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. 

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).

Press: 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. 

Editorial Clients: Bloomberg Businessweek, Valley News, Vermont Standard, Boston Globe, Sierra Magazine, NPR. 

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. 

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.

Documentaries: 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, Glasgow Film Festival). 

Grants: Vermont Arts Council (made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Community Foundation), Chicken & Egg Pictures Grant, LEF Foundation Creation Grant, NYSCA Media & Film Distribution Grant, Jerome Foundation NYC Media Arts Grant, Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund Production Grant.

Curation: Some Days Just Are, an ongoing collaborative photo series that pairs up photographers from around the world to capture and share what their day looks like in parallel time. Doin Work, interview series at Vice with photographers on their process. Lady Shooters, interview series at BUST Magazine with women in photography. 

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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