Hal Gould Award Dinner & Auction

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center invites you to its 7th annual Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award Dinner & Auction honoring Randy Brown, Professor of Photography at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Proceeds from this event support CPAC’s exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community outreach programs throughout the year.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

6 pm: Silent print auction and cocktail hour, with passed hors d’oeuvres
7 pm: Dinner and Award presentation, with a choice of plated entree
(Woodland Chicken or Eggplant + Goat Cheese Stack)

Individual Tickets: $175
Sponsor Table for Six: $1,300
Sponsor Table for Eight: $2,200

Please reserve your space and dinner choice by April 29.
Please notify us of any food allergies at the number below.
To purchase tickets by phone, call (303) 837-1341

Unable to attend? Please consider supporting CPAC with a donation.

Silent Print Auction

Returning this year, CPAC’s Silent Print Auction features photographs by 23 established artists.

The auction opens April 25, 2019.

Additional Events

Print Auction Preview Tour

Tuesday, April 30 at 6 pm & Wednesday, May 1 at 2 pm
@ CPAC; Free and Open to the Public

RSVP for Tuesday’s tour or Wednesday’s tour


Print Auction Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, May 3, 2019
5 – 8 pm @ CPAC; Free and Open to the Public

Whether you’re a collector or simply want to know more about photography, this event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the photographs and artists included in CPAC’s 2019 Print Auction.

The tour will be led by Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC, and Randy Brown, Professor of Photography at RMCAD and winner of CPAC’s 2019 Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award.

Meet Award Winner Randy Brown

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) is pleased to announce that Randy Brown, Professor of Photography at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, has been awarded the 2019 Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award. This award is given to individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions in the Western Region to raising awareness, value, and appreciation of the photographic arts.

Brown developed and served as Chair of the BFA in Photography at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design from 2013-2019. There he addressed his passion for excellence in the area of student success, professional practice, ethics in photography, and importantly, guiding students to find their courage in themselves and their work. He is currently Professor of Photography at RMCAD.

His photography career began in Denver in the early 1980’s stringing for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Associated Press, as well as Time Magazine, Mercury Pictures, USA Today, Hemispheres Magazine and others. Brown’s career has been and continues to focus on photography as a tool for social awareness and change. In serving the arts community, Brown established and served on the Advisory Board of the Colorado Artists Coalition from 2001-2005. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Invisible Museum from 2002-2012 where he was the Production Manager, Editor, and Contributor to Eye-Level Magazine. Additionally, he served on the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s Board of Directors in 2007.

Through his work from a fine arts perspective, which delves into illustrating emotional mapping, his work has been exhibited in over 30 exhibitions, and he has been represented by Carol Keller Gallery, DeLeon White Gallery, Sandy Carson Galley, and William Havu Gallery. His work is in the collection of the Denver Art Museum as well as many corporate and private collections.

Critical in the development of his career are two artist residencies. In 1996, Brown was awarded an eight-week residency at the Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, California, where he developed works created in the San Francisco café culture. In 1999, Brown received an artist fellowship at the prestigious MacDowell Colony where, during the eight-week residency he created a portfolio of figurative images on the 700 acre facility.

Currently, Brown is creating work for documentary projects nationally and internationally. His primary project involves working with the University of Denver Human Trafficking Center and the National Human Trafficking Survivor Coalition. Brown is creating a visual narrative that delves into the many and varied nuances of industry based human trafficking, human trafficking corridors, and conscious consumerism as it applies to human trafficking.

“It’s an honor for me to recognize Randy Brown with this award,” said Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC. “Throughout his accomplished career, he has been an active contributor to Colorado’s photography community as an artist, educator, and advocate. He understands that artists need a strong community to thrive, and constantly seeks opportunities to elevate the photography scene in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.”

The Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award was established in 2013 in honor of Hal Gould, a well-known champion of photography in the Western region who inspired countless artists and visitors to his legendary Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver. He was also a gifted artist himself, a commercial photographer, and a co-founder of CPAC.

“I am humbled to be chosen to receive the 2019 Hal Gould Award, and to be in such prestigious company with previous awardees. Hal continues to be an icon in the profession and culture of photography on a regional and global level. Like Hal, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center has become a powerhouse in its commitment to the medium and its voice in contemporary visual culture. With great appreciation I give thanks to Samantha Johnston, the nominating committee, and the CPAC Board for this honor, and of course, for the life of Hal Gould.”

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