Staff & Board

Our dedicated staff and board members are the driving force behind Gallery 263. Though we come from diverse backgrounds, and all bring different skills and experiences to the table, we share a passion for art and community that keeps us focused and true to our mission. Gallery 263 is beloved by many, and we seek to protect its place in the Cambridge landscape for years to come.

Staff

Alexandra Photopoulos, Managing Director

Alexandra Photopoulos graduated summa-cum-laude with a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, and went on to earn her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A lifetime resident of Cambridgeport, she has exhibited locally at the Carpenter Center, the Aidekman Arts Center, Cambridge City Hall, NAVE gallery, Samson, and 808 Gallery. A Gallery 263 volunteer and Artist Member since 2012, she has also been included in several exhibitions and enjoyed two summers as an Artist in Residence. Alexandra is excited to deepen her involvement with the gallery community as a staff member!

Julia Kirchmer, Program Director

Julia became involved with Gallery 263 as an intern in the Spring of 2012. She continued on as a volunteer, and was hired as Program Coordinator in Fall 2013.  Now Program Director, she manages the gallery’s exhibition calendar, annually including; four Curatorial Proposal Series exhibitions, two Juried Exhibitions, an Artists Members’ show, an Artist Residency, an art auction, and Special Exhibitions.  She is proud to have seen Gallery 263 through three years of rich programming and rapid growth, and is happy to be working towards the gallery’s goals of continued sustainability.

Julia graduated Salutatorian from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University with a BFA in Fine Art and Art History, and a minor in Arts Management.

John Forrestal, Marketing and Music Manager

John’s Profile Coming Soon!

Board

Kevin Scarborough, President

Kevin has spent the last decade in marketing and PR and is currently Head of Digital Marketing at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Copley Square. He spent most of his career in the non-profit sector working with a variety of community organizations to enhance their marketing efforts both on and offline. Kevin graduated with a B.A. in New Media from SUNY Purchase, where he focused primarily on creating interactive art on the web using original audio and video pieces.

Marissa Finer, Vice President/Secretary

Marissa Finer is an arts management and fundraising professional, and a recent, but proud, Cambridge resident. Currently the Assistant Director of the Berklee Fund at Berklee College of Music. Marissa has held diverse positions with arts, music, and film festivals and arts education organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Film from Carleton University and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Laura Francis, Treasurer

Laura graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with BA’s in Painting, Art History and Italian Studies. She joined 263 as an intern in 2009 and was appointed Executive Director in February 2011. As a volunteer, Laura founded the Gallery’s Juried Exhibition Program and developed the Music Program. As director, she founded the Curatorial Proposal Series, changing the Gallery’s exhibition review process to committee, and Artist Membership Program. She is also an artist and has exhibited locally and in Chicago. Laura had the great opportunity to be the Gallery’s Artist Resident for Summer 2011 and led a collaborative installation called The Cave Project.

David Craft, Co-Founder

David is an artist, musician, wild edible plant forager, scientist, and a Cantabridgian since 2002. As a board member of Gallery 263, he helps with general direction, art selection, as well as food and music related events. He started the Gallery’s yoga program which has been in full swing since 2009. As an artist, he partook in the first Artist in Residency program at the Gallery, and also had an early solo show in January 2010 called Bread Machine.

Hannah Swartz

Hannah is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA where her creative and organizational skills are put to use on special projects and department management. Although Hannah does not call herself an artist, she can often be found making all kinds of crafty and creative things from sewing clothes to beading jewelry to cooking up a feast for friends. With a Masters degree in Arts Administration and Policy, Hannah brings expertise in fundraising and event planning to the board.

Angie Gregor

Angie is Director of Human Resources at Velir. Angie was elected as Treasurer of the Board Spring 2012. She enjoys participating in exhibition reviews and attending events at the Gallery. Angie’s husband, Mark is also on the Board of Directors. The Gregors joined the Board in 2010. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children.

Ben S. Wallace

Ben brings to the board a deep knowledge of branding and creative direction to assist with promoting the gallery’s work.  Ben grew up among artists somewhere in the dunes of Cape Cod, and has a great appreciation for the way art, humans, and nature intertwine. He has a Masters in Digital Media/Interactive Design from Northeastern University. He is currently a Senior Digital Designer at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and believes public access to art is a matter of public health, too.