Tara Wray is a photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the Too Tired Project, a non-profit arts organization committed to using photography as a tool to help those struggling with depression and related mental health issues by offering a space for collective creative expression. Her personal 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 most recent photobook, “Year of the Beast” was published in 2021 by Too Tired Press. In 2018 Yoffy Press released her first photobook, “Too Tired for Sunshine,” which has since sold out, and in 2020 Belt Publishing released her collaboration with Danny Caine, “El Dorado Freddy’s,” a book of fast food reviews in poems and photos. She is the author of several handmade artist books as well, including “Come Again When You Can’t Stay So Long” and “Each One Wonderful,” a book of New York City dogs.

Wray has exhibited and screened her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum Hunterwasser in Vienna, Austria; TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway, Ireland; the Christel DeHaan Fine Art Center at the University of Indianapolis; the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY; the Foley Gallery, NYC; the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX; OSNY PROJECT SPACE, NYC; Pablo's Birthday, NYC; Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT; Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; The Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with PhotoNOLA); NY Art Book Fair, Queens, NY; 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX; Antenna Works Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA; Aperture Gallery, with Oranbeg Press, NYC.

Her work has been featured on NPR, Washington Post, VICE, Huff Post, BUST Magazine, GUP Magazine, Vogue Polska, 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, the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, and the Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop. Her documentary features (“Manhattan, Kansas” and “Cartoon College”) have screened at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, SXSW, and more than two dozen film festivals worldwide. 

She is the recipient of grants from the LEF New England Foundation; New York State Council for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; 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 is a middle school dropout. She received her BA from the Gallatin School at New York University in 2004.

She lives and works in rural Vermont. 

Email: tara@tarawray.net

—Drawing by Jason Polan

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