Atlanta Photography Group (APG) today announced the appointment of Judith Pishnery as the executive director of the organization. Serving as the chief operating officer of Atlanta’s oldest photography art center, Pishnery will work closely with the Board of Directors to direct and administer all programs, operations and policies, in addition to supervising professional staff and volunteers.
A celebrated photographer, educator, leader, and speaker, Pishnery most recently served as the Photography Department Director at Gwinnett Technical College, revamping both the physical space and curriculum to focus on a solid technical and creative photographic base, as well as current trends and techniques affecting a photographic career. Having previously worked in the same program as an adjunct instructor, she led a program that includes more than 100 students with a program budget of over $400,000. Additionally, she served as faculty at many of the area’s leading photography programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels and curated multiple student and professional photography exhibitions, competitions, and shows.
Holding both a master of arts and a master of fine arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, Pishnery’s skills and talents are not only found in the classroom. She has served as lead photographer and partner in Pisconeri Studio LLC. since 1984 where in addition to logistical, marketing, and administrative functions she provided exceptional service and value to a wide variety of editorial, catalog, advertising, corporate and fine art clients. She balanced this with a wide variety of professional organization memberships and development opportunities, as well as personal photography projects.
“For more than 30 years, APG has been a vibrant and innovative part of Atlanta’s photographic community,” said Pishnery. “APG has created countless opportunities for photographers through its founding principles and its rich history of photographic practices. It is a privilege to join APG and work diligently to preserve its history while developing further the role photography and photographers in the digital age.”
“I could not be more excited about Judith taking on the leadership of APG.” Said Beth Lilly, the outgoing executive director. “It was very important to me to find someone who has a deep commitment to nourishing the art photography community in Atlanta and Judith has clearly demonstrated with her participation in founding and developing Atlanta Celebrates Photography, her long-time commitment to photographic education and her personal experience as an artist. Her recent work building the photography department at Gwinnett Tech will be invaluable for APG’s education initiative and she has proven herself to be a capable and inspiring leader. I feel we are extremely lucky to have her on board as the new executive director.”