Staff & Board

Our dedicated staff and board members are the driving force behind Gallery 263. Though we come from diverse backgrounds, and all bring different skills and experiences to the table, we share a passion for art and community that keeps us focused and true to our mission. Gallery 263 is beloved by many, and we seek to protect its place in the Cambridge landscape for years to come.

Staff

Kelly Chen,
Operations Director

Kelly Chen is an interdisciplinary artist working and living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a student in Media Arts and Data Science at Northeastern University. She works in moving image and sonic installations to reveal the intersecting histories of craftwork and early cinema, as they relate to authority and resistance in social, political, and economic systems. Her work critically addresses invisibility and traceability in the processing of physical and digital artifacts, the authority given to archives, and biases in history-making. She is passionate about transportation justice, community arts, and data in the Greater Boston area. She has worked in various museums and galleries between Boston and New York City in public programming and education.

Allison Gray,
Communications Director

Allison Gray is a fine artist and marketer based in the Boston area. She graduated in 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from The School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Allison has shown her work nationally, was awarded a Tufts Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship for painting, and has attended residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and at The Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency. Prior to pursuing fine arts, Allison worked in marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing and a minor in Mandarin Chinese from The University of Vermont, and she holds a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. As Allison was born and raised in Massachusetts, she is committed to engaging with and contributing to the arts in the Boston area and beyond.

Doug Breault,
Exhibitions Director

Doug Breault is an artist, professor, and curator who splits his time between Boston & Providence. His work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at various institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, and the Bristol Art Museum. Doug has been a guest critic at MassArt, Kansas City Art Institute, Harvard University, Stonehill College and Clark University. He received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, focused on the intersection of photography and painting, and has been an artist in residence at AS220 in Providence and MassMoca.

BOARD

David Craft,
Co-founder

David is an artist, musician, wild edible plant forager, scientist, and a Cantabridgian since 2002. As a board member of Gallery 263, he helps with general direction, art selection, as well as food and music related events. He started the Gallery’s yoga program which has been in full swing since 2009. As an artist, he partook in the first Artist in Residency program at the Gallery, and also had an early solo show in January 2010 called Bread Machine.

Laura Kathrein,
President

Laura is an environmental movement artist and educator originally from the Chicago-land area. She is a founder and co-director of WonderLab STEAM after school program at Lesley University. Before moving to Boston to complete her M.Ed. in Community Arts at Lesley University, Laura served as a gallery committee member at WREN, the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network, where she assisted in the design and implementation of the Bethlehem community mural. Her current body of artistic work, Miracle of Movement, is a daily video movement project that began in September 2015. She is also one of seven in an online dance collective called Exquisite Movement. Laura joined the board of Gallery 263 after completing a graduate internship at the Peabody Essex Museum with Hannah Swartz as the new initiatives intern. She is extremely excited to join the gallery’s close knit community of artists and arts advocates.

Jaime Guyon,
Vice President

Jaime Guyon works as the Development and Marketing Manager for Basil Tree Catering, an eco-friendly catering company in Cambridge. She graduated with a degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College and moved to Boston with aspirations of pursuing a career in classical music. However, her ever-growing interests in sustainability and food equity quickly eclipsed her ambition to become an opera star. From her home in Watertown, she is still known to sing an aria from time to time but has also added quilt making, watercolor painting, and block printing to her regular rotation of leisure activities. .

Kirsten Sims,
Treasurer

Kirsten Sims has spent her life and career dedicated to good things. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Industrial Design and a plan for developing abandoned urban space by installing 50-foot daffodils, she spent time teaching press printing, installing Christmas animatronics, painting horse farm fences, and wandering around the US on buses. Kirsten landed in Boston by way of Rhode Island-Connecticut-NYC-England 23 years ago, and doesn’t foresee a departure any time soon—her time here nearly quadruples any other residence she’s had. A communications designer by trade and a collaborative problem solver by nature, Kirsten’s work includes footwear, exhibits, identity systems, marketing collateral, print and media advertising, tabletop display, video, photography, illustration, and a whole lot of strategic and conceptual thinking. (She’s a big fan of strategic and conceptual thinking.) She is currently the National Senior Director of External Affairs for Cradles to Crayons—a national nonprofit organization that aims to end Children’s Clothing Insecurity by distributing clothing and other basic essentials to millions of children in need. Along with her board position with Gallery 263, she also sits on the board of Food For Free, a Cambridge-based, Eastern-Massachusetts-serving, anti-hunger and food rescue organization. She is also a member of the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition and teaches in the Graphic Design department at Lasell University in Newton.

Ben S Wallace,
Secretary

Emily Lam

Emily is co-founder of Rtangent, a Cambridge-based start-up focused on software applications to support improving access to cultural and historical venues with the use of physical and virtual geolocation of indoor spaces. Emily is a photographer and performs most of the photogrammetry done by Rtangent, as seen in the recurring Gallery 263 virtual experiences and by other clients, including the USS Constitution Museum, the Paul Revere House, and King’s Chapel. Emily Lam holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. Her research includes the investigation of how light as a medium can be manipulated to achieve health, productivity, and energy efficiency benefits. Her research produced two patents on the use of engineered light to realize indoor positioning to support applications, including indoor navigation, object localization, and future augmented and virtual reality (XR) functions.

Rebecca Smith

Lucy Yan

Lucy Yan is a creative technologist residing in Boston with roots in Beijing and Portland, Oregon. Aside from working as a Program Manager at Iron Mountain, she’s a part time student at the Realist Academy of Art. After completing a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, Lucy started a nonprofit chapter to keep women in STEM. Later she went on to complete a Masters in Industrial Design Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, and has since become a strong advocate for all things circular economy as well as moka pots. Lucy’s mission at Gallery 263 is to foster community appreciation (and financial support) of the arts.

Steven Miller

Steven E. Miller is a long-time Cambridgeport resident and life-long political activist. His meandering career includes stints as a community organizer, educator, radio & TV presenter, high tech manager, health policy and transportation advocate, technical writer, journalist and book author, actor, and more. His focus is on strengthening the gallery’s connections with the local community.

Elle Zeng

Chun (Elle) Zeng graduated from Communication University of China (CUC) with a bachelor degree in art and a specialization in advertising. With creative talent, marketing competence, and sophisticated communication skills, Elle held an impressive career in advertising. She started a cultural communication company and gained success in China. After finishing a business administration program at Peking University, she worked in public relations and collaborated with artists to promote city image and cultural life, which eventually led to her transitioning to the arts. In recent years, Elle changed her trajectory from China to the United States, commercial work to fine art, and for profit to non-profit. She studied art history in California and then pursued a master degree at Boston University in arts administration, which has equipped her to focus on cultural exchange and the promotion and public rights of the arts.