The photo+sphere team

Behind photo+sphere is a core team of six independent, passionate and dedicated individuals committed to utilizing Asheville’s resources and energies to create this groundbreaking event. 


Eric Baden is professor of photography at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He is the founding director of photoplus, a photo-based multidisciplinary arts event held in Asheville, North Carolina; its first iteration, photo+craft, took place in 2016. Baden has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, and his photographs are included in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Westlicht Museum for Photography in Vienna.


Ann Batchelder is an independent curator, editor, and writer. The editor of Fiberarts magazine for ten years, she continues working with arts organizations, and has served on numerous community boards, including that of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. As a guest curator for the Asheville Art Museum, she organized the exhibitions Remnants of Memory (2000), Self and Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy (2003), and Time Is of the Essence: Contemporary Landscape Art (2008). Batchelder now works as an arts consultant for creative entrepreneurs, artists, and institutions. 


Anna Helgeson is an independent curator, artist, educator and consultant. She has exhibited, performed, and lectured throughout the United States, including at Work Gallery (Detroit), the Milwaukee Art Museum, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Union Gallery, UNC Asheville’s Queer Studies Conference, and the Revolve Gallery (Asheville). Helgeson’s work is featured on the website “Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice” (Routledge).

Colby Caldwell is the cofounder and program director of the Revolve art space in Asheville. From 1997 to 2001, he taught in the art and photography departments at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and in 2002 he went on to serve as associate professor of art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Caldwell’s curatorial efforts include Practice Makes Perfect (DC Arts Center), Made History: Important Soviet WWII Photographs (Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College), and Give and Take (Asheville Area Arts Council). His photographic work is represented by Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC, and Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville.  


Diana C. Stoll is an editor and writer specializing in contemporary photography and photo-based art. She has edited more than one hundred arts publications, working with major cultural institutions including Aperture Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. She has worked extensively with arts journals, initially as an editor at Artforum, and later with Aperture, where she was Senior Editor for more than a decade. Her writings on art and photography have been published in Aperture, Art Papers, Photography Now, and elsewhere.  


Ned Gardiner, Ph.D., is an architect of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, and serves as a liaison for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office to individuals, businesses, and communities as they adapt to climate variability and change. Through public speaking, training, and video production, he focuses on the application of climate data and information. He is a former employee of New York’s American Museum of Natural History, where he evolved a high-definition video program to visualize and explain biodiversity and Earth systems using Earth-orbiting satellite data. Gardiner has produced more than a hundred videos on the uses of climate data and information.