Who we are . . .
Curator and Photographer
Geoffrey co-curated the Game Face project. He was a location photographer for 20 years and taught photography extensively, including at Parsons School of Design, where he was also assistant chair of the Photography Department from 1994 to 2000. His books include Alphabet City (University of California Press, 1992), Sydney and Flora (Turtle Point Press, 2009), and God Bless America (2007). His Alphabet City photographs and papers were acquired by The New York Public Library in 2017. He is at work on a memoir entitled A Rock in a Landslide: Art, Cancer, and Rebirth.
Associate Director for Program Development and Partnerships
Barbara has over fifteen years of experience in the museum field and is currently adjunct faculty in the Museum Studies Program at JFK University. Prior to her relocation to the Bay Area, she served as the associate director of the Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. During her five years there, she broke new ground by presenting exhibitions designed to engage visitors in contemporary concerns, including civil rights, Indigenous issues, LGBTQ youth challenges, and global gender disparities, all in the context of archaeology. Previously, Barbara worked for over ten years at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. She also consults, develops curriculum, and authors educational books for Pearson Publishing. Her most recent series of books combined Indigenous content with mathematical concepts.
Jane Gottesman is the Founder of Working Assumptions, a California-based not-for-profit organization. A newspaper reporter in the ’90s, Jane was one of the few journalists at the time covering the broader systemic implications of girls and women having fair access to school-based athletic opportunities. She created the traveling exhibition, book, and education project, Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? Building on her sports-informed insights about the interplay between women’s bodies and women’s public authority, she went on to explore the role of pregnancy in the workplace, working with professional photographers for the project Showing: Pregnancy in the workplace. Working Assumptions has since established the photography program wrk x fmly for high school students to examine the intersection of work and family in their own lives, showcasing student work alongside work by established artists and professional photographers in the traveling installation Showing (work x family). Before Jane began producing exhibitions and education projects, she wrote extensively for newspapers, magazines, and television.
During her time as a director and curator in contemporary art museums, Susan pursued an interest in innovative curatorial practices and cross-disciplinary programs that foster dialog about pivotal social issues and encourage civic engagement. Among the topics she has addressed are immigration, civil rights, adaptive urban re-use, food, and mindfulness. She has organized over 60 exhibitions, authored numerous publications, and led several organizations through periods of rapid growth and strategic change. She was executive director of the San Jose Museum of Art; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; and the University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder. Susan previously served as curator at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.
Adene is a Bay Area–based philanthropic advisor and social impact strategy consultant with more than 20 years of experience stewarding the vision of foundations, social entrepreneurs, and organizations.
Trudy Wilner Stack
Curator and Project Consultant
A writer and independent curator, Trudy has originated, organized, and consulted on photography, contemporary art, and cultural projects for more than 30 years. Formerly in curatorial posts at numerous museums, today she works with artists, estates, and organizations with a focus on post-1945 American photography, unconventional and popular contexts for art and vernacular photography, and current social and economic issues mediated through imagery.
wrkxfmly Photo Facilitators
I remember the first time I developed a print in a darkroom. I was ten years old. I thought it was magic. From that moment on, I was hooked. In high school, I was lucky enough to have a great teacher, who encouraged my interest in photography.
The influence of that teacher inspired me to begin working with students. For my senior project at university, I introduced the magic of pinhole photography to middle-school students of the Oneida Nation in upstate New York. Upon moving to San Francisco, I received a federal grant to teach English through photography at a middle school in the Fillmore District.
I mentor high-school students in a program at First Exposures many of our students pursue careers in photography and the digital arts. I am passionate about the way Working Assumptions helps students express themselves through photography. Students get the chance to dig below the surface of their family relationships, all while developing a deeper perspective on how they want to incorporate work into their lives.
A visual artist, photographer, and educator Joanne weaves key environmental issues into the art and nature programs she develops. She has teaching certifications in both arts integration and STEAM education.
George P. Perez
George is an emerging artist who explores new ways of viewing photography and finds interest in the mundane. In January 2018, he completed a residency at the Children’s Museum of Denver, where he created a collaborative art piece for the museum’s permanent collection. His photographyhas been exhibited in the Denver area and nationally and he has led teen outreach programs for RedLine, PlatteForum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, all in the Denver.
Alice is a documentary photographer interested in women and labor; e.g. birth, work, motherhood, and identity. She teaches photography through Aperture On Sight, and her book Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids was published by Aperture Foundation in 2016.
Brandon creates portraits in the documentary tradition and explores life in the American South. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications, as well as numerous exhibitions around the country. Brandon’s monograph When Morning Comes was published by Red Hook Editions, Brooklyn, in 2017.
Joshua David Watson
I am a photographer and educator from Los Angeles. My work with students encourages them to examine family life from a new angle. Having students engage with their own families critically gives them the opportunity to re-think entrenched family patterns and to discover more complete ways of seeing those closest to them. It’s a wonderful thing to watch.
I received my MFA in photography from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, in 2016, and my work has been published and exhibited internationally.
We thank and acknowledge:
Marnie Burke de Guzman, ArtRise Productions
Brianna Cutts, The Sibbett Group
Netsy Firestein, former director, Labor Project for Working Families
Chris Houston, sound advisor
Jerry Jacobs, Work and Family Researchers Network
Lawrence Wolfson Design
Julie Manning Magid
Tim McDonald, Framingham State University
Nola Burger Design
Alicia Jo Rabins, music and sound design
Anne C. Ray
Virginia Rutter, Framingham State University
Susan Schwartzenberg, curator
Bridgette Sheridan, Framingham State University
Mary Virginia Swanson
Tucker Viemeister, Industrial design
Lynn Warshafsky, Venice Arts
John Weber, UC Santa Cruz