Framing the Future Campaign

3D rendering of future CPAC gallery by Semple Brown Design


A Campaign for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s New Home

Support our campaign to raise $200,000 to create a world-class center for photography in the heart of Denver.

In early 2023, CPAC will move from our current location at 1070 Bannock Street to 1200 Lincoln Street in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District.


Since 1963, CPAC has filled a unique niche in Denver’s arts landscape as the only nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of photography. Over the last five years, we’ve grown significantly, welcoming more artists, visitors, students, and members than ever before in our 59-year history.

To meet the needs of our growing community, we recently announced the exciting news that we will move from our current location at 1070 Bannock Street to 1200 Lincoln Street in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. Our new space will be located on the ground floor of the existing 10-story building, which is being completely renovated.

Right now, our future home is an empty 4,000 square-foot concrete shell. With your help, we can transform it into a world-class center for photography that will allow us to expand our exhibitions and education programs, create more opportunities for artists to exhibit, a better learning environment for students, and an improved art-viewing experience for everyone.

Most importantly, our new lease is a 10-year term with an option to renew — introducing a new chapter of stability for CPAC and the ability to expand our mission and impact in Colorado and beyond.


3D rendering of small gallery space

Two Galleries to Display More Photography

CPAC is one of the few arts organizations in Denver that offers free admission to its exhibitions. A larger gallery that can be divided will create more opportunities for artists to display their work, and for the public to connect to important works by underrepresented artists.

3D rendering of classroom

A Dedicated Classroom

CPAC teaches 50 classes and workshops each year to more than 300 photographers of all skill levels. A dedicated classroom will create a much-improved learning environment with seats for 14 students, two computer workstations, and wall space to hang student work.

3D rendering of front desk

More Resources for Artists + Visitors

Working artists will have access to an onsite darkroom that can accommodate three artists at once, and a photobook library to offer inspiration. A refreshed reception area and expanded office space will create more interaction between staff and visitors and accommodate CPAC’s staff, storage, and administrative needs.

3D rendering of storage space

Protecting Our Permanent Collection

CPAC’s Permanent Collection includes 800+ fine art prints acquired over five decades, with works by masters like Ansel Adams to contemporary photographers on the cutting edge of the medium. For the first time, this important educational and historical treasure will be adequately protected and accessible.


Help us reach our campaign goal to raise $200,000 to support renovations and launch a new chapter for CPAC and our community.

Your donation will help support essential renovations such as fire mitigation and ADA accessibility, as well as the costs of city permits, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, public restrooms, demolition, framing, carpentry, painting, testing, project management, and more.


Questions about your donation?

Please call us at (303) 837-1341 or email [email protected].