koehl Award for lifetime achievement in travel advertising from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Leopold is a past President of HSMAI and serves on the Board of the HSMAI Foundation. He is also the immediate past-President of the MAGNET global agency network, a collection of nearly 40 independent agencies around the world with over $3 billion in total billings. He is a graduate of Curry College and a member of the Curry Council. Gary has been an active collector of photography and supporter of emerging artists for over 30 years.
Director of College Counseling, Commonwealth School, Boston, MA
Fern Nesson, a former criminal lawyer and American Historian, is currently the Director of College Counseling at the Commonwealth School in Boston. She graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Masters in American Studies from Brandeis. Fern lives in Cambridge with her husband, Charles R. Nesson, Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is a trustee on the board of the Commonwealth School and on the Board of Coro Allegro. Fern has been an amateur photographer since she was a teenager and has collected fine art photography for almost that long.
Fine Art Photographer, Manchester, MA
After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in the History of Art, Parker began her career as a painter and became involved in photography in 1970. Mostly self-taught she makes ephemeral constructions to photograph and experiments with the endless possibilities of light. She has had more than one hundred one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work is represented in major private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago (IL); the Museum of Modern Art (NY); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House (Rochester, New York). In addition to three monographs, her work has been published in Art News, American Photographer, Camera, Camera Arts, The Sciences, and numerous other magazines in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She has lectured and conducted workshops extensively both in this country and abroad. In 1996, she received a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award. Currently, she is working on Still and not so Still Life that comprises images of both the expected and the unexpected.
Associate Professor, Art History, Boston University, Boston, MA
Professor Kim Sichel has been teaching at Boston University since 1987. A
scholar of photographic history and European/American modernism, she served as Director of the American and New England Studies Program from 2009-2912, as Chair of the History of Art and Architecture Department from 2002 to 2005 and as Director of the Boston University Art Gallery from 1992 to 1998. Professor Sichel teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in
modern art and the history of photography. She advises a large number of graduate students studying photography and modern art, as well as advising dissertations in the American and New England Studies Program. Professor Sichel’s recent books include TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography (2007), Germaine Krull/Monte Carlo (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2006), and Evelyn Hofer (2004). She is the author of Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity (1999), published in English by MIT Press and in German by Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This book was a finalist for the Kraszna-Kraus Foundation awards for best photographic history book of 1999, and won an award for best photography monograph for 1999 from the Maine Photographic Workshops. In addition, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues in Europe and the United States. Professor Sichel has received a Fellowship for University Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1994-1995), a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College, Harvard University (1994-1995), has been a Junior Fellow at the Boston University Humanities Foundation (1996-1997, 1989-1990) and served as a Senior Fellow in 2005-2006.
Independent Photographer, West Newton, MA
Peter Vanderwarker is an architectural photographer the author of four books about architecture in Boston. His work has won Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects and has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation. Vanderwarker’s recent exhibitions include Minds and Matter at the Boston Athenaeum (2010) and Dislocation at Gallery NAGA (2012). Peter has taught photography at Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was a Loeb Fellow from 1996 to 1997. His prints are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houston Museum of Art. Peter has a degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley