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Mila Teshaieva detail Review Santa Fe
Image Detail © Eric Kunsman
Applications for Project Grants, Awards, and Review Santa Fe are now open! Apply now for the opportunity to be included in exhibitions, receive financial project support, and to be included in the most successful professional development event for photographers nationwide; the Review Santa Fe portfolio reviews.

Discounted application fees are in effect until January 30, 2018 and the final deadline is February 28, 2018. Its a great time to become a member and receive $10 off each entry fee. Receive other member benefits including invitations to be part of our PhotoSummer exhibits and more. 
2017 calls for entry
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Review Santa Fe Photo Festival is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world designed to maximize career advancement opportunities for photographers. The event is scheduled for October 18-21, 2018.

The 100 selected photographers are invited to come to Santa Fe to meet with an international group of reviewers who come to the event to source talent for their magazines, books, galleries and museums. 
Full scholarships are available, so please apply if you would like to join us in beautiful Santa Fe this year.

Patrick Willocq detail The Choice Awards
 Image Detail © Balarama Heller


The Choice Awards offer the opportunity to get your work seen by leading photographic tastemakers. The award package includes participation in the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, exhibition of your work during the festival, a public presentation, and more.

Lisa Hostetler, PhD, Curator-in-Charge, George Eastman Museum
DIRECTOR'S CHOICE: Naomi Cass, Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia
PRODUCER'S CHOICE: Keith Jenkins, Director of Visual Journalism, NPR; formerly Supervising Senior Producer, Multimedia, NPR
Megan E. Doherty Project Development
Photo Detail ©  David Denil

The Project Development Grant offers $5,000 in direct financial support to a fine art or documentary photographic project that is a work-in-progress. The Project Development grant includes a professional development package offering financial support, participation in Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, and more.

Laura Morton Project Launch
Image Detail © Brendan Pattengale

The Project Launch Grant offers $5,000 in direct financial support to a fine art or documentary photographic project for a photographer with a complete or nearly complete body of work. The Project Launch grant includes a professional development package offering financial support, participation in Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, and more.


Sarah Hermanson Meister – Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art

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Grand Opening - The Derby Arts District - Colorado

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Grand Opening, Pop-Up Exhibit and Party!

Please join us at 6:00 p.m. on January 12, 2018 for the Grand Opening of the new Magnolia Street Art Space! The space is finished, artists are getting settled in and a pop-up exhibit, entitled "Emerge," representing work from more than 20 artists will be part of the celebration. There will also be food, music and fun!  Don't miss this great opportunity to view some fantastic art and to take a look at this beautiful new art space.

As we all know, the denver metro arts community has been experiencing a huge pricing crunch. The Magnolia Street Art Space addresses those concerns now and for the future by offering affordable and permanent art space in the quaint location of downtown Derby, developed by Jeanie Nuanes King. Ms. King was one of the founders of the Art District on Santa Fe and owned a building there for many years. The pricing crunch made it difficult for Ms. King to continue operating an art venue in Denver that offered economical space for art studios and galleries, so she looked elsewhere to find a space that could be updated and made affordable for Denver Metro artists. Another nearby building is being turned into gallery and studio spaces by long time Denver photographer and art activist, Mark Sink. King and Sink have created a new center for the arts in the area -- the Derby Art District (DAD). Plans are for other nearby buildings to be renovated into additional art spaces. This new art district not only provides great opportunities for artists, but also emphasizes the important goal of becoming an integral part of the Derby Business District and community. The DAD aims to add cultural interest within the community without taking away the small town charm that makes Derby unique. DAD is partnering with various government and private community organizations to help facilitate this goal. In a recent article for the Commerce City Sentinel, Ms. King stated that she feels "the Derby area has been forgotten, left out when it comes to cultural opportunities; and that the art district is something special that the Derby community deserves and will be proud of." 

