Veterans Workshop Series

CPAC invites American Veterans with a passion for photography to apply for the Veterans Workshop Series, an education program created in partnership with the Art of War Project and Task Force ISO.

Workshops take place over a four-month period starting in August and will culminate in an exhibition at CPAC. Guided by a team of experienced instructors and artists, participants:

  • Strengthen creative, visual, and technical skills
  • Create a personal body of work
  • Edit and print work using Adobe Lightroom and high-end printers
  • Prepare a professional portfolio
  • Write a statement to be published in an exhibition catalog
  • Participate in an exhibition at CPAC’s gallery in January 2019

2018 application is now open. Please fill out the application in the link below. Deadline June 15, 2018.

Veteran Application_2018


Launched by CPAC and our partners in August 2017, the Veterans Workshop Series is a unique program that provides advanced photographic education to Denver-area Veterans at no cost to them. Over a four-month period, participants learn to refine technical skills, hone ideas into a body of work, create a portfolio, write about their work, and present their projects to the community in a public exhibition at CPAC’s gallery.

The 2017 & 2018 workshops are led by Frank Varney, Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, who is an accomplished artist and instructor with 30 years of teaching experience. Guest instructors are also brought in to teach specialized workshops. Finally, the program also includes one-on-one mentoring throughout the four-month period provided by Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC.


The Art of War Project aims to inspire hope and contribute to the health and well-being of American Veterans dealing with PTSD and other barriers from military service.

Task Force ISO uses the art of photography as a healing tool for military veterans who have faced physical or mental adversity as a result of their service.


The Veterans Workshop Series is made possible with support from the Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Reed Art & Imaging, Imagine 2020, and generous individual donors.

To support this project, please donate or contact us at [email protected].

2017 CBS coverage of Veterans Exhibition