PR: Hannah Frieser Appointed New Director at CPW

Hannah Frieser named Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock

Woodstock, NY, November 16, 2015
Following a competitive national search, the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) has appointed Hannah Frieser as its new Executive Director. CPW Founder and Board Chair Howard Greenberg said, “Hannah joins CPW at an exciting time. I’m thrilled and extremely confident that we’ve found someone with the very particular set of experiences CPW most needs.”

As the former director of Light Work in Syracuse, Hannah Frieser not only has extensive nonprofit management experience, but she is also familiar with the challenges of generating national attention in the more remote reaches of upstate New York. At Light Work, Frieser found numerous curatorial opportunities to expand exhibitions beyond the gallery, including additional venues and area billboards.

Ms. Frieser follows Ariel Shanberg’s twelve-year run as CPW’s executive director, during which the organization received a Lucie Spotlight Award, the 2014 Ulster County Executive’s Award for Arts Organization, and Artinfo listed CPW’s residency program WOODSTOCK A-I-R among the top 20 residencies in the U.S.

Frieser’s decade-plus tenure as staff and then board of the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) is in part distinguished by her development of conference capacity. She also co-chaired the 2010 SPE National Conference themed “Facing Diversity…” with Miriam Romais of En Foco, and chaired the 2011 SPE Regional Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Conference themed “Photographers + Publishing.”

FotoFest, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Photolucida, PhotoVisa, folioPORT and among others have sought Hannah Frieser’s insights as a reviewer, juror, and speaker worldwide. She also served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts for several years. Together with Charles Guice, Frieser is currently developing an online initiative to promote dialogue about contemporary photography from global perspectives.

“For almost forty years, the Center for Photography at Woodstock has been a vibrant part of New York’s art community,” said Frieser. “CPW has created countless opportunities for artists working in photography, while bringing diverse and unique programs to the Hudson Valley region. It is a privilege to join the Center at this pivotal time, when innovative new collaborations are possible and so many fresh opportunities for photographers abound.”

Founded in 1977, the Center for Photography at Woodstock is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 artist-centered organization dedicated to supporting artists working in photography and related media and engaging audiences through opportunities in which creation, discovery, and learning are made possible.

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