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

Alexandra Photopoulos,
Managing Director

Alexandra Photopoulos graduated summa-cum-laude with a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, and went on to earn her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited locally at the Carpenter Center, the Aidekman Arts Center, Cambridge City Hall, NAVE gallery, Samson, 808 Gallery, and the Boston Childrens’ Museum. Since she first discovered Gallery 263 in 2011, Alexandra participated in pretty much all of the gallery’s calls for art–including a Juried Exhibition, the Curatorial Proposal Series, the Artist Membership program , and the Artist Residency –until the Board of Directors finally got the hint and hired her in 2014.  As a lifetime resident of Cambridgeport, and a staff member at the nearby Morse Elementary School, Alexandra delights in using her position to create points of connection between the children, neighborhood residents, and thriving artist community of her hometown.

Allison Gray,
Communications Director

Allison Gray is a fine artist, marketer, and educator based in the Boston area. In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from The School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She 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 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. She is thrilled to work at Gallery 263 to help promote its offerings, and the emerging and local artists and musicians who exhibit and play here.

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,
Treasurer, 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/Secretary

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. .

Victoria McKay

Victoria has over a decade of experience in cultural nonprofits. She is currently the Associate Director of Development at the Massachusetts Historical Society, and has held positions at the Boston Society for Architecture, the Nichols House Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Victoria has a BS in International Management and Art History from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and completed the Getty Leadership Institute’s “Next Generation of Museum Leaders” program. In her free time Victoria enjoys museum-going, contemporary literature, and perfecting the gin martini. A native of Russia, Victoria lives in Winthrop with her husband and two daughters.

Melissa Rivard

Melissa has spent her professional life in non-profit initiatives within academic institutions working at the intersection of the arts, science, human development, and social change. She is currently a senior manager at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard and, prior to that, a researcher at Project Zero—a Harvard initiative dedicated to strengthening the role of the arts in education. She brings to the Board an ability to wear many hats—strategic thinker, program developer, events planner, fundraiser—and a deep passion for the arts and community-building. Melissa is also a photographer and was involved with Gallery 263 as a contributing artist prior to joining the Board. She moved to Cambridgeport in 2001. Much of her current photographic work focuses on the Area Five neighborhood as it undergoes rapid change.

Andrew Wood

Andrew is a psychotherapist in private practice and a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. Although he has always been interested in art, he was inspired to get more involved by his patient’s who identify as artists or other creative types. Having worked in various leadership roles with local non-profits over the last decade, he hopes that his experience can help Gallery 263 fulfill its mission in supporting emerging artists and his Cambridgeport community.