Grand Opening and Pop-Up Exhibit
Opening Celebration, January 12, 2018, 6-9p

Magnolia Street Art Space
6600 E 74th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022
Exhibit Hours:
please check website for show hours

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More About "Emerge"

"Emerge," the pop-up exhibit that will be a part of the Grand Opening celebration, is being curated by former Ice Cube Gallery members Karen Roehl and Ron Gerbrandt. It will display a diverse collection of art by local artists including:  Kevin Weckbach, Richard Rodriguez, Elizabeth Rouland, Larry Pritchard, Kate Woestemeyer, Tiffiny Wine, Dustin Hardgrove, Vanessa Garcia, Clyde Steadman, Michael Gadlin, Stephanie Hartshorn, Karen Roehl, Ron Gerbrandt, Susie Hyer, Ann Gargotto, Andrea Kemp, Terri Bell, Jon Koenigsberg, Julie Anna Lewis, Terrell Tumlinson, and Josh Frye.

For the latest information about the "Emerge" exhibit, click onto the events page
emerge exhibit artwork
emerge exhibit
(top) "hollow," by ron gerbrandt, 18x24
(middle) "untitled 174607," by karen roehl, 36x48
(lower) "tango in blue," by tiffiny wine, 14x11

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Derby Studios

The same evening, January 12, 2018, the Derby Studios will also be having a "soft opening" with a preview exhibit.  Please stop in to see how this new studio/gallery is progressing along with renovations and say hello to Mark Sink!

Derby Studios
6525 72nd Place
Commerce City, CO 80022
Soft Opening - Preview Exhibit
January 12, 2018, 6-9 pm


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Derby Art District

The Derby Arts District plans to host various art exhibits and special public events.  DAD is located just north of Denver city limits. Venues are situated approximately 7 miles north of the River North (RiNo) Art District. Interstate highways 76, 270 and 25 are very close and convenient, and, a new light rail station will open close by in 2018, which will link the district to downtown Denver and other city segments. 
Derby Art District map

        visit the derby art district website or email us for more information:



On the Street with Bill Cunningham Exhibition at CPAC ! And a boatload of other great photographic adventures.

CPAC and The New York Times present:

On the Street with Bill Cunningham 

January 12 - February 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6 - 9 pm
with Special Guest Tiina Loite, New York Times Photo Editor
CPAC is thrilled to present a special exhibition celebrating the career of legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Join us for the opening on January 12 for light refreshments and remarks by Tiina Loite, a photo editor at the New York Times who worked closely with Cunningham in the Style section. Free. 

Perfecting Your Digital Black + White Photography and Prints

In this one-day workshop with Frank Varney, you'll learn how to create stunning digital black and white photographs and prints that rival output from traditional film. The digital printing process is covered in detail, and you will have an opportunity to create, process and print your images in CPAC's digital lab.
Saturday, February 24, 10-5 pm. 
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On-Site Darkroom Now Open at CPAC

CPAC's darkroom is open for business! Conveniently located at our gallery at 1070 Bannock Street, the room features two enlarger stations with 35mm to 4x5 capabilities, film processing space, and archival washers. The first orientation will be on December 16, with rentals available starting December 19View rental rates and policies. 

Meet Raymond Bleesz, Featured CPAC Member

A CPAC member since 1976, Raymond Bleesz is best known for his images of landscapes and people in the American West. Bleesz's work will be included in the exhibition Representing the West: A New Frontier opening February 2 at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, Colorado. 
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Tonight: The Unconventional Western Landscape 

At tonight's meeting of PhotoVox, join artist Paul Sisson and CPAC Director Samantha Johnston for a lively discussion about photographing the unconventional Western landscape. Please register in advance. 6:30 - 8 pm.Cost: Free for CPAC members, $10 nonmembers. 

Help us continue building a strong platform for photography in the Denver area: please donate

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is the only nonprofit organization in Denver dedicated exclusively to promoting excellent photography and the artists who create it. Please support our exhibitions, education, and community programs in 2018 by making a tax-deductible gift by Dec.31, 2017. Thank you for your support!