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 photobook, “Too Tired for Sunshine,” was published by Yoffy Press in July 2018 and sold out shortly thereafter.

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, 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.

Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions of "Too Tired for Sunshine" will be held at Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL. Selections from “Too Tired for Sunshine” are featured in the group exhibition How to Live and Survive in the Countryside at KUNST HAUS WIEN, Museum Hundertwasser in Vienna, Austria, as part of the inaugural FOTO WIEN festival.

Born and raised in Kansas, Wray graduated from New York University where she studied documentary filmmaking. She is director of two feature length documentaries: "Manhattan, Kansas" (SXSW 2006; Film Society of Lincoln Center) and "Cartoon College" (2012, Vancouver).

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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