Staff

Sarah Stolfa · Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director

Sarah Stolfa is a working fine-art photographer and educator with over eight years of experience in photography, education, curatorial work and digital lab creation and management. She has an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. In addition to teaching at PPAC, Stolfa has taught at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the University of Delaware and Drexel University. She currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. | sarah.stolfa@philaphotoarts.org

Grace Miller · Comptroller & Assistant to the CEO

Grace Miller is an artist and administrator born and raised in Philadelphia.  She has over 12 years of experience working in merchandising, bookkeeping and sales.  Grace has expertise in small business management, and most recently assisted two local entrepreneurs in the expansion of their businesses.  Grace has a BS in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. | grace@philaphotoarts.org

Josh Brilliant · Education Director

Josh Brilliant is an artist and educator originally from New Jersey. He received his BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, his MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, and his MFA in Studio Art from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has taught courses in art history, photography and art criticism. He currently teaches at The College of New Jersey. For any questions regarding education please contact Josh. | josh@philaphotoarts.org

Michelle Wallace · Youth Education Assistant

Michelle Wallace is an artist and educator who received her degree in Fine Art from Illinois State University. She was a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship for the Yale Summer School of Art and Music 2012. She has exhibited work at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, McLean County Arts Center, FJORD, New Boon(e) and Bridgett Meyer Gallery and has been published in Capricious Magazine. For any questions regarding our Free After School Teen Photo Program, please contact Michelle. | michelle@philaphotoarts.org

Jessica Scipione · Development Director

Jessica Scipione is an arts administrator with more than five years of experience fundraising for arts and cultural organizations. Most recently, she was Grant Writer at The Delaware Contemporary; previously, she held the position of Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica earned her BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and her MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. | jessica@philaphotoarts.org

Keith Yahrling · Master Printer & Lab Manager

Keith Yahrling is an artist who has exhibited work at ClampArt, the Gelman Gallery, the Visual Studies Workshop, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has years of experience digitally printing and producing work for other artists. For any questions regarding Printing or Scanning, please contact Keith. |  keith@philaphotoarts.org

Lori Waselchuk ·  Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator

Lori Waselchuk is a visual storyteller whose photographs have appeared in print and online media worldwide. Her work is exhibited internationally and is part of many collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art and South African National Gallery. Waselchuk also curates and coordinates exhibitions and special projects that prioritize creative social engagement. Most notable is Grace Before Dying, a collaborative photographic documentary about a hospice program in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Waselchuk coordinated the Philly Block Project, PPAC’s 16-month visual collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas and the South Kensington neighborhood. Waselchuk is a recipient of the 2014 Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award, the 2012 Pew Fellowship for the Arts, the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s 2009 Individual Photographer Fellowship, and the 2004 Southern African Gender and Media Award. lori@philaphotoarts.org  
We would like to acknowledge and thank our generous interns for their hard work!

Flo Balane

Flo Balane is a recent college graduate and a writer whose works have been featured in local and international galleries and publications in Manila, Singapore, and Philadelphia. Her creative involvements include public art projects, print journalism, art writing, and art advisory.

Amelia Erskine

Amelia is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College where she studied history, music, and English literature. She is excited to return to the Philadelphia area and to engage with the vibrant photography community here. In addition to working as an intern at PPAC, she is also a freelance musician and teacher.

Anastasiya Miazhevich

Born and raised in Belarus, Eastern Europe, Miazhevich moved to Philadelphia in summer 2016 following her heart and the ambition to experience life in a foreign country. She majored in intercultural communication at Minsk State Linguistic University and occasionally took classes in photography. She participated in international exchange projects which during which she got passionate about travel photography and photojournalism. Being a permanent resident in Philadelphia she feels excited to work on photo projects that demonstrate her view of the city and American lifestyle.

Maddie Swinger

Maddie Swinger is a recent graduate of The University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor’s of Music with a concentration in vocal performance. She moved to Philadelphia from New Jersey in 2013 and has been performing as a solo jazz musician and in professional choirs around the city ever since. She has always had a passion for the Arts in all its forms and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Museum Studies. Maddie is particularly interested in the curatorial aspects of museum work, such as exhibition design.