Tara Wray is a photographer, curator, and filmmaker. Her work is autobiographical in nature and focuses on issues of mental health and the ambivalence of family ties. And dogs. She makes art to understand the world around her and to define her place within it. 

Her sold out photobook, “Too Tired for Sunshine,” was published by Yoffy Press in 2018.

Recently she founded the Too Tired Project, a non-profit photo initiative helping those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression and community. 

Her work has been featured on NPR, Washington Post, VICE, Huff Post, BUST Magazine, GUP Magazine, and others, and is held in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the George Eastman Museum Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.

She received a BA from the Gallatin School at NYU in 2004, and has exhibited her work in galleries and museums the US and Europe.

She has directed two feature length documentaries: "Manhattan, Kansas" (SXSW 2006; Film Society of Lincoln Center) and "Cartoon College" (2012, Vancouver International Film Festival).

Wray lives and works in Vermont, and is currently focusing on long-term personal projects. Email: tara@tarawray.net.

—Drawing by Jason Polan

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