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 is an artist and administrator born and raised in Philadelphia.  She has over 12 years of experience working in operations, bookkeeping, merchandising, and sales.  Grace began her career in high-end sales, eventually moving to small business management.  Most recently she assisted local entrepreneurs, Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, in the expansion of their businesses; previously Grace held sales positions at Hermès and Tiffany & Co.  Grace has a BS in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University and is an MBA candidate at Temple’s Fox School of Business with a concentration in Finance. | 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 in 2012. Her work has exhibited in different venues across the United States including the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, University Galleries at Illinois State University, FJORD, New Boon(e), and La Esquina Gallery. She is a recipient of the 2017 NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittance Travel Award, has been published in Capricious Magazine and is in the collection of Milner Library at Illinois State University. 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 six 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. She serves on the Advisory Board of Artblog, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and has volunteered as a Peer Panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF). 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

Nora Sternlof · Development Associate

Nora Sternlof is a nonprofit development professional. Most recently, she held the position of Development Associate at a college access organization in her hometown of New London, Connecticut. She received a BA in English from Ursinus College. For any questions regarding membership, please contact Nora. | nora@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

Amber Rivera · Assistant for Teen Photo and Community Coordinating

Amber Rivera is a Philadelphia photographer. Rivera attended undergrad at The University of the Arts in May 2017, where she earned her BFA in photography. Rivera has been studio managing at Studio 2424 for a lead Portrait photographer Mark Likosky. Rivera works in documentary portraiture photography and audio recording to build a visual archive that addresses perception, socioeconomic and stereotype. Rivera explores her neighborhood in North Philadelphia, where she meets and connects with those within her community to create a body of work. |  amber@philaphotoarts.org  
We would like to acknowledge and thank our generous interns for their hard work!

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.