Silver Eye promotes the power of contemporary photography as a fine art medium by creating original exhibitions, unique educational programing, and a space for artists to learn, create, and connect through our digital lab. Our programs are dedicated to supporting the work of emerging, mid-career, and under-recognized artists and sharing that work with our diverse audience in engaging and meaningful ways.



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Leo Hsu

Executive Director

Leo Hsu is interested in questions around the ways that making and living with photographs shapes and is shaped by experience, and in the ways in which the medium’s tensions and possibilities are simultaneously troubling and energizing. He has worked as a writer and editor for Fraction Magazine and Foto8 and as a news photographer. He teaches in photography at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a PhD in Anthropology and New York State Certificate in Culture and Media from New York University, and brings fifteen years experience as a project manager. Born in Taipei, he grew up in Squirrel Hill and returned to Pittsburgh after many years away. Leo was a past Silver Eye board member and previously was the interim executive director at Silver Eye.

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Helen Trompeteler

Deputy Director of Programs

Helen Trompeteler is a curator and writer with over twenty years of experience in the visual arts. She is deeply committed to supporting the vision of underrepresented artists through original exhibitions, programs, and writing on photography. Before joining Silver Eye, Helen spent over eighteen years leading exhibitions and strategic partnerships for internationally recognized art collections, including the Royal Collection and National Portrait Gallery, London. She has written extensively on photography for books and art publications worldwide.

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Jillian Daniels

Deputy Director of Operations

Jillian Daniels is a mixed-media artist, curator, and designer specializing in communication design. She holds a BS and BA from University at Buffalo and is a McNair Fellow whose research is grounded in historical narratives and design theory to better understand social, political, built, and cultural environments through visual and graphic storytelling.

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Sean Stewart

Lab Manager

Sean Stewart is a photographer and artist with deep experience in digital printing, scanning, framing, and art handling. He holds a BFA from Drexel University and has shared his work at Silver Eye, VICE, and Juxtapose. Stewart’s work is quiet and contemplative, and his subject matter is centered around contemporary American issues.


  • Ken Spruill, Chair
  • Laura Heberton-Shlomchik, Vice-Chair
  • Elizabeth A Carter, PhD, Treasurer
  • Leo Hsu, Ex-Officio
  • Grant Berry
  • Lexi Bishop
  • Craig Dunham
  • Timothy Gyves
  • Njaimeh Njie
  • Scott Roller
  • Marcia Rosenthal
  • Barbara Weissberger


Silver Eye is extraordinarily grateful for the generosity of our supporters.

Our Many Individual Donors
Allegheny Regional Asset District
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The AW Mellon Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
FedEx Ground
The Heinz Endowments
The Henry John Simonds Foundation
The Hillman Foundation
The Irving and Aaronel deRoy Gruber Foundation
The Jack Buncher Foundation
Joy of Giving Something
The Laurel Foundation The National Endowment for the Arts
The Opportunity Fund
The Pittsburgh Foundation
The William Talbott Hillman Foundation