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, grow creatively, and seek inspiration. In 2023, we relocated to our new location at 1200 Lincoln Street.

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, photobook library, and a Permanent Collection of more than 800 fine art prints. Finally, we organize more than 50 events each year to engage the broader Denver community.


CPAC has a 60+ 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.


Every other year, the Month of Photography Denver Festival (MOP) transforms our region into a feast of photography, with more than 100 exhibitions, portfolio reviews, artist talks, tours, and other events. It’s an incredible opportunity to see outstanding photography from around the world, get inspired, and explore the region’s arts scene. The next festival will take place in March 2025.


As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, CPAC relies on generous support from foundations, individuals, and sponsors to sustain our operations and programming. Additional income is generated by membership dues and course fees. Our work would not be possible without the support of the following organizations:

Bonfils Stanton Foundation
SCFD We Fund Culture.
Colorado Creative industries
Denver Arts & Venues