Welcome to the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), the only nonprofit organization in Denver dedicated exclusively to the art of photography. Founded in 1963, we serve as a resource center where photographers can learn new skills, pursue their artistic vision, build community, and seek inspiration and creative growth.
Located in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, CPAC hosts 7-10 high-quality exhibitions each year that showcase the finest examples of contemporary photography from local and national artists. All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public. We offer classes and workshops year-round at affordable rates, taught by a faculty of established artists and industry professionals. We offer resources for artists, including a darkroom, digital lab, and photobook library. Finally, we organize more than 50 events each year to engage the broader Denver community, such as artist talks, receptions, and Final Fridays.
CPAC’s Permanent Collection was established in 1963 with gifts from Philippe Halsman, Ansel Adams, and many others. Today, it holds more than 800 fine art prints that offer a rare historical overview of 20th century photography.
While the collection represents some of the world’s most celebrated photographers, such as André Kertész, Imogen Cunningham, Richard Misrach, and Max Yavno, it also includes work by relatively unknown master photographers such as Winter Prather and R. Ewing Stiffler. In addition, it includes contemporary works by gallery exhibitors such as Lindsey Lochman & Barbara Ciurej, Richard van Pelt, and Wendel White.