CPAC is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of excellent photography through exhibitions, education and community outreach.


Welcome to the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 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 a Permanent Collection of more than 600 fine art prints. Finally, we organize more than 50 events each year to engage the broader Denver community, including artist talks, gallery openings, Final Fridays, workshops, and a series of events in partnership with Month of Photography Denver.


CPAC has a 56-year legacy of promoting excellent photography and supporting artists in the Rocky Mountain region. Whether you are an established artist, recent MFA graduate, or simply want to become a better photographer, membership at CPAC offers an opportunity to elevate your practice. Members enjoy access to exclusive exhibition opportunities, discounts, networking events, and the support of a passionate, talented, and welcoming community. Visit our Membership page to learn more or join today.


As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, CPAC’s work would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, sponsors, and dedicated volunteers.  Additional income is generated by membership dues and course fees.