Tara Wray is a photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the Too Tired Project, a nonprofit arts organization advancing mental health advocacy through photography. Her personal projects are autobiographical in nature and focus 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. 

Recent photobooks: Year of the Beast, Too Tired Press (2021), El Dorado Freddy’s, Belt Publishing, in collaboration with Danny Caine (2020), Too Tired for Sunshine, Yoffy Press (2018). Handmade artist books: Come Again When You Can’t Stay So Long (2014) and Each One Wonderful (2013).

Photo features: Washington Post, Buzzfeed, NPR, Vogue Polska, VICE, Huff Post, BUST Magazine, GUP Magazine, La Presse, aint-bad, Lenscratch, Burn Magazine, PHOTONEWS, Monopol-Magazin, Deutschlandfunk Kultur. 

Commissions: Bloomberg Businessweek, Valley News, the Vermont Standard, the Boston Globe, Sierra Magazine. 

Permanent collections: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, George Eastman Museum Library, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, and Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop. 

Recent exhibitions: TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland (2021), Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hunterwasser, Vienna, Austria (2019). Solo exhibitions: Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (2019), Christel DeHaan Fine Art Center, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (2019). Forthcoming solo exhibition: AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH, April 2022.

Feature documentary films: Manhattan, Kansas (SXSW 2006 Audience Award; Film Society of Lincoln Center; broadcast on Kansas PBS and The Documentary Channel). Cartoon College (Newport Beach Film Festival 2012). Funding and grants: LEF New England Foundation; New York State Council for the Arts; the Jerome Foundation; the Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund; the Vermont Arts Council (made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Community Foundation); and a grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures.

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Wray received her BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in 2004.

She lives off-grid in rural Vermont with her husband, identical twin sons, and a dog named Hula.

Email: tara@tarawray.net

—Drawing by Jason Polan

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