Sand Trekkers by Rand Smith

2019 Annual Members’ Show


Juror: Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures

July 5 – August 10, 2019


Opening Reception + Award Ceremony with Juror: Saturday, July 13 (5 – 8 pm)


The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is proud to announce its 56th Annual Juried Members’ Show, a tradition that showcases the talents of CPAC’s core constituency and provides local artists with an important exhibition opportunity.

Juror Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures, selected photographs by 30 CPAC members to exhibit. She also selected 20 additional works for inclusion in the exhibition catalog as a Special Mention subset. All together, the show highlights works by 49 CPAC members selected from a pool of 145 photographers that submitted more than 750 images.


At a public Opening Reception + Award Ceremony on July 13, Kiernan selected winners for Best in Show and two Honorable Mention awards. The Best in Show winner received $300 and the selected image was added to CPAC’s Permanent Collection. The Director’s Choice winner received a $100 award, presented by CPAC Executive Director Samantha Johnston.

Congratulations to the 2019 Annual Members’ Show Award Winners:

Best in Show – Cody Bratt
Directors Choice – Carl Bower
Honorable Mentions – Erin Dvorak and Mark Coggins

“Each year, CPAC’s Annual Members’ Show continues to evolve, reaching both our Colorado constituency and many out of state members,” said Johnston. “It is especially meaningful to me to see the growth of our members’ work and appreciate the incredible range of imagery created by all the participants. I look forward to this exhibition every year.”

Copies of the exhibition catalog are available for $16 on Purchase here.

(Pictured Above: Sand Trekkers, detail, by Rand Smith)


Javier Alvarez, Carl Bower, Cody Bratt, Mark Coggins, Matthew DeFeo, Erin Dvorak, Benjamin Ernest, Nicholas Fedak II, Chris Haugen, Pat Holgate, Kevin Hoth, Paul Jett, Jo Kubran, Mark Levinson, Steve MacGregor, Paul Malinowski, Greg Matheny, Molly McCall, Ning Mosberger-Tang, Ruth Neubauer, David Obermeyer, Michael Pointer, Dan Ragland, Rand Smith, Michael Snively, Russell Stone, Allie Sutterer, Jeff Tidwell, Julia Vandenoever, and Melanie Walker


Stephanie Burchett, Annette LeMay Burke, Thomas Carr, Jo Ann Chaus, Bob Coorsen, Joe Fretz Jeremy Hansen, Rodney Mahaffey, Lisa McCord, Nancy Myer, Dallas Parkins, Neal Pierman Laura Plantell, Nijole Rasmussen, Eleonora Ronconi, Brian Sesack, Mae Lynn Stoutenburg, Abhi Sur, JP Terlizzi, and Jeff Tidwell

Juror’s Statement

Looking at photographs today often means scrolling past them, which has forced the medium to confront questions about the staying power of the still image. Our screen-focused culture pushes photographs that “pop”, leaving increasingly little room for quieter, more meditative images or those that do not translate well into pixels.

When selecting works for this exhibition, I sought imagery that embraces the idea of photographing with intention and careful consideration.

Some of the photographs sparked an immediate visceral response, while others benefitted from a longer look at various times with different moods and mindsets. My selection process was subtractive rather than additive, culling a group of photographs that held my attention through repeated viewings.

Each of the photographs that I selected for exhibition or special mention are a testament to photography’s sublime ability to grab our attention and evoke an intellectual or emotional response to the still image.

Presented on the walls of the gallery, contemplating these photographs is a slower and more considered act than viewing them at the speed of the scroll.

Thank you to all of the artists who submitted their work and to Samantha Johnston for inviting me to be a part of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center community.

—Kat Kiernan



About Kat Kiernan

Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat divides her time between Brooklyn, New York and Boston. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.