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. She has exhibited locally at the Carpenter Center, the Aidekman Arts Center, Cambridge City Hall, NAVE gallery, Samson, 808 Gallery, and the Boston Childrens’ Museum. Since she first discovered Gallery 263 in 2011, Alexandra participated in pretty much all of the gallery’s calls for art–including a Juried Exhibition, the Curatorial Proposal Series, the Artist Membership program , and the Artist Residency –until the Board of Directors finally got the hint and hired her in 2014.  As a lifetime resident of Cambridgeport, and a staff member at the nearby Morse Elementary School, Alexandra delights in using her position to create points of connection between the children, neighborhood residents, and thriving artist community of her hometown.

Allison Gray,
Communications Manager

Allison Gray is a fine artist, marketer, and educator based in the Boston area. In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from The School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She has shown her work regionally, was awarded a Tufts Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship for painting, and has attended residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and at The Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency. Prior to pursuing fine arts, Allison worked in marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing and a minor in Mandarin Chinese from The University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. As Allison was born and raised in Massachusetts, she is committed to engaging with and contributing to the arts in the Boston area and beyond. She is thrilled to work at Gallery 263 to help promote its offerings, and the emerging and local artists and musicians who exhibit and play here.

Becca Smith,
Music Manager

Becca Smith is a long-time Cantabrigian, having arrived to study mechanical engineering at MIT and (mostly) remained since. She keeps busy with a variety of projects focused on positive social impact and community-building through music, food, art and design. Becca has been a DJ at WMBR since 2006, where she highlights new and local indie rock music on the radio each week, and has been hosting music, art and other performance events in her home for the last several years. She joined the team at Gallery 263 in September 2017 and is excited to continue to share and enjoy great music with the community in the cozy gallery space!

Catherine Graffam,
Exhibitions Manager

Catherine Graffam is proud to become the newest member of Gallery 263’s staff. She is a fine artist and educator based in Lowell, MA. In 2015, she received her BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has since exhibited around the country in places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville and is represented by McGowan Fine Art and 13Forest. While in New Hampshire she cofounded The Gal-lery, a community arts space dedicated to marginalized artists where she hosted exhibitions, workshops, and music performances. She was listed by NH Magazine as one of 2017’s “Remarkable Women” for her art. She is now adjunct faculty at Lasell College in Newton and teaches community education at local art centers. Catherine is dedicated to building community for underrepresented voices in the art world and enriching the arts in the Greater Boston Area.

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.

Ben S. Wallace,
Vice president

Ben brings to the board a deep knowledge of non-profit branding and art direction to assist in promoting the gallery’s work. The grandson of a banknote engraver and son of an oil painter, Ben grew up in the dunes of Cape Cod with a tremendous appreciation for the way art, humans, and nature intertwine. He has a master’s degree in design from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is currently the senior digital designer at the Harvard Chan School.

Marissa Finer,
Treasurer

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.

David Craft,
Secretary, 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. Hannah served as president of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015.

Angie Gregor

Angie is director of human resources at Velir. Angie served as treasurer of the Board in 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.

Victoria McKay

Victoria has over a decade of experience in cultural nonprofits. She is currently the managing director of advancement at the BSA Foundation, and has held positions at the Nichols House Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Victoria has a BS in International Management and Art History from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and completed the Getty Leadership Institute’s “Next Generation of Museum Leaders” program. In her free time Victoria enjoys museum-going, contemporary literature, traveling near and far, and rooting for her stepdaughter’s volleyball team. A native of Russia, Victoria lives in Winthrop with her husband and stepdaughter.

Laura Kathrein

Laura is an environmental movement artist and educator originally from the Chicago-land area. She is a founder and co-director of WonderLab STEAM after school program at Lesley University. Before moving to Boston to complete her M.Ed. in Community Arts at Lesley University, Laura served as a gallery committee member at WREN, the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network, where she assisted in the design and implementation of the Bethlehem community mural. Her current body of artistic work, Miracle of Movement, is a daily video movement project that began in September 2015. She is also one of seven in an online dance collective called Exquisite Movement. Laura joined the board of Gallery 263 after completing a graduate internship at the Peabody Essex Museum with Hannah Swartz as the new initiatives intern. She is extremely excited to join the gallery’s close knit community of artists and arts advocates.

Laura Cunningham

Laura Cunningham is the programs and collections coordinator at the Nichols House Museum in Beacon Hill and a Boston native. In this role, she strives to subvert expectations of historic house museums by way of creative programming, inclusive ideas, and bridging the gap between historic spaces and art makers today. With a number of curatorial projects already under her belt, she brings to the board an aptitude for interpretation and display. Laura earned her BA in Art History from Boston University and her MA from Simmons College in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Cultural Heritage. Although Laura has held numerous internships, fellowships, and professional positions in the arts, what she takes the most pride in are her two Persian cats.