About FotoFocus


FotoFocus presents the finest in photography and lens-based art that is artistically, intellectually, and academically rigorous and supports programs that are accessible, educational, and enriching to a diverse public.


Founded in 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, FotoFocus is a non-profit organization created to celebrate and champion photography as the medium of our time through programming that ignites a dialogue between contemporary lens-based art and the history of photography. This programming includes the Lecture and Visiting Artist Series and FotoFocus Biennials. FotoFocus supports programs throughout the region and has awarded more than 85 grants to regional artists and institutions since 2012 for the production and presentation of photography and lens-based art.

Lecture and Visiting Artist Series

In 1996, FotoFocus founders launched the Lecture and Visiting Artist Series. Since its inception, more than 35 internationally-renowned photographers have visited Cincinnati including Doug Aitken, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and Laurie Simmons. Every lecture is free and open to the public.

The FotoFocus Biennials

Launched in October 2012, the FotoFocus Biennial is a regional, month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Biennial brings together the community to celebrate October as the Month of Photography.

Upcoming Biennial 2016 — Photography, the Undocument

October 1–31, 2016
Biennial Featured Programming, October 6–9, 2016

The FotoFocus Biennial will return in October 2016 with exciting new exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances by artists, curators, critics, and art world professionals, all focused on the theme: Photography, the Undocument. Participating venues throughout the region are invited to address the Undocument theme as they plan their upcoming exhibitions. The ArtHub will return and feature programs and events throughout the month-long celebration. #FotoFocus2016

Biennial 2014 — Photography in Dialogue

The second edition of the Biennial, hosted in October of 2014, included six original exhibitions curated by FotoFocus, the premiere of the FotoFocus ArtHub, as well as exhibitions by 54 participating venues throughout the region. The FotoFocus featured programming included five days of lectures, panel discussions, screenings, and performances with curators, critics, and art world professionals, all focused on one common theme: Photography in Dialogue. FotoFocus welcomed over 115,000 visitors to the Biennial. #FotoFocus2014

Biennial 2012 — People. Places. Photography.

In October of 2012 the FotoFocus Biennial became the region’s first event to bring together 64 venues to simultaneously present contemporary and historical photography, as well as artistic and educational programing. The inaugural event welcomed 63,000 visitors to the FotoFocus Biennial 2012.

Who We Are

Executive Committee

  • Mary Ellen Goeke, Executive Director
  • Kevin Moore, Artistic Director and Curator
  • Nancy Glier, Deputy Director
  • Carissa Barnard, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programming
  • Sarah Klayer, Director of Communications and Events

Team Members

  • Sheri Besso, Preparator
  • Jacob Drabik, Designer and Project Manager
  • Ryan Elliott, Project Assistant
  • Brian Emch, Project Assistant

Board Members

  • Bruce Halpryn, President and Treasurer
  • Barry W. Andersen, Secretary
  • Maureen France, Director
  • Melvin Grier, Director
  • Kerri L. Richardson, Director
  • Donnell J. Bell, Director